Criminal Justice, Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Concentration

bachelors Degree

Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Concentration Overview

Our country is currently facing new challenges regarding cyber attacks and digital crimes. As our personal and professional lives shift to virtual domains, we become targets for cyber criminals. Bay State College's Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Concentration addresses this new threat by training professionals to utilize the tools and processes to thwart potential attackers and bring those who commit these crimes to justice: 

  • Learn from professors with real world, professional experience in the Criminal Justice field. 
  • Get the knowledge and technical expertise required to succeed in the industry: utilize the latest digital forensics software programs, learn how to investigate virtual crime scenes, and prepare to test for the CompTIA Security + Certification. 
  • Gain hands-on experience with 2 or more required Criminal Justice internships. 
  • Join the Justice Society, a student-run organization dedicated to the promotion of advocacy and charity. 
  • Choose to participate in the Inside Out Prison Exchange Program, which brings together "inside" (incarcerated) students and "outside" students for a semester-long course in a local prison setting. 
  • Seamlessly continue your education with Bay State College's partnership with the Salve Regina University M.S. in Administration of Justice and Homeland Security program. 

Be a part of the latest advancements in Criminal Justice. Request information about our 4-year Criminal Justice - Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Concentration program today! 

Available In 

Day Classes, Evening Classes, and Online Option

  • Duration: 8 semesters 
  • Semester Length: 16 weeks 
  • Program Length: 4 years
  • Start Dates:  
    • Summer 2021 Term 1 (May 17)
    • Summer 2021 Term 2 (July 5)
    • Fall 2021 Term 1 (August 30)
    • Fall 2021 Term 2 (October 25)
    • Spring 2022 Term 1 (January 10)
  • Application Deadline: Rolling Admissions 

Sample Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Degree Courses 

  • Introduction to Cyber Security and Risk Management 
  • Fundamentals of Computer Crime 
  • Principles of Security 
  • Resiliency and Sustainability 
  • Principles of Forensics 
  • Terrorism 
  • Criminal Justice Internship I and II 

To browse our 2018-19 Course Catalog with course descriptions, click here

Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Program Mission 

The Criminal Justice Program provides an integrated course of study in science and humanities in order to prepare students for this complex and rapidly changing field. The Program provides inter-disciplinary course work which fosters critical thinking, humanistic reflection, and the ability to innovate. This program will prepare students to enter a wide array of criminal justice fields or graduate study.   

Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Program Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of the Bay State College Baccalaureate of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Cyber Security and Digital Forensics, students will: 

  1. Understand the origins and historical development of the field of security as well as the fundamental principles of cyber security and risk management. 
  2. Understand the major theories surrounding approaches to cyber security and computer crime and be able to adapt these approaches to organizational, state, national and global contexts.  
  3. Understand the fundamentals of network security, compliance and operations security, threats and vulnerabilities, as well as application, data, and host security.   
  4. Be able to analyze cyber security within a larger context of the philosophy of technology and specific theories of modernity from major contributors in the field such as Lewis Mumford, Jacques Ellul, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Karl Marx.  
  5. Understand the principles of digital forensics including computer system storage fundamentals, operating systems and data transmission, computer network architecture, digital forensics best practices, proper evidence collection and storage, and federal rules and criminal codes.  
  6. Be able to evaluate and work with digital forensic software programs and tools, such as Cellebrite, that are utilized to investigate cyber-crime.  
  7. Be able to analyze how cyber- crime intersects with issues of terrorism and comes to be considered cyber-warfare and/or cyber-attacks.  
  8. Be able to place cyber security into a larger context of global resiliency and sustainability in order to create integrated solutions that are consistent with the larger realities of the volatile social, political, economic, and natural environments of our modern world.

Recommended Minors 

  • Sociology 
    Study the science behind social behavior and society to gain key insights into what makes people commit crimes and how the Criminal Justice field can prevent criminal activity in the future. 
  • Psychology 
    Minor in Psychology and use what you learn to analyze a criminal's mind and all of the factors that go into their decision-making process. 

Digital Forensics and Cyber Security Degree Accreditation 

Bay State College is is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE, formerly NEASC).

The New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) accredits schools and colleges in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont). Membership in one of the six regional accrediting associations in the United States indicates that the school or college has been carefully evaluated and found to meet the standards agreed upon by qualified educators.

Bay State College is authorized to award the following degrees by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts: Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science, Bachelor of Science.