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Information Technology - Computer Forensics and Security Emphasis, B.S.

Requirements

Electronic data is often used as evidence in court. Forensic specialists learn how to identify, preserve, and extract data from electronic devices, such as computers and smart phones. The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology (IT) degree prepares students to install, manage, and maintain the computing infrastructure on which organizational systems run. The Computer Forensics and Security emphasis provides students with a solid foundation for employment by government or corporate sector to work in a computer forensics lab as a forensic analyst or in information security.

Total Program Credits: 126

General Education Requirements: 38 Credits
  ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
  ENGL 2010 Intermediate Writing--Humanities/Social Sciences 3
or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing--Science and Technology (3.0)  
  MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
Complete one of the following:  3
  HIST 2700 US History to 1877 (3.0)  
and HIST 2710 US History since 1877 (3.0)  
  HIST 1700 American Civilization (3.0)  
  HIST 1740 US Economic History  (3.0)  
  POLS 1000 American Heritage (3.0) (recommended for Forensics emphasis)  
  POLS 1100 American National Government (3.0)  
Complete the following:  
  PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
  HLTH 1100 Personal Health and Wellness 2
or PES 1097 Fitness for Life (2.0)  
Distribution Courses:  
  Biology Distribution  3
  Physical Science Distribution  3
  PHYS 2010 College Physics I (fulfills Additional Biology or Physical Science Distribution) 4
and PHYS 2015 College Physics I Lab 1
  Fine Arts Distribution  3
  ENGL 2310 Technical Communication (fulfills Humanities Distribution) 3
  Social/Behavioral Science Distribution (CJ 1010 for Forensics emphasis)  3
Discipline Core Requirements: 64 Credits
Math Requirement:   
  STAT 2050 Introduction to Statistical Methods (4.0)  
or MGMT 2340 Business Statistics I 3
IT Core Requirements:   
  INFO 1120 Information Systems and Technology Fundamentals 3
  INFO 1200 Computer Programming I for IS/IT 3
  IT 1510 Introduction to System Administration--Linux/UNIX 3
  IT 1600 Computer Architecture and Systems Software 3
  INFO 2410 Database Fundamentals 3
  INFO 2420 Web Application Design 3
  IT 2600 Data Communication Fundamentals 3
or CS 2600 Computer Networks I (3.0)  
  IT 2530 Introduction to System Administration--Windows Client 3
  IT 2700 Information Security Fundamentals 3
  COMP 301R Digital Lecture Series 1
  INFO 3430 Systems Analysis and Design 3
  IT 3530 Advanced System Administration--Windows Server 3
  IT 3540 Mac OS and Server Support 3
  IT 3600 Internetworking and Router Management 3
  IT 3700 Information Security--Network Defense and Countermeasures 3
  INFO 405G Global Ethical and Professional Perspectives in IS and IT 3
  INFO 4430 Systems Design and Implementation 3
  IT 4600 Enterprise Architectures and Virtualization 3
  IT 4700 Enterprise Information Security Management 3
 IT Application Domain Requirement: 6
Two specified courses to provide students with knowledge of an application domain of their choice and interest. (See department adviser for list of approved courses.) For the Computer Forensics and Security emphasis, the following 2 courses are required: CJ 1330 and 2350.   
Some possible application domains are:   
  Accounting/IT Auditor   
  Business   
  Communications   
  Computer Science   
  Construction   
  Criminal Justice (Choose this domain for Computer Forensics and Security emphasis)   
  Forensics   
  Geographic Information Systems   
  Health professions   
  Hospitality Management   
  Manufacturing/Production   
  Military Science   
  Multimedia/Digital Media   
  Physical Sciences   
  Social Sciences   
       
