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Computer Programming

 

Undergraduate Certificate | Computer Programming

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

The modern workplace holds more opportunities for computing professionals than for professionals in any other discipline. Society’s technological needs are growing exponentially, and industries often struggle to find professionals trained in the various areas of computer science needed to master that technology. No longer reserved for an elite few, the skills of the computer programmer are critical to all industries. Nearly every office worker can enhance his or her credentials and advance professionally by developing strong computer skills. Our undergraduate computer science courses are designed to help you do just that!

Offered entirely online and open to students with a bachelor’s degree in any field other than computer science or computer engineering, the Computer Programming Certificate (CPC) is ideal for working professionals. Specifically designed to help you gain fundamental computing skills to further your current career or prepare for career change, the CPC provides a professional credential; it verifies your programming competency and understanding of the theoretical foundations of computer science. The required courses focus on developing JAVA programming skills that you can use to successfully program in any environment. 

ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS

Enrolling in Engineerg Online’s undergraduate-level computer science courses as a non-degree Undergraduate Studies (UGS) student is a multi-step process.  To enroll in an online computer science course as a non-degree student follow the instructions below.

Engineering Online Registration Form
Once you have selected your desired course(s), complete our online registration form.  Submitting this form notifies our office of your desire to be an Engineering Online student, and helps us guide you through the next steps in the process.

Engineering Online Review
Engineering Online staff will review your registration form prior to enrolling you in the requested course(s).  Admission as a non-degree student taking undergraduate computer science courses is a non-competitive process.  However, to enroll in these courses, you must have a high school diploma and meet the prerequisites for each course you wish to take.*  Our staff will contact you if more information is needed to verify your academic credentials prior to enrollment.

*Students are asked to provide an unofficial transcript to document enrollment in courses higher than CSC 116.

University Non-Degree Studies Application Form    
Once you have submitted the registration form, and our office has approved your request to enroll in Engineering Online courses, you will be instructed to complete the Non-Degree Studies Application Form.   Within this form, indicate that you have been accepted to a distance education (DE) program or certificate so that you will not have to pay the application fee charged to other non-degree applicants.  Submitting this form notifies central campus offices that you intend to be an NC State University student.  Among other things, this generates a campus ID number for you, as well as the Unity ID that allows you to access to crucial campus systems and course material.

International Applicants 
With an international student population numbering in the thousands, NC State University’s College of Engineering is committed to international diversity and the global exchange of ideas.  To support this mission, Engineering Online strongly encourages qualified foreign nationals to participate in our undergraduate computer science courses.

Prospective foreign national non-degree students must receive clearance from the Office of International Scholar and Student Services (OISSS) each term before enrolling in classes.  Instructions for doing this will be provided through e-mail once Engineering Online staff have reviewed your submitted registration form.

EOL Staff: Keeping you Updated
Engineering Online staff will update you via e-mail throughout the UGS admission process.  You will be notified of any steps that need to be completed, and receive a confirmation e-mail once your admission as a non-degree student is finalized and you are successfully enrolled in your requested course(s).

PLAN OF STUDY

The certificate requires 24 credit hours. Students pursuing university certificate programs are considered non-degree studies (NDS) students for the purpose of university registration. NDS students may register for a maximum of six credit hours per semester. Thus, the certificate may take from four to eight semesters to complete.

CAREER PROSPECTS

The Engineering Online Program at NC State University is designed for working professionals. The Computer Programming Certificate from NC State University provides individuals with the skills needed to change careers, develop a better foundation for a technical management career, and establish a programming competency and an understanding of the theoretical foundations of computer science. The required courses focus on developing Java programming skills that can be used successfully to program in any environment.

Completion of the Computer Programming Certificate requires 24 credit hours. Students must have a 2.0 or higher GPA in all required courses to be awarded the certificate.
Please note that students who intend to pursue graduate study after completion of the certificate need MA 141, not MA 121

MA 121 - Elements of Calculus

Units: 3

For students who require only a single semester of calculus. Emphasis on concepts and applications of calculus, along with basic skills. Algebra review, functions, graphs, limits, derivatives, integrals, logarithmic and exponential functions, functions of several variables, applications in management, applications in biological and social sciences. Credit is not allowed in more than one of MA 121, 131, 141. MA 121 may not be substituted for MA 131 or MA 141 as a curricular requirement

GEP: Mathematical Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

CSC 116 - Introduction to Computing - Java

Units: 3

An introductory course in computing in Java. Emphasis on algorithm development and problem solving. Careful and methodical development of Java applications and applets from specifications; documentation and style; appropriate use of control structures; classes and methods; data types and data abstraction; object-oriented programming and design; graphical user interface design.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

CSC 216 - Programming Concepts - Java

Units: 4

The second course in computing, intended for majors. Emphasis is placed on software system design and testing; encapsulation; polymorphism; composition; inheritance; linear data structures; specification and implementation of finite-state machines; interpretation of inductive definitions [functions and data types]; and resource management.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

CSC 226 - Discrete Mathematics for Computer Scientists

Units: 3

Propositional logic and the predicate calculus. Logic gates and circuits. Methods of proof. Elementary set theory. Mathematical induction. Recursive definitions and algorithms. Solving recurrences. The analysis of algorithms and asymptotic growth of functions. Elementary combinatorics. Introduction to graph theory. Ordered sets, including posets and equivalence relations. Introduction to formal languages and automata.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

CSC 230 - C and Software Tools

Units: 3

Details of C programming as compared with Java; Lexical structure, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics [idioms, common uses] of C; Stages of compliation, linking and execution; Strings, arrays, structures, pointers, and memory management; C libraries;Tools for design, maintenance, and debugging of programs; Separate compliation, modular programming; Integrated development environments.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Fall Term

CSC 236 - Computer Organization and Assembly Language for Computer Scientists

Units: 3

Computer architecture topics required by professional software developers, including binary and hexadecimal numbers, hardware component organization, machine instruction sets, assembler language programming, linking assembler language with high-level languages, program testing, computer hardware design issues, computer software design issues, and trends in current computer design.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

CSC 246 - Concepts and Facilities of Operating Systems for Computer Scientists

Units: 3

Fundamental concepts of computer operating systems for computer scientists, including memory management, file systems, process management, distributed systems, deadlocks, and basic security and system accounting.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

CSC 316 - Data Structures for Computer Scientists

Units: 3

Abstract data types; abstract and implementation-level views of data types. Linear and branching data structures, including stacks, queues, trees, heaps, hash tables, graphs, and others at discretion of instructor. Best, worst, and average case asymptotic time and space complexity as a means of formal analysis of iterative and recursive algorithms.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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2016 Spring Term 2016 Summer Term 1 2016 Fall Term

 

Tuition Level: Undergraduate

Resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $231.88
Total Estimated Cost for 21 Credits Completed at NC State: $4,869.48

Non-resident
Cost per Credit Hour: $647.88
Total Estimated Cost for 21 Credits Completed at NC State: $13,605.48

Approximate cost per semester: $2,086.92 based on 9 credit hours

Note: There may be additional fees associated with Distance Education courses for verification of student identity for proctored examinations. These fees will be paid directly by the student to the proctor or facility and are not charged to your student account.

More about Online and Distance Education Tuition

Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallAugust 15, 2017
SpringJanuary 5, 2017
SummerMay 15, 2017

Dr. Barbara Jasmine Adams

Director of Undergraduate Advising for Computer Science

919-513-7888
barbara_adams@ncsu.edu