Explore Web Design & Development
Capitalize on the growing demand for web designers and developers with an integrated degree. Designed for working adults, Champlain's online bachelor's in web design and development degree will give you the tools you need to marry creative design with back-end programming, and give you the confidence to launch or advance your career in this dynamic field.
Build Your Career Future
With an integrated approach that encompasses all aspects of the field, including programming, design, e-commerce, and infrastructure, our web design and development degree will help you build key technical skills (including knowledge of over 32 key applications, platforms, and programming languages, listed below) in addition to in-demand soft skills such as problem-solving and communication. You'll also have the opportunity to differentiate your degree and gain subject matter expertise through a certificate in a specialization of your choice, in PHP Programming, Web Design, or Web Programming. With a foundation of business savvy and subject matter expertise, you'll be prepared to tackle new and emerging trends in the field.
Academic Excellence and Recognition
Designated the Best Online Private College by Intelligent.com
Ranked among the Most Affordable Bachelor's in Web Development programs
Ranked among the Best Colleges For Value for Web Development Bachelor's Degrees
Consistently ranked among the Best Online Programs by US News & World Report
What Can You Do With A Degree In Web Design & Development?
Web development careers are expected to grow 13% between 2018 and 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations. The median annual salary for web developers is over $69,000.*
The high demand for web design and development services across the business world means that job opportunities are available in virtually any industry, including computer systems design, creative services, finance and insurance, education, and nonprofits.
*Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2019; job titles: ComputerScience.org
Top Jobs for Bachelor's in Web Design & Development Graduates
- Computer Programmer
- Front End Developer
- Graphic Designer
- Web Developer
- Web Designer
- UX Designer
Learn more about Champlain's 100% online web design & development bachelor's degree, designed for working professionals.
Champlain's online web design & development courses encompass the top skills needed by today's web professionals. Graduates of the program are required to complete the following courses.
Professional Courses (66 credits):
- Designing Digital Images for the Web
- Writing for the Web
- Web Site Design
- Financial Systems for Management
- Web Media
- Usability in Website and Software Design
- Introduction to Python
- Web Page Development I - HTML
- Relational Database Design & SQL
- Server Side Scripting - PHP
- Web Page Development II - CSS & XML
- Retail Internet Business
- Internet Business Relationships
- Project Management or Project Management Standards & Behaviors
- Networking Fundamentals
- Introduction to Operating Systems
- Internet and Web Architecture
- Ethical Hacking
- Senior Seminar Project (15-week course)
- Technical Electives (Choose courses from certificates listed above. 6 credits required)
General Education Courses (54 credits):
- Interpersonal Communication
- Intercultural Communication
- Critical Reading & Expository Reading I
- Critical Reading & Expository Reading II
- Introduction to Statistics (15-week course)
- Ethics in the Professions
- Introduction to Psychology
- Social Interaction/Digital Age
- Microeconomics or Macroeconomics
- Hum/Sci/Math Electives (9 credits required)
- Lab Science (4 credits required)
- General Electives (14 credits required)
Web Design & Development Course Descriptions:
Today's high-quality digital images are as much art as they are science. In this course, students learn to use Adobe Photoshop to prepare and create images for web use. Hands-on activities develop familiarity with tools like eyedropper and quick mask, but also challenge students to create vector shapes and incorporate typography into the design of an ebook cover. Students also must create an email campaign and redesign a web site to specifications.
Great websites are created with specific audiences in mind and are the culmination of a process that includes creating messaging and developing a strategy that maps out the best content and functionality to reach the audience and influence its behavior. In this course, students begin with a SWOT analysis and development of a mission statement, and then create a sitemap and content, before publishing a website and blog.
Websites must balance technology with aesthetics. In this course, students study web design patterns and personas, and then create a wireframe storyboard with at least four panels designed for a standard desktop view. Students use Mockups 3.
