Enterprise Technology Integration, B.S. (Information Sciences and Technology)

Program Code: ETCHI_BS

Program Description

The Enterprise Technology Integration major (ETI) in the College of Information Sciences and Technology is a Bachelor of Science degree program that educates students in the fundamental concepts and state-of-the-art skills in three essential areas: information technology (IT), business concepts, and "soft skills" such as working in teams. The ETI major focuses on the technology implementation perspective of enterprise system integration. The learning outcomes focus on a) information systems interconnectedness, data interchange, process modeling and reengineering, and distributed computing environments; b) business knowledge in accounting, supply chains and more; and c) teaming, leadership, and other "soft skills." Students graduating with a degree in ETI are prepared for successful careers across industries and government in systems integration and development, as well as IT and business consulting.

The ETI major is interdisciplinary, combining foundational coursework in information technology, application development and business with specialized courses in systems integration. The major draws on courses including introductory programming, databases, networks, organizational theory, project management and enterprise integration. In the ETI major, we add courses in emerging information technologies used to integrate information systems from an underlying back-end technology needed to accomplish system integration.

What is Enterprise Technology Integration?

Enterprise technology integration (ETI) explores how information technology resources and data are linked together within and across companies and organizations. Integrating information technology solutions in an enterprise is essential for businesses in conducting day-to-day activities as well as moving organizations forward as new business strategies emerge. Enterprises that can readily unify applications, services, information systems and databases through information technology integration experience a competitive advantage. As an ETI major, you will gain knowledge and skills in analyzing the technology-related needs of an organization, formulating and implementing technology-based solutions, and evaluating the outcomes.


You Might Like This Program If...

  • You have an interest in information technology and business.
  • You want to help organizations operate more effectively by creating and implementing information technology solutions and evaluating outcomes.
  • You are interested in emerging technologies, such as cloud computing and advanced databases.
  • You want to understand how computing systems and programs operate.
  • You enjoy working on a team to solve information technology problems.


Entrance to Major

To be eligible for the Enterprise Technology Integration major, students must:

  1. Have completed the following entrance-to-major requirements with a grade of C or better in each: HCDD 113S (FYS) or HCDD 113 or IST 110 or CYBER 100 or CYBER 100S (FYS), IST 140 or CMPSC 121 or CMPSC 131, IST 210, IST 220, IST 242 or CMPSC 122 or CMPSC 132, STAT 200 or SCM 200
  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 is requested.

Degree Requirements

For the Bachelor of Science degree in Enterprise Technology Integration, a minimum of 124 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 45
Electives 5-6
Requirements for the Major 91-92

18 of the 45 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. This includes:  3 credits of GS courses, 6 credits of GQ courses, 9 credits of GWS courses.

Requirements for the Major

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

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ACCTG 211Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making4
ETI 300WDevelopment and Documentation of Enterprise Web3
ETI 461Database Management and Administration3
IST 210Organization of Data3
IST 220Networking and Telecommunications3
IST 230Language, Logic, and Discrete Mathematics3
IST 256Programming for the Web3
IST 301Information and Organizations3
IST 302IT Project Management3
IST 495Internship1
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
BA 302Supply Chains3
or SCM 301 Supply Chain Management
CAS/ENGL 138TRhetoric and Civic Life II Keystone/General Education Course3
or CAS 100 Effective Speech
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
or ECON 104 Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 202D Effective Writing: Business Writing Keystone/General Education Course
HCDD 264Design Practice in Human-Centered Design and Development3
or IST 331 Foundations of Human-Centered Design
IST 402Emerging Issues and Technologies3
or IST 423 Enterprise Information Management and Storage Architecture
MATH 110Techniques of Calculus I Keystone/General Education Course4
or MATH 140 Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course4
or SCM 200 Introduction to Statistics for Business Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3-4 credits from the following:3-4
Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business
Management and Organization
Legal Environment of Business
Corporation Finance
International Business Operations
Basic Management Concepts
Principles of Marketing
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Rhetoric and Civic Life I Keystone/General Education Course
Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
Honors Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Introduction to Programming Techniques
Programming and Computation I: Fundamentals
Introduction to Application Development
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Intermediate Programming
Programming and Computation II: Data Structures
Intermediate & Object-Oriented Application Development
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Computer Systems Literacy
Computer Systems Literacy
Foundations of Human-Centered Design and Development
Foundations of Human-Centered Design and Development FYS
Information, People and Technology Keystone/General Education Course
Select 3 credits from the following:3
Enterprise Analytics
Distributed Database Management Systems
Information Sciences and Technology Integration and Problem Solving
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
A student must complete 12 credits from a single Application Focus. For most focuses, at least 3 of those credits must be at the 400-level. 112

As an alternative to the pre-defined application focuses, a student may select 12 credits, with at least 3 credits at the 400-level from any courses offered by the university if done so in consultation with an academic adviser and with approval of a teaching faculty member of the Enterprise Technology Integration major.

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 and Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)

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

Breadth in the Knowledge Domains (Inter-Domain courses do not meet this requirement.)

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

Integrative Studies

  • Inter-Domain Courses (Inter-Domain): 6 credits


  • GN, may be completed with Inter-Domain courses: 3 credits
  • GA, GH, GN, GS, Inter-Domain courses. This may include 3 credits of World Language course work beyond the 12th credit level or the requirements for the student’s degree program, whichever is higher: 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.

