Cerro Coso Community College

Web Professional AS Degree

Web Professional AS

What can I do with this?

The Web Professional AS Degree

  • Prepares students for employment or self-employment in the web industry
  • Emphasizes standards-based coding, usability, accessibility, and creative problem solving
  • Helps students obtain acquire multimedia design skills with one option and web programming skills with another
  • Helps students obtain skills in Adobe applications, as well as open source products
  • Helps students develop realistic expectations about work conditions through individual and collaborative work-based projects and by learning in the same technological environment in which they will eventually work
  • Web development option designed to equip students for Certified Internet Web Professional certifications, including the Web Foundations Associate Series, the Web Design Specialist, and the E-commerce Specialist

You can use this to:

  • Earn a two-year Associates degree
  • Enhance career opportunities in:
    • Website Design
    • Website Development
    • Content Management System Development
    • Content Management Theme Design
    • Web Database Development
    • Mobile Web Development
    • eCommerce Development
    • Search Engine Optimization Consulting

The demand for web professionals continues to exceed the number of qualified workers. Many web professionals work from home and work with clients all over the world.

EMSI predicts 27% job growth in California and median earnings for $33.28/hour for web professionals.

eCommerce Development offers growing job opportunities, high wages, and high job satisfaction.

More information at academy-webdesign.com.

What will I learn?

  • To identify concepts of Internet technology, databases, eCommerce, and electronic communications.
  • To demonstrate technical mastery of opensource and commercial software applications to produce web content and media.
  • To use valid markup, cascading style sheets, semantic encoding, accessibility compliance, and error-free scripting in the creation of web content.
  • To apply principles of user-centered design, develop an attractive, accessible, and usable web site or mobile application.
  • To demonstrate professionalism in leadership, project management, and communications skills.

Program Learning Outcome Assessments


I have found that the Cerro Coso Web Design program has been just what I needed. They have some of the best instructors I have worked with who make themselves easily available to assist and are caring, knowledgeable and dedicated individuals. I am very happy with the program and highly recommend it!

—Anne Aylor, Student


What courses do I take?

Note: Some courses within the major may have a required prerequisite. If you feel you have equivalent knowledge and skills to those included in the prerequisite course through professional experience, licensure, or certification, you have the opportunity to submit a Prerequisite Challenge to be reviewed by the faculty chair. For the Prerequisite Challenge to be considered, you must submit documentation/verification to substantiate the basis for the challenge. Please consult a counselor for more information regarding Prerequisite Challenge.

Complete all of the following courses:

Advisory: BSOT C075, ENGL C101

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course covers beginning through intermediate concepts in digital image capture and creation. Topics covered include photograph retouching and enhancing, original creation of composite images from photographs and artwork, drawing and painting original digital artwork, and the creation of web graphics. Students learn techniques for high quality image acquisition and how to evaluate the application of copyright law in specific scenarios.

Advisory: BSOT C075, ENGL C101

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This entry-level course provides students with the skills to create web pages in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) using a text editor. This course emphasizes current web standards which include code validation, semantics, and separating content from style. Students also learn how to select a web hosting provider, purchase a domain name, and construct a web site with WordPress.

Advisory: DMA C111

54 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course introduces students to user-centered design. Topics include web content accessibility, usability, and interaction design. Analysis of intended audience is carefully considered. Students also use several software tools from the Adobe Creative Cloud for rapid prototyping. Students should be proficient in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) upon enrolling in this course. Approved for Local GE Area 6.

Prerequisite: DMA C111

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This is a course in web site or application project planning and production. Students work in teams to design and complete a commercial project. Students develop an understanding of team roles, workflow, budgeting, and legal and technical considerations for completing a project. This is the capstone course and should be taken in the last semester of the program. Ideally, all courses in the Web Design or Web Development option should be previously completed or taken concurrently with this course.

Advisory: ENGL C070

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course is an examination of information systems and their role in business. Focus is on information systems, database management systems, networking, e-commerce, ethics and security, computer systems hardware and software components. Students develop computer-based solutions to business problems.

