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The additional online course fee that is normally assessed to online courses is being waived for the spring 2021 semester. Tuition and other fees are still being assessed at the standard rates.

CMSC 210.C90: Computers and Programming (prerequisite)

January 25-May 7, 2021
Where: Online, Self-Paced

CMSC 320.C90: Software Engineering and Web Development

January 25-May 7, 2021
Where: Online, Self-Paced

CMSC 330.C90: Data Science Skills

January 25-May 7, 2021
Where: Online, Self-Paced

CMSC 340.C90: Cybersecurity Skills

January 25-May 7, 2021
Where: Online, Self-Paced

Spring 2021 registration is open for nondegree-seeking students.

See the VCU Bulletin for admission requirements for VCU undergraduate students for the Baccalaureate Certificate in the Fundamentals of Computing.

Digital Badge for the Capital CoLab Digital Technology CredentialWhen you complete a prerequisite course in Computers and Programming, and courses in both Data Science Skills and Cybersecurity Skills through VCU, you are eligible for The Capital CoLab Digital Technology Credential, giving you exclusive hiring advantages with companies in the Capital Region. A Software Engineering and Web Development course is also available. Read more>

Who should take these courses

Fundamentals of Computing courses, offered through the VCU Department of Computer Science in the College of Engineering, were designed for VCU undergraduate students who are non-computer science majors/minors, as well as for VCU and VCU Health employees, working professionals (including VCU alumni), and those in the job market who can benefit from acquiring essential technical skills needed for success in today's digital economy. Each online course is 3 credit-hours.

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Registration

For current VCU undergraduate students:

If you are a current VCU undergraduate student enrolled in a non-computer science major/minor, ask your advisor about fitting the Fundamentals of Computing courses into your degree planning. Those active in the Banner system can register online through eServices.

To pursue a certificate in Fundamentals of Computing, current VCU students must:

To enroll without pursuing the certificate, simply register through eServices.

eServices Registration

For nondegree-seeking students, new students, and VCU and VCU Health employees:

Community members wishing to take these courses individually, or pursue the Capital CoLab Digital Tech Credential by taking these three courses: Computers and Programming, Data Science Skills and Cybersecurity Skills, will register through the VCU Office of Continuing and Professional Education (VCU OCPE). Visit our registration page for additional instructions on registering for undergraduate credit. The tuition and fees calculator for credit students can also be accessed on this page under 'Helpful links'.

The additional online course fee that is normally assessed to online courses is being waived for the spring 2021 semester. Tuition and other fees are still being assessed at the standard rates.

The tuition benefit or education assistance may be available to qualified employees. Contact Human Resources to determine eligibility, and refer to our payment and billing page for specific details.

Required forms for registration are available on this page under 'Helpful links'.

VCU OCPE Registration

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