Description of the Computing Certificate Program:

The Certificate in Computing is designed for students who want a strong set of computing skills to increase their productivity in the computerized workplace.  Some holders of the Certificate will become "power users," that is, workers who are unusually proficient at using the power of ordinary office computer systems to produce results in the enterprise.  Other Certificate holders may obtain positions as entry–level computer programmers or Web developers. 


Eligibility for the Computing Certificate Program:

This program is open to undergraduate and post–baccalaureate students in any major except Computer Science.  There are no prerequisite courses to enter the program, but students must complete MATH 1113 or equivalent before taking CSCI 1301–1301L, one of the required courses for the Certificate. 


What's the difference between the Certificate and a Minor?

The Computer Science minor requires at least 9 hours of upper-division courses in CS, while the Certificate in Computing does not. In essence, the Certificate in Computing represents a strong concentration in a subject area, short of a major.


Course requirements for the Certificate in Computing:


Required courses (complete ALL the courses below) Semester hours
CSCI 1100 - 1100L* Topics in computing 3
CSCI 1301* Introduction to computing and programming 4
CSCI 1302 Software development 4
CSCI 2610 Discrete mathematics for computer science 4


Elective Course (choose ONE from the list below) Semester hours
CSCI 1730 Systems programming 3
GEOG 4370 Introdcution to geographic information systems 3
GEOG 4470 Geographic analysis and geographic information systems 3
ENGR 4360 Advanced topics in CAD/CAM 3
ENGR 4540 Applied machine vision 3
LING 3150 Generative syntax 3
LING 4510 Deductive systems 3
LING 4520 Model systems 3
ARTI 4510 Deductive systems 3
ARTI 4540 Symbolic processing 3
PHIL 4250 Technology and values 3
PHIL 4550 Artificial intelligence 3
CSCI 1730 Systems Programming 4
CSCI 2670 Theory of computing 4
CSCI 2720 Data structures 4
ANY CSCI 4000 - Level Course ANY CSCI 4000 - Level Course 3 or 4

Total Semester hours

  18 - 20

* A more advanced course can be subsituted for CSCI 1100-1100L. Terry College Students my subsitute MIST - 2090: Introduction to Information Systems in Business. No other subsitutions allowed unless approved by the undergraduate coordinator.

** Each class must be passed with a "C" or better. A total of 18-20 hours will be needed.


How to apply for the Certificate in Computing:

  • You can apply fo the certificate through Athena