Computer Studies Certificate (Career)

Program website

Program Manager: James Hatch
Phone: 301.624.2769

Program Description

Designed for students seeking to build skills in the field of computer studies. Involves defining and analyzing problems and developing, testing, and maintaining programs by incorporating a broad range of transferable problem-solving skills and techniques including logical thinking, creative design, synthesis, and evaluation.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Prepare a plan that addresses organizational needs.
  • Identify problem requirements that demonstrate understanding of user and technical needs.
  • Design problem solutions that solve the requirements.
  • Integrate hardware, software, and security models that facilitate project outcomes.

Program Requirements

Departmental Requirements
CMIS 106Object Design and Programming3
CMIS 120PC Operating Systems3
CMIS 203Systems Analysis & Design3
CMIS 121PC Repair & Diagnostics3
CMIS 218Information Security3
or CMIS 179 Cybersecurity Fundamentals
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Any BMGT course
Any CMIS course
Any INTR course
Total Credits21

Transfer Note

For more information on careers and transfer, contact the Career and Academic Planning Services office at 301.846.2471 or visit Transfer Services.

Guided Pathway to Success (GPS)

Suggested schedules map your path to degree completion.

Students should meet with an advisor each semester to carefully select and sequence courses based on their specific academic goals and interests. Visit Jefferson Hall or call 301.846.2471 for advising.

Plan of Study Grid
Recommended First SemesterCredits
CMIS 106 Object Design and Programming 3
CMIS 120 PC Operating Systems 3
CMIS 121 PC Repair & Diagnostics 3
Recommended Second Semester
CMIS 203 Systems Analysis & Design 3
Select one of the following: 3
Cybersecurity Fundamentals  
Information Security  
Any BGMT, CMIS, or INTR course 3
Any BGMT, CMIS, or INTR course 3
 Total Credits21

Part-time Students

Part-time students should complete courses in the order listed on the pathway. Please contact program manager for questions about part-time status.

Students who take fewer than 15 credits each semester or who require developmental English or Math coursework will need additional semesters to complete their degrees. Summer term and January session classes may help students to make faster progress.

Pathway Legend

Milestone - courses with the Milestone notation should be taken within the recommend credit range to stay on track for program completion.

Fall, Spring, Summer - courses with a Fall, Spring, or Summer notation indicate the course is offered in the specified semester only.