Program Details

Program Outline

Program Outline

From mission-critical business systems to e-commerce and the Internet, IT is not only an industry in its own right, it’s a fundamental building block of all other industries. AIU offers an industry-current BSIT program with an in-depth specialization in Digital Investigations that’s designed to give students the real-world knowledge they need to get to the next level. Areas covered include examining techniques for collection, preservation, analysis and reporting of digital-network evidence.

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

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Courses

Courses

Degree Requirements

Lower Division Core
COMP101Introduction to Computers4.5
COMP102Introduction to Computers Lab1.5
ITCO101Discovering Information Technology4.5
ITCO103Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware4.5
ITCO 105Information Technology and Society4.5
ITCO211Introduction to Operating Systems4.5
ITCO221Fundamentals of Programming and Logic4.5
ITCO231Introduction to Databases4.5
ITCO251Network Infrastructure Basics4.5
Total Credit Hours:37.5
Upper Division Core
ITCO321Data Structures and Implementation4.5
ITCO361Information Technology Security4.5
ITCO381Introduction to Web Systems and Media4.5
ITCO391Human/Computer Interfaces and Interactions4.5
ITSD322Object Oriented Application Development I4.5
Total Credit Hours:22.5
General Education
ENGL106English Composition I4.5
ENGL107English Composition II4.5
HIST105U.S. History4.5
HUMA205Art Appreciation4.5
MATH133College Algebra4.5
MATH233Survey of Calculus4.5
PRES111Presentation Essentials4.5
SSCI206Aspects of Psychology4.5
SCIE206Biology4.5
SCIE207Biology Lab1.5
SCIE210Environmental Science4.5
SCIE211Environmental Science Lab1.5
General Education Elective (1)4.5
Total Credit Hours:52.5
General Electives
General Electives -Upper and Lower Division
Total Credit Hours:22.5

Specialization Options

Digital Investigations
ITCO299Comprehensive IT Project4.5
ITCO341Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics in IT4.5
ITCO 425System Architecture and Integration4.5
ITCO 498 Program Capstone for IT4.5
ITDI372Introduction to Cyber Crime and Digital Investigations4.5
ITDI375Digital Investigations I4.5
ITDI379Digital Investigations II4.5
ITDI472Principles in Electronic Discovery4.5
ITDI473Network Investigations4.5
ITDI474Global Investigations4.5
Total Credit Hours:45

Total Credit Hours: 180


This program includes a series of courses that correlate to the respective content and competencies of the A+, Security+ and Network+ Certification exams offered by CompTIA¹. This credential can serve as independent validation of the knowledge and skills required to be successful and useful in the fields of information technology, cyber security and computer networking.

AIU B.S.I.T. students will be eligible to receive a discounted rate for the CompTIA examination fee² once all of the following courses have been successfully completed in residence with the universityᶟ:

CompTIA A+ Certification 
CompTIA Network+ Certification  CompTIA Security+ Certification 
ITCO 101 - Discovering Information Technology ITCO 251 - Network Infrastructure Basics ITCO 361 - Information Technology Security
ITCO 103 - Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware ITNA 353 - Routing and Switching ITAS 362 - Introduction to Information Assurance and Information Security
ITCO 211 - Operating Systems ITNA 355 - Advanced Routing and Switching ITAS 363 - Telecommunications and Network Infrastructure Security 
  ITNA 357 - Network Security Management  
  ITNA 457 - Specialized Network Administration  


For more information on the A+, Security+ and Network+ Certifications, including exam objectives, sample questions, and certification information, please visit http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications.aspx.

¹American InterContinental University does not prepare students to take the exam necessary to receive the A+, Security+ or Network+ credential. AIU does not guarantee third-party certifications. Certification requirements for taking and passing certification examinations are not controlled by AIU but by outside agencies and are subject to change by the agencies without notice to AIU. Therefore, AIU cannot guarantee that students and graduates will be eligible to take certification examinations, regardless of eligibility status upon enrollment and/or graduation.

²Students must contact the office of the Registrar in order to receive the promo code for the discounted exam rate.

ᶟIn order to receive the discounted CompTIA exam rate, the listed courses must be completed in residence at American InterContinental University.

Classes Overview

Classes Overview

By studying key topics in Digital Investigations, you have an opportunity to acquire fundamental understanding of digital and network investigations as you pursue your interest in opportunities involving the detection and prevention of computer crime.

At AIU, more of your program courses will be focused on this specialization than at other similar schools. For a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree with a specialization in Digital Investigations, your classes can include:

Introduction to Cyber Crime and Digital Investigations

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

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.

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.

Network Investigations

During this course, students will examine forensic techniques for collection, preservation, analysis, and reporting of digital network evidence. Topics may include network traffic analysis, electronic mail, and Internet investigations.

Global Investigations

This course discusses advanced topics in digital forensics related to the globalization of electronic data. International organization regulations, language barrier, rogue providers, and other topics will be covered in this course.

Digital Investigations II

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

Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics in IT

In this course, students will examine the essential mathematics and logic skills required in Information Technology areas such as networking, systems administration, security, programming, database management, and computer hardware. Students will build on their mathematical proficiency to prepare for the challenges they are likely to encounter as an IT professional. This course discusses the importance of discrete mathematics, probability and statistics in IT. Students in this course will further their understanding of discrete mathematics and statistics necessary for application development and systems analysis. Students will also learn how to apply statistical techniques to improve the performance of IT systems. Real-world scenarios and problems from the IT industry are included throughout this course.

System Architecture and Integration

In this course, students will analyze the system integration requirements and apply appropriate frameworks, methodologies, and techniques that are used to manage, administer, acquire, develop, implement, and integrate enterprise systems.

Comprehensive IT Project

In this lower division capstone course, students will examine IT project management and systems architecture. Topics covered include project management concepts of time, scope, and costs, as well as systems architecture, sourcing, acquisition, development, and deployment processes.

Information Technology Security

This survey course covers information security concepts and mechanisms. Information security concepts reviewed may include data protection techniques, software security, information assurance process, enterprise network security, and attack types/countermeasures.

Data Structures and Implementation

This course will introduce students to basic data structures and algorithms which are to be used as tools in designing solutions to real-life problems. Students will become familiar with the specification, usage, implementation and analysis of basic data structures and algorithms.

Program Capstone for IT

This course offers students the opportunity to demonstrate their level of understanding regarding the application of information technology concepts, technologies, and methodologies. Students are expected to employ their knowledge about hardware, systems, applications, and security management. 

 

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Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

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Ways to Save

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

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

Related Degrees

Related Degrees

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IT security gaps can put even the most successful businesses at risk. A degree in information assurance and security can help you learn to spot weaknesses, create security protocols and devise new ways to protect an organization’s digital assets.

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) Degree: Specialization in Network Administration

Today’s businesses are increasingly connected and reliant upon tech solutions, including wireless and enterprise networks. By combining core IT skills with an in-depth study of network administration, you can be prepared to analyze, build and maintain diverse computer networks across industries.

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) Degree: Specialization in Software Analysis and Development

Software development can offer IT professionals both creative and analytical challenges. In this program, you can learn to write, test, debug and analyze software applications while also covering the fundamentals of information technology and industry-standard development processes.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) Degree: Specialization in Forensic Science

When you pursue a Criminal Justice degree with a specialization in Forensic Science at AIU, you can learn to help investigators solve crimes, study the causes and theories of crime, and conduct a crime scene investigation.

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