Systems Programming Tulsa

Explore how to interact with computers at a basic systems level through understanding Linux, mastering the algorithms used to manage large data sets, and learning the foundation of data structures like blockchain.

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What is Systems Programming?

Systems Programming refers to creating applications and programs that bridge the gap between programming and the the physical hardware of a computer. Much of this is based on Linux, an open-source software platform that’s often used to manage server and computer interactions. Because Linux is open source, it’s used as the basis of many other operating systems, like Debian, Arch, RedHat and their derivatives.

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Systems Programming

Systems Programming

Credential Earned: Diploma

Semester Credits: 70

program length in weeks: 75*

Clock Hours: 1725

Anticipated outside hours: Students can expect to spend approximately two (2) hours of outside work for every one (1) hour of the course contact hours.

Method of delivery: Blended

Eligibility for licensure: This institution is not accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education. This program does not lead to occupations that require licensure in Oklahoma or other states.

*Weeks may be extended depending on holiday and break schedules.

The Systems Programming diploma program focuses on the essential skills needed to design, develop, and implement applications on top of the core components of the Linux operating system. This program fosters a deep understanding of system-level operations, resource management, and the intricacies of interacting with the Linux platform. Additionally, a component of this program is designing, developing,
and implementing programs in an embedded system.

Upon successful completion of the Systems Programming program, graduates will have the skills necessary for an entry-level position in the field of Systems Programming. Example job titles of graduates from this program are Software Developer, Software Engineer, Developer, and Systems Software Engineer.

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Next Start Date

Sep 3, 2024

Applications of Systems Programming

Systems Programming is all used to interact with computers at a basic systems level or “low level." The ability to effectively work with Linux and the C programming language allows programmers to bridge the gap between the software that runs on a device and the physical hardware that powers it.

“Low Level” Programming

Writing code that allows computer software to interact with hardware.

Server and Computer Interactions

Creating programs that allow computers to communicate with other computers, computers with other servers, and servers with other servers.

Data Management

Understanding established algorithms and processes that allow efficient editing, storage, and manipulation of data sets.


Ensuring access to programs and hardware is secure against external threats.

Career Opportunities

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Atlas School does not guarantee employment. Graduates in this program can reasonably expect to find job opportunities as a:

Software Engineer II

Database Administrator

Software Engineer I

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“Atlas is a place that will welcome you with open arms regardless of your background or circumstance, and fosters the breadth of foundational skills, both technical and interpersonal, that you'll need to be successful as a programmer!”

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“The people are kind and passionate, the culture is driven and creative, and the students are from all different kinds of backgrounds and interests. Atlas School focused on important soft and hard skills that set me apart from typical university students and gave me a significant advantage in the application and hiring processes.”

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Technical Writing

Technical writing is an invaluable skill and an excellent way to articulate and share knowledge.


Collaboration is key to a successful business. Students learn project management, interpersonal communication, and team collaboration skills.

Mock Interviews

It’s not enough to know the answers to the questions – students must be able to clearly communicate their thought processes and understanding to potential employers.

The Framework

The Framework provides the structure, order, and balance necessary to maintain a productive peer learning environment and helps students succeed throughout their careers.


Whiteboarding is an essential skill in the tech industry, both for effective planning and for excelling in tech interviews.

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