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This associate degree major is structured to prepare graduates for immediate and continuing employment opportunities in the broad disciplines of information science and technology.

This includes positions such as application programmers, associate systems designers, network managers, Web designers and administrators, or information systems support specialists.


Berks College
University College: Penn State Beaver, Penn State DuBois, Penn State Fayette, Penn State Hazleton, Penn State Mont Alto, Penn State New Kensington,
Penn State Shenango(Instructor Lisa Bertin, Shenango campus Program Coordinator), Penn State Wilkes-Barre, Penn State Worthington Scranton, Penn State York
University Park, College of Information Sciences and Technology (2 IST)
Penn State Online

PROFESSOR JOSEPH LAMBERT, Program Coordinator

This associate degree major is structured to prepare graduates for immediate and continuing employment opportunities in the broad disciplines of information science and technology. This includes positions such as application programmers, associate systems designers, network managers, Web designers and administrators, or information systems support specialists. Specifically, the major is designed to ensure a thorough knowledge of information systems and includes extensive practice using contemporary technologies in the creation, organization, storage, analysis, evaluation, communication, and transmission of information. The major fosters communications, interpersonal, and group interaction skills through appropriate collaborative and active learning projects and experiences. Technical material covers the structure of database systems, Web and multi-media systems, and considerations in the design of information systems. Team projects in most courses, a required internship, and a second-year capstone experience provide additional, focused venues for involving students in the cutting-edge issues and technologies in the field.

The Associate of Science in IST degree will be offered at multiple campuses within the Penn State system of colleges and campuses. Note that not all options will be available at all locations.

Networking Option: This option prepares graduates for positions as entry-level computer network administrators. Students take courses in personal computer hardware, networking essentials, and network administration.

For the Associate in Science degree in IST, a minimum of 60 credits is required.


Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 21 credits
(9-12 of these 21 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See the description of General Education in front of Bulletin.)

ELECTIVES: 2-6 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 45-47 credits
(This includes 9-12 credits of General Education courses, i.e., ALL options: 3 credits of GQ courses; 6 credits of GWS courses. The Baccalaureate Option also includes 3 credits of GS courses to equal a total of 12 credits that double count; the General Business Option also includes 0-3 credits of GS courses to equal 9-12 credits that double count.)


COMMON REQUIREMENTS THE MAJOR OPTION: 30 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (26 credits)
(Sem: 1-2)
CMPSC 101 [1] (GQ) INTRODUCTION TO ALGORITHMIC PROCESSES ( 3) Properties of algorithms, languages, and notations for describing algorithms, applications of a procedure-oriented language to problem solving. A student may receive credit for only one of the following courses: CMPSC 101, 201C, 201F, CSE 103. Prerequisite: 2 entrance units in mathematics

CAS 100B (GWS) EFFECTIVE SPEECH ( 3) Principles of communication, implemented through group problem solving, with some attention to formal speaking and message evaluation.

IST 110 [1] (GS) INFORMATION, PEOPLE AND TECHNOLOGY ( 3) The use, analysis and design of information systems and technologies to organize, coordinate, and inform human enterprises.

IST 111S SEMINAR IN INFORMATION SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY ( 1) Introduction to academic requirements, career planning, and information literacy for students majoring in the School of Information Sciences and Technology.

IST 210 [1] ORGANIZATION OF DATA ( 4) Introduction to concept of databases including the storage, manipulation, evaluation, and display of data and related issues. Prerequisite: IST 110

IST 220 [1] NETWORKING AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS ( 3) Introduction to digital network topologies; transmission media, signal modulation, digital packet switching and routing, systems integration, communications management, and security. Prerequisite: IST 110

IST 250 NEW MEDIA AND THE WEB ( 3) Introduction to how the World Wide Web utilizes emerging technologies. Students acquire conceptual understanding of constructing Web sites. Prerequisite: IST 110 or concurrent enrollment

