Degree Program

Web Technologies Associate in Applied Science Degree

When completing the Web Technologies Associate in Applied Science degree, students will choose either the Web Designer or the Web Development sub plan.

The Web Designer option provides students with the basics of website design. Graphics, animation, cascading style sheets, typography, navigation, JavaScript, accessibility and usability are emphasized throughout the courses. Students will design websites using a variety of techniques and software applications.

Students completing the Web Development option will learn all technical aspects, including the performance issues, of a website. In addition to web-specific applications, instruction includes commonly used programming languages, operating systems and software packages.

Certificate Programs

Web Coding Certificate

Students completing the Web Coding Certificate will learn software and coding principles required to construct websites. Emphasis will be placed on good XHTML coding techniques. Students will learn to code for specific browsers and will learn how to include animation and sound on websites.

Web Design Certificate

Students completing the Web Design Certificate will learn software and design principles required to construct websites. Emphasis will be given to graphics, colors, tiles, image maps, rollovers, navigation bars, alignment, composition, Web typography, and the use of HTML editors. Students will learn to design for specific browsers and will learn how to include animation and sound on websites.

Java Programming Certificate

Students completing the Java Programming Certificate will learn the basic concepts and skills necessary to create programs using the Java Programming language. Programs will include various control structures and techniques used in creating interactive programs for the Web. Object oriented programming techniques will be used. Students will establish a Java programming environment using Sun’s Java Software Development Kit (SDK). Students will establish a web server environment using Apache’s Tomcat Servlet engine and students will be introduced to the Eclipse IDE.

Accelerated Degree Option

Students with an associate or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college may earn a Web Development and Administration Associate in Applied Science degree by completing at least 27 semester credit hours of program related course work. A plan of specific courses required for the degree must be obtained from the program coordinator and approved by the Dean of the Business Division and the Vice President for Instruction. Only those courses completed at Southwestern Illinois College, and not included as part of the requirements for a previously earned degree or certificate, can be considered for this option. Students must meet all institutional requirements for the Associate in Applied Science degree.

Career Opportunities

  • Webmaster
  • Web Developer
  • Web Administrator
  • Web Support Worker
  • Web Coder
  • Computer Programmer
  • Web Designer
  • Web Manager


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Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) – Student Chapter

Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) is an educational association of students interested in computer information technology. All students are welcome to join. Contact the Business Division at 618-222-5433 for more information.