Python Applications

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Python Applications is designed to provide students with a set of skills necessary to successfully perform Python related programming projects. The courses consist of both practical knowledge and hands-on experience with the Python language and the programming techniques used in the industry. Through the elective courses, students will be able to apply the knowledge obtained to specific areas of interest using Python.


Field of Interest
Computer and Information Technology
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Python Applications (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2022

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Required Courses and Restricted Electives must be taken within five (5) years prior to completion of the program to be applied toward this award.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Utilize the software development lifecycle for Python application development.
  2. Analyze business requirements to design Python applications.
  3. Develop well-structured Python programs that solve business problems.
  4. Test and debug Python programs.
  5. Produce effective documentation according to industry standards.
  6. Use source control tools to deploy Python programs.
  7. Utilize the Python standard libraries and third-party packages to create computer programs.
  8. Use high-level Python packages and frameworks to perform network automation tasks, monitoring, management and enhance network security.
  9. Utilize advanced practical applications of Python programming to support offensive and defensive cybersecurity operations.
  10. Use the Python data ecosystem to conduct statistical data analyses on datasets from multiple sources including databases.
  11. Use computer systems and networks in a responsible and ethical manner.
  12. Collaborate effectively in a diverse team environment.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2022.

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS105 Survey of Computer Information Systems Critical course Gateway course Or Permission of Program Director CS 0–3
CNT140AB Introduction to Networks Required for Cybersecurity and Networking Specialization 0–4

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS150AB Object-Oriented Programming Fundamentals Or Permission of Program Director 0–3
CIS119DO or
CIS276DA or
Introduction to Oracle: SQL or MySQL Database or SQL Server Database 3
CIS156 Python Programming: Level I 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
CIS256 Python Programming Level II 3
CIS256CN or
Python for Cybersecurity and Networking or Python for Data Analysis Required for Cybersecurity and Networking Specialization or Required for Data Analytics Specialization 3
Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.


Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.