Undergraduate Certificate - Computer Programming

General

Program Description

Turn Your Interest in Tech Into Your Dream Career

Computer programming professionals create the code that allows applications, programs, and computer systems to function correctly. Some specific job responsibilities might include the following:

  • Design and build local area networks (LANs), wide area networks (WANs), and intranets.
  • Work with back-end and front-end technologies included PHP, HTML, CSS, javascript, and more.
  • Develop applications that allow users to perform tasks on computers and other electronic devices.
  • Evaluate existing systems to improve their efficiency and effectiveness.

What Will I Learn in this Certificate Program?

As a computer programming expert, you will become an invaluable part of a technology-dependent enterprise. The CSU Global Computer Programming Certificate is an accelerated, six-course program that provides students with foundational skills in computer programming and an understanding of a variety of software. It is an excellent entry-point to a bachelor’s degree program, as 18 credit hours are earned with certification. Courses cover a spectrum of basic programming and software development techniques for the analysis, design, and implementation of software applications across various operating systems and platforms.

Students interested in these courses should have a firm grasp of basic computer skills and networking technologies, including the ability to understand new computer/networking concepts that relate to information systems and networking.

Courses in this Certificate

This 18 credit-hour, stand-alone program consists of six, three-credit courses:

  • CSC320 Programming I
  • CSC372 Programming II
  • CSC400 Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CSC450 Programming III
  • CSC470 Software Engineering
  • CSC475 Platform Based Development

Why You Should Earn Your Online Undergraduate Certificate

In today’s evolving and unpredictable economy, stackable credentials are an important tool you can utilize immediately, while also building credits toward a full degree. With an undergraduate certificate from CSU Global, you prove proficiency in a specific subject with your stand-alone, transcribable, nationally recognized credentials. Get promoted, switch industries, or work toward a full degree. And with our Tuition Guarantee, your affordable tuition rate won’t increase over time. Now is the time to get the career respect you deserve by increasing your market competitiveness.

  • Online accredited degrees
  • No set times or locations
  • Monthly class start
  • Accelerated courses

Learn Valuable Skills

As a student in the Undergraduate Certificate in Computer Programming program, you will gain a wealth of real-life skills to use in your IT career. Specific learning outcomes include:

  • Select and apply appropriate software engineering topics and concepts to solve a given business problem.
  • Develop conceptual models to access and update stored information.
  • Design, implement and analyze algorithms for solving problems using Java.
  • Write software programs that manage resources securely in different operating system environments.
  • Compare and contrast different platform-based development environments.
  • Analyze specific programming language requirements for multiple platforms.

Finish Faster and For Less with Alternative Credit Options

Credit by Exam

  • You can get credit by taking exams for what you have already learned.

Self-Study Assessments (SSA)

  • CSU Global will help you prepare to earn course credits for taking a proctored exam for specific content areas.

CSU Global Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

  • Earn credit for what you have already learned in your career or other educational experience.

Undergraduate Admissions

CSU Global may grant an offer of admission to high school graduates (or GED equivalent) who meet the below requirements for admission. Additional requirements and limitations for first-year and transfer students are listed under First-Year Students and General Admission Requirements.

Standard Admissions

Offers of admission may be granted to applicants who:

  • Meet First Year requirements, have official high school transcript(s) or GED on file, and have a resume outlining 2 years of experience.
    • Applicants who do not have a full 2 years of work experience may be Provisionally Admitted by the Admissions Committee for provisional admission if they have at least one year of work experience by the time of initial enrollment at CSU Global. Such applicants are also expected to have at least two years of work experience before beginning the second year of study. The work experience requirement may be fulfilled by full-time employment, part-time employment, paid or unpaid internships/apprenticeships, or other volunteer work.
  • Are age 23 or older and/or have been out of school for five or more years and meet CSU Global minimum admission requirements and have official proof of a high school transcript(s) or GED on file. These applicants are not required to meet first-year or transfer student admission requirements as outlined by the State of Colorado.
    • Applicants who have a 2.8 or higher high school GPA and 2 years work experience may be granted automatic admittance
  • Has official high school transcript(s) or GED on file and has completed 24 or more college-level semester credit hours or 36 or more college-level quarter credit hours from a regionally accredited college or university. These applicants are considered transfer students and not required to meet first-year admission requirements.
    • Transfer applicants must be in good standing at the institution last attended and/or have at least a 2.30 cumulative grade point average. If not, the student will need to apply through the provisional admissions process and a recommendation on admission will be made by the Admissions Committee.
  • Are applying for Non-Degree Seeking Status and have official proof of a high school transcript(s) or GED on file.