Complete WEBD-110 and WEBD-125
Students will learn about the financial operations and analysis tools of any business or organization and their role in the success of the enterprise. Students will learn how to read and interpret financial statements and how to apply cost accounting theories and methods. They will gain a general knowledge about operational and capital budgeting processes and how to apply financial goals to departments and units and monitor financial performance against those goals.
Time to take a website to the next level? Just add audio and video to make it media-rich. First, though, take this course to learn how to utilize Bootstrap and recognize good use of responsive design. Then, create or implement animation using tools such as CSS3 Animation, Web Animations API or HTML5.
WEBD-110, WEBD-225, WEBD-330
Websites have three functions - to facilitate, enable and persuade - and are only useful if they can connect people and achieve definite goals. In this course, students learn to understand the concept of usability, and the roles of interaction, users, communication and collaboration as well as how to evaluate usability, and observe and test users.
WEBD-215 OR SDEV-230
From day one, students in this course are problem solving, first in terms of algorithmic design and then as early as week two via programming in the latest version of Python, using PyCharm. Students begin by writing a program to have a conversation, having strings and numbers as input, and advance, by week seven, to building a working password saver program, capable of looking up, adding (and encrypting), and storing passwords.
From storyboard to form creation, students walk through the steps to create a basic four to five-page website to specification in this course that introduces HTML5 and CSS. Hands-on assignments reinforce skills development and best practices in design: navigation, column layout, image editing and usage, fonts and tables.
Learn the basics and more in this course on Relational Database Management Systems (RDBMS) and SQL (Structured Query Language). Students propose a final project in the first module and then work, week-by-week, to design, create, and populate the database. Then, students learn to create queries and stored procedures.
Students who want to build database-driven or interactive web sites benefit from this course which covers PHP and MySQL along with how to build sites that incorporate authentication and security. Each week hands-on assignments are used to reinforce concepts. Students advance from an introduction to PHP and basic syntax, to handling user input and manipulating arrays in web forms to queries.
Complex web page designs fully utilized all the functionality provided by the browser. In this course, students complete a variety of hands-on assignments as part of a redesign of an existing site. One week they recreate a page using appropriate HTML5 tags, while in another they implement drag and drop functionality that must work when the site is displayed in the Chrome browser. Later in the course, students animate transitions and build a basic responsive version of the site.
Explores the world of e-commerce from a business-to-consumer perspective. Case studies of both successful and unsuccessful e-commerce efforts will be studied. Students will complete a project in analyzing, evaluating, and implementing a working e-commerce website, and will have the option to use a content management system or their own programming skills to build it.
Provides an in-depth exploration of the largest and most important aspect of Internet commerce: Business-to-Business. Case studies and current events combine to illustrate the full integration of Internet technologies into business at every level from manufacturing, supply chain and inventory management to customer relationships.
Organizations value project management skills for all employees because these skills make everyone more effective and efficient. You will be introduced to skills that define a project's scope, specifications and assumptions. You will also learn to develop a work breakdown structure and task plan, and to schedule and control the, project. These skills can be used immediately, in work and home life.
Project Management II introduces students to the Project Management Institute's (PMI) Standards and Behaviors. You will explore the body of knowledge that forms the foundation for the field of project management, and begin to develop the competencies required to be eligible for the PMP examination. You will also reinforce competencies learned in Project Management I and focus on processes used in professional projects, including skills needed to define a project's scope, create a project charter, develop a work breakdown structure, task plan, schedule, and controlling the work. Finally, the project you begin in MGMT-262 will be completed in MGMT-265, allowing enough time to develop a comprehensively managed project.
This course provides students with an understanding of the many different devices and technologies, from historical to emerging, that are required to design and build networks. In a broad survey of concepts and terminology, students will learn about topology, communications, protocols, and security, and to diagram basic networks to specification.