Emphasis Requirements: 21 Credits
  CJ 1340 Criminal Investigations 3
  CJ 1350 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
  FSCI 3400 Criminalistics 3
  FSCI 3880 Expert Witness Professional Practices 3
  IT 2800 Computer Forensic Fundamentals 3
  IT 4800 Advanced Mobile Devices Forensics 3
  IT 4850 Digital Forensics Investigations 3
Emphasis Elective Requirements: 3 Credits
Select 3 credit hours from the following:  3
  INFO 3410 Database Systems and Warehousing (3.0)  
  INFO 3420 Web Systems Development (3.0)  
  INFO 3422 PHP Web Application Development (3.0)  
  IT 3510 Advanced System Administration--Linux/UNIX (3.0)  
  IT 459R Current Topics in Information Technology (3.0)  
  IT 4750 Network Security and Operations Capstone (3.0)  

Graduation Requirements:

  1. Completion of at least 126 semester credits required in the BS degree; at least 40 credit hours must be upper-division courses.
  2. Overall grade point average 2.0 or above with a minimum of 2.5 GPA in all discipline core, specialty core, and elective courses with no grade lower than a "C-."
  3. Residency hours: Minimum of 30 credit hours through course attendance at UVU, with at least 10 hours earned in the last 45 hours.
  4. Completion of GE and specified departmental requirements. Students are responsible for completing all prerequisite courses.
  5. Completion of GE global intercultural requirement. INFO 405G satisfies this requirement.
  6. Successful completion of at least one Global/Intercultural course.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is intended to be a guide. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Milestone courses (pre-requisites for a course in one of the subsequent semesters) are marked in red and italicized.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 1010 Introduction to Writing 3
CJ 1010 Intro to Criminal Justice (fulfills Social/Behavioral Science Distribution) 3
MATH 1050 College Algebra 4
INFO 1120 Information Systems and Technology Fundamentals 3
IT 1510 Introduction to System Administration--Linux/UNIX 3
  Semester total: 16
Notes: (1) Must take CJ 1010 this semester to be able to take CJ 1330 and CJ 1340 next semester.
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2010 or ENGL 2020 Intermediate Writing 3
HLTH 1100 or PES 1097 Personal Health and Wellness or Fitness for Life 2
INFO 1200 Computer Programming I for IS/IT 3
IT 1600 Computer Architecture and Systems Software 3
CJ 1330 Criminal Law (Domain) 3
CJ 1340 Criminal Investigation 3
  Semester total: 17
Notes: (1) For students with an emphasis in Computer Forensics and Security, they must take the Criminal Justice Domain. (2) Must take CJ 1330 (domain class) this semester to be able to take CJ 2350 next semester.
Semester 3 Course Title Credit Hours
ENGL 2310 Technical Communication (Humanities Distribution) 3
Biology Distribution  3
INFO 2410 Database Fundamentals 3
IT 2600 Data Communication Fundamentals 3
CJ 2350 Laws of Evidence (Domain) 3
CJ 1350 Introduction to Forensic Science 3
  Semester total: 18
Notes: (1) IT majors make take ENGL 2310 as the Humanities Domain. (2) Must take CJ 2350 (domain class) this semester to be able to take FSCI 3880 next semester.
Semester 4 Course Title Credit Hours
STAT 2050 or
MGMT 2340
Introduction to Statistical Methods or
Business Stats I
3
IT 2530 Introduction to System Administration--Windows Client 3
IT 2700 Information Security Fundamentals 3
IT 2800 Computer Forensic Fundamentals 3
FSCI 3880 Expert Witness Professional Practices 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: (1) Take statistics by the end of the second year. (2) Take IT 2530 this semester to be able to take IT 3530 next semester. (3) FSCI 3880 is offered Spring semesters only. Take this class as soon as meet prerequisites to avoid conflicts with other classes your last two years.
Semester 5 Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2050 Ethics and Values 3
INFO 2420 Web Application Design 3
IT 3530 Advanced System Administration--Windows Server 3
IT 3600 Internetworking and Router Management 3
FSCI 3400 Criminalistics 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: (1) Take FSCI 3400 as early as possible to avoid conflicts with other classes your last three semesters. (2) Take IT 3600 before taking IT 3700.
Semester 6 Course Title Credit Hours
PHYS 2010 College Physics (for additional Biology or Physical Science Distribution) 4
PHYS 2015 College Physics Lab (for additional Biology or Physical Science Distribution) 1
COMP 301R Digital Lecture Series 1
IT 3540 Mac OS and Server Support 3
IT 3700 Info Security--Network Defense and Countermeasures 3
IT 4800 Advanced Mobile Devices Forensics 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: (1) IT 4800 is offered Spring semesters only. (2) Must take IT 4800 this semester to be able to take IT 4850 next semester.
Semester 7 Course Title Credit Hours
History Distribution  3
INFO 3430 Systems Analysis and Design 3
INFO 405G Global Ethics Professional Perspectives IS IT 3
IT 4700 Enterprise Information Security Management 3
IT 4850 Digital Forensics Investigations 3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: (1) IT 4850 is offered Fall semesters only. (2)  See advisor to take INFO 3430 and INFO 405G in the same semester.
Semester 8 Course Title Credit Hours
Fine Art Distribution  3
Physical Science Distribution  3
INFO 4430 Systems Design and Implementation 3
IT 4600 Enterprise Architectures and Virtualization 3
Elective   3
  Semester total: 15
Notes: (1) Must take INFO 4430 the semester immediately after INFO 3430.
  Degree total: 126

