2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 19, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Computer Information Systems - Digital Forensics Certificate

Program Description This hands on program was designed by a group of experts representing both the private and public sectors, with a combined total of 40 years digital forensics and information security experience. It is truly a one-of-a-kind program that trains students to work in an emerging discipline that focuses on the acquisition, recovery, documentation, and analysis of information contained within and created with computing devices. The program is designed for information technology professionals who need to acquire the skills necessary to properly perform forensic analysis of computing devices and systems. Students will learn a complete methodology for processing digital forensics cases from start to finish — not just how to be a user of automated software packages. This certificate requires successful completion of a minimum of 25 credits as outlined.

Advising Note This program requirement sheet is not a substitute for meeting with an academic advisor. Meeting the requirements to graduate with an Edmonds College certificate or degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student.

Program Requirements (25 credits)


  1. Conduct forensic analysis on various types of computing devices and storage media.
  2. Properly document a digital forensics investigation/analysis and create comprehensive analysis reports.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of techniques and methods to facilitate the recovery of data from corrupt and/or damaged storage media.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of laws, standards, and regulations and their relevance to information security and privacy.

Program Notes

The program code for this certificate is CISDFC20. For financial aid, advising, and other reasons, students should work with their advisor to ensure that this code is properly recorded on their academic record.

  • Topics: Procedures and methodologies used for digital forensics, structure and layout of NTFS, the Windows Registry, INFO2 files, electronic surveillance, intrusion detection, cryptography, and developing a testing and verification methodology. Related legal topics include properly acquiring and collecting evidence for use in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings, rules of evidence, providing expert testimony, and legislation and laws affecting privacy and information technology.
  • Upon completion of this certificate program, students may be qualified for jobs as Computer Forensic Examiners. Students who are already working in an information technology or information security related capacity will find their skill sets greatly enhanced. In addition, students will be afforded the opportunity to sit for the CyberSecurity Forensics Analyst (CSFA) Certification exam, which is good for a one-year experience waiver toward the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam.
  • Entry Requirements This certificate begins at an advanced level and is designed for students already working in an information technology capacity. Students MUST see a Computer Information Systems (CIS) faculty advisor for proper placement into this program. It is recommended that program candidates have a minimum of the A+ and Network+ or CCNA certifications or equivalent experience and training before enrolling.
  • Students planning to continue on to other certificates and/or a two-year ATA degree in CIS should plan ahead while working toward their CIS certificate. For a smooth transition from certificate to degree, students should see a CIS advisor at their earliest opportunity. 

Please email cyberdefense@edmonds.edu with questions.

Department websites: 
​​​​​​​​Computer Information Systems | edmonds.edu/cis
Information Security | infosec.edmonds.edu

Certificate General Information

Credit/Grade Requirements A minimum of 30 credits or one-third of the required college-level (100-level or above) credits, whichever is less, must be earned at Edmonds College. Students are required to maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all college-level courses.

Program of Study Outcomes Student achievement is assessed in the general and program specific outcomes via the courses and course objectives that align with those outcomes. More information about program outcomes and course objectives can be found on the Using Program Requirement Sheets  page.

Students Are Advised To:

  • Plan their schedule several quarters in advance in order to accommodate courses that are offered only once or twice a year;
  • Review the college catalog for required course prerequisites and include these in schedule planning; and
  • Communicate with an academic advisor and/or a faculty advisor.

Graduation Application A completed Graduation Application form must be submitted online by the 10th day of the quarter in which the student expects to graduate. Note: Applications for summer quarter are due by the 8th day of the quarter.

Common Course Numbering Please refer to www.edmonds.edu/ccn for more information.

College Resources

Internal Coding

TC - 25
CIP - 111003
​Last revised - 2023/04/21