University Catalog 2023-2024

Computer Programming (Certificate) (For Post-Baccalaureate Students, Distance Education)

Program Overview

Computer science is an ever-evolving field and the role of computer programmers in our society has been redefined many times over. Future computing professionals hoping to keep pace with the world’s rapidly-changing technologies must first develop a solid foundation in the basic principles of computer programming. The Department of Computer Science and Engineering Online provides that foundation through our Computer Programming Certificate (CPC) program. Students are awarded the certificate after completing the required courses with a grade point average of 2.0 or above.

The CPC curriculum is aligned with the Computer Programming Minor, the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science curriculum, and the preparatory undergraduate coursework that is required for application to Computer Science graduate programs. All courses in the CPC have the same learning outcomes as the courses offered to degree-seeking students.

To see what you will learn while pursuing this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

Admission Requirements

Offered entirely online, and open to students with a bachelor’s degree in any field other than computer science or computer engineering, the Computer Programming Certificate (CPC) is ideal for working professionals. The CPC is specifically designed to help you gain the fundamental computing skills you need to further your current career or prepare for a career change. The CPC is a professional credential that verifies your programming competency and understanding of the theoretical foundations of computer science. The required courses focus on developing Java programming skills that you can use to successfully program in any environment.

CPC Application Information

Certificate Requirements

Completing the CPC requires 22 – 23 hours of coursework in mathematics, programming languages, and other core principles of computer science beyond the calculus requirement (Calculus I may be worth 3 or 4 credit hours depending on the course taken - students may take MA 121MA 131MA 141, or transfer equivalent). The Department of Computer Science coordinates with Registration & Records in issuing certificates.

Program Contact and Advisor

Director of Advising, Department of Computer Science
Dr. Barbara Jasmine Adams
1204 Engineering Building II (EB II)

Program Coordinators

Certificate Director
Dr. Sarah Heckman
Director of Undergraduate Programs, Department of Computer Science
2297 Engineering Building II (EBII)

Director of Engineering Online
Dr. Linda Krute
College of Engineering – Dean’s Office

Academic Structure

Term Effective: 1/1979; 8/2011, 1/2019, 7,2021

Plan Code: 14CPCTU, 32CPCTU

CIP Code: 14.0901

Description: Undergraduate Certificate in Computer Programming

Offered: Distance Education format only

Plan Requirements

The certificate is awarded to students completing the required courses with a certificate GPA of 2.0 or higher.

Required Courses
MA 121Elements of Calculus 13-4
(or any college calculus course)
CSC 116Introduction to Computing - Java 23
CSC 216Software Development Fundamentals 23
CSC 217Software Development Fundamentals Lab 21
CSC 226Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists 23
CSC 230C and Software Tools3
CSC 246Concepts and Facilities of Operating Systems for Computer Scientists3
CSC 316Data Structures and Algorithms3
Total Hours22-23

The Department of Computer Science waives the co-requisite of MA 121 Elements of Calculus or MA 131 Calculus for Life and Management Sciences A or MA 141 Calculus I so students interested in the CPC may begin by taking CSC 116 Introduction to Computing - Java. However, a Calculus I class remains a requirement for the CPC program. E 115 Introduction to Computing Environments is waived as a prerequisite for CSC 116 Introduction to Computing - Java since this is a DE program and E 115 Introduction to Computing Environments material is not needed for student success.