Computer Studies: JavaScript Programmer Certificate Computer Studies Total Units: 18.5

Term Effective: Fall 2013

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2014

Previous Versions:

Computer Studies: JavaScript Programmer - effective Spring 2012
Web Site Development: JavaScript Programmer - effective Fall 2010
Web Site Development: JavaScript Programmer - effective Fall 2008
Web Site Development: JavaScript Programmer - effective Fall 1981


TheComputer Studies: JavaScript Programmer Certificate of Achievement is designed to provide students with the skills needed to succeed in the field of Web site design and development. JavaScript programmers develop scripts for Web sites. These scripts range from simple rollover code to complex JavaScript applications. JavaScript Programmers may be employed as Web Programmers, JavaScript Programmers, JavaScript Developers, Web Developers, Web Programmers/Analysts, or Web Technical Developers. The training stresses usage of the Web as a platform to deliver solutions to business problems. Students will gain an understanding of the relevant Web technologies, the most common software and hardware products, the resources necessary to support a site, and the requirements of site maintenance. The curriculum includes basic programming concepts, HTML, JavaScript structure and syntax, interacting with environmental variables, using event handlers, performing form validation, creating rollover effects, working with cookies and manipulating layers.

This program stresses the practical application of Web development skills on real life projects. Students are expected to work in teams to create Web sites for non-profit organizations in Sonoma County. The ability to work in a group, communicate with a client, resolve problems, meet deadlines, and understand the Web development cycle is just as important as understanding HTML or creating JavaScript. This hands-on approach ensures that as students complete the program, they will have practical experience, as well as working Web sites to feature in an electronic portfolio.

Web development careers include job titles such as Webmaster, Web Programmer, Web Content Developer, Web Site Artist, Web Engineer, and Web Database Administrator. Whatever titles are applied to the positions, the skills required seem to fall into the categories of design, programming, database integration, and system administration.

More information about Computer Studies programs can be found at the Computer Studies Department Web site.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a competency in web development in the areas of coding, validation, user interface, and programming using JavaScript;
  2. apply the skills of effective communication, time management, problem solving, and client management, as they plan and produce a Web site; and
  3. evaluate the numerous tools available to create a web site and select the appropriate tool for the specific situation.

Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, please view the recommended course sequence.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Computer Studies: JavaScript Programmer program are:

  • Complete 18.5 units from
    • JavaScript Programmer Core Requirements
    • JavaScript Programmer Emphasis Requirements

JavaScript Programmer Core Requirements - complete 14.00 units
CS 50.11ACreating Webpages Using HTML and CSS 11.50
CS 50.11BCreating Webpages Using HTML and CSS 21.50
CS 50.11CCascading Style Sheets (CSS)3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 8.00 units from the following:
CS 50.31Web Content Development4.00
CS 50.32Web / Interactive Media Projects4.00
CS 99IComputer Studies Occupational Work Experience Intern0.50-8.00
JavaScript Programmer Emphasis Requirements - complete 4.50 units
CS 55.11Programming Webpages with JavaScript, jQuery and AJAX3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.50 units from the following:
CS 10Introduction to Computer Programming4.00
CS 19.11AIntroduction to Programming with Visual BASIC4.00
CS 19.11BAdvanced Programming Concepts with Visual Basic3.00
CS 19.21AIntroduction to Programming with C#4.00
CS 110AConcepts for Beginning Programmers1.50

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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