Information Technology Infrastructure Certificate

Information Technology Infrastructure Certificate student

The Information Technology Infrastructure certificate will teach you IT best practices, initiatives, and operations from a business perspective. The curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning and application as well as theory, allowing you to apply what you've learned right away.

Each of the six tracks consists of a core course and is completed with two technical electives. If you don't choose a track, you can design your own course of study. 

  • Data Science
  • Data Management
  • Systems
  • Security
  • Development and Operations (DevOps)
  • Networking

Courses

Prerequisites  

Your academic background and professional experience will be reviewed holistically to make a final determination about any needed prerequisites. You may need to complete one or more of the following courses. 

  • Calculus I (MATH 1271)
  • Introduction to Computer Programming in Java (CSCI 1103)
    or
    Introduction to C/C++ Programming (CSCI 1113)
    or 
    Introduction to Computing and Programming Concepts (CSCI 1133)
  • Introduction to Algorithms, Data Structures, and Program Development (CSCI 1913)
    or  
    Introduction to Algorithms and Data Structures (CSCI 1933)
  • Machine Architecture and Organization (CSCI 2021)
  • Introduction to Operating Systems (CSCI 4061)
  • Introduction to Computer Networks (CSCI 4211)
  • C Programming: Language and Applications (INET 3101)

Completion Requirements

To be awarded the certificate, you should complete all coursework within four years of admission, with a minimum grade of C- and a cumulative GPA of 2.00.

When you are ready to apply for graduation, visit One Stop and complete the Application for Undergraduate degree form.

Tracks (Sub-plans)

Please consult with your adviser to determine which sub-plan best fits your career plans.

This track features hands-on experience with data, starting in relational databases, migrating to NoSQL (big data) concepts, and culminating with building infrastructure to support data management.

  • IT Infrastructure Operations (INET 4051, 3 cr, spring)
  • Intro to Databases (INET 4707, 4 cr, fall)
  • Data Management I: Fundamentals (INET 4709, 3 cr, spring)
  • Data Management II: Distributed Systems (INET 4711, 4 cr, fall)

Planning Chart | A guide to help you schedule your courses
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Learn to use massive amounts of data to ask questions, find patterns and anomalies, and further the research and development of industries outside of IT, such as healthcare and biological sciences. 

  • IT Infrastructure Operations (INET 4051, 3 cr, spring)
  • Intro to Databases (INET 4707, 4 cr, fall)
  • Data Science I: Fundamentals (INET 4061, 3 cr, spring)
  • Data Science II: Big Data Analytics (INET 4710, 4 cr, spring)

Planning Chart | A guide to help you schedule your courses
University Catalog | Course descriptions and prerequisites
Class Schedule | Course details by semester

This track covers the development of applications, as well as the role of code in the building, managing, and monitoring of infrastructure and operating systems and the packages required to run those applications.

  • Introduction to Computer Networks (CSCI 4211, 3 cr, fall and spring)
  • DevOps I: Network Programming (INET 4021, 4 cr, spring)
  • IT Infrastructure Operations (INET 4051, 3 cr, spring)
  • DevOps II: Development Strategies (INET 4121, 4 cr, fall)

Planning Chart | A guide to help you schedule your courses
University Catalog | Course descriptions and prerequisites
Class Schedule | Course details by semester

The Networking track develops foundational knowledge of how networks work-everything from theory to physical devices.

  • Introduction to Computer Networks (CSCI 4211, 3 cr, fall and spring)
  • Networking I: Network Administration (INET 4011, 4 cr, fall)
  • Networking II: Emerging Technologies (INET 4041, 4 cr, spring)
  • IT Infrastructure Operations (INET 4051, 3 cr, spring)

Planning Chart | A guide to help you schedule your courses
University Catalog | Course descriptions and prerequisites
Class Schedule | Course details by semester

The Security track provides foundational knowledge in not just "keeping people out," but also the how and why of security breaches. This specialty examines the tools and mechanisms to track who did what, and covers the exponentially growing challenges of cloud security. 

