Undergraduate Certificate in Digital Technology

The certificate in digital technology provides students, regardless of major, with general technical skills, knowledge, and abilities needed for job roles that require an understanding of data analysis and visualization and data security. Program learning objectives, designed by the Capital CoLAB (Collaborative of Leaders in Academic and Business), provide students with the skills and experience needed to support the workforce needs of the twenty-first century economy. In addition, the 14 industries involved in CoLAB provide students with opportunities for mentorships, paid internships in the summer, and insights into the job market.

The 15-credit certificate requires students to take entry-level courses in statistics, data manipulation, data visualization, ethics, and cybersecurity. Students who complete the certificate receive a digital badge that can be displayed on their resume; is shareable on social professional job sites such as LinkedIn; and will be noted on their transcript.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 15 credits, with one course taken from each of the areas listed below.

All courses must be taken at GW. No substitutions are allowed. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the approved courses to receive the certificate.

One course in programming, selected from the following:
CSCI 1012Introduction to Programming with Python
ISTM 3119Introduction to Programming
One course in statistics, selected from the following:
DNSC 1001Business Analytics I: Statistics for Descriptive and Predictive Analytics
STAT 1051Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics
STAT 1053Introduction to Statistics in Social Science
STAT 1111Business and Economic Statistics I
One course in data ethics, selected from the following:
CSCI 4532Information Policy
DATS 2101Ethical Life in a Digital World
One course in data visualization, selected from the following:
DATS 2102Data Visualization for Data Science
MAE 1117Introduction to Engineering Computations
One course in data security, selected from the following:
CPS 2100Introduction to Cyber and Data Security
ISTM 4206Foundations of Information Systems Security and Ethics