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C/C++ Programming

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About the C/C++ Programming Program


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Introduction to ProgrammingCSE-40028

Units: 3.00


Obtain the foundational skills needed to begin your goal of becoming a programmer.This course introduces first-time programmers to basic programming techniques and principles using the popular Python ...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

All four (4) required. Courses must be taken in the order listed. Twelve (12) units required.

C/C++ Programming I : Fundamental Programming ConceptsCSE-40475

Units: 3.00


With an emphasis on the syntax, semantics and structured programming style,this class examines the C and C++ programming languages. Students will learn to create and compile basic programs using C/C++...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

C/C++ Programming II : Dynamic Memory and File I/O ConceptsCSE-40476

Units: 3.00


Building upon C/C++ Programming I,level II will provide you with a further understanding of the C and C++ programming languages. Topics include: the run-time environment, advanced I/O features, advanc...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

C/C++ Programming III : Intermediate Programming with ObjectsCSE-40477

Units: 3.00


This course will emphasize using objecte oriented analysis and design techniquesto learn the C++ programming language. Students completing the course will learn C++ syntax, how to make use of the C++ ...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

C/C++ Programming IV: Advanced Programming with ObjectsCSE-40478

Units: 3.00


Expanding on serveral topics in C++ Programming III,this course encompasses object-oriented analysis, design, and programming. Additionally, advanced memory management, stream and file I/O, persistenc...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Summer

Data Structures and Algorithms in C/C++CSE-40049

Units: 3.00


Looking to improve your programming skills?Our course on fundamental algorithms and data structures can help you out. You ll learn how to write scalable code that performs well with large data sets, a...

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Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
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Demand and Job Prospects

  • Industries employing people with C and C++ programming skills include: Professional, Scientific, Technical Services, Finance, and Insurance
  • Job titles include: Embedded Systems Engineer, Software Developer, C++ Programmer, C++ Developer, Programmer/Analyst, Firmware Engineer
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports the median salary range for Software Developers in 2017 as 103K - 104K annually
  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported job growth rate for Software Developers in 2017 at 24%

Who Will Benefit

  • Developers looking to refresh their C and C++ competencies
  • Non-programmers learning programming to enhance their careers
  • Managers and QA who work with programmers and desire a better understanding of C and C++
  • Career changers seeking to join the workforce as programmers
  • Computer Science undergraduates seeking an MS degree

Conditions for Admission

Complete the application and pay application fee. UC San Diego Extension programs are designed to best serve college-prepared working professionals. Although programs are open to all adult learners, where program capacity is limited, applicants with this profile will receive preference for admission.

Next Steps Experience

Upon completion of this certificate, consider taking the course CSE-40049 Data Structures and Algorithms in C/C++ to continue building your skills.

EDC Preferred Provider

The San Diego Regional EDC's Advancing San Diego program is designed to address talent shortages in STEM positions. Students of our program will be eligible for fully-funded internships at San Diego small companies. Learn more about the program by visiting

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are Soft Skills available to students for their professional development under this program?

To advance in today’s competitive job market, in addition to your technical skills, employers are seeking candidates who possess soft skills including self-awareness, communication skills, team building, EQ, Leadership and Management etc. Our Corporate and Community Relations team offers a wide array of workshops, webinars, and executive programs designed to develop strong professional skills applicable across all industries. Participants will be able to implement the skills learned immediately upon completion of their training. 

To get more detail on what they have to offer, we encourage you to visit our Leadership and Management Essentials webpage.

How do I enroll in a course?

To enroll into a class, click on the class link in the matrix and that will take you to that class page. There you can find the start date for that course, and you can click on “Add to Cart” which will lead you to complete the registration/payment process.

Is this program in-class or online?

The courses alternate between in-class and online offerings per quarter. All in-class courses use a blended approach, meaning that they combine face-to-face classroom methods with computer-mediated learning activities. For online classes, all assignments and test/quizzes are completed online and submitted through Canvas, our online learning platform.


Can the programming prerequisite be waived if I have taken a programming course elsewhere or have equivalent working knowledge?

The prerequisite is not required in order to complete the prerequisite. However, it serves as a guideline to students as to the level of knowledge required for students enrolling into the first required course in this program. Those with little to no programming experience must take the Introduction to Programming course prior to enrolling in C/C++ Programming I. Those who wish to skip the prerequisite may do so without a department waiver. Please email if you would like to see the syllabus of the prerequisite course.

How long does it take to complete the certificate?

Students who choose to take one course per quarter for 5 consecutive quarters can complete the program in 15 months. Students who do not need the prerequisite course CSE-40028 Introduction to Programming can complete the program in 1 year. You have up to five years to complete all requirements for the certificate.

Is this certificate open to non-California residents?

Yes, the program is open to non-California residents, including non-US residents. The tuition is the same for all students. If you have questions about how enrolling in courses may or may not affect your visa status, please contact our International Department at or (858) 534-6784.

How can I get more information about this program?

You will find a downloadable program flyer and program FAQs under "Related Documents" on the right side of the top of this page. If you need further information, please contact the program representative at 858-534-9152 or

Advisory Board

Godfrey Duke

Software Engineering


James Gappy

Sr. Software Engineer


William Griswald, Ph.D.


UC San Diego Computer Science and Engineering

Pierre Huguet

Chief Executive Officer

Delange Intelligence Services

Michele Leroux Bustamante



Riyad Mammadov

Director of Applications Development

XDimensional Technologies

Raymond Mitchell, Jr.

Software Engineering

independent Consultant

Bruce Schurter

Principal Software Engineer

Wildcat Discovery Technologies

Zoiner Tejada



Walter Wesley

Department Chair

Mesa College

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This certificate requires an application before taking any courses. There will be a $0 fee to apply to this program. Students will also be required to pay a $95 certificate fee upon enrollment into the program after acceptance. View the complete Certificate Registration and Candidacy Guidelines.