The College of Information Sciences and Technology’s degree programs bring information, people, and technology together. The IST major helps students prepare for careers related to the ways people create, modify, and use information technologies--and how information technology affects individuals, organizations, and society. The IST major covers a broad range of topics from software development to social media to business applications for technology. The major helps students acquire the skills to have an immediate impact in the working world. Students are taught how to use technology to solve real-life problems, interact with a variety of people, and keep their skill set sharp as technology continues to evolve.
Students who wish to enter the IST major should enjoy working with information technologies and be willing to work in teams with other students. Students should have an interest in furthering their communication skills and learning how to present to and work with both technical and nontechnical audiences. Computer programming experience is not necessary, but may be helpful for some options.
IST graduates are in high demand across a spectrum of fields, as evidenced by an outstanding placement rate. Degrees from the college help students go where they want to go with information technology and find satisfying work in such areas as business, health care, government, the arts, and nonprofit service organizations.
The course of study in IST includes work in database creation and management, networks, mathematics, programming, emerging technologies, organizations and information, integration of information technology, human-computer interface, information policy and regulation, and information systems. Both the baccalaureate and associate degree programs require a professional internship.
The IST faculty is a diverse group of thought leaders in numerous fields, including computer science, engineering, psychology, chemistry, artificial intelligence, sociology, geography, and more. Through their varied expertise, they are jointly helping to guide and direct the course of development of the entire field of information sciences and technology.
Several minors are available for students throughout the University who are looking to build an academic program that includes courses in information sciences and technology.
RECOMMENDED ACADEMIC PLANS
Recommended Academic Plans provide, in table form, the courses students might schedule semester by semester as they pursue a specific undergraduate degree. Each college or campus maintains Recommended Academic Plans for its own majors/degree programs. Links to these plans are on the Division of Undergraduate Studies website at: http://www.dus.psu.edu/semplans.htm. Questions concerning the Recommended Academic Plans should be directed to the college or campus involved or the Division of Undergraduate Studies.
MARY BETH ROSSON, Interim Dean