Bachelor of Criminal Justice

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 cover of investigations, legal issues and evidence-handling protocols, and 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.

Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice 21 hours
Digital Forensics
 Major 33 hours

  • CIS201 Programming
  • CIT155 Operating Systems
  • CIT361 Network Management and Administration
  • CDS152 Introduction to Cyber Defense
  • CDS334 Technology and Crime
  • CDS351 Survey of Digital Forensics
  • CDS344 Information Security
  • CDS345 Cyber Law and Ethics
  • CDS435 Advanced Digital Forensics
  • CDS491 Senior Seminar in Cyber Defense 
  • ENF239 Applied Criminal Investigation and Criminalistics

Total BCJ 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

Programming (CIS201) - Introduces structured programming using a programming language such as Visual Basic. The student will learn to design and develop Windows based applications that are event-driven (point and click). Record structures will be developed along with file storage and manipulation techniques. The course will expose the student to the object-oriented programming environment.

Operating Systems (CIT155) - This course provides the student with extensive hands-on exposure to Windows and non-MS Windows environments. Included are such topics as interface design, disk and memory management, system configurations, multitasking, data sharing and the network environment. Multiplatform operating systems will be introduced.

Network Management and Administration (CIT361) - 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.

  • Computer Crime Investigators
  • Computer Forensics
  • Department of Defense Criminal
  • Disaster Recovery Managers
  • FBI
  • Incident Responders
  • Investigative Services
  • Investigator/Technician
  • Security Analyst / Security Auditor
  • State/Local Law Enforcement


  • Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation
  • Private Enterprise


Michael Lewis
Michael Lewis Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice / Chair for Undergraduate Off-Campus Seated...
Dr. Gordon Crews
Dr. Gordon Crews Professor of Criminal Justice & Criminology
Dr. Lacy Ellis
Dr. Lacy Ellis Assistant Professor & Chair for Criminal Justice Graduate Programs / Internship...
Jeffry Stockner
Jeffry Stockner Professor of Business Law & Criminal Justice
Kevin Cashen
Kevin Cashen Dean School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences / Assistant Professor, Criminal...
Pete Piraino
Pete Piraino Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies / Chair for Main Campus...
Charles White
Dr. Charles White Assistant Professor / ATIC & OPOTA Coordinator
Scott Blough
Scott Blough Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies


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