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Undergraduate Certificate of Completion in Java Programming

Offered By: College of Science, Engineering, & Technology

What is a Java Bootcamp?

At GCU, the Undergraduate Certificate of Completion in Java Programming is a quick and immersive experience called a Java Bootcamp. Students will earn a certificate that proves they have the requisite knowledge to break into Java programming. This fast-paced course of study includes studying and direction application of:

  • Java object-oriented techniques
  • Java-driven software development
  • Application creation using software engineering methods
  • Writing new code and refactoring existing code

The Benefits of Earning Your Java Programming Undergraduate 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 Java programming undergraduate certificate 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 Earn a Java Certificate as an Undergrad?

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

A Java undergraduate certificate program, 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 24 percent by 2026. Meaning, a certificate in Java Programming is an investment in a long, successful career.

Graduates of the Java certificate 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
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TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS & COURSE LENGTH:
Total Program Credits: 16
Campus: 16 weeks
Online: 7 weeks [More Info]
TRANSFER CREDITS:
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. For information about specific course content, credit length and VA approval in your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
Major:
16 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
16 credits

Program 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. Prerequisite: CST-135N or CST-235N or BIT-210.

Program Locations


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.

GCU Online Student


Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

GCU Evening Student


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom.

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

Program Domains

On-campus program disclosures (0.333 years)

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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