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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Penn State Altoona

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Begin Date: Summer Session 2002
End Date: Spring Semester 2003

Information Sciences and Technology (2 IST) - ARCHIVE

Altoona College
Berks-Lehigh Valley College
Capital College
Commonwealth College
School of Information Sciences and Technology

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.

Baccalaureate Option: This option provides maximum articulation with the Baccalaureate Degree. Students who complete this option will meet all lower division requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree. This is not the case with the remaining options, although the degree of articulation is quite high for all Associate Degree Options.

Generalized Business Option: This option enables students to specialize in the general business areas of accounting, marketing, and management.

Individualized Option: This option enables students to work closely with an advisor to develop a plan of study that meets the dual objectives of allowing a flexible academic program and providing breadth of technical specialization. An example would be a program where a student would take some of the courses listed in the Web Administration Option and the remainder in the Software Option.

Software Option: This option prepares graduates for entry-level programming support positions in industry. Students take courses in Web programming, database programming, and other contemporary programming environments.

Web Administration Option: This prepares graduates for positions as web administrators and web programmers.

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.

Data/Information Option: This option prepares graduates for entry-level data base support positions. Students take courses in relational database systems and database management.

Industrial/Manufacturing Option: This option prepares graduates for entry-level manufacturing information systems positions. Students take courses in electrical and mechanical systems, and business and industrial processes.

Telecommunications Option: This option prepares graduates for entry-level positions in the telecommunications industry. Students take courses in voice and data communications, protocols, networks, and wireless systems.

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: 3-6 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 45-48 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 FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 30 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (26 credits)
CMPSC 101 GQ(3)[1] (Sem: 1-2)
IST 110(4)[1], IST 111S(1), IST 210(3)[1], IST 220(3)[1], IST 250(3), ENGL 015 GWS(3), SPCOM 100B GWS(3) (Sem: 1-2)
IST 260W(3) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (4 credits)
ENGL 202C GWS(3) or ENGL 202D GWS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
IST 295A(1) or IST 295B(1) (Sem: 3-4)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 15-18 credits

BACCALAUREATE OPTION: 17-18 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (13 credits)
IST 230(3) and IST 240(3) (Sem: 3-4)
ECON 002 GS(3) (Sem: 3-4)
STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (4-5 credits)
MATH 040 GQ(5) or MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-2)

GENERALIZED BUSINESS OPTION: 15 credits

ADDITIONAL COURSES (15 credits)
Select 15 credits in consultation with the adviser from the following list: (Sem:1-4)
ACCTG 151(3), ACCTG 152(3), ACCTG 153(3), ACCTG 160(3), ACCTG 170(3), ACCTG 186(3), ACCTG 200(3), ACCTG 211(3)
MKTG 150(3), MKTG 180(3), MKTG 190(3), MKTG 220(3), MKTG 221(3), MKTG 310(3), MKTG 327(3)
MGMT 100(3), MGMT 150(3), MGMT 321(3), MGMT 341(3)
B A 250(3)
ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3)
MATH 017 GQ(3), MATH 021 GQ(3), MATH 022 GQ(3), or MATH 026 GQ(3)

INDIVIDUALIZED OPTION: 15 credits

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (15 credits)
Select 15 credits in consultation with an adviser that follow a coherent theme in information sciences and technology. (Sem: 1-4)

SOFTWARE OPTION: 15 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
CMPBD 205(3) (Sem: 2-4)
IST 211(3), IST 247(3), and IST 256(3) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
MATH 017 GQ(3), MATH 021 GQ(3), MATH 022 GQ(3), or MATH 026 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-2)

NETWORKING OPTION: 15 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
IST 225(3), IST 226(3), IST 227(3), and IST 228(3) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
MATH 017 GQ(3), MATH 021 GQ(3), MATH 022 GQ(3), or MATH 026 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-2)

WEB ADMINISTRATION OPTION: 15 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
IST 255(3), IST 256(3), IST 257(3), and IST 258(3) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
MATH 017 GQ(3), MATH 021 GQ(3), MATH 022 GQ(3), or MATH 026 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-2)

MANUFACTURING OPTION: 16 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
IST 271(3), IST 272(3), IST 273(3), and IST 274(3) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (4 credits)
MATH 110(4) or MATH 140(4) (Sem: 1-2)

TELECOMMUNICATIONS OPTION: 15 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
IST 221(3), IST 222(3), IST 223(3), and IST 224(3) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
MATH 017 GQ(3), MATH 021 GQ(3), MATH 022 GQ(3), or MATH 026 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-2)

DATA/INFORMATION OPTION: 15 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (12 credits)
IST 211(3), IST 212(3), IST 213(3), and IST 214(3) (Sem: 3-4)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (3 credits)
MATH 017 GQ(3), MATH 021 GQ(3), MATH 022 GQ(3), or MATH 026 GQ(3) (Sem: 1-2)

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

Last Revised by the Department: Summer Session 2002

Blue Sheet Item #: 30-01-032

Review Date: 1/2/03