Chicago State University

Information Technology Certificate or Minor

The purpose of the Information Technology Certificate (ITC) is to provide an opportunity for university undergraduate students to obtain a minor in applied information and communications technology (ICT). ITC students gain knowledge and hands-on training in the area of ICT through required courses in computer networking and informatics essentials and elective course(s) in wireless, security, and cloud computing.

 This certificate offers students the opportunity to be introduced to information and communication technologies through hands-on experience with these technologies. This, in turn, expands the employment horizon of graduates of any major to include information technology career options. Certificate completers will be ready to apply for careers with software and Internet publishing companies, wireless communication providers, and businesses with ICT needs. This certificate is designed to prepare students to test for at least three industrial certification exams: A+, CCNA, Network+, Security+, and CWSP Wireless.

Most courses are offered in either the online or hybrid course delivery format.  On campus sessions meet in the evenings.


  • Meet the University admission requirements
  • May have any undergraduate major
  • Pass five required courses
  • Pass one elective course

Curriculum (18 credit hours)

Required Courses (15 credit hours)
Course Credit Hours Term Offered
TPS 4070 Informatics Essentials 3 Spring
TPS 4510 Networking Fundamentals

3 Fall
TPS 4520 Network Configuration II 3 Spring
TPS 4530 Network Practicum I 3 Summer
TPS 4540 Network Practicum II 3 Summer
Elective Courses (choose one - 3 credit hours)
Course Credit Hours Term Offered
TPS 4610 Wireless Networks Security and Design 3 Spring
TPS 4550 Network Administration Technologies 3 Fall
TPS 4620 Cloud Computing and Virtualization 3 varies
Other electives or special topics course with consent of ITC advisor 3 varies

For more information please contact:


Phone: 773-995-2598 or 773-821-2441