More and more crimes are committed with the aid of computers. Whether they are used in the commission of the crime, as in email harassment or stalking, or used for keeping records of illegal activities such as gambling and embezzlement, the computer must be seized and analyzed. This degree program will help you learn how to provide a secure computer environment and learn techniques for collecting and analyzing computer-related evidence. You will be prepared for an entry-level position in a computer forensics lab, a member of a corporate security team that monitors and investigates suspicious activity, or to enter the law enforcement field. Requirements include a combination of criminal justice and computer technology courses to help you develop the skills needed to work in this growing field. An emphasis on social science coursework is included in the liberal arts and science credits. The remaining credits include courses such as Introduction to Criminal Investigation, SEarch and Seizure, and Economic Crime Investigation. Computer information systems courses will include operating systems and network designs. Intensive research skills will be developed throughout these courses. A dedicated lab provides hands-on experience with investigative tools and evidence gathering.
(for those matriculating in 2014-2015)
The computer forensics A.A.S. degree will provide you with the necessary coursework to accept entry-level positions such as:
Computer systems technician responsible for implementing procedures/software to maintain a secure computer environment for a business/organization
Forensic examiner helping law enforcement obtain evidence to be used in court
Security staff member responsible for monitoring and supporting security systems
Computer support specialists/analysts and technicians are listed among the fastest growing occupations in both the Southern Tier (includes Tompkins and Tioga counties) and the Central Region (includes Cortland county).
Four-year schools in New York State that offer bachelor’s degrees in economic crime investigation and related fields include SUNY College of Farmingdale, Hilbert College, and Utica College. Additionally, Champlain College in Vermont has a computer forensics bachelor’s degree that is offered on campus or online.
For specific transfer information, contact the Counseling, Career, and Transfer Services office.
Program ChairMarsha Powell
Professor (Computer Information Systems)