Why Study Web Development at LSSU?

Our Curriculum

We have a strong web development curriculum. Our program design is current and prepares our students for employment. The curriculum reflects the changes in the technologies and trends used in business, job advertisements and the web certifications offered by companies such as CIW, Adobe, Microsoft and WOW).We are one of the few bachelor degree programs in the state of Michigan with a major in web development and we offer the program in the traditional classroom.

We teach the broad spectrum of responsibilities that a web developer will have in their job, such as:

  • Creating and managing web sites using content management systems
  • Creating and managing web sites using HTML, CSS and JavaScript/AJAX/JQuery
  • Creating graphics for the web and mobile applications using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Creating and managing web applications using PHP/MySQL and ASP.NET/MVC
  • Installing, configuring a web server and managing multiple web sites including domain name registration and management
  • Creating multimedia applications with Adobe Flash, Adobe Premiere Pro/After Effects
  • Creating mobile applications with Objective-C for iOS devices (Apple) as well as using Java, Perl and Lua for Android and other mobile platforms.

Real-World Experiences

Our program is designed to help you gain the skills needed in the workplace. Our curriculum is designed to give you the skills you need to begin to build web applications from day one. Students gain experience by working on real projects, giving them real world experiences before they graduate.

In the sophomore projects course you will to learn how to analyze the needs of the client, design a project and implement a web application for a real web site. Students work with clients at the university or in the community, or completing an internship or a research project!

In your senior year, you will complete two semesters of a senior project course, where you will be challenged to build and manage larger and more complex web and mobile applications. You will develop soft skills such as communicating with clients, preparing written documentation and technical reports, delivering presentations and training to clients, and effectively and working on teams.

Current Technologies and Facilities

LSSU is a member of the Apple University program, providing students with access to the software needed to learn how to create mobile applications for Apple devices. Students in the mobile applications programming course develop iPhone applications using Apple laptops.
Our facilities provide students with the tools they need. Students have 24-hour access to two dedicated labs!

Using VMWare and virtual machines, students are able to gain experiences across multiple operating systems and programming languages. At LSSU, students learn a variety of web programming languages including HTML, CSS, JavaScript/JQuery/AJAX, Java, Perl, Lua, PHP/MySQL, ASP/MVC as well as ActionScript for Flash.

Student Activities

LSSU has an active student chapter of ACM. Students participate in annual programming competitions.

Students taking computer science have a wide range of interests. Students are active in many non-academic clubs around campus including the Doctor Who Club and members of athletic teams.

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Our Teaching Philosophy

Your classes at LSSU in web development are structured around helping you build your career. Therefore, the classes are focused on using what you learned in class to develop your portfolio, which you can use when you graduate as you are pursuing your first job. Students are encouraged to integrate their classwork with their internships, volunteer and student club activities.

Our Faculty believes in you! Faculty are involved with students and become your guide and mentor you through-out the program. The faculty have open door policies, allowing you to choose your advisor.

Opportunities

At LSSU you will have the opportunity to use the skills you learned in class as you build web and mobile applications that solve real-word problems, which is something desired by employers.

Because building web and mobile applications today is complex, the minimum level of entry in the profession is an associate degree. The number of bachelor degree programs in web development is growing and LSSU is one of six programs in the state of Michigan that offer a bachelor degree in a web-related major.

The US. Department of Education classifies web development programs into two majors and no university classifies their program under the first major.

  • Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design