Information Technology



Want to Be the MVP of IT?

From enterprise security to networking, automation to Linux administration, information technology encompasses a specialized set of skills that professionals can apply in any workplace. Not sure where to start? Our Information Technology certificate will prepare you to use technology to tackle business needs headfirst. Computer-first. Network-first. Whether you’re an IT veteran or seeking entry-level skills, our courses can help.

Pick up skills course by course or declare candidacy for the certificate to add a UC credential to your resume.

Choose the Specialty that Fits Your Career

The Information Technology Certificate program at UCSC Extension includes four major areas of study:

  • Network Fundamentals: Students who are new to the field or changing careers can find fundamental courses that build essential knowledge in these critical areas.
  • Linux System Administration: This track is designed for those who work on the most popular server and device platform operating system.
  • Data Center Technologies: Data Center technology and Cloud Computing are the core innovations of IT 2.0. We offer a series of courses in virtualization, storage networking, data centers, public and private cloud computing, and network design.
  • IT Security Technologies: We offer a series of high impact courses in IT security technologies.

UC Value

Although the field demands up-to-date skills, for years there was no broad certification available for IT professionals. Our certificate is accredited from the University of California and provides you with a professional credential that can help you succeed in Silicon Valley and beyond.


“Taking classes at Extension has given me a different perspective and another set of tools.” —Khadar Alikhan

The Profession

Desperately Seeking IT Experts

If you’re looking for a job with potential, you’re in luck. As technologies evolve, demand is high for qualified IT professionals who can keep up with the latest security protocols, automation processes and cloud computing approaches. Depending on your specialty and experience, as an IT professional you can compete for exciting job opportunities, such as:

  • Applications developer
  • Chief technology officer
  • Chief information officer
  • Computer systems manager
  • Customer support administrator or specialist
  • Data center support specialist
  • Database administrator
  • Front end developer
  • IT support manager
  • Network architect or engineer
  • Security specialist
  • Technical support specialist
  • Web administrator


·   Average Earnings

In 2017, network engineers are projected to earn between $99,000 and $146,250, a 4.5% increase over 2016. – 2017 Salary Guide for Technology Professionals, Robert Half

·   Market Relevance

Information security analysts were projected to grow 30.9% from 2015 to 2025. –Kiplinger

·   Job Market

Employment of computer support specialists was projected to grow 12% from 2014 to 2024. More support services will be needed as organizations upgrade their computer equipment and software. –Occupational Outlook Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics



“UCSC Extension really helped me get to where I am today.” –Nikhila Yadunath


Program Objectives

As a graduate of the Information Technology Systems certificate program, you can develop the skills to:

  • Describe the fundamentals of networking protocols, including hardware, cabling, industry standards and connectivity solutions
  • Design, code, and deploy a cloud-focused tool or application
  • Differentiate between software-defined data centers (SDDC) and software-as-a-service (SAAS)
  • Use an Oracle database to design an entity-relationship diagram (ERD) and implement a working database
  • Understand current security challenges, security models and technologies available to solve these problems


“I wanted to know what’s current in IT, and to learn it from instructors who are working right now in Silicon Valley.” –Suresh Pillai


Program Format

UCSC Extension’s Information Technology courses are offered at UC Santa Cruz Silicon Valley Campus, a beautiful facility located on the corner of Scott and Bowers in Santa Clara. Many of our courses are available online. Choose courses according to your interest or declare candidacy in the certificate for a more comprehensive overview of the field.

Information Technology Courses

Required: 14 unit minimum

To complete the certificate, you must complete a total of 14 units, with at least 1 core (*) course from two different tracks.


Network Fundamentals

  • Computer Networking Essentials*, 3 units
  • Switching and Routing, 3 units
  • TCP/IP Essentials, 2 units
  • Wireless Communications and Mobile Antenna Design, Introduction, 3 units

Linux System Administration

  • Linux, Introduction, 2.5 units
  • Linux System and Network Administration*, 3 units
  • Linux System Performance in the Cloud and Data Center, 3 units
  • Linux Systems Programming, 3 units
  • Relational Database Design and SQL Programming*, 3 units
  • Perl Programming, Comprehensive, 2 units
  • Python for Programmers, 3 units  

