Information Sciences and Technology, B.S. (Capital)

Program Code: ISSCA_BS

Entrance to Major

To be eligible for entrance to the Information Sciences and Technology (ISTBS) major, students must:

  1. have completed the following entrance-to-major requirements with a grade of C or better in each: IST 110; IST 140 (or equivalent CMPSC 101 or CMPSC 121 ) IST 210; and IST 220.
  2. have achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 prior to and through the end of the semester during which the entrance-to-major procedure is carried out.

Entrance to the Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate (IUG) Program

The Integrated Undergraduate Graduate (IUG) program is available for strong undergraduate students who wish to pursue a bachelor's and master's degree in a shorter period of time than would be necessary if the degrees were pursued separately. Information Sciences and Technology undergraduates may apply for admission to the ISTBS/ISTMS IUG program as early as February 15 of their sophomore year and no later than February 15 of their junior year after completing a minimum of 60 credits, if they meet the following admission requirements:

  1. Must be enrolled in the ISTBS undergraduate degree program.
  2. Must have completed 60 credits of an ISTBS undergraduate degree program.
  3. Must have an overall GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate coursework and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in all coursework completed for the major.
  4. Must apply to and be accepted without reservation into the Graduate School and M.S. program in Informatics. Students must complete the Graduate School application.
  5. Must apply to the IUG program by February 15 of their junior year.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Information Sciences and Technology, a minimum of 125 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 8
Requirements for the Major 84

12 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; and 3 credits of GWS courses.

General Education

Connecting career and curiosity, the General Education curriculum provides the opportunity for students to acquire transferable skills necessary to be successful in the future and to thrive while living in interconnected contexts. General Education aids students in developing intellectual curiosity, a strengthened ability to think, and a deeper sense of aesthetic appreciation. These are requirements for all baccalaureate students and are often partially incorporated into the requirements of a program. For additional information, see the General Education Requirements section of the Bulletin and consult your academic adviser.

The keystone symbol Keystone/General Education Course appears next to the title of any course that is designated as a General Education course. Program requirements may also satisfy General Education requirements and vary for each program.

Foundations (grade of C or better is required.)

  • Quantification (GQ): 6 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 9 credits

Knowledge Domains

  • Arts (GA): 6 credits
  • Health and Wellness (GHW): 3 credits
  • Humanities (GH): 6 credits
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences (GS): 6 credits
  • Natural Sciences (GN): 9 credits

Integrative Studies (may also complete a Knowledge Domain requirement)

  • Inter-Domain or Approved Linked Courses: 6 credits

University Degree Requirements

First Year Engagement

All students enrolled in a college or the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park, and the World Campus are required to take 1 to 3 credits of the First-Year Seminar, as specified by their college First-Year Engagement Plan.

Other Penn State colleges and campuses may require the First-Year Seminar; colleges and campuses that do not require a First-Year Seminar provide students with a first-year engagement experience.

First-year baccalaureate students entering Penn State should consult their academic adviser for these requirements.

Cultures Requirement    

6 credits are required and may satisfy other requirements

  • United States Cultures: 3 credits
  • International Cultures: 3 credits

Writing Across the Curriculum

3 credits required from the college of graduation and likely prescribed as part of major requirements.

Total Minimum Credits

A minimum of 120 degree credits must be earned for a baccalaureate degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 120 credits. Students should consult with their college or department adviser for information on specific credit requirements.

Quality of Work

Candidates must complete the degree requirements for their major and earn at least a 2.00 grade-point average for all courses completed within their degree program.

Limitations on Source and Time for Credit Acquisition

The college dean or campus chancellor and program faculty may require up to 24 credits of course work in the major to be taken at the location or in the college or program where the degree is earned. Credit used toward degree programs may need to be earned from a particular source or within time constraints (see Senate Policy 83-80). For more information, check the Suggested Academic Plan for your intended program.

Requirements for the Major

To graduate, a student enrolled in the major must earn a grade of C or better in each course designated by the major as a C-required course, as specified by Senate Policy 82-44.

Common Requirements for the Major (All Options)

Prescribed Courses
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course4
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
IST 110Information, People and Technology Keystone/General Education Course3
IST 210Organization of Data3
IST 220Networking and Telecommunications3
IST 230Language, Logic, and Discrete Mathematics3
IST 301Information and Organizations3
IST 331Foundations of Human-Centered Design3
IST 440WInformation Sciences and Technology Integration and Problem Solving3
IST 495Internship1
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 202D Effective Writing: Business Writing Keystone/General Education Course
MATH 110Techniques of Calculus I Keystone/General Education Course4
or MATH 140 Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Programming Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Programming Techniques Keystone/General Education Course
Introduction to Application Development
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Economics Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Attainment of third-level proficiency in a single foreign language 112
Select 6 credits of international courses in foreign culture from College-approved list6
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3 credits at the 400 level in emerging issues and technologies from College-approved list3
Requirements for the Option
Select an option24

