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Program Objective

The Information Sciences and Technology (IST) degree program is focused on building an understanding of core information technologies and related areas of study. It prepares students for the practical application of various information sciences and related technologies and engages students in sharpening their abilities to think critically and to work in teams. All of this is accomplished using considerable interdisciplinary integration to expose students to the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of IST.

Team projects in most courses, a required internship, and a senior capstone experience provide additional, focused venues for involving students in the cutting-edge issues and technologies of the field.

Information Sciences and Technology Program Requirements:

Currently, the IST degree program is being offered by the Beaver campus by utilizing conferencing technology to deliver the second and third year courses to the Shenango campus.  Students are required to attend the Beaver campus for the four 400 level courses their senior year.

Information Technology- Integration And Application Design:

This option is designed to prepare students to use information technology to realize a variety of system-based goals (e.g., reliability, accessibility, efficiency, etc.). It is focused on developing a theoretical foundation and the skill set needed for integrating information technology into different systems for the purpose of enhancing system performance. The emphasis is on providing the student with the theoretical frameworks needed to use information technology as a system attribute as well as a set of application-oriented experiences and skills.

To receive the bachelor of science degree in Information Sciences and Technology, a minimum of 125 credits is required.


Scheduling Recommendation By Semester

Semesters 1 and 2

>>GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 CREDITS

Twelve (12) credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR. See the description of General Education in front of the Bulletin or online at: Penn State Bulletins Bluebook

>>FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR

Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection

>>UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES

Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJOR

>>WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM

Included in REQUIREMENT FOR THE MAJOR

>>ELECTIVES: 7 Credits


>>REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 85 credits

This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; and 3 credits of GWS courses.

>>COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 64 credits


PRESCRIBED COURSES: 24 credits
  • Semester 1-4: CMPSC 101 GQ(3)**, IST 110 GS(3)**, IST 210(4)**, IST 220(3)**, IST 230(3), IST 240(3)
  • Semester 3-6: STAT200 GQ(4)
  • Semester 3-8: IST495 (1)
  • Semester 5-8: IST301 (3), IST 331 (3)**, IST402 (3-9)
  • Semester 7-8: IST440W (3)
**denotes that a student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better in the specified course, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.


>>SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS: 18 credits

Attainment of third-level proficiency in a single foreign language (12 credits). Proficiency must be demonstrated by either examination or course work. See the admission section of the general information in the Bulletin (http://www.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook/) for the placement policy for Penn State foreign language courses. (Sem: 1-4)

Select 6 credits of international courses in foreign culture from School-approved list (Sem: 5-8)

>>REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 21 credits


>>INFORMATION SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT OPTION: 21 credits


PRESCRIBED COURSES: 3 credits
  • Semester 5-8: IST311 (3)
>>ADDITIONAL COURSES: 6 credits

Select 6 credits from IST 411(3), IST 412(3), or IST 413(3) (Sem: 5-8) NOTE: PSU Beaver only offers IST411 and IST413

>>SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS: 12 credits

Semester 5-8: Select 12 credits from School-approved list

>>INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION OPTION: 21 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES: 9 credits
  • Semester 5-8: IST302 (3), IST420 (3), and IST421 (3)
>>SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS: 12 credits

Semester 5-8: Select 12 credits from School-approved list

>>INFORMATION, SOCIETY, AND PUBLIC POLICY OPTION: 21 credits PRESCRIBED COURSES: 9 credits
  • Semester 5-8: IST 431(3), and IST 432(3)
>>ADDITIONAL COURSES: 4-5 credits

Semester 5-8: Select 12 credits from School-approved list