Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (BSIT) Degree with a Specialization in
Digital Investigations

Organizations across every industry need skilled information technology professionals who can combat the growing threat of web-based crime. Learn essential IT skills with special emphasis on cyber security systems, digital laws and their enforcement.

Next Start Date:

July 04, 2018

Total Credits:

180

Offered:

Online
Houston

Program Details

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

Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date.

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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Degree Requirements

General Education
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH125 General College Mathematics 4.5
MATH133 College Algebra 4.5
UNIV103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
Humanities (2 Courses) 9
Natural Sciences (2 Courses) 9
Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 courses) 9
Total Credit Hours: 58.5
Core
ITCO101 Discovering Information Technology 4.5
ITCO103 Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware 4.5
Developing Professional Communications Materials 4.5
ITCO211 Introduction to Operating Systems 4.5
ITCO221 Fundamentals of Programming and Logic 4.5
ITCO231 Introduction to Databases 4.5
ITCO251 Network Infrastructure Basics 4.5
ITCO361 Information Technology Security 4.5
ITCO381 Introduction to Web Systems and Media 4.5
ITCO391 Human/Computer Interfaces and Interactions 4.5
Mobile Technology 4.5
Program Capstone for IT 4.5
MGMT412 Project Management 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 58.5
Digital Investigations
General Elective 4.5
General Elective 4.5
General Elective 4.5
General Elective 4.5
General Elective 4.5
ITCO299 Comprehensive IT Project 4.5
ITCO341 Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics in IT 4.5
System Architecture and Integration 4.5
ITDI372 Introduction to Cyber Crime and Digital Investigations 4.5
ITDI375 Digital Investigations I 4.5
ITDI379 Digital Investigations II 4.5
ITDI472 Principles in Electronic Discovery 4.5
ITDI473 Network Investigations 4.5
ITDI474 Global Investigations 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 63

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.

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.

For a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree with a specialization in Digital Investigations, your classes may 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. 

View the Course Catalog.

Course content subject to change.

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of opportunities available to 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
  • Reduced Military Tuition Rate – AIU Online offers a 45% tuition reduction to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition reduction to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly credit policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits needed toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, qualifying military service, or eligible work experience

For more information, review the 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 Credit Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your eligible past work and qualifying military experience

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

Download program detail PDF

Courses

Degree Requirements

General Education
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH125 General College Mathematics 4.5
MATH133 College Algebra 4.5
UNIV103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
Humanities (2 Courses) 9
Natural Sciences (2 Courses) 9
Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 courses) 9
Total Credit Hours: 58.5
Core
ITCO101 Discovering Information Technology 4.5
ITCO103 Introduction to Computer and Network Hardware 4.5
Developing Professional Communications Materials 4.5
ITCO211 Introduction to Operating Systems 4.5
ITCO221 Fundamentals of Programming and Logic 4.5
ITCO231 Introduction to Databases 4.5
ITCO251 Network Infrastructure Basics 4.5
ITCO361 Information Technology Security 4.5
ITCO381 Introduction to Web Systems and Media 4.5
ITCO391 Human/Computer Interfaces and Interactions 4.5
Mobile Technology 4.5
Program Capstone for IT 4.5
MGMT412 Project Management 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 58.5
Digital Investigations
General Elective 4.5
General Elective 4.5
General Elective 4.5
General Elective 4.5
General Elective 4.5
ITCO299 Comprehensive IT Project 4.5
ITCO341 Applications of Discrete Mathematics and Statistics in IT 4.5
System Architecture and Integration 4.5
ITDI372 Introduction to Cyber Crime and Digital Investigations 4.5
ITDI375 Digital Investigations I 4.5
ITDI379 Digital Investigations II 4.5
ITDI472 Principles in Electronic Discovery 4.5
ITDI473 Network Investigations 4.5
ITDI474 Global Investigations 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 63

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

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.

For a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree with a specialization in Digital Investigations, your classes may 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. 

View the Course Catalog.

Course content subject to change.

Tuition and Fees

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

Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date.

Ways to Save

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of opportunities available to 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
  • Reduced Military Tuition Rate – AIU Online offers a 45% tuition reduction to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition reduction to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly credit policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits needed toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, qualifying military service, or eligible work experience

For more information, review the 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 Credit Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your eligible past work and qualifying military experience

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