Foundations of System Development
Undergraduate Certificate


All Quarters


Course Format

Online, Mixed Mode, On-Site (Seattle) 

Total Credits


Transition to a Career in Tech

Nationwide talent shortage in computing enables career transition for people ready to obtain technology skills to land jobs in Organizations seeking skilled professionals. This certificate is the first step to begin the transition into an exciting, well-paid career.

Certificate Overview

The Undergraduate Certificate in the Foundations of System Development is designed for individuals seeking to develop marketable skills grounded in the principles of software development and to provide a solid foundation for further education the computing fields – Computer Science, Data Science, Cybersecurity, Information Systems, and Information Technology. Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will have a mastery of foundational skills in the areas of composition, programming, network, database technologies, operating systems, and cybersecurity to build a career in the field of software development.

Learning Outcomes

The Undergraduate Certificate in the Foundations of Systems Development will prepare students to:

Integrate a foundational knowledge of all areas of system development
Apply fundamental principles and practices of system development
Apply critical and ethical thinking to solve problems in system development
Evaluate data to inform decisions and solve problems in system development
Create the ability to develop and express ideas, while applying a variety of delivery models, genres, and styles
Collaborate effectively on diverse teams to accomplish a common goal


Certificate Requirements (30 Credits) 

ENG 301 Advanced Composition (CC) 
CS 132  Computer Science I  
CS 330  Network Communications 
IS 340  Operating Systems
IS 345 Cybersecurity
IS 360 Database Technologies

Career Opportunities

Program Manager


Ali Khamesipour

Graduates from the certificate program can apply their skills in organizations such as health, government, education, non-profit, and industry.

This is the first of three stackable certificates with credits that apply to one of five undergraduate degrees at the School of Computing and Technology.

Technology careers are listed as one of the highest-paying bachelor’s degrees pathways. For more information visit the US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Click HERE for admissions and tuition information.

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