2021-2022 Catalog

Foundations of System Development, Undergraduate Certificate

The Undergraduate Certificate in the Foundations of System Development (FdnSysDev) is designed for individuals seeking to develop marketable skills grounded in the principles of software development and to provide a solid foundation for further education the computing fields – Computer Science, Data Science, Cybersecurity, Information Systems, and Information Technology. Upon successful completion of the certificate, students will have a mastery of foundational skills in the areas of composition, programming, network, database technologies, operating systems, and cybersecurity to build a career in the field of software development.


Program Outcomes

Integrate a foundational knowledge of all areas of system development (General Computing Knowledge).

Apply fundamental principles and practices of system development (System Development Principles and Practices).

Apply critical and ethical thinking to solve problems in system development (Critical and Ethical Thinking).

Evaluate data to inform decisions and solve problems in system development (Quantitative Literacy).

Create the ability to develop and express ideas, while applying a variety of delivery models, genres, and styles (Communication).

Collaborate effectively on diverse teams to accomplish a common goal (Collaboration).

Admission Requirements

City University of Seattle's undergraduate admission requirements, found under Admissions in the catalog menu, apply to this program. 

Total Required Credits (30 Credits)

Required Courses

ENG 301Advanced Composition (CC)


CS 132Computer Science I


CS 330Network Communications


IS 360Database Technologies


IS 340Operating Systems


IS 345Cybersecurity