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Digital and Computer Forensics and Investigations Option

Associate in Science -  Computer Information Technology Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
Applications/Concepts CIT110 (Full-time students take CIT113) 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual/Society From Area 2 3
World View From Area 3 3
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 3 MAT097 or placement
Science and Technology From Area 5 4
Humanities From Area 6 3
Principles of Internet and Information Security CIT118 3 CIT110 or CIT113 or CIT120 or Chair approval
Introduction to Computer Forensics CIT121 3 CIT110 or CIT113 or CIT120 or Chair approval
Cisco Networking I CIT162 3 RDG095 or ESL098 or placement
Windows Operating Systems CIT268 3 CIT110 or CIT113 or CIT120 or Chair approval
Visual Basic CIT216 3 CIT110 or CIT113 or CIT120 or Chair approval
Advanced Computer Forensics CIT221 3 CIT121 and CIT268
Information Security and Assurance CIT219 3 CIT268
Batch File Programming CIT271 1 CIT270 and pre/co-req CIT268
Special Topics in Digital and Computer Forensics CIT223 3 pre/co-req CIT221
Directed Studies in Digital and Computer Forensics CIT220 1 CIT221
Criminal law CRJ103 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Evidence and Court Procedures CRJ202 3 ENG111 and CRJ101 and CRJ103 and CRJ208
Cyber Crime in Today’s Society CRJ245 3 ENG111 and CRJ101 and CRJ103 and Chair approval
Career Elective see note* 3-4
Career Elective see note* 3-4
Career Elective see note* 3-4
Total Credits 66-69
Last Modified Date: April 13, 2017

Additional Information

Division: Professional Studies

Department: Computer Information Technology

Degree Type: Associate in Science

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*Note: The career elective may be selected from any non-required CIT courses.

The Computer Information Technology Department (CIT) has a clear, well-articulated, three-pronged mission, which includes supporting the IT components of the college’s General Education offerings (across divisions, departments, and campuses, as well as through interdepartmental collaboration), preparing an IT workforce through certificate and associate degree offerings, and providing IT students with seamless transfer opportunities to related Baccalaureate Degree programs.

The Computer Technology Program offers many courses that apply to other options to afford students the opportunity to explore the many career tracks in Information Technology before selecting a career in Computer Support, Data Base or Networking. The Department’s goals are in concert with the College’s goals. Using input from its Industry Advisory Committees and internship course, the Department is continually updating and fine tuning its programs of study.

Option Overview

Digital and Computer Forensics is the name for a newly emerging field of study and practice that incorporates many areas of expertise including but not limited to internet, network and information security, intrusion detection, incident response, infrastructure protection, and computer crime investigation.

This program provides to Information Technology and Criminal Justice professionals the opportunity to obtain knowledge, training, and skills in Computer Forensics. Both civil and criminal offenders are using computers to commit crimes such as illegally downloading information, documents, or copyrighted materials, committing accounting fraud or releasing malicious code on computer networks to disrupt services. Internet crimes against children and other vulnerable populations have increased dramatically. Computers and other digital devices now play a part in many criminal activities. As a result, the need for computer forensics-based skills continues to grow.

Career Outlook

This Associate Program is designed to align with the law enforcement, public safety, private industry and homeland security needs to ensure consistent, current and flexible training in the emerging technology field of Computer and Digital Forensics.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Image and analyze the evidence found on a hard drive including file system analysis.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the issues surrounding a digital investigation including evidence and court procedures and search and seizure laws and regulations.
  • Analyze digital evidence including evidence found in the seizure of cell phones, PDAs and other mobile devices.