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Computer Studies: PHP Programmer Certificate Computer Studies Total Units: 32

Term Effective: Spring 2012

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.

Previous Versions:

Web Site Development: PHP Programmer - effective Fall 2010
Web Site Development: PHP Programmer - effective Fall 2008
Web Site Development: PHP Programmer - effective Fall 1981


TheComputer Studies: PHP (Personal Home Page) Programmer Certificate of Achievement is designed to provide students with the skills needed to succeed in the field of Web site design and development as a PHP Programmer.

PHP Programmers are responsible for making "interactive" portions of a Web site. This may include creating a shopping cart application, building pages from a database, or creating and processing feedback forms. Depending on the size of the project, the PHP programmer may also be responsible for the administration of the UNIX Web server and the creation or revision of a Web database.

Understanding how PHP can be used to enhance a Web site is a key element of the program. The program stresses a thorough understanding of HTML, C++, UNIX, SQL, PHP, and Web database. Students will be expected to deliver Web based solutions to business requirements.

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 PHP student will create a PHP script to be incorporated into the client Web site. 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 PHP code. 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.

A successful PHP Programmer exhibits a strong work ethic, perfectionist standards, patience, strong people skills and shows an attention to detail.

Job titles include PHP Software Developer, PHP Programmer, PHP Guru, Web Programmer, Web Developer.

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 PHP;
  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 website.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.

Program Requirements:

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

  • Complete 32 units from
    • PHP Programmer Core Requirements
    • PHP Programmer Emphasis Requirements

PHP Programmer Core Requirements - complete 15.0 units
CS 50.11A Creating Webpages Using HTML and CSS 11.5
CS 50.11B Creating Webpages Using HTML and CSS 21.5
CS 50.11C Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)3.0
CS 50.15A Introduction to XML 11.5
CS 50.15B Introduction to XML 21.5
CS 55.11 Programming Webpages with JavaScript, jQuery and AJAX3.0
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.0 units from the following:
CS 10 Introduction to Computer Programming4.0
CS 19.11A Introduction to Programming with Visual BASIC4.0
CS 19.11B Advanced Programming Concepts with Visual Basic3.0
CS 19.21A Introduction to Programming with C#4.0
PHP Programmer Emphasis Requirements - complete 17.0 units
CS 55.13 PHP Programming3.0
CS 81.21 Introduction to UNIX3.0
CS 81.62 Relational Database Concepts and Structured Query Language3.0
Complete any combination totaling at least 8.0 units from the following:
CS 50.31 Web Content Development4.0
CS 50.32 Web / Interactive Media Projects4.0
CS 99I Computer Studies Occupational Work Experience Intern0.5-8.0

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.


CS 50.11A was CIS 58.51A
CS 50.11B was CIS 58.51B
CS 50.11C was CIS 58.51C
CS 50.31 was CIS 58.54
CS 81.21 was CIS 50.71
CS 55.13 was CIS 58.41
CS 50.32 was CIS 58.55
CS 10 was CIS 10
CS 19.11A was CIS 16A
CS 55.11 was CIS 54.13
CS 19.21A was CIS 19A
CS 99I was CIS 99I (Part of BOT/CIS to CS conversion. Curriculum Office 5/28/09)

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