Use Windows? Want to know more about Linux and or Apple? In this course, students don't just read about other operating systems, they step out of their comfort zones and develop a working knowledge of their structure and functionality. As part of these activities, students also learn how to use VMware and, in the case of students without access to Apple hardware, resources offered in the cloud as a services. Students also survey/compare mobile device operating systems.
This course examines web servers from the page "in" rather than website design, which is from the page "out". Students learn the differences between TCP and UDP, gain an understanding of XML, and build a use case for a course enrollment system. Hands-on labs allow students to use ping and traceroute, and create XAMPP alias directories.
This is a course on how to find and exploit vulnerabilities in systems. While discussing the ethical and legal framework of these activities, students will use Google search techniques (a.k.a. Google Hacking), online applications, including Damn Vulnerable Web Application (DVWA), and Champlain’s virtual environments equipped with Kali Linux, Metasploitable, Nessus, Nexpose, NMAP, Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP), W3AF, Burp, and Security Administrator Tool for Analyzing Networks (a.k.a. SATAN), among other tools.
Take CMIT-135,WEBD-125 and WEBD-220 or CYBR-210
Students are presented with the opportunity to expand and showcase their knowledge and abilities in this 15-week course where they are expected to work independently and develop a project related to their major.
Must complete 90 credits in major before taking this course.
Students will study the basic concepts and theories of communication, and learn to apply this knowledge to improve their relationships with others through everyday communication. Specifically, students will learn how to interpret people's verbal and nonverbal behavior more accurately, and to be more aware of how others interpret communicative behavior. They will learn how to listen actively with empathy, and how to interact effectively and appropriately with others from different social and cultural backgrounds. Students will also explore how to use communication as a tool to develop their relationships and self-concepts, and how to manage conflict using specific communicative strategies.
This course builds on COM 130, but with an emphasis on how to develop skills for communicating competently in an increasingly diverse society. Students will explore how culture is communicated verbally and non-verbally, and how to interpret and understand culturally-specific communicative practices. They will also learn how to establish, develop and manage relationships with culturally different peoples, and how to recognize and overcome cultural stereotypes and prejudices.
Complete COMM-130 or COM-100.
Develops the ability to use writing for learning, thinking, and communicating. Includes an emphasis on critical reading of various texts for meaning, form, and voice. In order to discover their writing voices so they may communicate at a college level, students write several short formal and informal papers in response to their reading. They react to and summarize texts, develop and organize ideas, incorporate the ideas of others, revise and edit.
In addition to building on the skills learned in the first semester, this second-semester course develops the ability to write essays with an emphasis on research, critical reading and thinking. Students continue to learn strategies for writing texts that are clear, coherent, comprehensive, creative, concise and correct for a specific audience and purpose.
How to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data in order to make decisions about the world. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability, discrete probability distributions, normal probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing with one sample, hypothesis testing with two samples, correlation, regression, chi square tests, and analysis of variance.
Students will become familiar with arguments originating from the following schools of ethics: virtue ethics, deontology, and utilitarianism. Students will apply these ethical schools of thought to formulate arguments, practice deliberation and assess the implications of their decisions for various stakeholders in a professional context.
Must have 75 completed credits or permission of Program Director.
A survey of the science of psychology, including an overview of human behavior in various areas such as physiopsychology, development, learning social psychology, personality and abnormal behavior.
Students will learn to navigate the rapidly changing nature of communication in the digital age, deeply engaging with tools such as instant messaging, social networks, blogs and collaborative spaces online, all the while applying specific communication theories in order to determine best practices. Through reading, discussion and intensive hands-on projects, students will work to overcome online communication barriers and gain critical understanding of which tools are effective in which situations. Students will be required to download, access and utilize various online communication tools.
COM-100 or COMM-130 and 30 completed credits or 60 completed credits
Discusses the nature and method of economics with emphasis on microeconomic theory. Focus is on demand, supply, market equilibrium, elasticity, costs of production and resource pricing. Examines the market structures of pure competition, oligopoly and monopoly.