  • Security II: Cyber Security (INET 4007, 4 cr, fall)
  • IT Infrastructure Operations (INET 4051, 3 cr, spring)
  • Intro to Security: Policy and Regulation (INET 4153, 4 cr, fall)
  • Security I: Principles (INET 4165, 3 cr, spring)

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University Catalog | Course descriptions and prerequisites
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Stepping from the fundamentals of bare metal computing to cloud, virtualization, and software defined networking requires a unique focus. 

  • Intro to Systems (INET 4031, 4 cr, spring)
  • Systems I: Storage (INET 4032, 4 cr, fall)
  • IT Infrastructure Operations (INET 4051, 3 cr, spring)
  • Systems II: Analysis and Design (INET 4083, 3 cr, spring)

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University Catalog | Course descriptions and prerequisites
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You may design your own 14-credit area of emphasis based on your individual experience and goals. CCE adviser approval is required. Below is a list of some of the courses you may take:

  • Introduction to Operating Systems (CSCI 4061, 4 cr)  
  • Introduction to Computer Networks (CSCI 4211, 3 cr)  
  • Security II: Cyber Security (INET 4007, 4 cr)  
  • Networking I: Network Administration (INET 4011, 4 cr)  
  • DevOps I: Network Programming (INET 4021, 4 cr) 
  • Introduction to Systems (INET 4031, 4 cr)   
  • Systems I: Storage (INET 4032, 4 cr)  
  • Networking II: Emerging Technologies (INET 4041, 4 cr) 
  • IT Infrastructure Operations (INET 4051, 3 cr)  
  • Data Science I: Fundamentals (INET 4061, 3 cr)  
  • IT Infrastructure Projects and Processes [WI] (INET 4082W, 3 cr) 
  • Systems II: System Analysis and Design (INET 4083, 3 cr)  
  • DevOps II: Development Strategies (INET 4121, 4 cr)  
  • Introduction to Security: Policy and Regulation (INET 4153, 4 cr)  
  • Security I: Principles (INET 4165, 3 cr)  
  • Directed Study (INET 4193, 1-4 cr) 
  • Introduction to Databases (INET 4707, 4 cr) 
  • Data Management I: Fundamentals (INET 4709, 3 cr) 
  • Data Science II: Big Data Analytics (INET 4710, 4 cr)  
  • Data Management II: Distributed Systems (INET 4711, 4 cr)

Planning Chart | A guide to help you schedule your courses
University Catalog | Course descriptions and prerequisites
Class Schedule | Course details by semester

Admission

Admission Deadlines

Fall semester | July 15
Spring semester | November 15
Summer term | April 15

Admission Requirements

Minimum requirements include:

  • at least 45 semester credits of completed course work;
  • a preferred performance level of a 2.5 or better in your undergraduate or graduate-level work; if you do not have a cumulative 2.5 GPA but have relevant professional experience, contact an adviser regarding your admission;
  • exposure to operating systems and lower-level programming languages such as C or Java is desirable.

Admission Benefits

You may take one or two courses in the program before applying for official admission, however, you should apply for admission as soon as possible.

As an admitted certificate student, you will:

  • be assured that all of your course work will count toward the certificate (unless requirements change);
  • receive updates about the program;
  • have an opportunity to register earlier than a student who is not admitted;
  • not be assessed the University of Minnesota Student Services fee.

Transferring Credits

With approval, transfer course work can make up 40 percent of the certificate requirements, with at least 60 percent earned after admission and taken at the University of Minnesota.

In addition, the IT Infrastructure certificate can apply toward the IT Infrastructure Bachelor of Applied Science degree. 

If you have any questions about how your credits may transfer in or out of this program, please consult with an adviser.

Registration

To find out when you should register, consult the Registration Calendar.

  • If you are a U of M admitted student, register through MyU. Instructions can be found on One Stop.
  • If you would like to take one of our courses but are an unadmitted student (not formally admitted to a degree or certificate program), follow the registration steps outlined on One Stop.

Contact Us

612-624-4000 or 800-234-6564 | cceinfo@umn.edu

20 Ruttan Hall, 1994 Buford Ave, Saint Paul, MN 

In-Person Hours: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Phone Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.