Applicants who do not meet the State of Colorado First Time Freshmen or Transfer requirements may apply for Provisional Admission and review by the Admissions Committee. Applicants whose transfer credits are only from a nationally accredited school(s) or a military transcript, ACE-approved credit providers, or other non-traditional sources of transfer credit not resulting in a GPA, will be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review under the provisional admission process.

Additional General Admissions Requirements

  • All entering undergraduate students are required to take either ORG100 or ORG300 in their first term.
  • Applicants who are enrolled at another institution at the time application for admission is submitted to CSU Global should arrange to have an official transcript sent at the time of application as well as a final transcript sent when the final course at the current institution is completed or should submit a Transcript Waiver Form.
  • After admission and receipt of official transcripts, evaluations of transferable credit will be completed. Each applicant must disclose all previous college experience on his or her application or be subject to a delay of admission, loss of credit, rejection of the application, and/or cancellation of enrollment.
  • All application materials for applicants who decide not to enroll for the term they applied will be kept on file for one year. Official transcripts will not be relinquished to applicants or students under any circumstances.

Undergraduate Conditional Admission

  • Applicants who have submitted copies of unofficial transcript(s) from all prior institutions may be admitted conditionally upon recommendation of the Admissions Committee or its designee. The unofficial transcripts must demonstrate the applicant is qualified for admission (pending receipt of official transcripts).
  • Applicants admitted conditionally may not begin courses in their first term until all official transcripts and/or Admit Less Credit Forms are on file with the university. If all official transcripts are not on file by the start of the term, the student will be postponed to a later start date.
  • Students will be notified that they have achieved full admit status once all official transcripts have been received.
  • First-time applicants who only have high school transcript(s) or equivalent are not eligible for conditional admission.

Undergraduate Provisional Admission

If the applicant does not qualify for standard admission or was suspended, expelled, or placed on academic warning/probation at their most recent institution, CSU Global may admit an applicant under provisional status if the applicant meets the minimum Provisional Admissions Rubric requirements and/or is recommended for admission by the Admissions Committee or Provost. CSU Global reserves the right to request, access and review academic history as deemed relevant. Each provisional application will be reviewed under the Provisional Admissions Rubric. It is highly recommended applicants take their time preparing all materials for consideration. In addition to other application materials, applicants seeking admission under provisional status must also submit:

  1. A formal, written, 500-word Statement of Purpose
  2. A detailed professional resume that includes all collegiate work, professional employment, special skills or competencies, publications, exhibitions, prizes, awards, and service activities.
  3. SmarterMeasure Assessment

Students admitted provisionally cannot begin courses in their first term until all official post-secondary transcript(s) and/or Admit Less Credit Forms are approved and on file with the university. The applicant will be notified of any additional conditions or coursework beyond the standard degree requirement prior to the drop/add deadline of their first term. Students who fail to meet the conditions of their provisional admission status may be denied admission and administratively withdrawn. Students who are denied admission may appeal the decision by completing the “Re-Entry Appeal” form. All outstanding student account balances must be paid in full and all official transcript(s) must be on file prior to consideration of the appeal by the Admissions Committee. If a re-entry appeal is approved, financial aid eligibility is reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine if a student would qualify to receive federal student loans. Students who failed to meet their provisional requirements and are seeking re-entry are encouraged to take an appropriate amount of time off from school before re-applying.

Undergraduate applicants may be considered for Provisional Admission if there are positive indicators of success through a review of additional documentation (e.g., non-accredited coursework completed, relevant professional experience, or outstanding professional achievement). Note: Non-accredited coursework may not be accepted in transfer.

Provisionally admitted undergraduate students must meet satisfactory academic progress requirements. Once provisionally admitted, students have one year to complete six (6) credit hours and earn a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher and a course completion rate of 66.67% or higher in order to be eligible for full admission. When the conditions are met, the student will be notified they have achieved full admission status.

