Computer Science Certificate


Certificate (Federal aid eligible if certificate is combined with Associate of Science degree, Associate of Applied Science degree, or Bachelor of Applied Science degree. Not eligible for federal aid as a stand-alone certificate.)



A certificate in Computer Science prepares students for continued education by building the foundations of Computer Science. Students learn the subjects of intermediate programming, databases, web development, information technology basics and computer science theory.

Career Opportunities

The career opportunities for a student with a certificate in Computer Science exist mostly within entry level positions in software publishing firms, scientific research and development organizations, and in education. Advancement opportunities in Computer Science increase with experience.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the certificate, successful graduates will be able to:

  • Develop software applications using programming languages
  • Use object-oriented programming to enhance code
  • Improve code using testing techniques
  • Solve technical problems

Course Requirements

Students are responsible for examining the course description of each course listed below for details of prerequisites, which must be satisfied before registering for the course.

Complete each of the following courses
Course NumberTitleCredits
CS 105Introduction to Programming

3 credits

CS 115Object-Oriented Programming

3 credits

CS 220Web Programming

3 credits

CS 335Data Structures

3 credits

MAT 237Discrete Mathematics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:15


Graduation Requirements

1. Minimum of 15 total semester credit hours as outlined
2. Grade of C- or higher in all CS, IT, and MAT certificate courses

3. Certificate GPA of 2.0 or higher in all certificate courses

Recommended Sequence


Individual student circumstances, such as the need for a smaller course load or the number of preparatory English or Math courses a student must take, may require additional semesters to complete the program. Please see your academic advisor for assistance.


First Semester

CS 105, Introduction to Programming, 3 credits

Semester Credits 3


Second Semester

CS 115, Object-Oriented Programming, 3 credits

CS 220, Web Programming, 3 credits

MAT 237, Discrete Mathematics, 3 credits

Semester Credits 9


Third semester

CS 235, Data Structures, 3 credits

Semester Credits 3


Total Credits: 15