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Program Outline

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree with a specialization in Digital Investigations can give students real-world, industry-relevant knowledge and experience in conducting investigations as a digital crime professional.

The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree with a specialization in Digital Investigations is designed to provide students industry-relevant knowledge and experience in conducting investigations as a digital-crime professional.

We can help you learn how to:

  • Summarize details of essential computer concepts
  • Use an operating system interface to access, add, troubleshoot and configure hardware and manage files
  • Implement a relational database management system utilizing the concepts of database design and data modeling
  • Develop business applications using programming languages, tools and software development methodologies
  • Collect and evaluate digital crime evidence while maintaining evidence integrity and usefulness by following proper procedures


General Education

ENG 106 English Composition I


ENG 107 English Composition II


HIST 105 U.S. History


HUMA 205 Art Appreciation


MATH 133 College Algebra


MATH 233 Survey of Calculus


PRES 111 Presentation Essentials


SSCI 206 Aspects of Psychology


SCIE 206 Biology


SCIE 207 Biology Lab


SCIE 210 Environmental Science


SCIE 211 Environmental Science Lab


General Education Electives (1)


Total Credit Hours: 52.5

General Electives

General Electives -Upper and Lower Division
Total Credit Hours: 22.5

Lower Division Core

COMP 101 Introduction to Computers


COMP 102 Introduction to Computers Lab


ITCO 101 Discovering Information Technology


ITCO 103 Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware


ITCO 105 Information Technology and Society


ITCO 211 Introduction to Operating Systems


ITCO 221 Fundamentals of Programming and Logic


ITCO 231 Introduction to Databases


ITCO 251 Network Infrastructure Basics


Total Credit Hours: 37.5

Upper Division Core

ITCO 321 Data Structures and Implementation


ITCO 361 Information Technology Security


ITCO 381 Introduction to Web Systems and Media


ITCO 391 Human/Computer Interfaces and Interactions


ITSD 322 Object Oriented Application Development I


Total Credit Hours: 22.5


Digital Investigations

ITCO 299 Comprehensive IT Project


ITCO 341 Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics in IT


ITCO 425 System Architecture and Integration


ITCO 498 Program Capstone for IT


ITDI 372 Introduction to Cyber Crime and Digital Investigations


ITDI 375 Digital Investigations I


ITDI 379 Digital Investigations II


ITDI 472 Principles in Electronic Discovery


ITDI 473 Network Investigations


ITDI 474 Global Investigations


Classes Overview

At AIU, more of the courses you take, on average, are devoted to your field of interest than at other similar schools. Your classes may include:

Introduction to Cybercrime and Digital Investigations

This course provides students with an introduction to the concepts and systems involved in digital investigations and cybercrime. The course discusses recognized incident response policies and procedures for collecting, preserving, analyzing, and reporting digital evidence, cybercrime history, and current and future threats.

Laws and Ethics in Digital Investigations

During this course, students will examine digital crime and investigation laws at various levels of government. Students will also discuss ethical concerns related to digital forensic investigations, and types of digital crime.

Digital Investigations I

This course will examine digital investigation tools, threats, and techniques. Topics may include procedures, steganography, operating systems, tool validation plans, and open source software.

Social Media and Social Engineering in Digital Investigations

This course will provide an overview of the types of social media available, risks associated with these media, evidentiary value of evidence, and evaluating and preserving evidence. The course will also focus on social engineering within varied environments.

Digital Investigations II

During this course, students will examine digital investigation techniques for applications running for network operating systems.

Principles in Electronic Discovery

This course is designed to provide students with the essential information related to electronic discovery. Discussions will focus on organizational electronic discovery needs and how digital investigators can fulfill those needs. Topics may include finding data collection, media restoration, file and email conversion, keyword and metadata searching, filtering, and classification and presentation of data.

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Ways to Save

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your degree at AIU.

  • Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs
  • Military Discounts– AIU Online offers a 45% tuition discount to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition discount to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits you need toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, military service, or work experience

For more information, download AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credits Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your past work and military experience

Career Paths

What can you do with a bachelor’s degree in Digital Investigations?

Digital-investigations professionals work to keep identities safe and big databases of information from being hacked. They help companies ensure their secrets are safe from the competition, give everyday people the security to carry out the intimate details of their daily lives online, and allow governments the freedom to communicate with one another without the worry of disclosing sensitive information.

What Is Cyber Security Like On the Job?

Professionals in this field need to be able to handle fast-paced environments, manage surges in high-urgency and detailed work, and deal with potentially unpredictable working hours. They've got to stay on their toes, because it's a field in which anything can happen at any time.

On the job, cyber-security professionals spend their days digging deep to identify software and Internet vulnerabilities to stay ahead of hackers, preventing cyber crimes like bank fraud, designing secure software using code to fend off hacking attempts, and knowing the ins and outs of various computer systems to find more in-depth, defensive ways to protect digital assets and private information.

Though many offices have an open, informal atmosphere (far from the stiff-necked imagery often associated with IT security), even during slower times of work, cyber security professionals should be able to stay agile and on top of their game.

Roles in cyber security commonly include:

●     Information-security analysis

●     Web penetration testing

●     Security engineering

●     Security architecture

●     Source-code auditing

●     Security consulting

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Classes Start November 21, 2016