First-time students will be considered for Provisional Admission if they do not meet the CSU Global minimum Admissions Standards of:

  • High School GPA of 2.80 or higher on a 4.0 scale OR High School Equivalency/GED (50th percentile ranking): 1988 version: 50, 2002 version: 500, 2014 version: 628
  • ACT score of 18 or higher or SAT score of 980 or higher
  • High School Rigor as recommended through HEAR
  • Two years of work experience

Note: First-year students who have 2 years of work experience and meet the minimum performance requirements of high school rigor with grades of C or higher and minimum assessment scores may be fully admitted into CSU Global in lieu of provisional admittance.

Undergraduate International Admission

International applicants are defined as individuals who either completed their prior education at a foreign (outside of the United States) institution or are non-native English speakers. Please note that CSU Global is not a Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) certified school and does not participate in issuing or recertification of student visas.

In addition to meeting standard admissions requirements, international applicants interested in enrolling in courses at CSU Global must submit documentation of English proficiency. While alternative English proficiency measurements may be considered for provisional admission, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams are preferred. Applicants must arrange to have official score reports sent directly from the testing agency to CSU Global. The TOEFL score recovery code CSU- Global is 8824. Unofficial score photocopies and test scores older than two (2) years will not be accepted.

Undergraduate applicants who have not graduated from a high school located in the United States or in one of the English-speaking countries listed on the CIA World Factbook website must demonstrate an appropriate level of English language proficiency to be eligible for admission by submitting one of the following:

  • The Internet-based or paper-based version of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 60 on the Internet exam, 173 on the computer exam, or 500 on the paper exam is required for admittance.
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), including academic writing and academic reading modules. A minimum score of 5.0 is required for admittance.
  • An official transcript indicating completion of an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university.
  • An official transcript indicating a grade of C or higher (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) in an English composition course from a regionally-accredited U.S. college or university. The course must be equivalent to U.S. college composition and the class must have been completed within the last two (2) years.
  • An official transcript indicating the applicant has passed the U.S. General Education Development (GED) test within the last five (5) years.

All scores or transcripts must be sent directly to CSU Global directly from the issuing organization. Photocopied, faxed, emailed, or unofficial documents will not be accepted.

Non-Degree Seeking Status Requirements

Non-degree seeking (NDS) status is designed for students who do not intend to become degree-seeking, and those who do not currently meet degree-seeking requirements. Non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid and are subject to the same institutional requirements as degree-seeking students.

Applicants must submit an application for non-degree seeking status in order to be admitted. Students who take courses in NDS status may later apply for a degree program if they meet the minimum requirements for admission. Applications for degree-seeking status will only be accepted for the next available term after the admissions criteria have been met.

Non-degree seeking students who fail to meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards or fail to pay student account balances as required may be administratively withdrawn.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students may complete up to 15 credit hours, but attempt no more than 22 credit hours at CSU Global in non-degree seeking status. Prior to the completion of the 15 credit hours, NDS students must apply for admission to a degree program or submit the “Lifelong Learner Acknowledgment” form if they wish to continue to take courses in non-degree seeking status.

To be eligible for admission to an undergraduate degree program, NDS students must:

  • Meet all current admission criteria for degree-seeking status, including minimum GPA, credit requirements, and proof of high school graduation.
  • Have all official transcripts on file with the university.
  • Meet Satisfactory Academic Progress standards, cumulative GPA of 2.0 and 66.66% completion rate.
  • Have all outstanding account balances paid in full.
  • Non-degree seeking students pursuing a Certificate of Completion cannot complete all requirements through CSU Global's Credit by Exam program.

Lifelong Learners

Students may request to enroll at CSU Global as Lifelong Learners to take courses for personal or professional enrichment rather than for degree-seeking purposes. Lifelong Learners who wish to enroll in graduate-level courses must submit official transcripts documenting completion of a regionally accredited bachelor’s degree. Lifelong Learners are not eligible for financial aid and are subject to the same institutional requirements as degree-seeking students.

Lifelong Learners may apply to become degree-seeking if all admissions and degree requirements for their degree program of interest are met. No more than 15 undergraduate credits or 12 graduate credits earned in a non-degree seeking status may be applied towards graduation and degree requirements. All courses taken at CSU Global will calculate the cumulative GPA. Duplicative credit will not be accepted in transfer by CSU Global.

Last updated Mar 2020

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