About the Course

Introduction to Java

  • Grade 9+
  • CTY-Level
  • Individually Paced

Learn the basic features of the Java programming language such as primitive and non-primitive data types, control flow constructs, built-in class libraries, and object-oriented programming concepts like classes, objects, method overloading, and encapsulation. Your typical assignments and projects will include using built-in and programmer-defined classes, performing basic input and output operations, and solving more complex programming problems with a real-world focus. At the end of this course, you’ll submit a comprehensive final examination and will be prepared to study more advanced topics in our next-level course, Advanced Java Programming.

Recommended length of enrollment: 3 months

Time Commitment: 7-9 hours independent work per week.

Students may enroll in this course at any time during the year.

Classes

Students enroll in a course by selecting an open class below. Students progress at their own pace following course guidelines, with guidance from instructors who strive to meet individual needs. While the course provides students with independence and flexibility, students must manage their time to complete the course before the end date.

Note: You need an active CTY Account to complete registration through MyCTY.

Up to 4.5 months of access
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$919

Testing and Prerequisites

  Math Verbal
Required Level CTY-Level Not required
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Cost and Financial Aid

  • Tuition
    • Varies
  • Application fee
    • Nonrefundable Application Fee - $15 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
    • Nonrefundable International Fee - $20 (outside US only)

Financial Aid is available

We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.

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Course Materials

Please acquire all course materials by the course start date. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact ctyinfo@jhu.edu.
 

Book Title: Introduction to Java Programming and Data Structures, Comprehensive Version, 12th edition
Author: Y. Daniel Liang
ISBN: 9780136520238

  • Software: You will need to install a recent version of the JDK on your computer. Instructions are provided in the first unit of the course. If you work on an Apple computer, this may already be installed.

Technical Requirements

This course requires a computer with high-speed Internet access and an up-to-date web browser such as Chrome or Firefox. You must be able to communicate with the instructor via email. Visit the Technical Requirements and Support page for more details.

This course uses a virtual classroom for instructor-student communication. The classroom works on standard computers with the Zoom desktop client, and on tablets or handhelds that support the Zoom Mobile app. Recorded meetings can only be viewed on a computer with the Zoom desktop client installed. The Zoom desktop client and Zoom Mobile App are both free to download.

Most course lectures may be viewed on mobile devices, but some assignments and quizzes must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer.

Chromebooks are not recommended due to required downloading of specialized software.

This course uses Respondus LockDown Browser proctoring software for designated assessments. LockDown Browser is a client application that is installed to a local computer. Visit the Respondus website for system requirements.

Terms & Conditions

You may have the option to post your work on public third-party sites (e.g., YouTube). 

Virtual class meetings may be recorded for students to review.

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