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Planner for Online Courses Information Assurance and Cybersecurity - Digital Forensics (A.A.S.)

This planner contains a recommended sequence of courses to complete the degree online in five terms. Recommended courses are high-enrolled courses that can be expected to have online sections in the term in which they appear. Other courses from the same category can be substituted when they meet the program requirements. Refer to the course catalog, your academic advisor or your academic chair for more information.

Refer to AACC’s Transfer Agreements page: https://www.aacc.edu/resources/academic-services/transfer-services/transfer-agreements/.

Official Title of Major: Information Assurance and Cybersecurity - Digital Forensics, A.A.S.

Award: Associate of Applied Science degree, A.A.S.

Total Credit Hours: a minimum of 61

About the Cybersecurity, Networking and Digital Forensics Department

Purpose: Provides training in computer security disciplines with three specific focus areas: security, digital forensics and networking. These degrees prepare students for entry level positions in information assurance and cybersecurity.

Information Assurance and Cybersecurity - Digital Forensics: The program emphasizes the proper handling of digital evidence; tools and techniques utilized in forensics analysis, importance of proper documentation and report generation; and the laws and ethics governing evidence handling. The program fully maps to the eight knowledge domains currently specified by the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3) and fully prepares students for the Magnet Certified Forensic Examiner (MCFE) exam. Upon completion of the Digital Forensics area of concentration degree, students are eligible for DoD/DC3 National Centers of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence program certificates.

Faculty Contact (https://webapps.aacc.edu/directory/): Dawn Ryan

Courses to improve skills and prepare for college-level classes may be needed. It is best to see an advisor as you plan your education.

Course/Advising Notes: ________________________________________________________________________

Term 1 (Fall)

Course Name Credits Term Taken Grade
ENG 101 - Academic Writing and Research 1 / ENG 101A - Academic Writing and Research 1   3 credit hours    
Required General Education Mathematics
MAT 135 - Statistics  OR MAT 137 - College Algebra  
3 credit hours     
Technology Requirement
CTS 107 - Cyber Essentials  
3 credit hours      
Required General Education Arts and Humanities
CTP 194 - Ethics and the Information Age  
3 credit hours     

Term 2 (Spring)

Course Name Credits Term Taken Grade
ENG 102 - Academic Writing and Research 2  
3 credit hours     
CTS 110 - Network Essentials  
4 credit hours     
CTS 170 - Digital Forensics 1  
3 credit hours     
Required General Education Biological and Physical Science/Wellness Requirement
BIO 135 - Principles of Nutrition  
Students who have already satisfied the college Wellness Requirement may elect to take any Biological and Physical Sciences General Education Requirement course.
3 credit hours     

Term 3 (Summer)

Course Name Credits Term Taken Grade
CJS 111 - Introduction to Criminal Justice   3 credit hours     
General Education Social and Behavioral Science/Diversity Requirement
SOC 111 - Introduction to Sociology  OR GSS 101 - Introduction to Women’s Studies  
These are recommended courses for the online sequence. Students may substitute any course from the same general education category. Consult your academic advisor or refer to the college catalog.
The diversity requirement can be met here, or with another course.
3 credit hours    
CTS 120 - Introduction to Linux   4 credit hours     

Term 4 (Fall)

Course Name Credits Term Taken Grade
CTS 140 - Network Security Fundamentals 
4 credit hours     
CTS 207 - Digital Forensics 2  
4 credit hours     
CTS 234 - Windows Server  
4 credit hours     

Term 5 (Spring)

Course Name Credits Term Taken Grade
CTS 209 - Digital Forensics 3 
4 credit hours     
CTS 242 - Network Intrusion Detection and Penetration Testing  
4 credit hours     
CYB 270 - Cyber Capstone  
1 credit hour    
Required Program Electives
Recommended courses for the online sequence: CTS 216, CTS 236, CTS 240. Students may substitute any approved program elective.
5 credit hours