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Bachelor of Science
Computer Programming

Earn a degree in programming online in less than 3 years

AccreditationAccredited by the Higher Learning Commission
Program length32 months
Credits to graduate120 credits
Transfer creditsUp to 90 approved credits
Format100% online classes
Included languagesPython, C++, C#, .NET framework, Java, SQL, JavaScript
BenefitsState-of-the-industry virtual labs, earn dual credit towards an MBA degree program
Waived enrollment fee Classes start January 9th
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Build your skills, build the new world

You have the capability to join the network of professional computer programmers responsible for maintaining and improving our digital world. Become a versatile digital architect equipped with the tools to build, troubleshoot, debug, and perfect the information systems we rely on every day.

The tech industry needs dedicated, passionate, and detail-oriented individuals like you to keep systems functioning properly—and consistently innovate to progress our digital economy towards a brighter future.

Our Bachelor of Science in Computer Programming degree is an entry-level program, designed for students with no prior programming education.

  • Learn online in Herzing’s Everywhere Classroom—on your schedule, at your pace
  • Class topics include computer networks, object-oriented programming, computer architecture and troubleshooting, web scripting, data warehousing, and much more
  • As opposed to a crash course in any specific language, our program offers introductory classes in many key languages, emphasizing concepts applicable across all languages to strengthen your foundation for lifelong learning
  • Enjoy access to comprehensive student services and career development, with personal assistance throughout your learning experience and lifelong career coaching to support your ongoing career advancement
  • Customize your education with a selection of elective credit hours in the field of information technology, information systems, computer science, or a related discipline

You can take the first step to walking this exciting career path by first earning the career-focused skills emphasized over the course of our bachelor’s degree program.

We exist to support your career as a computer programmer, and know you are possible.

Classes Start January 9th

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Curriculum

Computer programming classes & curriculum details

Herzing University's Bachelor of Science in Computer Programming degree prepares students for a broad range of positions in the programming field. Courses include training in web scripting, object-oriented programming, software engineering, data warehousing, and mobile app development.

All classes are delivered online.
 

ProgramMonthsiCredits
Bachelor of Science in Computer Programming32120

i. Average number of months for students to complete program
Program availability varies by location

Required Courses in Information Technology

All courses, 64.00 semester credit hours, are required.

* Students enrolled in the dual credit MBA option may take BU 624 Business Systems Analysis and Design

Elective Courses in Information Technology

A minimum of 15 semester credit hours in the field of information technology, information systems, computer science or a related discipline are required.

Required Capstone or Internship

3.00 semester credit hours are required.

or

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this bachelor's degree must complete a minimum of 36.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline. 12.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications 9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity) 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics 3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science 6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Personal and Professional Development Courses

2.00 semester credit hours is required.

Dual Credit

Save time and money by earning dual credit

Students enrolled in Herzing University’s computer programming bachelor’s degree program can get a head start on earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Qualifying undergraduate students who pursue a Herzing BS in computer programming may apply up to 12 credits toward an MBA degree.

Computer programming graduates may choose one of several MBA concentrations, or consider our Dual Concentration option to add additional emphasis to your MBA credential.

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Tuition & Cost

Tuition & Cost

The cost of tuition for the Bachelor of Science in Computer Programming program is $495 per credit.

You can potentially earn even greater savings by transferring credit from prior college coursework, applying for financial aid, or potential partnership opportunities through your employer.

Our goal is your career advancement. That’s why we are always working to improve our curriculum and processes to make our program as affordable as possible while preparing you best for success in your work.

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 Scholarships & Financial Aid

You may be eligible for multiple scholarships and grants, both through Herzing University and several national scholarship websites.

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 Military/Veteran Discounts

Veterans, Active Duty U.S. Servicemembers, and spouses may qualify for a 10% tuition discount or tuition reduction to $250 per credit.

VA/Military benefits 

Requirements

Enrollment requirements

Prerequisites to enroll in the Herzing University computer programming undergraduate degree program include:

  1. Completion of a U.S. high school diploma, GED or equivalent
  2. Meet and interview with a Herzing admissions advisor
  3. Complete an enrollment application

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Classes Start January 9th

Waived Enrollment Fee

How much do programmers make?

The average salary for computer programmers is $96,650 per year ($46.46 per hour), according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).*

Computer programmer salaries vary depending on the industry, specialization, and job location, as well as the programmer’s skills and experience. Earn a deep foundational education, develop meaningful professional experience, and you can potentially earn a very good salary as a computer programmer.

Careers

What can I do with a programming degree?

