School and Ranking Information
Students can choose from a few public and not-for-profit institutions in or near Fort Lauderdale if they are seeking to take programming classes. Based on school distinctions, location and number of programming degrees conferred, the following college is considered a top school for programming in Fort Lauderdale:
- Winner: Broward College is the only 4-year public college located directly in Fort Lauderdale with computer programming studies. The college awarded the highest number of associate's degrees in this field among area schools in 2013.
School Info Chart
|Distinction||Finalist for the 2013 Aspen Institute Community College Award of Excellence (2013)*|
|Location||Fort Lauderdale, Florida|
|School Type||4-year, public|
|Tuition & Fees (2013-2014)||Undergrad: $2,542 (in-state); $8,712 (out-of-state)**|
|Programming Degrees Offered||Certificate and associate's degree|
|Programming Degrees Awarded (all levels) in 2012-2013||23**|
|Most Popular Programming Degree Level in 2012-2013||Associate's (22 awarded)**|
|Undergraduate Graduation Rate (in 150% of normal degree time) for 2007 Entering Class||32%**|
|Noteworthy||Ranked in top ten community colleges for number of associate's degrees awarded to minorities by Community College Week (2013)***; Computer Science Department partners with several industry leaders, including Microsoft IT Academy and CISCO Regional Networking Academy***|
Sources: *The Aspen Institute; **NCES College Navigator; ***Broward College
- Computer science department offers two computer labs
- Classes provide a real-world design and development education
- Curriculum offers classroom instruction and hands-on lab experiences
Home to more than 68,000 students annually at three campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Broward College offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The Computer Science Department offers degree programs in a range of computer-related topics, including computer programming, networking and database technology. Students can pursue an Associate of Science in Computer Programming and Analysis or a Sun Certified Java Programmer certificate.
Students can complete the 18-credit hour Sun Certified Java Programmer Certificate with just six classes. They study C++ and Java programming languages, in addition to the Unix operating system. Required prerequisites include beginning and intermediate C++ programming and applied mathematics. Required courses in the Associate of Science in Computer Programming and Analysis program include an introduction to computer science, system analysis and design, project management and five computer science electives. Students must also complete courses in basic and advanced C++ programming, object-oriented programming and database management. This degree program requires the completion of 63 credits, including general education courses in composition, speech and humanities.