This innovative 18-credit program responds to the increasing industry demand for information system professionals. This multifaceted undergraduate certificate can be completed as a stand-alone continuing education program or serve as preparation for a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. Many of the course options are available in the evenings, on Saturdays, and online.
These competencies may be applied to positions such as system designer, database developer, database manager, interactive system designer, expert system designer, information retrieval specialist, network designer, database marketer, or administrator who advises and implements technology purchases and upgrades.
This certificate is applicable to fields such as banking, healthcare, library science, judicial systems, communication, education, agriculture, private industry, and government.
Students must meet requirements for admission to the College of General Studies. For admissions guidelines and an application, see www.cgs.pitt.edu. A certificate application form must be completed and returned to the College of General Studies.
Students must complete a college algebra course or its equivalent and INFSCI 0010 Introduction to Information, Systems and Society, earning a C grade or better in both courses before progressing to the certificate curriculum.
To receive the certificate, you must fill out an application with your advisor prior to completing your last term in the program. Check with your advisor for the application filing form and deadline, and be sure all requirements for the certificate have been met. To avoid a late fee, you should complete this process when registering for the term.
Students must complete a total of 18 credits as follows. All courses must be completed with a C or better grade.
All courses are three credits:
INFSCI 0017 Fundamentals of Object-Oriented Programming
INFSCI 1022 Database Management Systems
INFSCI 1024 Analysis of Information Systems
INFSCI 1044 Human Factors in System Design
INFSCI 1070 Introduction to Telecom and Networks
Choose one elective from the following:
INFSCI 1014 Graphics
INFSCI 1052 User-Centered Design
INFSCI 1068 Geographic Information Systems
INFSCI 1074 Computer Security
Requirements subject to change. Check with an academic advisor before registering.
If you have further questions about the Information System Design certificate, please contact Mel Watkins, CGS Academic Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Information Sciences was ranked third in the country by U.S. News & World Report in March 1999 and again in April 2000. The school educates information professionals for a wide range of specializations in the information field. Programs involve an interdisciplinary course of study that includes diverse areas such as communications, computer science, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, and psychology.