Skill Path

Code Foundations

Start your programming journey with an introduction to the world of code and basic concepts.

Includes Technical Literacy, Career Overviews, Programming Concepts, and more.

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  • Time to complete

    Average based on combined completion rates — individual pacing in lessons, projects, and quizzes may vary
    4 hours
  • Certificate of completion

  • Prerequisites


About this skill path

Interested in learning how to code, but unsure where to start? This path provides an overview of the main branches of programming: computer science, web development, and data science. It teaches important concepts you’ll find in every coding language, such as variables, functions, and control flow. Take this path to understand key programming terms and chart your course to a more technical career.

Skills you'll gain

  • Learn coding 101
  • Explore careers in tech
  • Communicate with developers


5 units • 15 lessons • 7 quizzes
  • 1

    Code Foundations: Introduction

    Welcome to Code Foundations!

  • 2

    Learn How to Code

    New to coding? Start here and learn programming fundamentals that can be helpful for any language you learn.

  • 3

    Computer Science

    In this track, you will explore the history, concepts, and applications of Computer Science through a series of interactive videos, lessons, and articles.

  • 4

    Web Development

    Interested in web development? This track will cover the history of the internet and what essential languages you need to learn to start building your own web pages.

  • 5

    Data Science

    Data Science is one of the fastest growing fields. In this track, you will learn about what makes up Data Science and all the interesting things you can do with it.

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    Guided projects that help you solidify the skills and concepts you're learning.
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