Computer Science Certificate

The Computer Science Certificate is for anyone interested in acquiring state of the art knowledge and skills, including Java programming, object-oriented software development, networks and telecommunications, web development, and database management.

Students can begin the program with a minimal understanding of computers and finish this program with skills to master the rapid development of computer technologies. Courses are taught by the faculty of the Department of Computer Science. All courses are for credit and can be transferred to the undergraduate major in computer science or can be used to satisfy prerequisites for admission into the computer science M.S. programs. Students will also have access to state-of-the-art computer labs to support their studies. 

Total Number of Courses 6
Total Number of Credit Hours 18 credit hours
Recommended Start Term

Students can begin this certificate in any of our 5 8-week sessions, but the most expedient way to complete the certificate would be to begin in the Fall I Session. To see how quickly you could finish this certificate view our Course Rotation schedule.

Schedule Format Courses offered in the evenings within 8 week sessions and during the day within the 16 week semester.
Build to B.A. Degree Students who complete this certificate will have satisfied 4 of the course requirements for the B.A. in Information Technology if they complete COMP 251 for their 200 level requirement and COMP 305, 317, 342, or 390 for their 300 level requirements.
Quickest Time to Complete 4 8-Week Sessions (10 months)
Transfer Credit Accepted Toward Certificate 2 courses / 6 credit hours
Course Locations Water Tower Campus
820 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago
Lakeshore Campus –
1032 W. Sheridan Rd, Chicago
Application and Admission Requirements Application
Official transcripts from all prior institutions
2.0 GPA or higher and in good standing at all prior institutions

2015-2016 Academic Year
2016-2017 Academic Year

Certificate Requirements

  • COMP 150 Introduction to Computing
  • COMP 170 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • COMP 271 Data Structures: Algorithms and Applications
  • COMP 200-level
  • COMP 300-level (excludes COMP 391)
  • COMP 300-level (excludes COMP 391)

Regarding the COMP 150 Introduction to Computing Waiver:  There is a possibility for this course to be waived for students with a background that warrants a waiver. Waivers can be further discussed with your advisor.

Online Information Session: Information Technology BA
Wednesday, November 16
7:00 p.m.

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Course Descriptions

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