The Department of Computer Science offers enrolled students different credentials in the field in order to further enrich their professional skillset.
Minor in Computer Science
The Computer Science Minor requires at least 17 hours of Computer Science courses. Students must complete CSCI-1302, CSCI-2610 and at least 9 hours of upper-division (3000-4999) courses in CSCI. However, many (but not all) upper division CS courses have a pre-requisite of CSCI 2720, which represents approximately 20 hours of lower-division prerequisites. The Department of Computer Science does offer several upper-division courses that have a pre-requisite lower than CSCI 2720: CSCI 3030, CSCI 4130, CSCI 4140, CSCI 4150, CSCI 4300, CSCI 4540, CSCI 4550, CSCI 4560, CSCI 4810, and CSCI 4800. Please check with the UGA Bulletin for the current pre-requisite listings.
Applying for the Minor in Computer Science
Log into Athena, then under the Student tab, click My Programs and then Add Minor.
As a reminder, UGA's Bulletin states that courses taken to satisfy Core Areas I through V may not be counted as course work in the minor. Courses taken in Core Area VI may be counted as course work in the minor. The purpose of the minor is to complete coursework in a field of study other than the student's major.
Certificate in Computing
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. Students who will receive a minor in CSCI are not eligible for the certificate of computing. 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.
How to apply for the Certificate in Computing:
You can apply for the certificate through Athena.
Certificate in Applied Data Science
The Computer Science Department's certificate program in Applied Data Science is useful for students in a variety of mathematical, scientific, and engineering fields. The certificate develops expertise in the collection, storage, analysis, visualization, and interpretation of data. Efficient processing of large quantities of data via frameworks like Hadoop and Spark are also explored. The need for expertise in data analytics and data science has grown tremendously in recent years. The certificate program is intended to help meet these needs.
Eligibility for the Applied Data Science Certificate Program:
Admission is open across the university, but is targeted to the mathematical, scientific (including biological, physical, and social sciences), and engineering fields. The minimal prerequisite for courses in the certificate program is MATH 1113 or MATH 1113E, Precalculus.
Course requirements for the Certificate in Applied Data Science:
The undergraduate certificate program in Applied Data Science requires 18-20 hours of coursework, with 12 hours of core courses and 6-8 hours of electives. All courses used to satisfy the certificate requirement must be passed with a grade of "C" or better.