Data Center Technologies

  • System Virtualization Fundamentals*, 2.5 units
  • Storage Technology in Data Centers, 3 units
  • Cloud Computing, Introduction, 0.5 unit   
  • Programming for Cloud Computing: Amazon Web Services, 3 units
  • VMware vSphere: Configuration and Management, 3.5 units
  • VMware vSphere: Optimize and Scale, 3.5 units
  • IO Concepts and Protocols: PCI Express, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel, 3 units 


  • Devops Technologies, 3 units
  • Software Development Standards, Quality and Customer Experience, 2 units
  • Software Value Engineering, Monetization Methods, Techniques & Industry Practice, 2 units   

Systems and Internet Security

  • Information Security Essentials*, 3 units
  • Mobile Payments, e-Commerce Security, and Cryptocurrency, 3 units

Related Electives

  • C Programming for Beginners, 2 units
  • Python Programming for Beginners, 1.5 units
  • Java Programming for Beginners, 2 units
  • LAMP: Linux Based Web Application Development - Apache, MySQL, PHP, 3 units


Students enrolled in this program are expected to be familiar with Web and Internet infrastructure. You should have basic knowledge of computer networking and communications, and be familiar with at least one modern computer operating system. Many of the courses in this program have specific prerequisites that are listed in the course descriptions.

Recommended Course Sequence

For those new to IT, we recommend that you begin with Network Fundamentals courses, such as “Computer Networking Essentials” and "TCP/IP Essentials.” To gain a solid understanding of the entire industry, students should consider taking all fundamental courses, but they are not required. For those on the Linux Administration track, the order of the courses as listed is strongly recommended.

For those interested in Data Center Technologies and Systems Security, courses may be taken based on your interests and background. Each advanced course has specific prerequisites that you should consider before enrolling. Also of Interest courses listed may substitute for one elective, subjected to approval by the Academic Department.


Want to learn more about our curriculum in person? Join us for a free Info Session to learn more about our courses, faculty, and program requirements. Learn more on our Events page.


The rough cost of the Information Technology certificate is estimated at $5,700.



No application is required to enroll in our courses or certificate programs. Information about our open enrollment process can be found on our Enrollment page. If you have any questions about our programs, please contact the UCSC Extension Outreach office by phone at 408-861-3860, or by email at

From the schedule below, click on a course title to see sections available for enrollment. You may view the full course schedule, or enroll in the course, by clicking the respective button. The course type offerings (classroom, online, blended) are guidelines and subject to change. A blended (hybrid) course has both classroom and online components.

Declaring Candidacy

If you intend to pursue a certificate, declaring candidacy establishes program requirements early in your studies, so any subsequent curriculum changes do not affect your progress. It does not limit what courses you can take; and it helps you structure your professional development program for maximum benefit to you. Go the declare candidacy page to establish your requirements for this program. Certificate program requirements must be completed within three years of declaring candidacy.

Course Schedule

1. Required Certificate Review
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
O-CE0415 Information Technology Certificate Completion Review Online Online Online Online
2. Core Courses
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
Offering Code Offering Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
LINX.X406 Linux System and Network Administration 3.0 Classroom Classroom
ITEC.X400 Computer Networking Essentials 3.0 Classroom Classroom Classroom Classroom
ITEC.X406 System Virtualization Fundamentals 2.5 Classroom Classroom
ITEC.X402 Information Security Essentials 3.0 Classroom Classroom
DBDA.X415 Relational Database Design and SQL Programming 3.0 Classroom and Online Online and Blended Online and Blended Classroom and Online
3. Electives
classroom : Classroom
online : Online
hybrid : Blended
4. Events


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Olga Nieves wanted to find a way to refresh her business skills while preserving her humanitarian approach to staff development and training. She enrolled in UCSC Extension’s ...

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Bhavna Dixit worked as a biotechnology research scholar in India before moving to California in 2015. Armed with a master’s degree in biotechnology and work experience abroad, she started researching programs that could prepare her to work in the Bay Area....

Department: Biosciences
niki theil


Niki Theil had worked in corporate finance for eight years before quitting to raise her children. While her children were young, Theil focused her mathematical talents on fine-tuning their household spending, an exercise that proved useful, not...

