Information Sciences and Technology, A.S. (Information Sciences and Technology)

Program Code: 2IST_AS

Program Description

Not all options are available at every campus. Contact the campus you are interested in attending to determine which options are offered.

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 multimedia 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

Available at the following campuses: Berks, DuBois, Greater Allegheny, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Scranton, University Park, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, York

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

Available at the following campuses: Berks, DuBois, Hazleton, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Scranton, University Park, World Campus, York

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

Individualized Option

Available at the following campuses: Berks, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Scranton, University Park, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, York

This option enables students to work closely with an adviser 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.

Networking Option

Available at the following campuses: DuBois, Mont Alto, Shenango, World Campus, York

This option prepares graduates for positions as entry-level computer network administrators. Students take courses in personal computer hardware, networking essentials, and network administration.

Entrance to Major

Students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA to change to this Associate degree after admission to the University.

Degree Requirements

For the Associate in Science degree in Information Sciences and Technology, a minimum of 60 credits is required:

Requirement Credits
General Education 21
Electives 4-7
Requirements for the Major 44-46

9-12 of the 21 credits for General Education are included in the Requirements for the Major. For all options, this includes: 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.

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 associate degree 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): 3 credits
  • Writing and Speaking (GWS): 3 credits

Knowledge Domains

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

Note: Up to six credits of Inter-domain courses may be used for any Knowledge Domain requirement, but when a course is used to satisfy more than one requirement, the credits from the course can be counted only once.

Foundations or Knowledge Domains

  • Any General Education course: 3 credits

University Degree Requirements

Cultures Requirement   

3 credits of United States (US) or International (IL) cultures coursework are required and may satisfy other requirements

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 60 degree credits must be earned for a associates degree. The requirements for some programs may exceed 60 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

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
CAS 100BEffective Speech Keystone/General Education Course3
ENGL 15Rhetoric and Composition Keystone/General Education Course3
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
CMPSC 101Introduction to Programming Keystone/General Education Course3
IST 110Information, People and Technology Keystone/General Education Course3
IST 111SSeminar in Information Sciences and Technology1
IST 210Organization of Data3
IST 220Networking and Telecommunications3
IST 250Introduction to Web Design and Development3
IST 260WIntroduction to Systems Analysis and Design3
Additional Courses
ENGL 202CEffective Writing: Technical Writing Keystone/General Education Course3
or ENGL 202D Effective Writing: Business Writing Keystone/General Education Course
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
IST 295ADistributed Team Project1
or IST 295B IST Internship
Requirements for the Option
Select an option15-17

Requirements for the Option

Baccalaureate Option (17 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Berks, DuBois, Greater Allegheny, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Scranton, University Park, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, York

Prescribed Courses
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
STAT 200Elementary Statistics Keystone/General Education Course4
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
IST 230
IST 240
Language, Logic, and Discrete Mathematics
and Introduction to Computer Languages
6
Additional Courses
MATH 110Techniques of Calculus I Keystone/General Education Course4
or MATH 140 Calculus With Analytic Geometry I Keystone/General Education Course
Generalized Business Option (15-16 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Berks, DuBois, Hazleton, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Scranton, University Park, World Campus, York

Additional Courses
Select 15 credits in consultation with the adviser from the following list:15
Introductory Financial Accounting I
Introductory Financial Accounting II
Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making
Small Business Management
Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Principles of Economics Keystone/General Education Course
College Algebra I Keystone/General Education Course
College Algebra II and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
Plane Trigonometry Keystone/General Education Course
Finite Mathematics Keystone/General Education Course
Survey of Management
Leadership and Motivation
Human Resource Management
Introduction to Selling Techniques
Contemporary American Marketing
Public Relations and Marketing
Retailing
Individualized Option (15 credits)

Available at the following campuses: Berks, Greater Allegheny, Hazleton, Mont Alto, New Kensington, Scranton, University Park, Wilkes-Barre, World Campus, York

Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 15 credits in consultation with an adviser that follow a coherent theme in information sciences and technology with a grade of C or better required for all IST courses.15
Networking Option (15 credits)

Available at the following campuses: DuBois, Mont Alto, Shenango, World Campus, York

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
IST 225PC Hardware Basics3
IST 226Networking Essentials3
IST 227Network Administration3
IST 228Advanced Network Administration3
Additional Courses
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra I Keystone/General Education Course
College Algebra II and Analytic Geometry Keystone/General Education Course
Plane Trigonometry Keystone/General Education Course
Finite Mathematics Keystone/General Education Course

Program Learning Objectives

  • Know Networking Systems and Industry Methods: Demonstrate ability to apply various industry standards in networking, server maintenance, and hardware standards.
  • Know Security Risk Factors: Demonstrate knowledge technology risk factors for networks, servers, various hardware components and their impact on technology systems. Having the ability to secure various networks, using the latest industry standards and best practices, design, develop, and implement (i.e. securing hardware, software compliance, etc.).
  • Know the System Development Lifecycle (SDLC): Demonstrate knowledge of the SDLC by applying its methods to information systems projects and lab exercises.
  • Manage Network Systems: Demonstrate knowledge of designing and management various networking systems.
  • Use Information Sciences Theory/Practice: Use management theory and information technology processes in managing networks. Which includes best practices for network and infrastructure design, development, and implementation.

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

University Park

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

Berks

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

DuBois

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

Hazleton

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

Mont Alto

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

Scranton

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

Contact

University Park

COLLEGE OF INFORMATION SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY
E397 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-8947

https://ist.psu.edu/about/contact

Berks

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

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

DuBois

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

http://dubois.psu.edu/ist

Hazleton

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

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

Mont Alto

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

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

Scranton

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

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

Wilkes-Barre

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

http://wilkesbarre.psu.edu/academics/ist/associate-degrees

World Campus

COLLEGE OF INFORMATION SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY
E397 Westgate Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-8947

https://ist.psu.edu/about/contact
https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/information-sciences-and-technology-associates/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