Computer Science Essentials for Software Development

Skills Covered: Software Development Fundamentals, Testing, Debugging, Object-Oriented Design, Polymorphism, Algorithm Design, Algorithm Analysis, Dynamic Programming, Greedy Algorithms, Approximation Algorithms, Data Structures, Software Design, Web Programming, JavaScript, Dynamic Web Pages, Modular Web Page Components, Scalable Web Apps, Server-Side JavaScript

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Gain the systematic knowledge required to be a software developer.

In this professional certificate program, you will learn essential computer science concepts for software development ranging from the fundamentals of object-oriented programming to using efficient algorithms to design high-quality software.

This program begins with the basic concepts of Java, one of the industry’s most commonly used programming languages, and progresses into best practices in modern software development to developing efficient algorithms using sophisticated data structures for complex computational tasks. Finally, you will develop interactive and data-driven web apps using JavaScript.

This program will give you a thorough understanding of core principles of professional software development.



  • How to design, develop, and test large software applications using the Java programming language
  • Development environments, tools, and frameworks for modern Java software development
  • How to select, apply, and analyze the most appropriate data representations in your code
  • How to apply object-oriented programming principles in order to develop high-quality software that is easy to read, understand, and modify
  • Algorithmic thinking and problem-solving techniques
  • How to create dynamic, interactive web applications using JavaScript tools and frameworks



  • Software Developer and Web Developer are two of the top three best technology jobs, with median salaries of over $95,000 (Source: US News & World Report)
  • Nearly 1.3 million new software developer jobs will be created by 2024, and employment of software developers is projected to grow 17 percent from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Java and JavaScript are the top two programming languages mentioned in job advertisements, with nearly 15,000 job listings mentioning them each month (Source: Gooroo)
  • Career prospects include careers mobile/web app development, data science, social media, and systems and core infrastructure

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