Cyber Forensics, BS

Bachelor of Science in Cyber Forensics (244304BS) 

Program Contact
Stanley Smith
Polsky 318

Program Description

The Cyber Forensics Bachelor’s Degree housed in the School of Disaster Science and Emergency Services allows students to attain knowledge of digital forensics, computer network forensics, and develop applied skills to qualify for such positions as law enforcement professionals, digital forensics analyst, and cyber forensics analyst. Students will combine classroom experiences with virtual resources from the Musson ICS Testbed and The University of Akron Regional Programming Center Cyber Range.

Requirements for Admission

To be admitted into the College of Health and Human Sciences, a student must have a GPA of 2.0. A student can complete the transfer process through an appointment with an Academic Advisor in the college of which they reside. 

Department Policy 

  • Students must attain a C or better in each course in their major area.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 GPA and a minimum of 15 earned credit hours for Inter- and Intra- College Transfer into all Associate and Bachelor’s degree programs.
  • Prior to enrolling in classes for the B.S. degree you must contact an advisor in Polsky 301.

Career Information

Graduates of the program are expected to qualify for such positions as law enforcement professionals, computer forensic specialists, data security analysts, systems security administrators, and network security administrators in government, business, information technology, and other industries.

For additional information please visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( or visit the Career Center in the Jean Hower Taber Student Union (

The following information has official approval of The School of Disaster Sciences and Emergency Services and The College of Health and Human Sciences, but is intended only as a supplemental guide. Official degree requirements are established at the time of transfer and admission to the degree-granting college. Students should refer to the Degree Progress Report (DPR) which is definitive for graduation requirements. Completion of this degree within the identified time frame below is contingent upon many factors, including but not limited to: class availability, total number of required credits, work schedule, finances, family, course drops/withdrawals, successfully passing courses, prerequisites, among others. The transfer process is completed through an appointment with your academic advisor. The College of Health and Human Sciences recommends that students take the General Education courses listed in this recommended sequence. Transfer students should consult their Advisor to identify courses that are equivalent.  



General Education Requirements *31
Cyber Forensics Major Core80
Total Hours120

Several courses required for the major also satisfy General Education requirements. The University minimum of 36 credits are required for General Education and credit for these courses will apply to multiple requirements. 

General Education Courses

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree must complete the following General Education coursework. Diversity courses may also fulfill major or Breadth of Knowledge requirements. Integrated and Applied Learning courses may also fulfill requirements in the major.
Academic Foundations12
Mathematics, Statistics and Logic: 3 credit hours
Speaking: 3 credit hours
Writing: 6 credit hours
Breadth of Knowledge 22
Arts/Humanities: 9 credit hours
Natural Sciences: 7 credit hours
Social Sciences: 6 credit hours
Domestic Diversity
Global Diversity
Integrated and Applied Learning2
Select one class from one of the following subcategories:
Complex Issues Facing Society
Review the General Education Requirements page for detailed course listings.
Total Hours36

Cyber Forensics Major Core

DGFR:100Introduction to Digital Forensics3
DGFR:281Computer Forensic Methods3
DGFR:382File System Analysis3
DGFR:441Network Forensics I3
DGFR:381Computer Forensic Methods II3
DGFR:283Cyber Warfare3
DGFR:443Network Forensics II3
DGFR:383Ethical Hacking3
EMHS:493Cyber Forensics Internship3
DGFR:284Windows Forensics3
DGFR:442Wireless Forensics3
DGFR:440Intrusion Detection3
EMHS:485Cyber Forensics Capstone4
DGFR:480Digital and Scientific Evidence3
CRJU:100Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJU:104Evidence & Criminal Legal Process3
CRJU:251Criminal Investigation3
CRJU:298Applied Ethics in Criminal Justice3
or PHIL:363 Ethics of Policing
or PHIL:364 Digital Ethics
CRJU:307Foundations of Crime Analysis3
PHIL:120Introduction to Ethics3
STAT:250Statistics for Everyday Life4
CISS:145Introduction to Unix/Linux3
CISS:201Networking Basics3
CISS:430Network Monitoring and Management3
Total Hours80


Complete 9 credits:9
CISS:134Cybersecurity Fundamentals
CISS:450Applied Data Mining
MATH:361Applied Cryptography
Total Hours9

Recommended Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
1st Year
Fall SemesterHours
ENGL:111 English Composition I 3
STAT:250 Statistics for Everyday Life 4
DGFR:100 Introduction to Digital Forensics 3
CRJU:100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
COMM:263 Professional Communications and Presentations 3
Spring Semester
ENGL:222 Technical Report Writing 3
CRJU:104 Evidence & Criminal Legal Process 3
CRJU:202 3
PHIL:120 Introduction to Ethics 3
CISS:145 Introduction to Unix/Linux 3
2nd Year
Fall Semester
SOCIO:100 Introduction to Sociology 3
POLIT:100 Government & Politics in the United States 3
CRJU:251 Criminal Investigation 3
DGFR:280 Cybercrime 3
Natural Science with Lab Requirement 4
Spring Semester
SOCIO:243 Contemporary Global Issues 3
DGFR:281 Computer Forensic Methods 3
Applied Ethics in Criminal Justice
or Ethics of Policing
or Digital Ethics
Elective EMHS:xxx or CRJU:xxx 3
CISS:201 Networking Basics 3
3rd Year
Fall Semester
DGFR:382 File System Analysis 3
DGFR:441 Network Forensics I 3
DGFR:381 Computer Forensic Methods II 3
DGFR:283 Cyber Warfare 3
Natural Science Requirement 3
Spring Semester
CRJU:307 Foundations of Crime Analysis 3
DGFR:443 Network Forensics II 3
DGFR:383 Ethical Hacking 3
EMHS:493 Cyber Forensics Internship 3
Elective EMHS:xxx or CRJU:xxx 3
4th Year
Fall Semester
Visual Arts Awareness
or Exploring Music: Bach to Rock
or Viewing Dance
DGFR:480 Digital and Scientific Evidence 3
DGFR:284 Windows Forensics 3
DGFR:442 Wireless Forensics 3
Arts/Humanities Requirement 3
Spring Semester
DGFR:440 Intrusion Detection 3
EMHS:485 Cyber Forensics Capstone 4
CISS:430 Network Monitoring and Management 3
Elective EMHS:xxx or CRJU:xxx 3
 Total Hours120