(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree)
Degree Plan Code: AAS.DIGIT.FOREN.12
This degree is designed to prepare students for various career opportunities in the computer forensics arena in government, private sector, and law enforcement agencies. The program consists of two degree tracks leading to the Associate in Applied Science Degree. Students may specialize in the Cyber Crime or Information Assurance Track. The Cyber Crime Track places emphasis on investigative techniques, audit and financial analysis applicable to computer forensics. The Information Assurance Track places more emphasis on computer operating systems, network security, and incident response to security threats. This program is intended to provide a foundation on which the graduate can build a computer forensic career through expanded experience and/or further education. In order to enter the field of Information Assurance/Digital Forensics, a clear criminal background is required by most employers. The State of Texas, in most cases, requires those working in this field to hold a valid Private Investigator (PI) license that can be obtained after employment.
For better transferability of AAS of Digital Forensics degree to universities, students should complete an AAS in Digital Forensics degree's Information Assurance Specialization requirement plus:
(1st YEAR CURRICULUM)
A student must complete the Semester I, II, III, and all the courses in one of the following specializations (Cyber Crime or Information Assurance) in Semesters IV and V in order to be awarded the AAS in Digital Forensics.
*First two courses for Cyber Crime Specialization.
**First two courses for Information Assurance Specialization.
+Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Social/Behavioral Sciences.
++Humanities/Fine Arts Elective - must be selected from the AAS Core Options for Humanities/Fine Arts.
+++Specialty Elective - must be selected from the following courses:
SEMESTERS I, II, and III
SEMESTERS I, II, and III
NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.
Richland College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Richland College.
Educational opportunities are offered by the Dallas County Community College District without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or gender expression.