College of General Studies

Information System Design

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Information System Design Overview (PDF)

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.

Who should participate:


  • Professionals in another field who wish to enter the information management field
  • Individuals working in the technology field who want or need more formal training to progress in their careers
  • People wanting to prepare for a master’s degree in information sciences


Upon completion of this certificate, participants will be able to:


  • Use scientific programming language to introduce information structures such as linked lists, stacks, and queues
  • Develop program modules using a current programming language
  • Utilize the theories of data structures and programming language design


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.

Admission requirements

Students must meet requirements for admission to the College of General Studies. For admissions guidelines and an application, see 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.

Obtaining the certificate

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.

Curriculum: 18 credits

Students must complete a total of 18 credits as follows. All courses must be completed with a C or better grade.

Required courses

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   

School of Information Sciences

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.