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    Forensic Studies - Computer Security Program

    The field of forensics is a growing and dynamic one that has far outstripped its initial boundaries as a discipline only pertinent to the gathering of data at crime scenes.

    Today, a vast array of natural sciences have been brought to the field of criminal investigations and prosecutions where they have been joined by computer information science as a critical component of the criminal justice process. Within the next 15 years, computer security specialists will be having much more interaction with the legal system and the agents and attorneys within that system will need to carry on meaningful conversations with those forensic experts in the effort to do justice in each case.

    The goal of this minor is to provide students with a broad-based understanding of the computer security aspect of forensics. It is not meant to provide them with all of the skills necessary to perform the job of a computer security specialist. Rather, the goal is to provide them with a working understanding of the integration of this discipline with the criminal law. 

    Requirements for a Minor in Forensic Studies-Computer Security 18 credits  

    Choose two of the following CLS courses:**
    CLS 150 Criminal Trial Evidence
    CLS 227 Criminal Law and Process
    CLS 230 Constitutional Criminal Procedure
    CLS 320 White Collar Crime 

    And the following four CIS classes:
    CS 102 Fundamentals of IT and Computing
    CS 225 Computer Security
    CS 321 Data Communication and Network Security
    CS 325 Advanced Topics in Security

    ** CS Majors must take three of these four CLS courses. CLS Majors must take CLS 150 & CLS 320 for the minor, and cannot use these courses to count toward the major (students must choose two other courses for their CLS major electives).