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Certificate in Systems (Undergraduate level)

Systems thinking skills are widely applied all over the globe by companies, governments, and communities. Solving today’s complex socio-technical problems requires a holistic perspective and convergence of knowledge. That’s why thousands of jobs (on LinkedIn alone), ask for “systems thinking” skills. Get ahead by earning the Systems Certificate!

How it works:

Complete three SYS courses (9 credit hours)

SYS 300 - It’s a Complex World, Addressing Global Challenges
SYS 350 - System Methods
SYS 400 - Systems Praxis

*SYS 300 and SYS 350 Can be double counted as UCC, STS


Select 2 courses (6 credit hours) from a list of more than 100, from different colleges (Many are UCC)

For a complete list of courses click here.

College of Agriculture 20 courses
College of Engineering 26 courses
College of Education 3 courses
College of Health and Human Sciences 5 courses
College of Liberal Arts 26 courses
Krannert School of Management 5 courses
Polytechnic Institute 13 courses
College of Science 9 courses

Upon completion of certificate and Purdue degree requirements, students will receive an official certificate, which is also recorded on their academic transcript. If you have previously completed any of the courses, it will be counted towards completion of the program.

How to enroll:

Ask your academic advisor in your home department to add the program (SYST – Systems) to your Curricula. More information on the certificate can be found on Purdue Catalog (2021-2022) under the Office of the Provost. Click here to download the academic advisor guide on how to enroll.

Questions? Email Collaboratory’s Senior Program Manager, Kat Burkhart