INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND TECHNOLOGY CERTIFICATE
Available On Campus.
(Does not require an undergraduate degree.)
Villanova’s College of Professional Studies offers a certificate in Information Systems and Technology designed to help you acquire information technology and technology management skills through a broad selection of coursework in one of two tracks. A certificate in Information Systems will provide you with the background you need to excel in today's information age and global economy.
Since this certificate does not require a bachelor's degree, many students who aren't sure if they want to commit to a full degree program opt to work toward a certificate first to build their expertise and earn the certificate credential. They can then decide to continue on to an associate's or bachelor's degree and apply the credits they have already earned through the certificate.
To earn a Certificate in Information Systems and Technology from Villanova University, students will choose one of two tracks. Track A is 20 credits and aligns with prerequisites for Software Engineering graduate programs (Please note: Admission to the Software Engineering graduate program requires a bachelor’s degree). Track B is 18 credits and is more generally focused, for students interested in options related to leadership and management in business. Each track consists of six courses; four of the courses are required and two are approved electives.
REQUIREMENTS (4 courses):
CSC 1300: Discrete Structures (3 credits)
CSC 1051: Algorithms & Data Structures I (4 credits)
CSC 1052: Algorithms & Data Structures II (4 credits)
CSC 2400: Computer Systems I (3 credits)
APPROVED ELECTIVES (2 courses):
Databases (choose 1)
MIS 2030: Database Management (3 credits)
CSC 4480: Principles of Database Systems (3 credits)
Systems Analysis (choose 1)
MIS 2040: Systems Analysis & Design (3 credits)
CSC 4700: Software Engineering (3 credits)
REQUIREMENTS (4 courses):
ISYT 1000: Introduction to Information Systems (3 credits)
ISYT 1100: Data and Information Management (3 credits)
CSC 1010: Programming for All (3 credits)
CSC 1035: Databases for Many Majors (3 credits)
APPROVED ELECTIVES (choose 2 courses):
CSC 1020: Computing and the Web (3 credits)
ODM 1100: Foundation of Strategic Management (3 credits)
ODM 2000: Essentials of Finance and Accounting (3 credits)
ODM 2040: Strategic Operations and Process Improvement (3 credits)
LDR 2030: Leading with a Digital Mindset (3 credits)
CPS 3000: Introduction to Project Management (3 credits)
Note: You are required to have completed the prerequisites for any course for which you register, as indicated in Villanova's Undergraduate Catalog.
BIS vs. BA
The primary difference between a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) degree and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree is the core curriculum that must be completed for each.
Students completing the BIS degree follow a 45-credit core curriculum. This provides more flexibility and choices in selecting classes.
Students completing the BA degree follow the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences 50-credit core curriculum, which includes foreign language courses and science courses with a lab.