Mobile App Development

  • Program details
  • Dates and time: December 2021 (please check back)
  • Location: Online, instructor-led live sessions
  • Number of sessions: Six sessions over six weeks
  • Instructional fee: $795
  • Format: Zoom videoconference
Piano key mobile app
Micro Musician App allows the user to play with microtonal music where an octave is split into more than the traditional twelve tones (designed by students).

At its heart, a mobile application exists to be helpful or entertaining. Many apps are intended for wide distribution, but they can also be tailored to the needs of a single organization, department or even an individual.

In this course, we explore the foundations of app development for both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android operating systems with a focus on apps that run entirely on the user’s devices including iPhone, iPad, Samsung phones and tablets. The course will cover fundamental concepts of app design. For hands-on learning, each student will choose either iOS or Android as his/her platform and develop all apps using a PC or a Mac. See Planned Course Sessions for more information.

What you will learn

Students who complete the certificate program will be able to:

  1. Build working apps with industry-standard look and feel
  2. Structure data to make it easier to use and persist
  3. Create custom graphical elements for novel interfaces and data presentation
Tea timer mobile app
Tea Timer App is designed to help its user keep track of what teas they have on hand and prepare those teas for best effect (designed by students).

Meetings and format

The course consists of Zoom videoconference meetings with live instruction. To attend via Zoom, students will need a computer with webcam, microphone and high-speed internet.

Each Zoom session allows for live interactions with the instructor and other students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Assignments and other materials will be available online through a web-based learning management system.


The instructional fee is $795, including a nonrefundable administrative fee of $75. See Registration for details.

Who should attend

Anyone who would like to learn the basics of developing an app, craft a small app and gain a foundation upon which they can build to develop apps for productivity, business applications, entertainment and beyond. See Requirements for eligibility.


Paul BonamyPaul Bonamy, Ph.D., is originally from Michigan, and still doesn’t understand how one can have “winter” without snow. Dr. B. holds a doctorate in computer science from Michigan Tech, where he focused on computer security. He teaches a variety of computer science courses at WSU Vancouver, including a course in mobile app development.