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.


Tiffin University has been designated as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. 

The National Security Agency (NSA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have designated Tiffin University as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE) through 2025. Tiffin University’s B.A. in Cybersecurity received the designation.

The NSA and DHS jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence (CAE) program. The program’s goal is to promote higher education and research in cyber defense to produce professionals with cyber defense expertise.

 


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.

Testimonial

“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 45 hours

CDS152 Introduction to Cyber Defense .....................................................................................................................................................3 hours

CDS244 Cyber Security.....................................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

CDS334 Technology and Crime.....................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

CDS345 Cyber Law and Ethics......................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

CDS348 Incident Management.....................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

CDS351 Survey of Computer Forensics......................................................................................................................................................3 hours

CDS435 Advanced Digital Forensics ........................................................................................................................................................... 3 hours

CDS491 Senior Seminar in Cyber Defense (w)........................................................................................................................................3 hours

CST155 Introduction to Operating Systems ............................................................................................................................................3 hours

CST201 Introduction to Programming.......................................................................................................................................................3 hours

CST230 Networking Fundamentals............................................................................................................................................................3 hours

CST330 Network Infrastructures I ..............................................................................................................................................................3 hours

ENF239 Applied Criminal Investigation and Criminalistics.............................................................................................................3 hours

ENF293 Criminology (w).................................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

ENF460 Evidence Processing........................................................................................................................................................................3 hours

Total...........................................................................................................................................................................45 hours

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

Faculty

Kevin Cashen
Kevin Cashen

Kevin Cashen

cashenk@tiffin.edu
(419) 448-3322

Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies

NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.A., The Ohio State University
  • M.C.J., The University of Alabama
  • M.A., The Naval Postgraduate School

Kevin Cashen

Assistant Professor Kevin Cashen teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in criminal justice and homeland security and has actively been involved in online learning. Mr. Cashen earned a B.A. in Criminology and Criminal Justice from The Ohio State University, a Master of Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama and a Master of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) through the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

Assistant Professor Cashen started his career in criminal justice as a correctional worker with the Lucas County Department of Work Release in 1983 and retired in August 2009 as the Chief of Police with the Norwalk Police Department. Mr. Cashen held various positions within the Norwalk Police Department to include patrol officer, detective, sergeant, captain, executive officer and chief. Assistant Professor Cashen attended the FBI National Academy and is a Certified Law Enforcement Executive through the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. Assistant Professor Cashen is a member of various local and state boards and committees.

Kevin Cashen
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Kevin Cashen
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice & Security Studies
Dr. Lacy Ellis
Dr. Lacy Ellis

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.

EllisLK@tiffin.edu
419-448-3051

Associate Professor & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice

Department Chair, Criminal Justice

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • B.C.J., Tiffin University
  • M.S., Tiffin University
  • Ph.D., in Public Policy and Administration, Walden University

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.

Dr. Lacy Ellis holds a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice from Tiffin University, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University focusing her studies on women in law enforcement. Dr. Ellis comes to Tiffin University with previous teaching experience in both online, hybrid, and traditional seated classes.

Before pursuing academics, Dr. Ellis received her OPOTA Certification and served in a variety of positions within the criminal justice community. She started her career as an undercover narcotics agent working cases from street level to deep cover operations. She served as an intelligence specialist, training at the DEA Academy in Quantico, Virginia, receiving the Federal Law Enforcement Analytical Training Certification. She also has experience in death investigation working as an investigator for Wayne County Coroner's Office. Dr. Ellis currently holds her commission with a local Sheriff’s Office. She is an ALICE Certified Instructor and conducts trainings for Active Shooter Response.

Dr. Ellis is a member of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences and the American Society for Public Administration. Her research interests include the psychological effects of law enforcement, gender studies in law enforcement, motherhood and policy, active shooter response, and physical fitness. She lives in Northeast Ohio with her husband Charles, also in law enforcement, and their three children, Hunter, Olivia and Rayne.

Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice
Lacy Ellis, Ph.D.
Associate Professor & Assistant Dean for Criminal Justice
Pete Piraino
Pete Piraino

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.

PirainoP@tiffin.edu
419-448-3395

Interim Vice Provost, Dean, School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences

Department Chair Criminal Justice Graduate Programs and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice & Security Studies

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Walden University
  • M.A., Governors State University
  • B.S., Western Illinois University

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.

Pete Piraino joined Tiffin University as a full-time Instructor in January, 2012. Professor Piraino teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in criminal justice and homeland security. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member, he served at Tiffin as an adjunct instructor for three years.

