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Forensic Science - Digital Forensics
The B.S. Forensic Science - Digital Forensics degree at the Forensic Science Institute is one of only two FEPAC-accredited undergraduate programs in the country in digital forensics. The comprehensive curriculum provide students the fundamentals of digital forensics to include data recovery, proper collection and preservation of digital evidence, use of current digital forensics tools, and the forensic examination of computer networks and mobile computing devices. Students are participants in hands-on exercises that model the types of cases examined by digital forensics examiners in law enforcement and private industry. This degree is combined with a degree in either Computer Science or Management of Information Systems. Upon successful completion of the program, students will have the knowledge and skills to sit for certifications in digital forensics.
To complete the program, you have to complete another major in addition to 36 hours in the Forensic Science undergraduate program. You can earn either a dual degree or, if you already have a Bachelor's degree, you can earn the Digital Forensics degree by completing the 36 hours in our program.
Students majoring in the B.S. in Forensic Science - Digital Forensics degree program are required to purchase a laptop with certain specifications for use in select digital forensics classes. UCO has a partnership with Dell to offer discounted laptops to students in this program. The laptops are available at the Central Tech Store in the Nigh University Center, or they can be ordered online and shipped.
Specifications: i7 or higher processor, 16GB or more of RAM, 500GB or higher internal hard drive (1TB SSD preferred)
*Note: A Mac laptop running Windows BootCamp or similar program does not meet the requirements.
Scholarships & Tuition Waivers
The Forensic Science Institute offers a limited number of scholarships and assistantships to Forensic Science students. Students may begin applying for scholarships the spring semester of their first year to be applied the following school year.
Forensic Science - Digital Forensics career opportunities include:
- Digital Forensics Examiner for Law Enforcement, Intelligence Agencies or Corporations
- Data Recovery Specialist
- IT Security
- Computer Scientist/Forensic Examiner
Take advantage of these opportunities at UCO and in the Metro which may spark your interest and even boost your resume.