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Digital Forensics

Associate in Applied Science

Program Overview

Digital forensics is a critical part of the criminal justice and information security industries that helps to identify, respond, and investigate cyber-related crimes and digital evidence.

Knowledge of the digital forensic process permeates multiple industries and is an excellent way to distinguish ones’ self with a unique set of digital-detective skills. Obtaining foundations in proper evidence handling and law, along with the technical aspects of cybercrime, digital investigations, and digital forensic work, provides the core framework of the program. Depending on the student’s career goals, two different tracks have been developed for the aspiring digital forensic examiner.

Earning Potential

Interested in a career in digital forensics? Learn more about our region’s employment outlook and career opportunities you can pursue in this field of study.

Conduct investigations to prevent crimes or solve criminal cases.

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Patrol an assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime and arrest violators.

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Guard inmates in penal or rehabilitative institutions in accordance with established regulations and procedures. May guard prisoners in transit between jail, courtroom, prison or other point. Includes deputy sheriffs and police who spend the majority of their time guarding prisoners in correctional institutions.

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are currently employed within Bay, Midland, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.

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of current workers will reach retirement age within the next ten years.

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Directly supervise and coordinate activities of members of police force.

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are currently employed within Bay, Midland, Saginaw and Tuscola counties.

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of current workers will reach retirement age within the next ten years.

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About Delta's Program

The Digital Forensics programs at Delta have been designed to prepare you for challenging positions in the rapidly growing field of cyber-investigations and digital forensics in a law enforcement or corporate environment. Digital Forensics combines criminal justice classes in evidence, legal curricula and investigation with technical classes in cyber security investigations and Computer Science and information technology in areas of cybercrime, cyber investigations and securing and analyzing digital evidence.

This interdisciplinary approach, along with the ability to cater the program with two tracks, provides you a unique opportunity to learn cutting edge investigative and evidence examination methods coupled with the legal and procedural requirements required within the criminal justice system.

Students desiring to work as a police officer might be required to complete a regional police academy and meet MCOLES licensing standards to be employable.

Digital Forensics in Criminal Justice

The Digital Forensics in Criminal Justice Program is designed to provide you with specialized knowledge in digital forensics and the criminal justice field combined with a broad educational background.  The program offers theoretical, practical, and technical instruction designed to meet an ever-increasing demand for law enforcement, security, and correctional personnel who also maintain specialized training in digital forensics and cybercrime.  As a graduate of this program, you would be prepared to seek employment and perform specialized forensic work during your career as a police officer, corrections officer, conservation officer, juvenile officer, private security officer, detective, or special agent, or continue your education in criminal justice and digital forensics for a career as a digital forensics examiner.

When the Digital Forensics in Criminal Justice Program is successfully completed, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in law enforcement, security, corrections, or private security. An Associate in Digital Forensics in Criminal Justice degree will help you distinguish yourself among other applicants and can be the foundational education for those wishing to work in cybercrime investigations and digital forensics or for those looking to advance their career with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Corporate Digital Forensics

The Corporate Digital Forensics Program is designed to provide you with specialized knowledge in digital forensics and legal concepts as they pertain to a corporate environment.  The program offers theoretical, practical, and technical instruction designed to meet an ever-increasing demand for forensically trained technician in the corporate world.  As a graduate of this program, you would be prepared to seek employment as a digital forensic analyst, malware analyst, computer forensic technician, or continue your computer science oriented education with a bachelor’s degree in forensics or computer science for employment in the intelligence community, eDiscovery, and computer networking fields.

When the Corporate Digital Forensics Program is successfully completed, students will be prepared for an entry-level position as a digital forensic analyst, malware analyst, or computer forensic technician. An Associate in Corporate Digital Forensics degree will help you distinguish yourself among other applicants and can be the foundational education for those wishing to work as a digital forensic examiner or in the fields of eDiscovery, or for those looking to advance their career with a bachelor’s degree in digital forensics or computer science.

Why you should choose Delta

Convenience

Life is busy. But that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers classes at night, on weekends and online to make taking classes and getting that degree easier. Plus, Delta has learning centers so you can take classes even closer to home.  

EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS

Co-op opportunities

You can get hands-on experience in your field while you're working toward that degree. I know. It's awesome! Plus, you'll even get paid. That's co-op! Check it out.

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Free tutoring

At the Teaching Learning Center, located in the Library, we offer tutoring on a wide variety of subjects, and help with developing study and learning skills. Most tutoring is on a walk-in basis but we do have some online tutoring options.

Best of all, it's free for currently enrolled Delta students. Just another way we demonstrate our commitment to helping students succeed.

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 Transfer opportunities
 

Delta has signed transfer agreements to continue your criminal justice studies with:

·         Ferris State University - Criminal Justice with options
·         University of Phoenix - Criminal Justice Administration Management

Delta has signed transfer agreements to continue your computer science and information technology studies with:

·         Capitol College
·         Colorado State University Global Campus
·         Davenport University
·         Eastern Michigan University
·         Northwood University


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Facts & Figures

Student to professor ratio
With a student to professor ratio of 18 to 1, our students get personal attention.
Michigan
80% of grads from the last five years live in the tri-counties. 97% live in Michigan.


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