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Undergraduate Coding Certificate

Learn the fundamentals of computer programming and language.

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    Online and On Campus Options

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What You'll Learn

  • Build a foundation in computer science and the art of programming through use of algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, and software engineering.
  • Learn to design, code, debug, and document programs.
  • Explore numerous programming languages, including Java, R, Python, C, C++, PHP, JavaScript, Swift, and SQL.
  • Gain knowledge of fundamental data structures for information processing, including lists, stacks, queues, trees, and graphs.

Earning Your Certificate

To meet the requirements for the certificate, you must:

  • Choose a preferred course path from the CSCI E-50 track or CSCI E-10AB track.
  • Complete three certificate courses for undergraduate credit.
  • Earn at least a B grade in each course.
  • Complete the courses within three years.

Learn more about pursuing a certificate and the process of requesting your certificate.

Certificate Tracks

This certificate is designed for students with little or no prior knowledge in computer programming and language. You should begin your studies with CSCI E-10A or CSCI E-50, depending on the certificate track you choose.

The undergraduate certificate in coding requires three courses. You may choose one of the following certificate course tracks:

CSCI E-50 Track

  • CSCI E-50 Intensive Introduction to Computer Science
  • CSCI E-33a Web Programming with Python and JavaScript
  • Elective (choose one course from select group)

CSCI E-10AB Track

  • CSCI E-10A Introduction to Computer Science Using Java I
  • CSCI E-10B Introduction to Computer Science Using Java II
  • CSCI E-22 Data Structures

Courses taken before the Fall 2020 semester do not apply toward this certificate.

Search For Courses

You can browse courses by term — fall, spring, or summer — in the DCE Course Search & Registration platform.

Upcoming Term: Fall 2024

Fall course registration opens July 22 at 9 a.m. ET. Learn more about how to register


Affordability is core to our mission. When compared to our continuing education peers, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Our Tuition (2024–25 rate) $2,100 per course
Average Tuition of Peer Institutions $2,738 per course
Average Total Cost $6,300