Java Programming Certificate

Undergraduate Certificate of Completion in Java Programming

Offered By: College of Science, Engineering, & Technology

What is the GCU Java Bootcamp Like?

If you are looking to step into or advance in your technology career, GCU’s Undergraduate Certificate of Completion in Java Programming may be right for you. This quick and immersive experience is called a Java Bootcamp and is available to students with or without a degree.

Grand Canyon University now offers our Java Bootcamp as an instructor-led, virtual program. Students from across the United States can join virtual classes two days a week and work with an industry professional to complete their labs. Our students come from all facets of life and educational backgrounds. Our career-changing and new technology learners work in a collaborative, project-based learning environment to explore the Java programming ecosystem.

It is important to note that while this is not a certification program, students will earn a certificate that proves they have the requisite knowledge to break into Java programming and have the framework understanding to prepare them for an industry certification.

This fast-paced course of study includes studying and direct application of:

  • Java object-oriented programming techniques
  • Java-driven database (SQL) software development
  • Full-stack application development using software engineering methods
  • Project-based development methodologies including Agile and team coding tools

The Benefits of Earning Your Undergraduate Java Programming Certificate

Java is an in-demand programming language that powers applications and the web. It runs on billions of devices and platforms. Java programming is a backbone of Android applications.

Grand Canyon University students who complete the undergraduate Java programming certificate in online or in-person classes are prepared for careers related to computer and app programming. They have the skills to write, revise and update website applications and coding algorithms. During their time at the GCU Java Bootcamp, students also learn to analyze and validate data.

Students will be able to build applications and develop an acquaintance with:

  • Compilers
  • Scripting languages
  • Frameworks
  • Build tools
  • APIs
  • Version control software
  • Licensing constraints

In addition to this well-rounded technical skillset, GCU students also obtain skills in professional communications. They learn how to conduct themselves in their future technology career.

How Long Does it Take to Complete the Java Bootcamp Program?

The Java Bootcamp program at GCU takes 16 weeks (or four months) to complete. During that time, students will complete practical, hands-on coursework in classes covering three important domains:

  • Programming
  • Information systems
  • Professionalism and ethics

Develop High-Demand Skills in Java Programming

An undergraduate Java programming certificate, like the one offered by the GCU College of Science, Engineering and Technology, is highly technical. Students are immediately immersed in coding and programming challenges. Though the timeframe of a Java Bootcamp is quick, the learning is in-depth and practical. Students in this program learn:

  • Fundamental Java concepts, algorithms and syntax
  • Problem solving techniques in the programming language
  • Software development skills
  • Machine architecture and data organization
  • Interfaces, event and exception handling
  • Java I/O and collection framework
  • Concepts, tools and frameworks of Open source software development

Explore Professions With an Undergraduate Java Certificate

Software development is a growing field. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of jobs requiring software developers will increase by 22% from 2019 to 2029.* This means earning a Java programming certificate is an investment in a long, successful career.

Graduates of the Java Bootcamp online or in-person certificate of completion program from GCU may seek career opportunities such as:

  • Java developer
  • Computer programmer
  • Software developer
  • Software engineer
  • Information security analyst
  • Computer system analyst
  • Computer network architect

*COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy, and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on 2019-2029, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ “Software Developers” Summary in February 2021.

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Total Credits: 16
Campus: 16 weeks [More Info]

Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division

Course List

16 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
16 credits

Core Courses

Course Description

This course introduces the fundamental concepts and syntax of the Java programming language. The course focuses on object-oriented techniques in Java with an emphasis on problem solving and fundamental algorithms.

Course Description

This course focuses on software development using the Java programming language. The course exposes the relationships between machine architecture and data organization through Java-based projects, including algorithmic machines. Prerequisite: CST-105N.

Course Description

This course covers user interfaces, event and exception handling, Java I/O, and the collection framework. Students build applications using software engineering methods including design models and implementation/testing strategies, while learning to assume professional responsibilities. Prerequisite: CST-135N.

Course Description

This course covers the concepts, tools, and frameworks of Open Source software development. Using open source operating systems like Linux, students develop an acquaintance with compilers, scripting languages, frameworks, build tools, APIs, version control software, and their licensing constraints. Students also learn how to participate in and contribute to open-source projects.


GCU Campus Student

Join Grand Canyon University’s vibrant and growing campus community, with daytime classes designed for traditional students. Immerse yourself in a full undergraduate experience, complete with curriculum designed within the context of our Christian worldview.

* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.

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