Students must additionally complete 1 of the following options:

Option 1: Design (Complete 12 units)

Advisory: BSOT C075, ENGL C101

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course enables students to develop computer illustration and graphic design skills through visual design exercises and projects, including logos, technical and creative illustrations, package designs, and brochures. Students learn principles of page layout and typography. Students also develop proficiency through the intermediate levels in the use Adobe Illustrator and Adobe InDesign. No prior knowledge of the software is required.

Advisory: DMA C102, DMA C111

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. In this course, students develop an understanding of graphic design periods and styles, and they apply principles of design, color theory, and typography to web page designs. Students develop intermediate proficiency in Adobe Dreamweaver. Students also acquire skills in customizing WordPress themes. Students should be proficient in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and digital imaging in order to be successful in this class.

Advisory: DMA C102, ENGL C101

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course introduces digital video production techniques that are well-suited for web and social media publishing. Course topics include planning and scriptwriting, camera operation, sound recording, lighting, camera direction, non-linear editing of clips, titling, transitions, effects, compositing, and output. Students also learn techniques for producing professional-quality podcasts and screencasts, as well as how to utilize video and audio publishing platforms.

Advisory: ENGL C070

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course provides students with a foundation in electronic commerce and social media marketing. Topics include e-commerce web site hosting, revenue models, payment systems, web site accessibility, search engine optimization, digital advertisements, social media platforms, email marketing, and security and privacy. Students also develop a business plan and a social media marketing plan, and they create a functioning e-commerce website.

Option 2: Development (Complete 12 units)

Advisory: DMA C111, DMA C211

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course provides students with the skills to develop content for mobile devices using Hypertext Markup Language 5 (HTML5). Particular emphasis is given to designing for small screens, including interface design, usability, and aesthetic style.

Advisory: DMA C111, MATH C050

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course provides students with the skills to create interactive web pages with JavaScript. Students learn principles of the JavaScript language. Practical application of JavaScript includes navigation rollover effects, manipulating windows, manipulating form data, validating forms, and creating drop down menus. Students must be proficient in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to be successful in this class.

Advisory: DMA C211

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course provides students with the skills to create dynamic web pages with PHP Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) and Structured Query Language (MySQL). Practical applications of PHP include web form data processing and work with MySQL databases using sessions. Students must have existing proficiency in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and have an understanding of basic programming concepts to be successful in this class.

Advisory: DMA C211

36 hours lecture/54 hours laboratory. This course introduces students to the fundamentals of web site and web application development using Python. Students learn basic programming concepts such as variables, objects, conditionals, data types, iteration, functions, containers, expressions, and string methods in a desktop environment. Students then apply that knowledge to gain experience using web services and creating a web page with Python. Students must have existing proficiency in Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and have an understanding of basic programming concepts to be successful in this class.

Complete one of the following general education patterns:

The awarding of an Associate Degree at Cerro Coso Community College is intended to represent more than an accumulation of units. It is intended to lead students through patterns of learning experiences designed to develop certain capabilities and insights.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

Students desiring transfer to the California State University system may conform to either (1) the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or (2) CSU General Education Certification.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

IGETC is a series of courses that community college students can use to satisfy lower division general education requirements at any CSU or UC campus.

Please consult the Transfer Center or Counseling for more information regarding which classes will transfer to a four-year institution.

Program Pathways

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All classes needed for this degree are available at the following campuses: CC Online

Additionally, some of the general education courses needed to complete this major are available at all our locations.

See Counseling for specific help with enrolling and completing this major.

How can I afford it?

This degree requires 60.0 units and will likely take 4 semesters.

Approximate Total Costs

CA Residents

60.0 units

at $46 per unit

Equals $2,760 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $6,360 for 4 semesters

Non-residents

60.0 units

at $329 per unit

Equals $19,740 in tuition and fees

Plus approximately $3,600* for books and supplies

Total cost $23,340 for 4 semesters

*This is an estimate. Actual costs will vary.

Need help? Financial Aid can help with fee waivers and scholarships and other aid. Make sure to fill out your FAFSA every January.

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