Professor Piraino recently retired from the United States Secret Service, as Resident Agent in Charge of its Toledo Resident Office, overseeing Secret Service operations for the 21 counties of Northwest Ohio. Throughout his 23-year career with the Secret Service, he served in a variety of protective and investigative assignments that have taken him to over 40 countries on six continents.

Some of his managerial assignments in the Secret Service included positions in the Vice Presidential Protective Division in Washington, D.C. under then Vice President Cheney, as Protective Detail Leader for Mary Cheney, the daughter of the Vice President, and in the Intelligence Division. Professor Piraino also served in the Secret Service's Presidential Protective Division under Presidents Clinton and Bush.

Prior to his 12-year assignment in Washington, D.C., Professor Piraino served as Special Agent in the Chicago Field Office of the Secret Service investigating a variety of federal criminal violations including counterfeit currency, financial fraud, and threats against Secret Service protected persons. While assigned to the Chicago Field Office, he served as a supervisor on a year-long multi-agency undercover task force investigating USDA food stamp fraud throughout the Chicago area.

Prior to joining the Secret Service, Professor Piraino was a Special Agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) investigating arson for profit and federal firearms violations. Prior to that, he was a police officer in suburban Chicago for eight years.

Professor Piraino received a Bachelor of Science degree in Law Enforcement Administration from Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from Governors State University, University Park, Illinois. Professor Piraino earned his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University. He is the recipient of numerous awards and citations throughout his 33 years as a sworn law enforcement officer.

Pete Piraino, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Provost, Dean, School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences
Pete Piraino, Ph.D.
Interim Vice Provost, Dean, School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences
Ali Yurekli
Ali Yurekli

Ali I. Yurekli, Ph.D.

yurekliai@tiffin.edu
419-448-3294

Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity

School of Criminal Justice & Social Sciences
Degrees & Certificates
  • BSc in Physics, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • MSc in Biomedical Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey

Ali I. Yurekli, Ph.D.

Dr. Yurekli has been working in the information security field since late 1990’s. He has taken research, consulting and management roles at Informatics and Information Security Research Center, which is the national technical authority in Turkey for development and testing of information and communications security systems. He has then acted as Information Security Coordinator at OCCAR A400M Military Transport Aircraft Programme Division in Toulouse, France for nearly five years. His latest assignment before joining Tiffin University was Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher at MPACT (Mobile, Pervasive and Autonomous Communication Technologies) and ADWISE (Advanced Wireless and Security) Labs at Florida International University. He has also taught information security and telecommunication networks courses in Florida.

Dr. Yurekli holds (isc)2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), ISO/IEC 27001 Information Security Management System Lead Auditor, British Computer Society Certificate in Information Security Management Principles (CISMP) and ACUE Certificate in Effective Instruction credentials. Dr. Yurekli is a member of ISACA, (isc)2 and IEEE Computer Society.

Dr. Yurekli has received all his degrees, i.e. BSc in Physics, MSc and PhD in Biomedical Engineering, from Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey.

Ali I. Yurekli, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity
Ali I. Yurekli, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity

Testimonials

  • "TU wasn’t just the place I went to get my degree. It was the place I grew up and I am forever thankful for my Dragon family. It’s always a great day to be a Dragon.”

    – Allison Marie Staunton, Class of 2016

    "TU wasn’t just the place I went to get my degree. It was the place I grew up and I am forever thankful for my Dragon family. It’s always a great day to be a Dragon.”  – Allison Marie Staunton, Class of 2016
  • "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 was faced with the pressure of being the very first to graduate from college in my immediate family. Not coming from a wealthy or 'well off' background, college was just a very faint thought, even approaching my senior year in high school. I dealt with self-esteem issues throughout my high school career and I found it hard to see myself anywhere than where I was. My perceived challenges were rooted from me and my surrounding circumstances. Here at TU, I was able to overcome my fears and put myself in a position that wouldn’t have been possible otherwise. Becoming a Dragon was the best decision I have ever made.”

    Nellene Arnett
    Class of 2017
    Toledo, Ohio

    Students in game room
  • “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
  • Sean M Durocher - Class of 2015
    "Tiffin University was my top choice when searching for colleges. I knew with nationally recognized Criminal Justice Programs, I would receive the best education for my future career goals. Because my undergraduate experience was so positive and rewarding, I have pursued my Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice at TU working as a graduate assistant for First-Year Programs. As a GA, I have been able to give back to an institution that has given so much to me and my fellow classmates. Go Dragons!”

    – Sean M. Durocher, Class of 2015

    Sean M Durocher - Class of 2015

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