Digital Forensics Minor

The Digital Forensics minor can be taken in conjunction with any major by completing 18 credits and the requirements listed below (see the URI Catalog "Minor Fields of Study"). Typically the minor is started in the fall or spring of a student’s sophomore or junior year.

This minor has specific hardware and equipment requirements. Students should review the current equipment requirements before beginning the minor.

Typical Course Sequence

Depending on a students background and interest, the minor can be tailored to meet each student's individual needs. Completion of the Digital Forensics Minor typically requires the following courses. Additional information can be found on the current students page.

Programming Requirement

Students who are not Computer Science majors need to acquire basic programming skills for the program. Choose one of the available courses below. Note: The programming experience course can be taken at the same time as CSF 102.

Core Requirements - 12 credits

All students will be required to take the following courses that make up the core of the minor:

Additional Requirements - CS Majors 6 credits; non-CS Majors 3 credits

Computer Science majors choose two more courses from the following, non-Computer Science majors choose one more course from the following:

  • CHM 392 - Criminalistics* (3 credits)
  • PSC/SOC 274 - Criminal Justice System (3 credits)
  • PSC 388 - The American Legal System (3 credits)
  • CSC 491 - Independent Study in Computer Science (1-3 credits)
  • CSC 499 - Internship in Digital Forensics (4 credits)
  • Other faculty pre-approved course

* CHM 392 may be replaced by transfer credits from CCRI that result from taking CCRI's LAWS 1030 Criminalistics I

Additional Questions

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Requirements Transition

The requirements and courses of this program have been updated to reflect the rapid changes in the industry. We have developed a transition guide to help select the courses and schedules that students need. The Minor Transition Guide contains information for both CS majors and non-majors. Students should consult this reference while preparing to meet with an advisor. The requirements posted here take effect May 2017. See Previous Requirements


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