Digital Forensics Course Map

These course maps provide a semester-by-semester breakdown of courses for the students. In addition to the UAlbany course map, we have equivalent course maps defined for each of our partner community college as well to make transition of transfers from these colleges easier into the University. Students from other majors at UAlbany who are interested in Digital Forensics may also use the UAlbany course map to determine the courses needed in addition to their current degree requirements. These maps may not include all the electives that are offered in the Digital Forensics program. We are also willing to work with individual students and other community colleges to define customized course maps from other programs not currently listed.

For UAlbany students, the freshman year is primarily focused on the General Education and foundational courses and sophomore year is focused primarily on core competency courses. Also, the junior year is focused on specialized forensics concentration courses, and the senior year is focused on capstone courses. Transfers from community colleges have slightly modified course maps based on their associate's degree requirements. There will be several opportunities to take elective courses (especially in the junior and senior year) that students should use to focus on their area of interest.

Year 1 Fall       Credits
**BFOR 201 Introduction to Digital Forensics   3
**APSY 101 Introduction to Psychology   3
GE U.S. History   3
GE Foreign Language   3
GE UUNI 100 Writing and Critical Inquiry   3
  15
Year 1 Spring  
**RCRJ 281 Intro to Statistics1 or AMAT 108 Elementary Statistics   3
RCRJ 201 Introduction to Law and Criminal Justice / BLAW 220   4
**BFOR 100 Introduction to Information Systems    3
GE International Perspectives   3
GE Natural Science   3
  16
     
Year 2 Fall   Credits
**BFOR 203 Networking & Cryptography   3
**BFOR 205 Introduction to Database Systems (P: BFOR 100)   3
**BACC 211 Financial Accounting   3
GE Humanities (suggested APHI 210 Introduction to Logic)   3
GE Challenges for 21st Century   3
  15
Year 2 Spring  
**BITM 215 Information Technologies for Business   3
**BFOR 204 Intro to Cyber Security (P: BFOR 203)   3
BFOR 206 Programming for Analytics   3
GE Arts   3
Elective   3
  15
     
Year 3 Fall   Credits
**BFOR 301 Computer Forensics (P: BFOR 201)   3
**BFOR 304 Mobile Forensics (P: BFOR 201)   3
**BFOR 305 Cyber Defense (P: BFOR 204)   3
Elective   3
Elective   3
  15
Year 3 Spring  
**BFOR 303 Computer and Memory Forensics (BFOR 201)   3
**BFOR 306 Database Security and Forensics (BFOR 204 & 205)   3
**BFOR 412 Cyber Inc. Resp. & Pen Testing (BFOR 204, 305, 206)   3
Elective   3
Elective   3
  15
     
Year 4 Fall   Credits
**BFOR 401W Advanced Digital Forensics (P: BFOR 301 & 303)   4
**BFOR 403 Risk Analysis & Security Policies (P: BFOR 204 & 305)   3
**BFOR 413 Multimedia Forensics (P: BFOR 201)   3
Elective   3
Elective   3
  16
Year 4 Spring  
**BFOR 402 eDiscovery Forensics and Moot Court (P: BFOR 201)   4
**BFOR 400 Forensic Acct. and Fraud Examination (P: BACC 211)   3
Elective   3
Elective   3
  13

 **Digital Forensics Major Courses

Digital Forensics & Cyber Analytics Electives:

  • BITM 210 Information Technology Practicum I
  • BFOR 410 International Cyber Conflicts
  • BFOR 411 SCADA Forensics (P: BFOR 201)
  • BFOR 416 Advanced Data Analytics (AMAT 108/RCRJ 281 & BFOR 206)
  • BFOR 418 Assembly Lang. & Malware Reverse Eng. (BFOR 204 & BFOR 206)
  • BFOR 419 Sys. Admin. and Oper. Systems Concepts (BFOR 100, BFOR 206)
  • BFOR 420 National Cybersecurity Challenge Problems