ENGL 015 (GWS) RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION ( 3) Instruction and practice in writing expository prose that shows sensitivity to audience and purpose. Prerequisite: ENGL 004 or satisfactory performance on the English proficiency examination

(Sem: 3-4)
IST 260W INTRODUCTION TO SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN ( 3) Introduction to systems analysis and design, stressing the process of requirements acquisition, specification, design, and implementation. Prerequisite: IST 110

ADDITIONAL COURSES (Pick one of each course in #1 and 2.) (4 credits)
(Sem: 3-4)

1. ENGL 202C GWS(3) or ENGL 202D GWS(3)

ENGL 202C (GWS) EFFECTIVE WRITING: TECHNICAL WRITING ( 3) Writing for students in scientific and technical disciplines. (A student may take only one course for credit from ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, and 202D.) Prerequisite: ENGL 015 or ENGL 030 ; fourth-semester standing

or ENGL 202D (GWS) EFFECTIVE WRITING: BUSINESS WRITING ( 3) Writing reports and other common forms of business communication. (A student may take only one course for credit from ENGL 202A, 202B, 202C, and 202D.) Prerequisite: ENGL 015 or ENGL 030 ; fourth-semester standing

2. IST 295A(1) or IST 295B(1) (Sem: 3-4)

IST295A DISTRIBUTED TEAM PROJECT ( 1) Supervised experience in which student teams work on information system design projects gathered from industry or units within the University. Prerequisite: IST 110

or IST 295B IST INTERNSHIP ( 1) Supervised work experience where the student is employed in an information sciences and technology position in industry, government, or academia. Prerequisite: IST 110


NETWORKING OPTION: (15 credits)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
(Sem: 3-4)
IST 225 PC HARDWARE BASICS ( 3) Preparation for PC hardware support: Students learn data recovery and how to build, configure, upgrade, troubleshoot, diagnose, and repair PC's. Prerequisite: IST 220

IST 226 NETWORKING ESSENTIALS ( 3) Concepts for peer-to-peer and server-based network:International Organization for Standardization-Open Systems Interconnection (ISO-OSI) reference model, industry standards, troubleshooting, performance monitoring, and optimization. Prerequisite: IST 220

IST 227 NETWORK ADMINISTRATION ( 3) Administering peer-to-peer and client/server networks: Planning, installation, server configuration, resource management, remote access, performance monitoring, and optimization. Prerequisite: IST 226

IST 228(3) ADVANCED NETWORK ADMINISTRATION ( 3) TCP/IP planning, installation, configuration: IP addressing, subnetting, routing, Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Windows Internet Naming Service (WINS), address/name resolution, Domain Name System (DNS); database, web, mail server management. Prerequisite: IST 226

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
(Sem: 1-2)
MATH 017 (GQ) FINITE MATHEMATICS ( 3) Introduction to logic, sets, probability. Prerequisite: 2 units of high school mathematics

MATH 021 (GQ) COLLEGE ALGEBRA I ( 3) Quadratic equations; equations in quadratic form; word problems; graphing; algebraic fractions; negative and rational exponents; radicals. Prerequisite: MATH 004 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination

and MATH 022 or MATH 026(Pick one.)

MATH 022 (GQ) COLLEGE ALGEBRA II AND ANALYTIC GEOMETRY ( 3) Relations, functions, graphs; polynomial, rational functions, graphs; word problems; nonlinear inequalities; inverse functions; exponential, logarithmic functions; conic sections; simultaneous equations. Prerequisite: MATH 021 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination 

or MATH 026 (GQ) PLANE TRIGONOMETRY ( 3) Trigonometric functions; solutions of triangles; trigonometric equations; identities. Prerequisite: MATH 021 or satisfactory performance on the mathematics proficiency examination; l unit of geometry

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.


For more information, please contact:

Lisa Bertin
Instructor in Information Sciences & Technology
Email:  lrb19@psu.edu
Phone: (724) 983-2908

For admissions information, contact the Penn State Shenango Admissions Office at (724) 983-2803.