Requirements for the Option

Information Context: People, Organizations, and Society Option (24 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Beaver, Berks, Scranton, University Park

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
IST 431
IST 432
The Information Environment
and Legal and Regulatory Environment of Information Science and Technology
6
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
IST 240Introduction to Computer Languages3
or IST 242 Intermediate & Object-Oriented Application Development
IST 302IT Project Management3
or IST 413 Usability Engineering
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 12 credits from College-approved list (at least 3 credits at the 400-level and no more than 6 credits below the 200-level)12
Information Systems: Design & Development Option (24 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, Harrisburg, Lehigh Valley, Scranton, University Park, World Campus, York

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
IST 242Intermediate & Object-Oriented Application Development 13
IST 311Object-Oriented Design and Software Applications3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
IST 261Application Development Design Studio I3
or IST 361 Application Development Design Studio II
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Distributed-Object Computing
The Engineering of Complex Software Systems
Usability Engineering
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 9 credits from College-approved list (at least 3 credits must be at the 400-level)9
Information Technology: Integration & Application Option (24 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Abington, Beaver, Berks, Brandywine, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Lehigh Valley, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Schuylkill, Scranton, University Park, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, York

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
IST 302IT Project Management3
IST 420Fundamentals of Systems and Enterprise Integration3
IST 421Advanced Enterprise Integration: Technologies and Applications3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
IST 240Introduction to Computer Languages3
or IST 242 Intermediate & Object-Oriented Application Development
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Select 12 credits from College-approved list (at least 3 credits at the 400-level and no more than 6 credits below the 200-level)12

Program Learning Objectives

Knowledge/Application:

  1. Understand and apply the interdisciplinary, theoretical knowledge of the information sciences or security sciences.
    1. Define and explain the core concepts, principles, processes, and theories within the academic majors of IST and/or SRA.
    2. Apply the core concepts of the academic majors of IST and/or SRA to real-world problems.

Problem-Solving:

  1. Understand, apply and adapt various problem solving strategies, using appropriate technology and methods.
    1. Identify information problems and/or opportunities in terms of the human, informational and technology dimensions.
    2. Analyze issues surrounding the problem and/or opportunity in terms of the human, informational, and technology dimensions; and determine the requirements appropriate to understanding the situation.
    3. Design systems, architectures, processes, components, or programs to meet desired needs of the human context at varying levels of analysis (e.g., individual, group, organization, society, and/or world).
    4. Deploy up-to-date and appropriate techniques, methodologies, and/or tools necessary for understanding opportunities and constraints and/or the optimal design, implementation and continuance of an information based solution.
    5. Evaluate the success of systems, architecture, processes, components, or programs intended to meet desired needs of the human context at varying levels of analysis (e.g., individual, group, organization, society, and/or world).

Communication (Individual and Team):

  1. Communicate and work effectively (both individually and in teams) with a range of perspectives and audiences through a variety of media.
    1. Participate effectively on teams in order to accomplish a common goal.
    2. Communicate effectively with a range of audiences, formally or informally, through writing and the spoken word.
    3. Seek out, analyze, and incorporate diverse ideas and broader perspectives represented in the diversity of people.
    4. Make respectful and inclusive choices in interacting with customers, peers, supervisors, and/or subordinates with a diversity of identity .characteristics (e.g., age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, or veteran status).

Professional Responsibilities:

  1. Understand professional responsibilities in terms of the ethical, legal, security and social aspects of any given problem and its solution.
    1. Demonstrate an understanding of the cognitive, social, legal, ethical, diversity, and security perspectives surrounding a given problem.
    2. Assess the impact of information, computing and technology on individuals, groups, organizations, society, and the world for the purpose of making informed decisions from a sociological, governmental, legal, and/or security perspective.

Lifelong Learning:

  1. Commit to the continuous acquisition of relevant knowledge for professional development by self-teaching and/or on-going education and learning.
    1. Employ information-seeking strategies and self-directed learning in pursuit of current knowledge.
    2. Enroll in professional development and tutoring opportunities.

