Information Technology
Certificate Program

Information Technology

Career track IT specialization

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Certificate Description

The only Information Technology-specific credential of its kind in Silicon Valley

Choose the IT specialty that fits your career from five tracks of study:

  • Network Fundamentals
  • Linux System Administration
  • DevOps
  • Data Center Technologies
  • IT Security Technologies

You can start at the beginning or brush up on the latest security protocols, automation processes, and cloud computing approaches. Study the specialized set of skills that prepare you to use technology to tackle business needs head on.

Information Technology Systems certificate program objectives

  • 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

Required Credits: Total Required: 5–8 courses/14 units. Take 2 core courses (5.5–6 units) and 3 to 5 elective credit courses (8-8.5 units). End with certificate of completion review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 9–12 months.

Courses

Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. CORE COURSES
Information Security Essentials 3.0
Linux System and Network Administration 3.0
Networking Fundamentals 3.0
Relational Database Design and SQL Programming 3.0
System Virtualization Fundamentals 2.5
2. ELECTIVE COURSES: NETWORK FUNDAMENTALS
Networking Fundamentals 3.0
Switching and Routing 3.0
TCP/IP Essentials 2.0
Wireless Communications and Mobile Antenna Design, Introduction 3.0
3. ELECTIVE COURSES: LINUX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION
Linux, Introduction 2.5
Linux System and Network Administration 3.0
Linux System Performance in the Cloud and Data Center 3.0
Linux Systems Programming 3.0
Python for Programmers 3.0
Relational Database Design and SQL Programming 3.0
4. ELECTIVE COURSES: DATA CENTER TECHNOLOGIES
Cloud Computing, Introduction 0.5
IO Concepts and Protocols: PCI Express, Ethernet, and Fibre Channel 3.0
Programming for Cloud Computing: Amazon Web Services 3.0
Storage Technology in Data Centers 3.0
System Virtualization Fundamentals 2.5
5. ELECTIVE COURSES: DEVOPS
Advanced DevOps Technologies 3.0
DevOps Technologies 3.0
6. ELECTIVE COURSES: SYSTEMS AND INTERNET SECURITY
Cryptography and Blockchain Fundamentals 2.0
Information Security Essentials 3.0
Mobile e-Commerce, Fintech and Cryptocurrency 3.0
7. ELECTIVE COURSES: RELATED ELECTIVES
Cloud-Based Web Application Development using Linux 3.0
C Programming for Beginners 2.0
Java Programming for Beginners 2.0
Python Programming for Beginners 1.5
8. REQUIRED CERTIFICATE REVIEW
Information Technology Certificate Completion Fee None
Related Non-Credit Courses
Docker Containers In-Depth 1.8 CEU's

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Requisite Knowledge

Please review the course descriptions to ensure that you have taken necessary prerequisites or meet the requirements through job experience or previous education. 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.

Advisory Board

Juan Gomez, chair

Certificate Program Chair 

JUAN C. GOMEZ, Ph.D., is a software development engineer at Amazon AWS. Previously he was principal engineer at F5 Networks, a networking security company. He has been teaching in Silicon Valley for 15 years. He worked on the development of several popular products at IBM and Juniper and holds seven U.S. patents in the field of distributed computing and storage systems. He has extensive experience in computer networking, computer security, design, distributed systems, self-healing/self-monitoring systems, software life cycle, and storage systems. He also teaches System Virtualization Fundamentals, enjoys hiking and loves Pomeranian dogs.

Certificate Program Advisory Committee

AMER ATHER, B.S. E.E.
Cloud Performance Architect
Netflix
Instructor, Information Technology Certificate Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

ALKA JARVIS, M.B.A.
Quality Engineer & Corporate Quality Process/Performance Excellence Leader
Cisco Systems
Instructor, Software Engineering and Quality Certificate Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

DARRELL LONG, M.S., Ph.D.
Professor of Engineering
UC Santa Cruz

JUAN GOMEZ, Ph.D
Software Engineer
Amazon Web Services
Chair and Instructor, Information Technology Certificate Program
UCSC Silicon Valley Extension

JASON REID, B.S.
Senior Build and Release Engineer
NVIDIA

Declaring Candidacy

You can enroll in a certificate program any time during your studies.

Once you create your student account, you can enroll in a certificate program. Although you can enroll in a program at any time, the benefit of enrolling early is that it locks in your certificate requirements. This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you.

  • You must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.

You have a total of five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program.

All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within a five-year window. The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.

  • Enrolling in a certificate program does not trigger the beginning of the five-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to a certificate program.
  • The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the five-year timeframe.

Grade Requirements

Please note that only letter grades of C- or higher may be applied to a certificate, and in some programs, students may have more stringent requirements. Students in most employer- and government-sponsored payment programs, such as workforce development, as well as international students on F-1 visas, need to maintain a B average to meet their requirements. Personal Financial Planning students have additional grade requirements for individual courses to attain a certificate.

See Grading and Credits Policy for further information.

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