Loyola University Chicago

Forensic Science Program

Minor in Computer Crime and Forensics

Computer crime and forensics, a new interdisciplinary minor, helps familiarize students with the criminal justice system, courts, laws and procedures, computer software, hardware, networks, and investigative and evidence-gathering protocols. The minor, offered by the Criminal Justice and Computer Science Departments, requires six courses and does not require any programming background. Students will learn to use computers to solve criminal or civil cases where the evidence is traceable via a computer network or storage. The minor complements majors in computer science, criminal justice and forensic sciences, but it is open to all Loyola students.

The computer crime and forensics minor most commonly prepares students for jobs as a computer forensic examiner or an electronic discovery specialist. Additional job titles include technology litigation support specialist, incident management engineer, computer forensics manager, law enforcement officer and information security specialist. Students may also choose to pursue legal careers specializing in criminal and civil law related to computers (Internet protocol, internal fraud, misappropriation of trade secrets, etc.). Other career options include computer forensic specialist jobs in pharmaceuticals, accounting, financial services and law.