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Computer and Network Investigations

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Computer and Network Investigations (CNI), formerly known as Computer Investigations and Criminal Justice, is designed to prepare students for a position in the growing field of digital investigations and forensics.

Since computers have become pervasive, almost all data is now stored on some digital device. This includes mission critical data in a corporate setting, data as it is transferred from one location to another, and data from illegal activities.

The CNI program provides graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to recover some lost or deleted data, identify a timeline of potentially illegal activities, or to perform an in-depth investigation of server compromises. 

For more information please email Mark L. McGinn.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Computer and Network Investigations (formerly Computer Investigations and Criminal Justice) - 45 credits

Computer and Network Security Courses (24 credit hours):
CSCI 140 Computer Systems
CSCI 185 Script Programming
CSCI 270 Networks and Data Communications
CSCI 365 TCP/IP Fundamental
CSCI 375 Network Forensics
CSCI 415 Computer and Network Security
CSCI 425 Computer Forensics
CSCI 435 Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing

Criminal Justice Courses (15 credit hours):
CRJU 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU 102 Introduction to Law Enforcement
CRJU 221 Criminal Law and Procedure
CRJU 342 Criminal Evidence and Investigation
CRJU 411 The Constitution and Criminal Justice

Electives (6 credit hours): Select from the following courses:
CSCI 281 Discrete Structures
CSCI 450 Network Operating System Topics (may be repeated with different topic)
CSCI 480 Special Topics in Computer Science
CSCI 490 Independent Study
CSCI 499 Internship

Requirements for a Minor in Computer and Network Investigations  - 24 credits required

Computer and Network Security Courses (24 credit hours):
CSCI 140 Computer Systems
CSCI 270 Networks and Data Communication
CSCI 365 TCP/IP Fundamentals
CSCI 375 Network Forensics
CSCI 415 Computer and Network Security
CSCI 425 Computer Forensics
CSCI 435 WI-Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing

Select one of the following courses :
CSCI 185 Script Programming
CSCI 450 Network Operating System Topics (may be repeated with different topic)
*CSCI 480 Special Topics in Computer Science
*CSCI 490 Independent Study
*CSCI 499 Internship

*Applicable only if security-related.

Recommended Electives:
CRJU 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJU 221 Criminal Law and Procedure
CRJU 241 

NOTE:  CNA majors must complete at least three courses (9 credit hours) above the CNA major to receive the CNI minor.

Courses listed in the Course Catalog