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Computer Studies: Web Programmer Certificate Computer Studies Total Units: 31
This program is currently inactive. Catalog rights may apply, see a counselor for more information.

Term Effective: Fall 2015


The Computer Studies: Web Programmer Certificate of Achievement is designed to provide students with the skills needed to succeed in the field of website design and development as a Web Programmer.

Web Programmers are responsible for making "interactive" portions of a website. 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 Web Programmer may also be responsible for the administration of the UNIX Web server and the creation or revision of a web database.

Understanding how various back-end programming languages can be used to enhance a website is a key element of the program. The program stresses a thorough understanding of HTML, C++, UNIX, SQL, PHP, and JavaScript web databases. Students will deliver web based solutions to business requirements.

This program stresses the practical application of web development skills in real life projects. Students work in teams to create websites for non-profit organizations in Sonoma County. The Web Programmer student will create various scripts to be incorporated into the client website. 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 front-end development or working with back-end code. This hands-on approach ensures that as students complete the program, they will have practical experience, as well as working websites to feature in an electronic portfolio.

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

Job titles include Web Software Developer, Back-end Programmer, Back-end Developer, Web Programmer, Web Developer.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, 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 website; and
  3. evaluate the numerous tools available to create a website and select the appropriate tool for the specific situation.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Computer Studies: Web Programmer Certificate program are:

  • Complete 31 units from
    • Web Development Core Requirements
    • Web Programmer Emphasis Requirements

Web Development Core Requirements - complete 12.00 units
CS 50AWeb Development 13.00
CS 50BWeb Development 23.00
CS 50CWeb Development 33.00
CS 57.11Introduction to Social Media3.00
Web Programmer Emphasis Requirements - complete 19.00 units
CS 50.32Web and Digital Media Projects4.00
CS 55.11Programming Webpages with JavaScript, jQuery and AJAX3.00
CS 55.13PHP Programming3.00
CS 81.21Introduction to UNIX3.00
CS 81.62Relational Database Concepts and Structured Query Language3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CS 10Introduction to Computer Programming4.00
CS 17.11Java Programming3.00
CS 19.21BAdvanced C# Programming3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2015

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 2018

Previous Versions:

Computer Studies: Web Programmer - effective Fall 2014
Computer Studies: PHP Programmer - effective Spring 2012
Web Site Development: PHP Programmer - effective Fall 2010
Web Site Development: PHP Programmer - effective Fall 2008
Web Site Development: PHP Programmer - effective Fall 1981

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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