Building a strong foundation in computer programming and earning the credentials to back it up can help you qualify for many types of jobs:

  • Application Software Developer
  • Systems Software Developer
  • Software Tester
  • Computer Programmer
  • Software Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Programmer/Analyst
  • Software Engineer
  • Database Developer

How can I advance my career?  To advance your career in programming, you can continue pursuing professional development after earning your undergraduate degree, including industry certifications or master’s level education. Herzing University offers dual credit toward an MBA in the concentration of your choosing, including technology management, data analytics, project management and more.

Computer science vs. programming degrees: what’s the difference?

Computer science is the broad study of computers and computational systems. Some of the main areas of study in a computer science degree plan can include artificial intelligence (AI), computer systems and networks, machine learning algorithms, security, database systems, human computer interaction, programming languages and software engineering.

Computer programming represents a narrower field of study. It’s a distinct area of computer science that focuses on designing, creating, and testing code for software applications and operating systems.

Our degree program emphasizes the career-focused skills you need to become qualified to excel in entry-level programming jobs right from the start.

Programmer Coding on Computer with Three Monitors
FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

No! Computer programming is a dynamic field unveiling new innovations all the time. There are many languages and specialties you can choose to focus on, offering a variety of opportunities. As long as you have a desire to learn and enjoy innovations, computer programming is great for any age.

Yes! You can earn your computer programming degree online from Herzing University.

Once you have your associate or bachelor’s degree, you can also pursue additional IT certifications.

It usually takes 3-4 years to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer programming.

Herzing University offers year-round schedules and 100% online classes, which means you can graduate faster. You can earn your computer programming degree from Herzing in as few as 32 months.

There are many types of jobs in computers and technology with similar skillsets to computer programmers. Alternatives for education you may consider:

  • Software development: Software developers design computer and mobile applications, primarily for consumers. They must understand user needs, be able to troubleshoot issues and find solutions, and modify programs as needed. A solid foundation in computer programming, web development, and application development can help you be successful as a software developer. Associate and bachelor's degree options available.
  • Computer networking: Computer networking technicians configure computer systems for businesses, install updates, check firewalls and maintain routers, and ensure the network is running smoothly. Having a strong background in computers and operating systems, in addition to strong analytical and problem-solving skills, will help you become a successful network admin.
  • Information Technology (IT): Information systems professionals work closely with management and technical staff, which is why this degree combines both IT and business processes. Working with both groups, information system professionals help prioritize system requirements, streamline processes and optimize efficiencies and revenue. To be successful in information systems, you will need a solid understanding of technology, as well as strong analytical and creative skills, and excellent interpersonal and communication abilities.

Computer programmers and coders most often work in office settings in information technology (IT), computer systems design or related industries. However, depending on your specialty, programmers can work in more varied industries, including healthcare, education and government.

To succeed in computer programming, it’s helpful to have strong skills in computer languages, math, science and logic. In addition to these skills, coders also benefit from the following soft skills:

  • Problem solving: By coding, computer programmers create solutions for different industry needs. They also test programs for bugs, trouble-shoot problems and fix any issues that appear, which is why problem solving is a necessary skill.
  • Perseverance and patience: More often than not, programs won’t work on the first try. They need fine-tuning and adjustments, which is why patience is a good quality for computer programmers. And when fixing bugs, you will need perseverance to keep trying new solutions until the problem is resolved.
  • Attention to detail: In computer programming, every letter and keystroke counts. One incorrect character can make an entire program not work. That’s why computer programmers and coders must have exceptional attention to detail.
  • Communication skills: Computer programmers must create programs for a variety of industries and needs. That’s why it’s important to be able to communicate effectively with different groups to fully understand their needs and create effective solutions.

A computer programmer is someone who writes the code for software applications and operating systems. They take designs created by software developers and engineers and convert the designs into sets of instructions that computers can follow. Computer programmers can develop mobile apps, video games, websites, social media platforms and more. Programmers also test software to ensure it follows best practices in design, performance, and security. 

Computer programmers can specialize in one area of programming or be a generalist who writes codes for many different types of software.

The best way to learn computer programming is by getting educated right. This is especially important if you are looking to make a career change or advance your skills in your current career. While beginning coding may seem easy, you will need a solid foundation in IT, as well as specialized courses that are generally only found in an academic setting to help you grow your career.

At a university, trained faculty can help assist you through complex issues and help prepare you for real-world career settings. They can also help you narrow down any specialties you would like to focus on, such as software development, web programming, or mobile app design.

In addition to providing you a broad education in IT fundamentals, a bachelor’s degree in computer programming can also help prepare you for supervisory or managerial positions as you gain more experience.