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Harrisburg

Jesse Middaugh, PMP
Program Coordinator
Olmsted Building E335
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6153
jlm10@psu.edu

Abington

Joseph Oakes
Program Chair
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
267-633-3316
jxo19@psu.edu

Berks

Tricia Clark
Program Coordinator, Instructor
Gaige 211
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6349
tkc3@psu.edu

Brandywine

Nannette D'Imperio
Lecturer in Computer Science
25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063
610-892-1343
nxd13@psu.edu

DuBois

Jason Long
Assistant Teaching Professor
1 College Place
DuBois, PA 16823
814-372-3000
jel115@psu.edu

Greater Allegheny

Advising Office
Academic Affairs

101 Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9140
GA-Academics@lists.psu.edu

Hazleton

Barbara Brazon
Assistant Teaching Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
Kostos 117
Hazleton, PA 18202
570-450-3089
bxb30@psu.edu

Lehigh Valley

Kermit Burley
Coordinator of Information Sciences and Technology
2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA 18034
610-285-5071
kmb6846@psu.edu

Mont Alto

Paul Bart
Lecturer, IST
6 Bookstore Building
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6241
pjb159@psu.edu

New Kensington

Hal Smith
Associate Professor, Information Sciences and Technology
036 Theater & IST Building
3550 Seventh Street Road
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6089
hhs10@psu.edu

Scranton

Debra Smarkusky
Associate Professor
212F Dawson
Dunmore, PA 18512
570-963-2593
dls102@psu.edu

University Park

Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
E103 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-8947
advising@ist.psu.edu

Wilkes-Barre

Wei-Fan Chen
Program Co-Coordinator, IST
44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9142
weifan@psu.edu

World Campus

Undergraduate Academic Advising
301 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3283
advising@outreach.psu.edu

York

William Cantor
Assistant Teaching Professor in IST
226 Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
York, PA 17403
717-771-4143
wpc2@psu.edu

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2020-21 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition (Note: the archive only contain suggested academic plans beginning with the 2018-19 edition of the Undergraduate Bulletin).

Harrisburg Campus

Design and Development Option

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
IST 110*#3IST 210*#3 
IST 140*#3General Education Course3 
MATH 110 or 140‡†4World Language Level 24 
World Language level 14ECON 102, 104, or 143 
 ENGL 15 or ENGL 303 
 14 16 
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
IST 220*#3IST 242*3 
IST 230*3STAT 200‡†4 
World Language level 34CAS 100*‡3 
General Education Course3General Education Course3 
General Education Course3General Education Course3 
 16 16 
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
IST 311* 3IST 301* 3IST 495*1
IST 331* 3IST 411* 3 
Support of Option3Support of Option3 
General Education Course (GHW)1.5Foreign Cultures Requirement3 
General Education Course3ENGL 202C or 202D3 
Elective3  
 16.5 15 1
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
IST 402*3IST 413* 3 
IST 261 or 361* 3IST 440W*3 
World Cultures Requirement3Support of Option (400-level)*3 
Elective3General Education Course3 
General Education Course3Elective2 
General Education Course (GHW)1.5  
 16.5 14 
Total Credits 125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • 1 Credit of IST 495 - Internship is required
  • 30 Credits of GA, GH, GHW, GN, GS to include 6 Integrative Studies credits
  • 15 Credits of GQ and GWS require a grade of "C" or better

Program Notes:

  • Please note: IST courses are only offered once per year.
  • IST 495 - Internship: (1) Supervised work experience where the student is employed in an Information Science and Technology position in industry, government or academia. IST students are required to complete one internship, but may complete three. For more information, contact IST Internship Coordinator, Jane Kochanov at jxs121@psu.edu.
  • Students must complete a 3-credit course in "United States Cultures (US)" and a 3-credit course in International Cultures (IL)."
  • Students in the Information Sciences and Technology (ISSCA_BS) major are expected to complete 24 credits of upper level course work in the major and the senior capstone course for the major at Penn State Harrisburg. This is in compliance with Faculty Senate Policy 83-80.5.

Integration and Application Option

The course series listed below provides only one of the many possible ways to move through this curriculum. The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings, and requirements at any time. This plan should be used in conjunction with your degree audit (accessible in LionPATH as either an Academic Requirements or What If report). Please consult with a Penn State academic adviser on a regular basis to develop and refine an academic plan that is appropriate for you.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
IST 110*#3IST 210*#3 
IST 140*#3General Education Course3 
MATH 110 or 140‡†4World Language level 24 
World Language level 14ECON 102, 104, or 14# 3 
 ENGL 15 or ENGL 303 
 14 16 
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
IST 220*#3IST 242*3 
IST 230*3STAT 200‡†4 
World Language level 34CAS 1003 
General Education Course3General Education Course3 
General Education Course3General Education Course3 
 16 16 
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
IST 331*3IST 301*3IST 495*1
Support of Option3IST 302*3 
General Education Course (GHW)1.5Support of Option3 
General Education Course3Foreign Cultures Requirement3 
General Education Course3ENGL 202C or 202D3 
Elective3  
 16.5 15 1
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
IST 4XX - Emerging Issues & Technologies from College approved list*3IST 440W*3 
IST 420*3IST 421*3 
Support of Option3Support of Option (400-level)3 
World Cultures Requirement3Elective3 
General Education Course3Elective 2 
General Education Course1.5  
 16.5 14 
Total Credits 125

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy University Requirements (United States and International Cultures).

