Information Sciences and Technology, Certificate

Program Code: IST_UCT

Program Requirements

To earn an undergraduate certificate in Information Sciences and Technology, a minimum of 12 credits is required.

A grade of "C" or higher is required in all courses for the certificate; no course substitutions are permitted. Courses taken more than 10 years ago will not apply automatically towards completion of the certificate but instead will require review by the academic unit.

Prescribed Courses
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 250Introduction to Web Design and Development3

No Prerequisites Required.

Certificate Learning Objectives

  1. KNOWLEDGE/APPLICATION: 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
  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 (INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM): 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).

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

Hazleton

Debra Conway
Director of Continuing Education
202 Slusser Bayzick
Hazleton, PA 18202
570-450-3136
dxk40@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

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, psychology, math, business, 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.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES WITH A CERTIFICATE IN INFORMATION SCIENCES AND TECHNOLOGY

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

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

Contact

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

Hazleton

OFFICE OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
202 Slusser Bayzick
Hazleton, PA 18202
570-450-3136
dxk40@psu.edu

http://hazleton.psu.edu/ce

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-certificate/overview

York

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

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