Department

Name:

Information Systems & Technology

Location:

CS 601

Telephone:

801-863-8182

Email:

Cheryl.Levi@uvu.edu

Web Address:

uvu.edu/ist

Chair:

Keith Mulbery

 
 

Mission Statement

The Information Systems & Technology Department offers stackable degree programs to provide students with engaged learning opportunities to help students develop technical, communication, managerial, and lifelong -learning skills. The department’s programs prepare students for opportunities in information systems, information technology and security, information management, and education.

Vision Statement

The Information Systems and Technology Department will be the premier source of skilled information systems, information technology and security, information management, and business education professionals in the Intermountain Mountain region. This vision will be accomplished by:

  • Attracting well-qualified, motivated, and engaged students. 
  • Attracting and maintaining a skilled and highly trained, student-oriented faculty who are excellent teachers, applied scholars, and committed to serving the Institution.
  • Providing educational programs that are regionally and nationally recognized within the educational and professional communities, and technologically relevant to potential employers of graduates
 
 

Information Systems & Technology


  • Administrative Support:
    Cheryl Levi
  • Office: CS 601
  • Telephone: 801-863-8182
  • Email: Cheryl.Levi@uvu.edu


Program Coordinator
: Cynthia Krebs

Programs

The Information Systems & Technology Department offers one Certificate of Proficiency, two Certificates of Completion, two AAS degrees, two AS degrees, three Bachelor of Science degrees, one Graduate Certificate, and several minors. Programs include Information Systems, Information Technology, Administrative Information Support/Management, and Business and Marketing Education.

Faculty have earned appropriate degrees, with over 30% holding PhDs and 23% ABD. Faculty have worked full-time at UVU for an average of 13 years, not including teaching experience at other institutions or other employment. Industry experts in the field are hired as adjuncts to teach a variety of courses.

 
 

Business & Marketing Education and Administrative Information Management


  • Advisor:
     Julie Harps
  • Office: CS 635
  • Telephone: 801-863-8403
  • Email:  JHarps@uvu.edu


Information Systems & Technology Advisory Board:

Charles Chiang, Manager of Customer Service, EMC2, Jonathan Daniels, Online Marketing Analyst, DigiCert, Laura deShazo, Career & Technical Education Business Education Specialist, Utah State Office of Education; Ken Finch, Senior Program Manager, ICS Office of CIO, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Dave Gappmayer, Principal Test Manager, Microsoft; Grant Gordon, President/CEO, RationalUX; David Griffiths, Manager of Engineering Team, AdvancedMD; Andrea Hayhurst, VP of Business Technology, Nu Skin Enterprises; Kepi Heimuli, Field Services Utah/Idaho Team Leader, Zion's Management Services Company; Chris Hine, Sr. Alliance Manager Integrated Systems, SUSE; Josh Hogan, Manager, Enterprise Data Management, Nu Skin Enterprises; Stanley Huff, Chief Medical Informatics Officer, Intermountain Healthcare; Jeremiah Jones, Lead Technologist, aVinci Media; Brian Karney, COO, Access Data; Scott Lemon, President, HumanXtensions L.L.C.; Jared Mason, Business Intelligence Manager, The church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Josie Reynaud, Payson High School, Nebo School District; Vickie Walker, Administrative Support IV, Information Technology, Utah Valley University; Lynne Yocom, ITS Fiber Optics Manager, State of Utah, Utah Dept. of Transportation; Kevin Young, Sr. Security Administrator, Adobe Systems Incorporated.

Cyber Security Advisory Board:

Dan Anderson, Consultant, Spectra; Andrew Barney, Manager Information Security, Adobe Systems Incorporated; Vance Checketts, High-Tech COO, EMC2; David Glod, VP of Information Security, Mountain America Credit Union; Gary Glover, Director of Security Assessments, SecurityMetrics, Inc.; David Hunt, VP of Global Corporate Events, Symantec; Steve Leyba, Service Area Director, Department of Workforce Services; Angela Madsen, Operations Manager, Department of Workforce Services; Robert Schroader, President, CEO, Paraben Corporation; Justin Searle, Managing Partner, UtiliSec; Jutta Williams, Chief Privacy Officer, Intermountain Healthcare; David Winberg, Director, NSA-Utah.

 
 

Faculty

John Anderson(2007)

Professor

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty



B.A., English, M.B.A., Strategy & Finance, University of Utah; Ph.D., Information Systems, Utah State University.

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Nicholas Ball(2014)

Assistant Professor

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty



B.A., Finance, Idaho State University; MBA,

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Kimberly Bartholomew(1994)

Associate Professor

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Computer Science, Brigham Young University; Ph.D. (ABD) Computer Technology in Education, Nova Southeastern University.

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Jan Bentley(1999)

Associate Professor

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty



B.S., Marketing and Distributive Education, Brigham Young University; M.S., Business Information Systems and Education, Utah State University.

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S. Cold(1991)

Associate Professor

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty



B.S., Physical Plant Administration, Brigham Young University; M.B.A., University of Nebraska; Ph.D. (ABD), Technology Management (Digital Communication Systems), Indiana State University.

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Kodey Crandall(2014)

Lecturer

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty



B.S., Business Management, Utah Valley University; M.S. Instructional Technology; Utah State University.

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Basil Hamdan(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty

Department: Information Systems & Technology Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.A., Accounting, M.B.A., MIS, East Carolina University; Ph.D., Information Systems, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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George Hickman(1996)

Associate Professor

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty



B.F.A., Photography, Brigham Young University; M.S., Information Systems, San Diego State University.

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Robert Jorgensen(2013)

Sr. Professional In Residence

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty

Department: Information Systems & Technology Graduate Studies
Faculty

B.S., Integrated Studies, Utah Valley University; M.S., Information Systems, University of Utah.

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Cynthia Krebs(1988)

Professor

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty



B.S., M.S., Business Education, Utah State University.

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Craig Lindstrom(2013)

Lecturer

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty



B.S., Business Management, University of Utah; M.S., Business Information Systems, Utah State University.

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Daniel Mcdonald(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty



B.A., Accounting, Brigham Young University; M.S., Management Information Systems, Ph.D., Management, University of Arizona.

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C. Morrey(2011)

Assistant Professor

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty



B.S., Computer Science, Utah Valley University; M.S., Ph.D., Computer Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Keith Mulbery(1994)

Professor

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Department Chair, Faculty



B.S., M.Ed., Education, Southwestern Oklahoma State University; Ph.D., Business Information Systems, Utah State University.

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Matthew North(2015)

Assistant Professor

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty



B.A., History, Brigham Young University; M.S., Business Information Systems, Utah State University; Ph.D., Education, West Virginia University.

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Pat Ormond(1984)

Professor

Department: Information Systems & Technology
Faculty



A.A.S., Data Processing, A.A.S., Accounting, Utah Technical College; B.S., Accounting, Brigham Young University; M.S., Information Systems, Utah State University.

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