W, M, X, and Y are the suffixes at the end of a course number used to designate courses that satisfy University Writing Across the Curriculum requirement.

GWS, GQ, GHW, GN, GA, GH, and GS are abbreviations used to identify General Education program courses. General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ) and Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS, and Integrative Studies). Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of ‘C’ or better.

Integrative Studies courses are required for the General Education program. N is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate an Inter-Domain course and Z is the suffix at the end of a course number used to designate a Linked course.

Advising Notes:

  • 1 Credit of IST 495 - Internship is required.
  • 30 Credits of GA, GH, GHW, GN, GS to include 6 Integrative Studies Credits.
  • 15 Credits of GQ and GWS require a grade of "C" or better.

Program Notes:

  • IST 4XX" Select 3 credit from:
    • IST 402 - Emerging Issues and Technologies (3)
    • IST 441 - Information Retrieval and Organization (3)
    • IST 446 - An Introduction to Building Computer/Video Games (3)
    • IST 452 - Legal and Regulatory Environment of Privacy and Security (3)
    • IST 454 - Computer and Cyber Forensics (3)

Please note: IST courses are only offered once per year.

IST 495 Internship: (1) Supervised work experience where the student is employed in an Information Science and Technology position in industry, government or academia. IST students are required to complete one internship, but may complete three. For more information, contact IST Internship Coordinator, Jane Kochanov at jxs121@psu.edu.

Students must complete a 3-credit course in "United States Cultures (US" and a 3-credit course in "International Cultures (IL)."

Students in the Information Sciences and Technology (ISSCA_BS) major are expected to complete 24 credits of upper level course work in the major and the senior capstone course for the major at Penn State Harrisburg. This is in compliance with Faculty Senate Policy 83-80.5.

Career Paths

IST allows you to explore some of the biggest challenges facing society and work to solve them by leveraging information and using technology. It blends skills from a number of fields – computer science, business, psychology, math, sociology, political science – so you can help people and organizations thrive. IST's Office of Career Solutions helps students navigate their internship and career development in the field through coaching, workshops, interview preparation, resume reviews, career fairs, job postings, and networking opportunities.

Careers

Because our courses blend technical knowledge with skills in communication and business, an IST degree allows for careers in nearly every industry including consulting, business, government, defense, entertainment, and medicine.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES OF THE INFORMATION SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

Contact

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
Olmsted Building, E355
717-948-6141
ljc43@psu.edu

https://harrisburg.psu.edu/business-administration/information-sciences-technology-security-risk-analysis/bachelor-science-information-sciences-and-technology

Abington

DIVISION OF SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
267-633-3316
jxo19@psu.edu

http://abington.psu.edu/information-sciences-and-technology-ist

Berks

EBC DIVISION
Gaige Building
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6349
tkc3@psu.edu

http://berks.psu.edu/bs-information-sciences-and-technology

Brandywine

25 Yearsley Mill Road
Media, PA 19063
610-892-1343
nxd13@psu.edu

http://brandywine.psu.edu/information-sciences-and-technology

DuBois

1 College Place
DuBois, PA 16823
814-372-3000
jel115@psu.edu

http://dubois.psu.edu/ist

Greater Allegheny

101 Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9140
GA-Academics@lists.psu.edu

http://greaterallegheny.psu.edu/information-sciences-and-technology-bs

Hazleton

Kostos 117
Hazleton, PA 18202
570-450-3089
bxb30@psu.edu

http://hazleton.psu.edu/bachelor-science-information-sciences-and-technology

Lehigh Valley

2809 Saucon Valley Road
Center Valley, PA 18034
610-285-5071
kmb6846@psu.edu

https://lehighvalley.psu.edu/academics/degrees/information-sciences-and-technology

Mont Alto

6 Bookstore Building
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6241
pjb159@psu.edu

https://montalto.psu.edu/academics/bachelors/information-sciences-and-technology-degree

New Kensington

036 Theater & IST Building
3550 Seventh Street Road
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6089
hhs10@psu.edu

https://newkensington.psu.edu/2-year-information-sciences-technology

Scranton

212F Dawson
Dunmore, PA 18512
570-963-2593
dls102@psu.edu

http://worthingtonscranton.psu.edu/information-sciences-and-technology

University Park

OFFICE OF THE ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
E397F Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3450
programs@ist.psu.edu

https://ist.psu.edu/directory/office/grad_undergrad_studies

Wilkes-Barre

44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9142
weifan@psu.edu

http://wilkesbarre.psu.edu/academics/ist

World Campus

OFFICE OF THE ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES
E397F Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3450
programs@ist.psu.edu

https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/information-sciences-and-technology-bachelors/overview

York

226 Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
York, PA 17403
717-771-4143
wpc2@psu.edu

http://york.psu.edu/academics/baccalaureate/information-sciences-and-technology