Computing Fundamentals, CERT

for the degree of Certificate of Computing Fundamentals (on campus or online)


department head: Nancy Amato

director of graduate studies: Robin Kravets

iCAN program director:Tiffani Williams


overview of admissions & requirements: https://cs.illinois.edu/admissions/graduate/applications-process-requirements

overview of grad college admissions & requirements: https://grad.illinois.edu/admissions/apply


department website: https://cs.illinois.edu/

program website: https://cs.illinois.edu/academics/graduate/ican
 

college website: https://grainger.illinois.edu/


contact: Adrienne Gulley

address: 1210 Siebel Center, 201 N Goodwin, Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 333-4428

email: ican@cs.illinois.edu


The Graduate Certificate in Computing Fundamentals provides students with Bachelor’s degree or higher in a non-computing discipline with an accelerated foundation in computing fundamentals. The Graduate Certificate requires four bridging courses in fundamentals of computing and algorithms and two excursions in computing courses. To allow flexibility and gain deeper knowledge in a computing subject of interest, students are required to complete an independent study along with a graduate-level elective.

The Graduate Certificate in Computing Fundamentals requires a minimum of 20 credit hours distributed over eight courses as follows. A course cannot be used to satisfy more than one requirement within the certificate.


Admission Requirements

The iCAN program is a broadening participation program designed for college graduates without a background in computer science. Successful completion of the iCAN program results in a student receiving a Computing Fundamentals Certificate. Below are the admission requirements for the iCAN program.

  • A baccalaureate degree (or higher) in any field other than computer science.
  • College algebra
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Unofficial transcripts are accepted for application review.
  • Test scores: A GRE score is not required for admission into the iCAN program.

Financial Aid


Other Graduate Programs in the Department of Computer Science

degrees:

Computing Fundamentals, CERT

Computer Science, MS

optional concentrations:

Computational Science and Engineering

Computer Science, PhD

optional concentrations:

Computational Science and Engineering

Bioinformatics: Computer Science, MS


joint programs:

Computer Science, MCS & Architecture, MArch

Computer Science, MCS & Law, JD


The Department of Computer Science (CS) offers other graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy in Computer Science, as well as a Computer Science concentration under the interdisciplinary Master of Science in Bioinformatics.


for the degree of Certificate of Computing Fundamentals (on campus or online)


Graduation Requirements

Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75 (as required for awarding of the Campus Graduate Certificate)


Minimum hours required for certificate completion: 20 hours

Students who have successfully completed this certificate may use the certificate to satisfy the following degree requirements, subject to department approval, and provided they apply and are admitted to the degree program:

  • 8 hours of breadth or elective course coursework for Master of Computer Science 
  • 8 hours of breadth or elective coursework for Master of Science in Computer Science
  • 8 hours of required or elective coursework for Master of Science in Bioinformatics: Computer Science
  • 8 hours of elective coursework for PhD in Computer Science

* The 8 credit hours of transferable coursework may not include the bridging courses: CS 400, CS 401, CS 402, and CS 403.

** A letter grade of B or above, or an S is required for transfer.

Coursework Requirements

Core Coursework17
CS 400Accelerated Fundamentals of Computing I3
CS 401Accelerated Fundamentals of Algorithms I3
CS 402Accelerated Fundamentals of Computing II3
CS 403Accelerated Fundamentals of Algorithms II3
CS 491Seminar (Section: Seminar – Excursions in Computing I)1
CS 491Seminar (Section: Seminar – Excursions in Computing II)1
CS 597Individual Study3
Additional Coursework3
Elective 400-level CS course3
Total Hours20