Choosing the right college or career pathway is not an easy decision. The UC San Diego Extension Futures programs enable students to fulfill their passions, explore new interests, and gain hands-on experience before they enter the workforce or apply for college. Each program is designed specifically for high school students. The cutting-edge coursework is taught by leading industry experts in high demand fields. All programs culminate in an Award of Completion issued by UC San Diego Extension for use on college applications and resumes.

Shape your future today in the areas of Computer Science, Business Management and Design.

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Android Programming (NEW)

Write Android Applications. Learn how to work with the Android Studio to write numerous Android applications for a wide range of phones and tablets. This includes focus on the Java programming language, understanding various Android permission models, and debugging and troubleshooting Android apps.


Design like a pro. In AutoCAD, learn to draw on layers, add text, dimensions and plot a drawing at a scale. Gain foundational knowledge in two-dimensional (2D) drawing commands, dimensioning, layering systems, and drafting techniques to develop a complete floor plan by the end of the program.

Business Management

Lead by Example. Business management encompasses logistics and coordination of activities in an organizational enterprise. Develop a practical understanding of policy creation and resource allocation as a means to achieve institutional objectives.

Front End Web Development

Learn to Build Websites. Web Development has evolved over the years and has become an extremely sought-after skill in all industries. Learn how to develop engaging websites and applications using HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and jQuery. 

iOS Programming

Create a Mobile app. Become proficient in iOS, a mobile operating system developed by Apple Inc. exclusively for use with its hardware, including iPhone, iPad and iTouch. iOS serves as the foundation for dynamic end user interactivity such as swiping, tapping and pinching.


Classes are delivered online or Live online. Scholarship opportunities are available for all Futures programs on a first-come, first-served basis. All programs culminate in an Award of Completion issued by UC San Diego Extension for use on college applications and resumes.

Availability description

Futures programs are cohort-based and enrollment opportunities are available for programs starting in September. Programs consist of three courses lasting nine months.

Age/Grade Level
Grades 9-12
Cost Range
Greater than $200
Time of Day
Opportunity type
Out-of-school Programs
Area of Interest
Coding/Computer Science/Cyber Security
Social Science
Financial Support or Scholarship Available?
NGSS Aligned?
Location Address:
San Diego, California, 92093
Contact Name:
Megan Lancaster


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