An undergraduate certificate in computer studies provides you an introduction to the entire field of computer and information science. It gives you the option to focus on programming, networking, or digital media while using critical thinking and problem solving as you develop your technical and soft skills that this field requires.

About the Computer Studies Certificate

What You'll Learn

Through your coursework, you will learn how to

Through your coursework in the programming track (CMIS), you will learn how to:

  • Design, test, and debug algorithms to solve problems using pseudocode and C
  • Create, implement, test, debug, and document object-oriented programs using Java

Through your coursework in the A+ Net+ track (CMIT), you will learn how to:

  • Evaluate, install, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot computer hardware components and operating systems
  • Recognize the type of network design appropriate for a given scenario

Through your coursework in the digital media/interactive design track (CMST), you will learn how to:

  • Follow proven design theory in creating digital media for print, web, and mobile devices
  • Design effective digital media from concept to final product

Coursework Examples

In past projects, students have had the opportunity to

  • Write and run programs which emulate an ATM
  • Modify code to improve interactive web pages
  • Conduct Usability reviews
  • Create storyboards
  • Use lab simulations to prepare for the CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Netowrk+ certification exams
  • Create instructions on how to build a computer from scratch
  • Assess and document the hardware, software and, network services needed to support organizational goals

Computer Studies Certificate Requirements

Our curriculum is designed with input from employers, industry experts, and scholars. You'll learn theories combined with real-world applications and practical skills you can apply on the job right away.

Required Courses

Computer Studies Core Courses (6 credits)

  • CMIS 102
  • IFSM 201

Discipline-Specific Course Sequence (6 credits)

Choose one 6-credit sequence from the following:

  • CMIS 141
  • CMIS 242
  • or
  • CMIT 202
  • CMIT 265
  • or
  • CMST 290
  • CMST 295

Computer Studies-Related Courses (6 credits)

Chosen from any CMIS, CMIT, CMSC, CMST, CSIA, IFSM, or SDEV courses

Overall Certificate Requirements

  • To pursue a certificate program, you must be admitted as a UMGC student.
  • All undergraduate certificate coursework must be completed within two years of enrolling in the first certificate course.
  • You are responsible for notifying UMGC of your intention to complete certificate work before completion of your last course.
  • You can pursue a degree and certificate simultaneously or pursue a degree after completing the certificate, but the application for any certificate completed while in progress toward the degree must be submitted before award of the degree.
  • You cannot use the same course toward completion of more than one certificate.
  • In cases where the same course is required for two certificates, you must replace that course with an approved substitute for the second certificate.
  • No more than half of the total credits for any certificate can be earned through credit by examination, Prior Learning portfolio credit, internship/Workplace Learning credit, or transfer credit from other schools.
  • Certificates consisting primarily of upper-level coursework may assume prior study in that area. Check prerequisites for certificate courses.
  • Prerequisites for certificate courses can be satisfied by coursework, credit by examination, or Prior Learning portfolio credit.
  • At least half of the total credits for any certificate must be earned through graded coursework.
  • All required coursework for the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in all courses for an undergraduate certificate and B (3.0) in all courses for a graduate certificate.
  • Certificate courses cannot be taken pass/fail.
  • All graduate certificate requirements must be fulfilled within five consecutive years. Any transfer credits must have been earned within the five-year time frame to be applied toward a graduate certificate.

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