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  Sep 24, 2017
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

CIS and Criminal Justice Administration, Computer Forensics Option, BS

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Major Code: CI05

Computer Forensics fulfills the requirements for a double major in Computer Information Science and Criminal Justice Administration. Computer Forensics involves techniques for securing computer networks as a precaution against criminal threat. In addition, it includes the identification, extraction, preservation and documentation of computer evidence for the purpose of identifying and prosecuting perpetrators of computer-based crime.

A minor or associate of science provides the student pursuing some other major with a credential and expertise in computing, an enhancement that is becoming increasingly important in almost every area of science, education, business and the arts. The Network Systems Administration alternative is designed to provide the student with the knowledge base necessary for managing local/wide area computer networks, as well as being able to provide user support and training in the area of personal computer hardware and application software. The Website Administration curriculum focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to build and provide on-going support for effective and useful Internet websites. The Information Assurance and Security minor develops the skills needed for the protection of computer networks and institutional data.

In addition to these options, the Computer Information Science Department in collaboration with other departments within the Plaster School of Business has developed a curriculum alternative that will qualify the student for a Bachelor of Science in CIS, along with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a selected emphasis such as accounting, finance and economics, marketing, management, international business or general business.

The nature of Computer Information Science is such that a student selecting this major should enjoy and have a talent for solving problems. The effectiveness of the CIS curricula is measured by the success of our graduates. Their average starting salaries are among the highest when compared to other majors and placement records indicate that they have enjoyed an excellent placement rate. Many hold positions as middle and upper-level managers for a wide range of organizations and several have earned graduate degrees.

Only courses in which a student has earned a grade of ‘C’ or above will satisfy departmental requirements for the major or minor in Computer Information Science.

General Education Requirements: 44 Hours (47 Hours*)

See Baccalaureate Degree General Education Curriculum Requirements. 

Supporting Requirements: 3 Hours

General Electives: 8 Hours

Total Hours: 124

*Math course in major requirements satisfies three hours of the General Education Requirement.
**One upper division elective needs to be writing intensive.

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