Computer programming offers a variety of career options for people who enjoy technology, creativity and problem solving. We are here to help when you are ready to take the first step.

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This program prepares students for a broad range of positions in the computing field, with particular emphases placed on computer programming. Foundational skills taught include programming logic, object-oriented programming, applications development, including web and mobile application fundamentals, database applications, security concepts, and network and computer architecture fundamentals. Advanced skills include software application design, systems analysis and design, software testing, and business analysis.

Additional coursework will provide students with the opportunity to deepen their application development skills in the areas of software engineering, mobile applications, web-based applications, and data warehousing.

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Accreditation & Disclosures

Herzing University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

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* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.

Eligible states for enrollment: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

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The program has an automatic transfer of credits, and allows you to transfer up to additional credits.

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Bachelor of Science in Computer Programming Online Campus
Tuition
Cost per Credit$495.00
Base Tuition$59,400.00
Savings from Transfer Credits (90 x $495.00 )(-$44,550.00)
Estimated Tuition Cost*$14,850.00
Fees
One-time Program Fee$0.00
Per-semester Program Fee$375.00
Per-semester Learner Resource Fee$490.00
Estimated Total Fee*$1,730.00
Total Semesters 1
RequiredNeeded
82
Total Credits
RequiredNeeded
12030
Estimated Cost 2
Base CostYour Cost
$66,320.00$16,580.00
Estimated Savings*
$49,740.00

Available Scholarships

Who Can Apply

Recipients and the amounts of the scholarships vary.

Requirements

Scholarship recipients, amounts, and terms and conditions are determined by Herzing University and its donors and are subject to change. An endowment is an amount of money (fund) that is given to the University with a stipulation that the funds are invested to earn annual interest rather than spent immediately. Students and alumni can learn more through the following channels: email give@herzing.edu, call (262) 735-6189, or visit https://www.herzing.edu/make-donation-herzing-university.

Who Can Apply

Any student in a degree-seeking program that makes on-time, out of pocket payments toward tuition and fee expenses.

Requirements

The amount of the payments made that exceed the amount of excess loan funding received will be used to calculate total award. Eligible students must make on-time payments, according to a predetermined payment plan. Restrictions may vary.

  • Matching percentage is based on student’s EFC at the time of application.
  • Student’s with a Pell eligible EFC will receive a 100% match
  • Students will non-Pell eligible EFC will receive 50% match
  • Students who do no complete the FAFSA will automatically qualify for the 50% match.
Who Can Apply

Available to applicants in any program that demonstrate a financial need, who are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Requirements

Must show financial need and are unable to cover cost of attendance with alternative resources

Who Can Apply

Available to undergraduate students enrolled in an Associates or Bachelor’s degree that are on the Dean’s or President’s list

Requirements

Eligible Applicants must:

  1. Submit an application by the required deadline for applicable semester answering the following questions in paragraph form/essay format, bulleted outline, video submission, or other creative means.
    • What are your proudest achievements during this semester? (Examples: community service, campus involvement, family life, charity work, major improvement to grades, etc.)
    • What obstacles did you have to overcome to achieve your academic success this semester?
  2. Not have received any HU Strive Scholarship in any enrollment. If an applicant is not selected during a semester, they may reapply by submitting a new application in subsequent semesters for as long as they remain on the Dean’s or President’s list

The application must be submitted through Canvas by the end of the A Term immediately following the semester when the Dean’s or President’s list was earned.

Who Can Apply

Available to Herzing graduates who have re-enrolled in a higher-level degree

Requirements

Alumni may qualify as many times as they re-enroll in a higher-level degree

Who Can Apply

Employees of a business participating in the Herzing Partnerships Program

Requirements
  • Documentation showing proof of employment is required
  • Recipients must be packaged at direct cost (receiving financial aid for tuition and fees only)
Who Can Apply

Herzing is excited to award this scholarship during the season on giving. This scholarship is available to new, current, or re-enrolled student applicants.

Requirements

Must maintain continuous enrollment and submit online form. Recipients are chosen at random. For more information, please contact your Financial Advisor.


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Actual semesters to complete are dependent upon university approved transfer credits and program mapping.

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Estimated program length, estimated number of semesters, and estimated program shown above are standard by program for each student based on: a student taking a full-time course load each semester, the student not having any transfer credits (from previous Herzing experiences or from other post-secondary institutions), and successful completion of each course.

Current tuition rates for Nursing programs are effective through the Summer 2022 semester, and tuition rates for all non-Nursing programs are effective through the Fall 2022 semester.