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Introduction to Programming

Nanodegree Program

Welcome to the world of programming! Learn the skills that all programmers use, whether they build apps, web pages, or analyze data.

Welcome to the world of programming! Learn the skills that all programmers use, whether they build apps, web pages, or analyze data.


4 months

Real-world Projects

Completion Certificate

Last Updated February 8, 2024

Skills you'll learn:
Control flow in Python • Command line interface basics • Python functions • Object-oriented Python

No experience required

Courses In This Program

Course 1 1 hour

Welcome and Orientation

Welcome to the Introduction to Programming Nanodegree program. This is your first step on your journey to become a programmer. Learn what this program is all about as well as how to find support along your learning journey.

Course 2 1 month

Introduction to Web Development

Get acquainted with how the web works! Learn about your browser, the internet, and a filetype called HTML. HTML stands for "Hypertext Markup Language." HTML is the language used to create webpages. Learn the basics of HTML to create a simple web page!

Course 3 1 month

Introduction to Programming with Python I

Learn basic programming with Python, one of the most versatile and widely used programming languages! You'll first learn core programming concepts and fundamental Python syntax by writing code to make a virtual "turtle" robot draw colorful shapes on the screen. You'll then learn how to write Python functions, run Python from a Command-Line Interface (CLI), manipulate strings and lists, and refactor your code to improve its structure and make it more modular.

Course 4 4 weeks

Introduction to Programming with Python II

Continue to advance your skills as a beginning programmer! Python is one of the most versatile and widely used programming languages. In this second-level course, you will build on your understanding of fundamental Python and learn some more advanced skills, including how to work with files on your computer's disk and how to use Object-Oriented Programming (OOP) to create classes, objects, and methods.

Taught By The Best

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Kelly Howard


Kelly was previously a Product Manager at Brainjolt and a Learning Experience Designer at Pathstream. She is currently a Marketing Automation Manager where she leads automation, analytics, and systems design for Pathstream's B2C business.

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Karl Krueger

Command Line Instructor

Before joining Udacity, Karl was a Site Reliability Engineer (SRE) at Google for eight years, building automation and monitoring to keep the world's busiest web services online.

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Rachel Manning


Rachel is a full stack freelance developer and educator where she spent 3 years as a bootcamp curriculum developer while developing full stack freelance projects. An advocate for continued learning, she is passionate about mentoring women and underserved community in technology.

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Abe Feinberg

Science Teacher and Educational Psychologist

Abe is a science teacher and educational psychologist who loves learning and finding out how things work. He has a particular interest in using AI to optimize education, and his ultimate goal is to replace himself with a robot that can teach better than he can.

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Richard Kalehoff


Richard is a Course Developer with a passion for teaching. He has a degree in computer science, and first worked for a nonprofit doing everything from front end web development, to backend programming, to database and server management.

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Julia Van Cleve


Julia is a Content Developer at Udacity and was previously a middle school math teacher in San Jose, CA. She also dabbled in freelance web development, designing websites for small businesses in the Bay Area.

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James Parkes


James received his degree in Computer Science and Mathematics, then went on to become a Udacity instructor in several programs. His personal mission is clear: to open the doors of opportunity for others by empowering them with excellent educational experiences.

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Projects are based on real-world scenarios and challenges, allowing you to apply the skills you learn to practical situations, while giving you real hands-on experience.

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About Introduction to Programming

Our Introduction to Programming Nanodegree is the gateway for aspiring programmers. This program, ideal for beginners, covers the essentials of programming, including Python, HTML, and CSS. You'll learn through practical projects, building a strong foundation in coding and web development. This Nanodegree program paves the way for a successful career in technology, equipping you with the skills to build web pages and understand core programming concepts. Our expert instructors, like Karl Krueger and Rachel Manning, guide you through hands-on projects, ensuring real-world application of your newfound skills. By the end of the Introduction to Programming, you'll have a portfolio to showcase your abilities, setting you on the path to professional success.