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Web Design and Development, B.A.S.

The web design and development major is for those who have completed or are in their last semester of an associate degree and are looking to complete a bachelor's degree.

Visit the program website for more information.

Program Overview

The Web Design and Development Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) is for those who want to gain the technical and artistic skills to design and build websites. It builds on the technical skills developed at the associate level, adding the necessary artistic knowledge for the web development field as well as the specialized computing knowledge necessary for front-end web development, including markup languages, programming, and web standards.

Why Pursue Web Design & Development at Grand Valley?

  • Build off the value of your associate degree to develop skills and complete your bachelor's degree.
  • Earn college credit for work/life experience.
  • Complete valuable studies in computing and studio art.
  • Develop knowledge in critical thinking, ethical reasoning, quantitative and qualitative literacies, creative and complex problem-solving, and oral and written communication.
  • Flexibility: you may complete this degree fully online or opt for face-to-face classes.


Visit the Center for Adult and Continuing Studies to learn more about help getting your career and your life to the next level. 

Location & Format

Classes for this major are offered online.



You must follow all general education requirements and complete a minimum 120 credits total toward the degree. This can include credits from an associate degree or other prior coursework at an accredited institution. An additional 24 credits may be awarded towards the degree total through prior learning assessment (PLA). All B.A.S. majors must complete the following requirements:

  • BAS 301 - Concepts of Learning Integration
  • BAS 495 - Senior Seminar in Applied Science
  • INT 331 - Person and Profession in a Global Environment

Required web design and development courses:

  • ART 150 - Foundations: 2-D Design
  • ART 209 - Graphic Design Basics
  • CIS 162 - Computer Science I
  • CIS 163 - Computer Science II
  • CIS 238 - Internet Media and Programming
  • CIS 353 - Database
  • CIS 368 - Usability Design and Evaluation
  • CIS 371 - Web Application Programming
  • CIS 491 - Web Design and Development Practicum
  • DS 202 - Digital Data and Design
  • WRT 351 - Writing for the Web
  • One additional elective course: CIS 260, CIS 320, CIS 357, or WRT 451

Career Options

The unique structure of this program allows professional adults with an associate degree to move forward with their education to take the next step for professional job opportunities or advance their careers. The web design and development program maximizes the value of your knowledge and skills base while preparing you for future occupations that may not be reflected in current academic programs.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted, students need to meet Grand Valley State University’s minimum requirements for transfer student admissions and have completed or be in their last semester of an associate of applied science degree, an associate of general studies, an associate of applied arts and science degree, an associate in business degree, or similar technical applied degrees.

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements and to begin your application.

For More Information

Padnos College of Computing and Engineering

332 Kennedy Hall
(616) 331-6260
[email protected]

GVSU Center for Adult and Continuing Studies