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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Sep 28, 2022
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Information System Design Certificate

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This innovative 18-credit program responds to the increasing industry demand for information system professionals. Offered in partnership with the School of Computing and Information (SCI), this multifaceted undergraduate certificate can be completed as a stand-alone continuing education program or serve as preparation for a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree.

Who should participate:

  • Professionals in another field who wish to enter the information management field
  • Individuals working in the technology field who want or need more formal training to progress in their careers
  • People wanting to prepare for a master’s degree in information sciences

Upon completion of this certificate, participants will be able to:

  • Use scientific programming language to introduce information structures such as linked lists, stacks, and queues
  • Develop program modules using a current programming language
  • Utilize the theories of data structures and programming language design

These competencies may be applied to positions such as system designer, database developer, database manager, interactive system designer, expert system designer, information retrieval specialist, network designer, database marketer, or administrator who advises and implements technology purchases and upgrades.

This certificate is applicable to fields such as banking, healthcare, library science, judicial systems, communication, education, agriculture, private industry, and government.

Admission requirements

Students must meet requirements for admission to the College of General Studies. A certificate application form must be completed and submitted online to the College of General Studies.

Program Prerequisites

Before applying to this program, students should have completed 1) a college algebra class, and 2) an introductory informations systems course or a programming course, earning a C or better in both.

Obtaining the Certificate

To receive the certificate, you must fill out an application with CGS prior to completing your last term in the program. Check with a CGS academic advisor for the application form and filing deadline and be sure all requirements for the certificate have been met. To avoid a late fee, you should complete this process when registering for the term.


Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.

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