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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS


Requirements for Certificate Programs in Computer Information Technology

Admission Requirements

Knowledge of programming (equivalent of IT 210 and IT 214) or equivalent programming experience.

Prerequisites Requirements

For the Undergraduate Certificate Programs in IT, all of the Certificates’ prerequisite requirements can be met through Minnesota State Mankato coursework, transfers, substitutions and/or waivers, as may be appropriate.

Completion Requirements

Without exception, the twelve credits of coursework required for each Certificate must all be completed in the Department of Computer Information Science at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

  • DATABASE TECHNOLOGIES CERTIFICATE

    The Database Technologies undergraduate certificate provides students with the necessary knowledge to apply information technology principles and theory so they are able to address real world business and organizational challenges and opportunities. This certificate focuses on planning, designing, programming and developing secure databases, and the challenges and specific issues in maintaining, managing and securing databases. Students are introduced to the security challenges and threats in database systems and are provided an understanding of the state-of-the art security technologies, and data recovery strategies.

    Prerequisites: Students must have fundamental knowledge or experience of database (equivalent of IT 340). Students planning to take IT 442 must also have knowledge or experience of information security (equivalent of IT 350). Students planning to take IT 483 must have basic knowledge or experience of database (equivalent of IT 340).

    (choose three of the following courses) (12 credits)

    • IT 440 Database Management Systems II (4)
    • IT 442 Database Security, Auditing, and Disaster Recovery (4)
    • IT 444 Data Mining and Warehousing (4)
    • IT 483 Web Application and User Interface Design (4)

  • INFORMATION SECURITY CERTIFICATE

    The Information Security certificate provides students with the necessary knowledge in information security principles and practices and an understanding of how information security functions in an organization from both business and technology aspects. The program will engage students with a thorough review of viruses, worms, backdoors, Trojan horses, Rootkits, and other threats. Students will analyze malware in order to understand the infection, propagation, and deception mechanisms of these attack vectors. It will also focus on risk assessment to identify reasonably foreseeable internal and external risks to the security, confidentiality and integrity of user information and assess the sufficiency of any safeguards in place to control these risks.

    Prerequisites: Students planning to take IT 460 must have basic knowledge of or experience in data communications and networking (equivalent of IT 360). Students planning to take IT 442 must have basic knowledge of or experience in databases (equivalent of IT 340).

    (choose three of the following courses) (12 credits)

    • IT 350 Information Security (4)
    • IT 442 Database Security, Auditing, and Disaster Recovery (4)
    • IT 450 Information Warfare (4)
    • IT 460 Network and Security Protocols (4)

  • NETWORKING TECHNOLOGIES CERTIFICATE

    The Networking Technologies certificate provides students with the necessary knowledge in networking principles, administration, programming, security issues and practices so that they are able to apply them in real world organizational challenges and opportunities. The students completing this certificate program will understand and evaluate current and emerging networking and security technologies and assess their applicability to address the needs of individuals and organizations.

    Prerequisites: Students planning to take IT 462 must have basic knowledge of or experience in information security (equivalent of IT 350). Students planning to take IT 483 must have basic knowledge of or experience in databases (equivalent of IT 340).

    (choose three of the following courses) (12 credits)

    • IT 360 Introduction to Networking (4)
    • IT 460 Network and Security Protocols (4)
    • IT 462 Network Administration and Programming (4)
    • IT 483 Web Application and User Interface Design (4)

  • SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE

    The software development certificate provides the students with an understanding of the successful delivery of software projects that support organizational goals. Students gain knowledge in the use of tools necessary to organize project objectives, create realistic plans, and build and manage an accomplished team through every phase of the software development project. Students gain practical skills needed to meet today’s demands for faster and more efficient development.

    Prerequisites: Students must have fundamental knowledge of or experience in systems analysis and design (equivalent of IT 380). Students planning to take IT 414 must also have basic knowledge of or experience in data structures and databases (equivalent of IT 310 and IT 340). Students planning to take IT 483 must have basic knowledge of or experience in databases (equivalent of IT 340).

    (choose three of the following courses) (12 credits)

    • IT 414 Advanced Object-Oriented Programming w/Design Patterns (4)
    • IT 480 Software Quality Assurance and Testing (4)
    • IT 482 Human Computer Interaction (4)
    • IT 483 Web Applications and User Interface Design (4)
    • IT 484 Software Engineering (4)