The Web Development bundle is designed to provide a solid foundation in the essential skills expected from today’s web development professional. Drawing upon classes in the Departments of Computer Science, Communication and Media, and Marketing and Entrepreneurship, the bundle aims to prepare a full-stack professional – a term used in the industry to describe a person with expertise covering some of the most important segments of the web development process. 

Students who take the bundle will obtain knowledge of client-side and server-side programming, basic database design and operation, HTML markup and CSS styling, principles of web and app design, and the more general principles of visual communication and digital visualization. They will also learn the principles of developing web strategy through the lens of digital marketing that include personal development, journey mapping and wireframing–the core components of user experience (UX) design. 

Possible Careers

  • Front End Web Designer
  • Web Developer
  • Digital Project Manager
  • Accessibility Expert
  • User Interface (UI) or User Experience (UX) Designer
  • Client Side Coder
  • Server Side Coder
  • Mobile Design Director
  • App Developer
  • Optimization Specialist
  • Full Stack Web Developer
  • Content Management System Developer
  • Drupal Developer
  • Drupal Support Engineer
  • Wordpress Developer
  • Wordpress Designer
  • Wordpress Engineer
  • Search Engine Optimization Specialist

There is much demand for the web design and coding skills associated with this bundle. A senior Drupal developer, for example, can easily earn $145,00 a year. An Accessibility Expert, who helps prepare websites so that anyone with a disability can access them, is a critical component of every major web design today. Publishing and media environments have moved to the Web and need employees well-versed in code to foster this transition.

The Web Development bundle pairs well with:

Advertising
User experience (UX) is often a vibrant part of marketing and project management Web Development combined with Advertising can lead to a strong focus in UX and Project Management careers.

Visualization
Applying code to data can lead to digital journalism careers that focus on data visualization and digital storytelling, or an academic track in the digital humanities and digital publishing.

Computation
The more code and programming languages you know the better you will be prepared for both Front End and Back End Development jobs needed in every industry, from marketing to the media, from insurance to manufacturing. 

Web Development combined with any other bundle will empower you to work in any digital environment. This bundle also works as a formidable IDS minor to any discipline on campus.

Associated student organizations:

UNI Computer Club
UNI Computer Club brings together students and faculty interested in discussing computer-related topics. The UNICC is a student chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and is open to all majors.

Women in Computing
Women in Computing is a group to encourage women and minorities within the computing and technology field through outreach, leadership, fellowship, and service. This organization is a great support system for women, who are a minority in computer science. Most meetings are open to all interested UNI students and faculty, regardless of major or gender.

Digital Collective
Geared towards student collaboration, creativity, experimentation, and job preparation, this organization helps creative and tech-savvy students meet each other across disciplines and learn about the professional expectations of digital industry jobs. The Digital Collective supports speakers, industry hops, and general networking. 

AAF-UNI
The UNI chapter of the American Advertising Federation is an organization for students who are passionate about the future of the advertising industry. The group invites marketers, designers, writers, researchers, creatives, analysts,thinkers, producers, coders, strategists, and anyone thinking about a professional career in advertising, communications, media, or design.

The Northern Iowan
The Northern Iowan is the University of Northern Iowa's independent student newspaper, established in 1892. The NI publishes twice a week during the academic year, and regularly at northerniowan.com. At the NI, students of all  majors can find opportunities to gain knowledge and practical experience in a variety of areas. For opportunities in writing, editing, newspaper design, data visualization, photography, ad design, web design, and circulation management see northerniowan.com to contact the Executive Editor or academic advisors.
 

Web Development Contact

Dr. Eugene Wallingford (Department Head, Computer Science): wallingf@cs.uni.edu

Dr. Ryan McGeough (Department Head, Communication and Media): ryan.mcgeough@uni.edu