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Information Systems, Certificate in (Post-baccalaureate undergraduate certificate)

The Post-baccalaureate Certificate in Information Systems is designed for students who hold bachelor’s degrees in fields other than information systems and who wish to continue their education in information systems but do not aspire to a master’s degree. Candidates for the certificate are required to complete a total of 30 hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, including the courses listed below or their equivalents, with a minimum of 24 credit hours of study in information systems to be taken at VCU.

The certificate is designed to provide more than a basic knowledge of information systems. Specifically, persons completing the program are expected to achieve competency in understanding information systems terminology, concepts and principles; computer program design, writing and testing; systems analysis/design through proper application and knowledge of current hardware and software; and planning and carrying out system development and the management of information systems. Students acquiring these skills are well-received in the business community and in governmental organizations.

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Major core (24 credits)
INFO 300 Information Technology Infrastructure
INFO 323 Ethics, Social and Legal Issues in Information Systems
INFO 350 Intermediate Programming
INFO 361 Systems Analysis and Design
INFO 364 Database Systems
INFO 370 Fundamentals of Data Communications
INFO 461 Information Systems Planning and Project Management
INFO 465 Projects in Information Systems
Upper-level electives
Approved electives (three credits each)  
INFO 320 Business Intelligence and Data Mining  
INFO 450 Advanced Programming  
INFO 451 Java Support for E-business  
INFO 463 Business Process Engineering  
INFO 468 Information Engineering  
INFO 472 Infrastructure Services  
INFO 474 Advanced Networking and Security  
INFO 491 Topics in Information Systems  
INFO 492 Independent Study in Information Systems  
INFO 493 Internship in Information Systems  
Note: The following course combinations are recommended for students who wish to concentrate the focus of their electives:
Application development: INFO 450 and 451
Business analysis: INFO 463 and 468
Information and communications technology: INFO 472 and 474
Exceptions to prerequisite courses require recommendation of the adviser and permission of the department chair.

Note: INFO 202 Introduction to E-business Technologies is a prerequisite for INFO 350, INFO 364 and INFO 370. MATH 211 Mathematical Structures is a prerequisite for INFO 350, INFO 364 and INFO 370. INFO 202 and MATH 211 cannot be used as an elective within the information systems post-baccalaureate certificate program.



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