Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Digital Forensics

If you know that digital forensics is the career for you, hit the ground running upon graduation with a completed internship and certification in digital forensics and mobile forensics. TU’s program provides an excellent overview of investigations, legal issues and evidence-handling protocols, as well as an opportunity to work with the Center for Cyber Defense & Forensics for hands-on learning and research opportunities. Our interns have been placed at the FBI, NSA, United States Coast Guard Research & Development Center and DHS.

As society has gone digital, so too have the criminals, terrorists and other threats to our society and nation. The Bachelor of Arts in Cyber Defense and Information Assurance and the Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Digital Forensics degrees at Tiffin University, position current and future law enforcement and national security professionals at the forefront of this new era. Virtually every crime and many of our most serious national security threats now involve some sort of a digital component.

Tiffin University’s curriculum is designed to expose students to real-world problems and real-world solutions. The Digital Forensics major is designed from an investigative and evidence recovery perspective rather than a computer science perspective. The Students that successfully complete the program are eligible to take professional certification tests in Digital Forensics and Mobile Forensics. This prepares our students to begin work in the criminal justice or digital forensics profession on day one after graduation.

Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)

To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.

This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam.

Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.


“Tiffin University gave me my best friend and pushed me to my highest potential. The OPOTA program put me ahead in the hiring process and my bachelor’s degree set me apart from other candidates.”

Cassidy Ralph
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Graduation: Spring, 2019
Major: Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
Position: Police Officer with the City of Marysville Division of Police

Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice 18 hours
Digital Forensics Major 48 hours

  • CDS152 Introduction to Cyber Defense
  • CDS334 Technology and Crime
  • CDS344 Information Security
  • CDS345 Cyber Law and Ethics
  • CDS351 Survey of Computer Forensics
  • CDS390 Special Topics
  • CDS435 Advanced Digital Forensics
  • CDS491 Senior Seminar in Cyber Defense (w)
  • CIS315 Database Design and Applications I
  • CIS412 IT Project Management
  • CST155 Operating Systems
  • CST201 Programming
  • CST230 Network Management and Administration
  • CST330 Network Infrastructures I
  • ENF239 Applied Criminal Investigation and Criminalistics
  • ENF293 Criminology (w)

Total Bachelor of Criminal Justice hours 121


This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with a start date of January and August

There are no related concentrations available

Network Management and Administration (CST230) - This course provides an overview of network hardware, operating systems and applications with a focus on design, implementation and management of the network environment inside an organization.

Introduction to Cyber Defense (CDS152) - This course will provide a foundational overview of the basics of computer network operations, their vulnerabilities, the various types of automated network intrusions and some basic defense strategies, including Defense in Depth. Students will become familiar with the differences between major categories of malware, such as viruses, worms and Trojan horses. The importance of security polity, a trained workforce, and the roles of information technology specialists within organizations will be examined. Rudimentary cryptologic, cryptographic, and Public Key Infrastructure concepts will be introduced.

Advanced Digital Forensics (CDS435) - This course will discuss advanced digital forensics, evidence, and case preparation. Concepts will include Access Data’s Forensic Tool Kit (FTK). E-Discovery and courtroom testimony will be discussed and demonstrated. Students will learn about the importance of forensic principles, legal considerations, digital evidence controls, and documentation of forensic procedures. This course will incorporate demonstrations and laboratory exercises to reinforce practical applications of course instruction.

Technology and Crime (CDS334) - This course is a survey of the use and potential of technology in justice agencies. The use of technology will be examined. Criminological theories related to the cyber-crime typologies will be evaluated.

  • Computer Crime Investigators
  • Computer Forensics
  • Cyber Investigator
  • Department of Defense Criminal
  • Digital Forensics Analyst
  • Digital Forensics Incident Responder
  • Digital Forensics Investigator
  • Digital Forensics Response Analyst
  • Disaster Recovery Managers
  • FBI
  • Forensic Computer Examiner
  • Incident Responders
  • Investigative Services
  • Investigator/Technician
  • Network Forensics Investigator
  • Security Analyst / Security Auditor
  • State/Local Law Enforcement
  • Technology Crime Investigator

While it is extremely competitive to obtain such appointments, TU alumni have gone on to careers in these agencies:

  • NSA
  • Law Enforcement
  • Law Offices
  • Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation
  • Private Enterprise
  • Private Forensics Firms
  • Wisconsin Department of Justice


  • Ygor Bortolato
    "I chose Tiffin because it is a university with people from all parts of the world, and the fact I could be here and meet all of them is simply amazing. Better yet, I came here for swimming and it was an honor for me to be a part of TU’s newest athletic program.”

    - Ygor Bortolato, Brazil

    Ygor Bortolato
  • "What I love about Tiffin University is the fact that I am learning about real-life experiences inside the classroom. Once I graduate, I know I will be prepared for a career in my field. I am thankful for the support I have received from my professors and classmates."

    - Hasan Abdul Elah, UAE

    "What I love about Tiffin University is the fact that I am learning about real-life experiences inside the classroom. Once I graduate, I know I will be prepared for a career in my field. I am thankful for the support I have received from my professors and
  • I knew Tiffin University was the place for me the second I stepped foot on campus. I toured a handful of other universities offering similar programs, but TU was the only school that truly made me feel at home.

    -Caleb Reynolds '15

    TU helped grow my network and give me experience by meeting students from other cultures and countries, and learning from a range of professors. Anyone who wants to feel connected to their fellow students, to their personable professors, and the community
  • “The main challenge I overcame in order to become a Dragon was the language barrier and the financial situation. However, Tiffin University gave the opportunity to join my passion for soccer with my dream of having an education in the U.S. As part of the soccer team, I was able to overcome my language barrier and have the best experience of my life. For that, I will always be thankful.”

    Talita Russo
    Class of 2013
    Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Students in game room
  • “I began my collegiate journey at Purdue University, where I was recruited out of high school. After a few years there I decided it was best if I left and went somewhere else. I didn't really explore many options outside if Tiffin. I knew the coaches here and knew that at the end of the day, even without athletics, I could see myself attending the university. I didn’t look at the size of TU as a deciding factor, I looked more at the people that were there and the quality of education and the product that was offered - and it was the best fit for me.”

    Coy Blair
    Class of 2017, MBA Graduation 2019
    Logan, Ohio

    Students in game room

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