Department: Business and Management


When Shyla Jain started looking for professional certification programs in the Bay Area, she had a big goal in mind: to gain the skills and experience she’d need to land her first job in Silicon Valley. Before she moved from India to the United States, she...

Department: Business and Management


As an educator with 20 years of experience as a teacher, tutor and coach, Patrice McElligott advocates for her students’ needs, regardless of the environment. After obtaining her Clear Multiple Subject and Special Education credentials, she completed a...

Department: Education
isabel barrios


Isabel Barrios is accustomed to standing out in her field. As the only woman in her graduate electrical engineering program at the University of Guadalajara, she discovered her passion for technology at an early age. She left Mexico to pursue...

Department: Business and Management


When Tatiana Boytsova completed her degree in linguistics and philology in Russia, she ignited a passion for learning, language acquisition, and teaching. She explored her love for English while living in Australia, and by the time she moved to California...

Department: Education
priya raman


By the end of her one-day “Human Resource Management, Introduction” course, Priya Raman had decided that she wanted to be a corporate trainer. Though she had worked in HR in India before relocating to California, Raman wanted to gain a strong...

Department: Business and Management


When Nabeha Khan moved to the U.S. from Pakistan, she had already completed a master’s in business administration and was busy raising young children. Hungry for work opportunities in Silicon Valley, she discovered UCSC Extension’s Human Resource Management...

Department: Business and Management
dana torres


When Dana Torres started taking Environmental Health and Safety courses at UCSC Extension, she was surprised and excited to learn skills that she could take back to work the very next day.

“Whenever I took a class, something...

Department: EHS


When Mark Chang first noticed UCSC Extension’s brochure for Database and Data Analytics, he said it was “love at first sight.” He had recently completed his master’s in finance and was looking for a way to stand out in a competitive field. He...

Department: Engineering


Angela Alcantara-Cruz is an early childhood educator with a unique backstory. After graduating from UCSC with a degree in sociology, she earned a master’s in organizational development and led a successful 20-year career in business operations in the...

Department: Education


When Shelley Odell graduated from college, she realized that she had developed a strong scientific foundation, but like many recent grads, she wasn’t sure how to apply this knowledge to her job. Shortly after landing her first position, her...

Department: EHS


Meghna Patel worked as a human resources professional for a Canadian company for many years before deciding it was time for a shift in career. Though she had been trained as an engineer, after 10 years in recruitment she had not had the opportunity to...

Department: Engineering


When Poc Hsu enrolled in UCSC Extension’s Computer Programming certificate program, he didn’t realize that he would soon be applying his programming skills to benefit his fellow students. While he was planning his course schedule, he developed an application...

Department: Engineering
ravi kalluri



RAVI KALLURI, M.S.E.E. from Stanford, M.B.A., PMP® and Certified Scrum Master, has more than 15 years of experience leading complex software development projects. He has four years of experience teaching project management.

Department: Business and Management


Between her undergraduate, graduate degree and now her professional certificates, Sudha Shankar has pursued her education in three different continents. She graduated with a bachelor’s in electrical and electronics engineering at a premier institution in...

Department: Business and Management, Engineering


Matthew Laws had been working in environmental compliance at a company in Northern California for five years when he decided to enroll in the Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) program in early 2011.

“I was looking in my murky crystal ball,...

Department: Biosciences


When Manya Jain moved from India to California with her husband, she had already worked as a financial data analyst with a few projects in process optimization for six years. Her daughter was only six months old, so she decided to research creative ways to...

Department: Business and Management, Engineering


Eduardo Lozada came to the United States from Bolivia with the goal of completing a business and technology certificate in less than a year. He had already completed a B.S. in business and had dreams of founding a start-up in his home country,...

Department: Business and Management


As a former sociologist who specialized in quantitative analysis, Oana Fechete knows a thing or two about interpreting and analyzing data. She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology in Romania, where she worked in qualitative and...

Department: Business and Management, Engineering, International Program


Within a year of completing her certificate in Internet Programming and Development, Supriya Premkumar has already launched a series of successful mobile apps. When she first enrolled, she was completely new to programming, having studied mechanical...

Department: Technology


When Alejandro Jimenez completed his degree in engineering, he sensed that his education was just beginning. A native of Colombia, Jimenez wanted to find a graduate-level program that offered specialized training in embedded systems. Not only...

Department: Engineering