Integrated B.S. in Enterprise Technology Integration and M.S. in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations

Available at the following campuses: University Park

Requirements for the Integrated B.S. in Enterprise Technology Integration and M.S. in Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations can be found in the Graduate Bulletin.

Program Learning Objectives

  1. Knowledge Application: Understand and apply the interdisciplinary, theoretical knowledge of enterprise technology integration (ETI)
    1. Define and explain the core concepts, principles, processes, and theories within the academic major
    2. Apply the core concepts of ETI to real-world problems
  2. Problem Solving: 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)
  3. Communication: 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)
  4. Professional Responsibilities: 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.
  5. Lifelong Learning: 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.


University Park

Undergraduate Academic Advising Center
E103 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802

World Campus

Undergraduate Academic Advising
301 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802


David Kitlan Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
Olmsted Building E335
Middletown, PA 17057

Suggested Academic Plan

The suggested academic plan(s) listed on this page are the plan(s) that are in effect during the 2024-25 academic year. To access previous years' suggested academic plans, please visit the archive to view the appropriate Undergraduate Bulletin edition.

Enterprise Technology Integration, B.S. at University Park Campus

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
IST 140*#13IST 242*#13 
IST 110 or CYBER 100*#3IST 220*#3 
MATH 110*‡4ECON 102 or 104*3 
ENGL 15 or 30H3CAS 1003 
General Education Selection3General Education Selection3 
 16 15 
Second Year
IST 210*#3IST 256*3 
IST 230*3ACCTG 211*4 
Pick from Smeal College Business Fundamentals Certificate list*3Application Focus Selection13 
Elective3General Education Selection3 
General Education Selection3STAT 200‡#4 
 15 17 
Third Year
ETI 300W*3IST 302*3IST 495*21
IST 301*3ETI 461*3 
BA 302*3IST 331 or HCDD 264*3 
ENGL 202C or 202D3Application Focus Selection13 
General Education Selection13General Education Selection13 
 15 15 1
Fourth Year
IST 420*3IST 421*3 
IST 423 or 402*3Elective3 
ETI 435, 463, or IST 440W*3Application Focus Selection13 
Application Focus Selection13General Education Selection13 
General Education Selection13General Education Selection1.5 
General Education Selection1.5  
 16.5 13.5 
Total Credits 124

Course requires a grade of C or better for the major

Course requires a grade of C or better for General Education


Course is an Entrance to Major requirement

Course satisfies General Education and degree requirement


Student can also take CMPSC 121 and CMPSC 122; or CMPSC 131 and CMPSC 132


1 credit of IST 495 is required. A grade of "SA" must be earned in this course. This course can be completed at any time before graduation.

University Requirements and General Education Notes:

US and IL are abbreviations used to designate courses that satisfy Cultural Diversity 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.

General Education includes Foundations (GWS and GQ), Knowledge Domains (GHW, GN, GA, GH, GS) and Integrative Studies (Inter-domain) requirements. N or Q (Honors) is the suffix at the end of a course number used to help identify an Inter-domain course, but the inter-domain attribute is used to fill audit requirements. Foundations courses (GWS and GQ) require a grade of 'C' or better.

All incoming Schreyer Honors College first-year students at University Park will take ENGL 137H/CAS 137H in the fall semester and ENGL 138T/CAS 138T in the spring semester. These courses carry the GWS designation and satisfy a portion of that General Education requirement. If the student’s program prescribes GWS these courses will replace both ENGL 15/ENGL 30H and CAS 100A/CAS 100B/CAS 100C. Each course is 3 credits.

Application Focus Areas:

  • Students pick one of the tracks below or create a custom 4-course application focus. All 12 credits must be in the same application focus area.
  • University Park Business Competency
    • Select 12 credits from the courses below:
    • Note 1: This option does not require 3-credits of 400-level courses as part of the application focus.
    • Note 2: Students are encouraged to take these courses from the Smeal College of Business at University Park.
    • Note 3: One of these courses is required to be taken to satisfy major requirements. The student needs to take the remaining courses on this list to complete the application focus. The student may not double-count these credits as both a requirement of the major and to meet the requirements of the application focus.
    • Note 4: Taking all of the courses listed here, along with BA 302, ECON 102 or ECON 104, a Statistics course, and ACCTG 211 (which are requirements of the ETI major) will meet the requirements for the Smeal Business Fundamentals Certificate.
  • Application Development
  • Cybersecurity
  • People, Policy and Context
  • International and World Cultures
  • ROTC, Intelligence and Cyberwarfare
    • Select 12 credits from below, with at least three (3) credits at the 400 level:
  • Custom Application Focus
    • There is an option for a student to create a custom 4-course application focus sequence. It must be a coherent sequence of courses that provides context for the student in terms of ETI content. Students can select the custom application focus in consultation with an academic adviser, and courses must be selected in consultation with an ETI teaching faculty member. Students may want to consider choosing courses that also fulfill US and/or IL requirements.

Career Paths

The Enterprise Technology Integration program responds to growing national and international needs in organizational computing, particularly in the areas of application systems integration, cloud computing and database technologies. The ETI degree prepares students to analyze organizational challenges and employ information technology solutions.

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.


ETI graduates will be prepared for careers in application systems integration, as well as IT and business consulting. The program equips graduates with the skills needed to analyze business processes; identify information requirements and the systems essential to implement solutions; and implement those solutions in information systems in a variety of computing environments. The program positions graduates to compete with information systems professionals and technical business analysts who drive innovation through data, information and systems implementation to solve problems for organizations and the people within them.



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