A general survey course that covers theories and applications of macroeconomics. Business firms, international economics, labor and government are included. Also examines monetary policy, taxes, public finances, economic output and growth, and international trade in the world economy.
Graduates of the web design & development bachelor's online program will demonstrate the following industry-specific skills, knowledge, and competencies:
- Apply fundamental computer theory to basic programming techniques.
- Maintain web server services required to host a website.
- Select and apply markup languages for processing, identification, and presentation of information on web pages.
- Use scripting languages and web services to transfer data and add interactive components to web pages.
- Create and manipulate web media objects.
- Incorporate aesthetics and formal concepts of layout and organization to design visually appealing and effective websites.
- Conceptualize and plan a web-based business using appropriate business models and technologies.
- Create advanced web components.
- Utilize appropriate security principles, with an emphasis on the most common vulnerabilities.
- Incorporate best practices in UX (user experience), navigation, UI (user interface), and communication to design accessible websites.
- Acquire in-demand technical, analytical and soft skills employers want - such as communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration - in general education courses that are a part of this degree.
- Adobe Photoshop
- CSS3 Animation
- Damn Vulnerable Web Application (DVWA)
- DOM (Document Object Model)
- Google Hacking
- Kali Linux
- Mockups 3
- Security Administrator Tool for Analyzing Networks (SATAN)
- Web Animations API
- Zed Attack Proxy (ZAP)
Champlain College Online's web design & development faculty, led by Cybersecurity Program Chair Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, are expert practitioners in the field. Their industry expertise ensures that our web development curriculum is aligned with the needs of employers, and reflects the skills today’s web design & development professionals need for success. Classes led by our seasoned experts will give you real-world insight into the field, and create a rich community of career-focused learning.
Alumni of the Champlain College Online bachelor's in web design and development program work in corporations, small businesses, government organizations, and nonprofits nationwide, including:
- Berklee College of Music
- BioTek Instruments
- Country Home Products
- Ibec Creative
- Geographic Data Technology, Inc.
- Holland Cable Commission
- ICF International
- Jarvis Web Design
- SEG Universe
- TD Bank
- Vermont Air National Guard
Titles our alumni hold include:
- Digital Mapping Technician
- Front-End Web Developer
- General Manager
- Knowledge Manager
- News Editor
- Senior Instructional Designer
- Software Quality Assurance Engineer
- Web Content Administrator
- Web Developer
- Web Solutions Technical Manager
Tuition & Costs
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Meet the Program Director
Kathleen HydeMCIS MBA
- Computer Forensics & Digital Investigations (B.S., Certificate)
- Computer Information Systems (B.S.)
- Information Security (M.S., Certificate)
- Management Information Systems (B.S.)
- Web Design & Development (A.S., B.S., Certificates)
Kathleen Hyde, MCIS, MBA, is the Chair of Cybersecurity Programs for Champlain College Online. She is responsible for the online cybersecurity and computer forensics and digital investigations undergraduate programs, as well as the M.S. in digital forensic science program.
As program director, Ms. Hyde maintains the cybersecurity and digital forensic programs' competitive and relevant edge, promotes the growth of the nation's cybersecurity workforce, and shares her passion for lifelong learning by teaching several online classes.
For more than 20 years, Ms. Hyde has provided consulting services in cybersecurity, data recovery, business continuity, and digital forensics to government, retail, finance, professional, and residential customers. She has also served as an instructor for Champlain's cybersecurity program and a subject-matter expert for course development for the past three years. Her areas of expertise and interest include insider threat detection, emerging threats and defenses, digital privacy and surveillance, and cybersecurity for educators.
Ms. Hyde holds both an MBA and an M.S. in Computer Information Studies from the University of Phoenix.
"Just having a bachelor's degree has made me feel more prepared and more confident than ever when applying to jobs, and has had a significant impact on my career. I've finally achieved something I've wanted for my entire life, and I'm proud of myself."
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