Computer Forensics Analyst

Career Certificate

Bring digital evidence to light

Comb through data to catch criminals

Go under the hood to find digital tracks. Just as a crash scene investigator must understand how vehicles move under different forces, a computer forensics analyst must understand how computers, networks and various digital media work and how they can be compromised.

Learn how to collect and analyze digital evidence, preserving its integrity so it can be presented in court. For those already in law enforcement or criminal justice, this certificate gives you specialized computer and electronics skills. For those already in computers, this certificate gives you the specialized lens of the law to understand the evidentiary value of that keystroke log.

What can you do with a Certificate in Computer Forensics Analyst?

The Certificate in Computer Forensics Analyst prepares you to work in Criminal Justice, Computer Science or related fields.

Expand your skillset with stackable certificates

The 29 college credits you earn with your certificate in computer forensics can all apply to an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) (63-65 credits). This certificate can also be earned along the way as you complete your A.A.S. with the specialty option of Computer forensics. That’s one way to stack this certificate toward another credential.

You can also earn a second certificate, upgrading or expanding your skillset. Choose a certificate combination specific to your interests or how you want to develop your career. Choose from these other certificates:


  • Stackable Credentials

    Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.
  • WIOA Program

  • 100% Online

    Can be completed 100% online.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Program Length: 1.5 Years

    Full-time students can complete in 1.5 years.

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CLC 120 2
    CIT 130 3
    CIT 132 3
    CIT 139 3
    CIT 155 3
    ELT 151 3
    • Course Code CLC 120
      Course Title
      Credits 2
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CIT 130
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CIT 132
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CIT 139
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CIT 155
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ELT 151
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CIT 162 3
    CIT 152 3
    • Course Code CIT 162
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CIT 152
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CIT 262 3
    CIT 264 3
    • Course Code CIT 262
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CIT 264
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours


*Cost is estimated based on recommended pathway credit hours. This includes in-district tuition and other fees, such as books and materials before financial aid is applied, as well as grants, loans or scholarships. There are many opportunities for financial assistance at CLC. Learn more about Cost of Attendance.

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