Computer Systems and Networks

Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate certificate in Computer Systems and Networks provides the education and skills necessary to configure, install, manage, and administer basic network infrastructures. In this online program, you will learn to build, repair, and troubleshoot networks, PCs, and peripherals. Employers require this knowledge if you seek entry-level positions as a helpdesk support analyst, network administrator, PC specialist, or systems analyst.  

Program Courses

Courses are aligned with the requirements of A+ and Network+ certification. The curriculum for this online certificate program is reviewed by an advisory council of industry experts for relevancy to today’s marketplace. Course topics include:

  • Computer systems organization and management
  • Operating systems, networking, and security
  • Processor design and CPU architecture
  • Computer hardware systems and architectures
  • Analyzing problems and synthesizing solutions
  • Local Area Networking (LAN), Internet connectivity, and security
  • Local, distributed, enterprise, and wireless networking
  • Telecommunications concepts and technologies for business
  • Bluetooth, highly elliptical orbiting satellites, and code division multiplexing

This online certificate is intended for undergraduate students who want to expand their knowledge of computer systems and networks without committing to a degree program. View all courses.


Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Evaluate CPU architectures.
  • Evaluate the organization of the motherboard and the processes for monitoring and managing Windows client operating systems.
  • Appraise memory subsystems and bus architectures in computer systems.
  • Analyze the formatting, protocols, and latency of storage subsystems.
  • Examine the component architecture of notebook computers.
  • Appraise the directory, file, registry, and event management systems, and the methods to mitigate risk by minimizing the exposure of information and by improving access control.
  • Investigate the processes for analyzing problems, synthesizing solutions, tracking progress, and managing customer relationships related to computer hardware systems.
  • Investigate the process to configure local area networks (LAN) and to optimize the utilization of memory, storage, and CPU resources.
  • Assess the methodology to harden and secure operating systems and computer information.
  • Analyze the layers of the open systems interconnect (OSI) reference model, wireless and mobile networks, multimedia networking, security in computer networks, and network management.
  • Appraise the impact of computer systems and networks on global commerce, and analyze the related societal, legal, and economic issues.

Degree at a Glance

Admission Requirements

  • All undergraduate programs require a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent (i.e. GED).
  • New undergraduate students may be asked to complete our College Readiness Assessment (ADMN100). If you have successfully completed 9 or more hours of college credit, you may reach out to your admission representative to inquire about waiving this requirement.
  • If you have previous college experience, you will be asked to submit your transcripts from previous schools where you earned academic credit.
  • There is no fee to complete our admission application. View steps to apply.

Need help?

Selecting the right program to meet your educational goals is a key step in ensuring a successful outcome. If you are unsure of which program to choose, or need more information, please contact an admission representative at 877-777-9081 or

Undergraduate Tuition Rates  

Military-Affiliated Students* = $250/credit hour

All Other Students = $270/credit hour

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*To help minimize out-of-pocket costs, we offer a tuition grant for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans that caps undergraduate tuition at the military TA limit. See all military-affiliated student benefits.

Paying for School

Because our university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), (the same as the Ohio State University, Univ. of Chicago, and U.S. Air Force Academy, to name a few), we can accept the following forms of financial aid and payments:

Ways to Save

Undergraduate Book Grant

Ebooks are provided at no cost if you are enrolled in undergraduate courses for credit. The undergraduate book grant is estimated to save $250 per academic semester if you are registered as a full-time student.

Transfer Credits

Accelerate your degree completion by taking full advantage of our transfer credit options, including credit for your previous college courses, military service schools, American Council on Education (ACE) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests, and prior learning experiences.  

Employer Contributions

The university has educational partnerships with many employers and associations. Be sure to accurately enter your employer information when you complete our admissions application. Your employer might also offer a tuition reimbursement plan as one of your benefits.