Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Certificate in Applied Computer Science

IUPUI BiocomputingAdmissionsCoursesStudent Resources


Improve your career prospects

The certificate program prepares students for entry-level positions in jobs such as database management, web development, multimedia, system administration, or user support. The certificate program introduces computer science principles, develops practical skills in market-driven software applications and prepares students to be successful with emerging technologies. Students 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 program in at least two languages.

Graduates emerge armed with the technical proficiency, project management skills, communication expertise, and analytical skills needed to develop working solutions for computing challenges. Students who earn the certificate will have demonstrated they have the core competencies necessary for entry-level positions in information technology including database development, visual basic development, webmaster, multimedia development, system and network administration (including security), programmer/analyst, help desk technical support.

Who can benefit?

Students with an undergraduate degree in fields outside computer science

Gain significant experience with today's technologies, as well as the background to understand and to contribute to the creation of new technologies.

Current IUPUI students

Supplement and enhances a primary degree program. The certificate of applied computer science is a perfect companion for students in other degree programs. For example, liberal arts students can earn a certificate of applied computer science without adding time or credit hours to their degree process. Students in liberal arts and other degree programs who are interested in the certificate are encouraged to visit an advisor to work out a plan of study.

Student Consumer Information About this Program

Program Requirements

The certificate program requires completion of 18 credit hours (six courses) with a GPA of at least 2.0. 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 at IUPUI.

Details of all undergraduate degree requirements can be found in the IUPUI bulletin.

Core Courses

CSCI-N241, Fundamentals of Web Development, CSCI-N301, Fundamental Computer Science Concepts, CSCI-N361, Fundamentals of Software Project Management, CAND 99100*

Advanced Electives

Students must successfully complete three N-Series courses that complete Tier 1, Tier 2, and elective requirements. Other courses may apply with approval from a program advisor. Visit the course page for current course descriptions.

*0 credit hour course which notifies the CS Department of students intent to complete the certificate program which generates a 'final degree audit'. Students should apply for graduation in the semester before their last in order to ensure adequate time for graduation audit processing.