Undergraduate Minors

Undergraduate students, who are completing a degree program in any major, can declare a minor field of study in Digital Forensics or Cyber Security. The first step to exploring these minors is provided on the following pages.

Digital forensics and Incident Response

The discipline that combines elements of law and computer science to collect and analyze data from computer systems US-CERT

Digital Forensics is a discipline of many skills. It requires equal parts knowledge of investigation, computer science and legal procedure. Forensic investigators form a core part of many incident response teams, legal e-discovery proceedings, corporate security teams, and law enforcement investigations. Degree professionals such as financial accountants, criminal justice majors, and information security professionals benefit from the added experience that a minor in Digital Forensics provides.

Cyber Security

A minor in Cyber Security provides students with a broad vision of a growing and fast moving field. There are many specializations within the domain of information security. This minor introduces students to the most relevant and timely developments and prepares them for a variety of job types and research areas.

Minor Requirements - Both Minors

A minimum grade point average of 2.00 must be earned in the minor courses, and at least 12 of the 18 credits must be at the 200 level or above. At least half of the credits required for the minor must be earned at the University of Rhode Island. General education requirements may be used for the minor, but no course may be used for both the major and minor field of study. Minor courses may not be taken on a pass-fail basis.

Application for the minor must be filed in the academic dean's office no later than the beginning of the student's final semester or term, but may be filed as early as the first semester of the Junior year. (Filing for a minor earlier than the Junior year is subject to approval by the student's degree-granting college.)

Undergraduate students may wish to continue their education with a Professional Science Masters degree after their bachelors. These students may take up to 3 courses as advance standing credit to be applied toward their masters degree, but they will not be eligible for the minor.


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