Foundations of Computer Programming (Certificate)

Program Description

This program provides an introduction to computer programming. Instruction covers basic operating systems, programming concepts, structured programming, and problem solving. This technical certificate is an embedded certificate within the existing computer programming diploma and associate degree programs. Students can receive this TCC during their first two semesters, this gives students a chance to start receiving certificates as they work toward their diploma and degree.

Program Details

  • Major Code: FF41
  • Award Level: Technical Certificate of Credit
  • Location: Griffin Campus and Henry Site
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 2 term
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 15

Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements


All pre-requisite courses must be completed with at least a "C" grade.

Course Expiration

To ensure that students graduate with current skills in computer information systems, all CIST courses must be taken five years prior to graduation. Courses older than five years must be retaken. Courses transferred from other colleges also follow the five year rule.

Program Courses

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual's path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

Term Course Title Credits
CIST 1001 Computer Concepts 4
CIST 1305 Program Design and Development 3
CIST 1401 Computer Networking Fundamentals 4
CIST 2371 Java Programming I 4
Computer Programming

Program Faculty

Career and Academic Planning