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IST Minor

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The IST minor is designed to expose students not majoring in IST to the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of Information Sciences and Technology and to teach them to apply that knowledge as a supplement to their major. Through this program, students can gain the theoretical frameworks and skill sets necessary to compete and be productive in the information technology-intensive global context that defines the new "Information Age."

Specifically, the IST minor will enable students to:

  • Build an understanding of core information technologies and related areas of study.
  • Prepare for the practical application of various information sciences and related technologies.
  • Sharpen their abilities to think critically and to work in teams.

Please refer to information on declaring the IST Minor.

Click on each course below for a brief description and prerequisite information.

Program Details

Core Courses (9cr)

The use, analysis and design of information systems and technologies to organize, coordinate, and inform human enterprises.

Introduction to concept of databases including the storage, manipulation, evaluation, and display of data and related issues.

Prerequisite: IST 110/110S

Introduction to digital network topologies; transmission media, signal modulation, digital packet switching and routing, systems integration, communications management, and security.

Prerequisite: IST 110/110S

Select 3 credits

Introduction to how the World Wide Web utilizes emerging technologies. Students acquire conceptual understanding of constructing Web sites.

Prerequisite: IST 110 or concurrent enrollment

Overview of organizational structures and functions. Includes information processing and analytic perspectives of organizations.

Prerequisite: IST 210, IST 220

Exploration and application of the basic concepts, methodologies, and tools of project management in the field of information sciences and technology.

Prerequisite: IST 210, IST 220

Select 6 credits

Introduction to emerging issues, technology forecasting and analysis; overview of emerging issues and leading technologies in IST and how they impact information systems, users, the IT labor force and society.

Prerequisite: IST 210, IST 220

College approved list includes: IST 441, IST 446, IST 451, IST 452, IST 453, and IST 454

Survey of social environment of information technology themes: Community, sovereignty, privacy, ethics, economics, and knowledge management.

Prerequisite: IST 210, IST 220

Legal environment of information technology, constitutional/political issues, intellectual property, management, e-commerce, privacy, access, computer contracting, cyberspace regulation.

Prerequisite: IST 301 or SRA 231 or equivalent


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