The University Certificate in Computing and Information Systems
is designed to provide a solid educational base in information systems,
to be the equivalent of a minor in Information Systems, and to qualify
students for employment opportunities.
The programming language requirements for new students of the program
are COMP 266 and COMP 268 (Java) or COMP 268 and COMP 272 (Java),
as noted below. Those already in a program may graduate with other
combinations of programming language(s) in introductory programming
and data structures. Refer to the Web
site for descriptions of the various acceptable and suitable
By completing different combination of courses as noted below, graduates can specialize in different IT areas such as database management, system administration, computer programming, or Web development. Moreover, graduates may use the credits in their future program studies if they wish to pursue a bachelor degree.
Students who have not yet completed an acceptable
combination, should consult with the Program Director to determine
which course(s) they should take that will satisfy the requirements.
Some courses will begin to specify Java as a prerequisite, but usually
allow other possibilities.
Students are recommended to take no more than three COMP courses
simultaneously while completing the certificate.
Athabasca University advisors have developed a
Program Plan to assist you, or you can email Advising
Services. The University has also developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating.