January 25, 2021

New Python/Java Specialization launches

On January 25, 2021, Penn Engineering Online Learning launched a new Specialization on Coursera called Introduction to Programming with Python and Java. This Specialization moves quickly; it starts out by teaching basic concepts in Python and ramps up to more complex subjects such as object-oriented programming and data structures in Java. By the time learners complete this series of four courses, they will be able to write fully-functional programs in both Python and Java, two of the most well-known and frequently used programming languages in the world today.

Introduction to Programming with Python and Java is for students and professionals who have minimal or no prior programming exposure. It’s for motivated learners who have experience with rigorous coursework, and are looking to gain a competitive edge in advancing their career. It’s for folks who are thinking about applying to the University of Pennsylvania’s popular Online Master of Computer and Information Technology degree (MCIT Online) and want to sample some of the lecture videos and content from the first course in the program. The Specialization certificate will be viewed favorably by the admissions committee so be sure to mention it in your application. If admitted, MCIT Online students can get reimbursed for the Specialization. [Editor’s note: This policy is discontinued as of December 2021.]

Why should you consider taking Introduction to Programming with Python and Java? “Programming will be a transformational force in nearly every industry in the foreseeable future,” says course instructor Brandon Krakowsky, Lecturer for Penn Engineering. “With this Specialization, anyone with determination can quickly get up to speed.” Learners will encounter in-depth coding demonstrations, hands-on coding exercises and assignments with real-world applications.

The four courses in the series are:

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