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Department of Computer and Information Science
Certificate in Applied Computer Science

The certificate program introduces computer science principles, develops practical skills in market-driven software applications, and prepares students to be successful with emerging technologies. The program is designed to supplement and enhance a primary degree program. It serves current IUPUI students and returning adults who are interested in gaining knowledge and skills in computing applications.

Those who earn the certificate will have demonstrated that they have the core competencies necessary for entry-level positions in information technology. They will have the ability to solve complex problems, design and implement algorithms, apply computer science theory to practical problems, adapt to technological change and to develop software solutions.

Admission Requirements

  • A cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and enrollment in or successful completion (no grade below C–) of MATH-M118 Finite Mathematics or higher or PHIL-P162 Logic or PHIL-P265 Introduction to Symbolic Logic

Students must declare their intent to earn this certificate before completing the core requirements (9 credit hours) described below. No more than 9 credit hours earned before admission to the program will be accepted toward the certificate requirements.

Program Requirements

Students are required to successfully complete 18 credit hours (six courses) to earn the certificate. Three courses are core requirements and three courses are advanced electives. Core requirements must be completed before enrolling in the advanced electives. No individual grade below a C– is acceptable. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate program must be taken in the Department of Computer and Information Science. A GPA of at least 2.0 is required for the complete certificate program.

Required Core CSCI Courses (9 credit hours):
  • CSCI-N241 Fundamentals of Web Development
  • CSCI-N301 Fundamental Computer Science Concepts
  • CSCI-N361 Fundamentals of Software Project Management
Advanced Electives (9 credit hours):

In addition to the three core courses, students must successfully complete three other N-series courses that complete Tier 1 and Tier 2 requirements.  Students should contact the Computer and Information Science Academic Advisor for information about Tier 1 and Tier 2 courses.

To enroll in this certificate program, students must be formally admitted by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions on the IUPUI campus. For currently enrolled (admitted) IUPUI students, an online application is available at http://www.cs.iupui.edu/form/certificate/. Credit may be given for applicable courses taken at other colleges or universities.