B.S. in Information Technology with Concentration in Security & Forensics

The field of cybersecurity and digital forensics is evolving rapidly and has become an area of national and global importance. The demand for trained professionals continues to grow at a high pace in defense, law enforcement, and other segments of the public and private sectors. Cybersecurity professionals are needed to defend personal, industrial, and government computer networks and systems against cyber-attacks through comprehensive security initiatives. Training in digital forensics is also critical for law enforcement agencies in crime scene investigation and prosecution of the guilty party.
The National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated Fairleigh Dickinson University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through academic year 2020.
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The Security and Forensics concentration of the B.S. Information Technology program helps students learn the principles and practice of cyberspace security and computer forensics and to apply them in defending the cyberspace and conducting cybercrime investigations. This concentration, designed with an appropriate blend of cyber defense and forensics courses, will help the information technology majors learn the use of cyber-defense techniques and tools in the systems, networks, and database administration tasks. It has the further strength of including three courses in computer forensics offered by the School of Criminal Justice, Political Science, and International Studies. Students must complete a Capstone Project and are encouraged to get real-world experience through internships. The Metropolitan Campus of FDU enjoys the proximity of New York City, with its major financial institutions and government agencies. The School has also strong relationships with companies in the Northern NJ and New York City that help students to expand their experiential learning opportunities.

Courses in this concentration will cover a range of topics in the Cyber Defense field, including an overview of cybersecurity and information assurance, cyber threats and security design principles, cryptography, policies and the governing laws, secure systems, network and database administration. Additionally, the students will learn the principles of computer forensics, file system forensic analysis, and applications of computer forensic hardware and software tools and techniques, among other subject areas.

The students completing the B.S. in Information Technology with Security & Forensics concentration program are eligible to receive a Certificate of Completion of a NSA & DHS designated CAE/CDE program of study.

Program Requirements (123 credits):

The students must complete a minimum of 123 credits of coursework to be awarded the B.S. degree in Information Technology with Security and Forensics Concentration. Courses required for the program are listed below.
1st Semester                                                                      (14 credits)


Academic Writing
Computer Concepts & Technology
Survey of Computers & Computer Software                                                                 
College Algebra
Transitioning to University Life

2nd Semester  (14 credits)


Introduction to Digital Media
Academic Research & Writing
Information Technology
Preparing for Professional Life
3rd Semester (16 credits)


EGTG2210 Technical Communications
INFO2101 Computer Programming I for IT 
INFO2105 Internet & Web Applications
Laboratory Science Elective
UNIV2001 Cross-Cultural Perspectives
4th Semester  (16 credits)


INFO2102 Computer Programming II for IT 
ENGR2286 Digital Systems Design
INFO2106 Web Site Design & Management
Laboratory Science Elective
UNIV2002 Global Issues
5th Semester  (15 credits)


Data Structures
Modern Tech: Principles/Applications/Impact
Applied Statistics I
Survey of Computing Security
Computer Technologies and Cyber Crime
6th Semester  (15 credits)


Database Systems
Human Computer Interface
Digital Media Publishing
Operating systems
Linux System Administration
7th Semester  (18 credits)


Management & Engineering Economics
Data Communication & Computer Networks I
IT needs Assessment & Management
Discrete Structures
File System Forensic Analysis and Investigation
IT Elective
8th Semester  (15 credits)


Data Communication & Computer Networks II
Capstone Project
Foundations of Cybersecurity
Information Security
Computer Forensic, Software and Hardware Applications

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY ELECTIVE: Three credits must be selected from the Information Technology approved list of Technical Electives, which can be obtained from the School of Computer Sciences and Engineering.  The courses must be approved by an academic advisor.  Students can elect to participate in a cooperative educational experience and earn up to three credits.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONCENTRATIONS: Students can select one or both of the two concentration areas—Web Development Technology, Network and System Administration. Web Development Technology requires students to take INFO4844:  Programming for the Internet in their 7th semester and Network and System Administration requirements are automatically met.

MINOR OR CONCENTRATION: Students will automatically complete the requirements for a minor in Computer Forensics upon successful completion of the degree program.

LABORATORY SCIENCE ELECTIVES: Students are required to complete one full-year laboratory science sequence totaling eight (8) credits from the following courses:  PHYS2101, PHYS2102 General Physics I & II and PHYS2201, PHYS2202 Physics Laboratory I & II; CHEM1201, CHEM1202 General Chemistry I & II and CHEM1203, CHEM 1204 General Chemistry Laboratory I & II; or BIOL1251, BIOL 1252 General Biology I & II and BIOL1253, BIOL1254 General Biology Laboratory I & II.

ETHICAL AND MORAL ANALYSIS: Students must take ENGR3000 Modern Technologies:  Principles, Applications & Impacts to satisfy this requirement.

A minimum of 123 credits is required for graduation.