Suggested Academic Plans
Suggested Academic Plans are based on a student’s semester of entry to Penn State and serve as a guide when scheduling courses. Students should work with their academic adviser and run “Academic Requirements” and “What If” reports in LionPATH to ensure that they are staying on track for graduation.
Application Focus Areas
Within the Human-Centered Design and Development major, students must take a series of courses in one of the application focus areas listed below or work with their academic adviser to create a custom focus. Application focus areas allow students to develop more specialized knowledge in a specific domain. All 12 credits must be in the same application focus area. Course requirements and additional information for each area can be found on the University Bulletin. Please note, that Application Focus Areas can be found by scrolling all the way to the bottom of the Suggested Academic Plan page.
- Data Sciences
- Digital Arts and Communication
- Geographic Information Systems
- Health Care
- Security and Risk
- Custom Application Focus
All undergraduate students in the College of IST are required to complete at least one internship before graduation. Please review provided resources and plan early.
For specific information and resources related to the internship requirement, which includes enrolling in the 1-credit IST 495 course, contact the Office of Career Solutions and Corporate Engagement. The Career Resources webpages provide information to assist you in determining your major and career goals. The Discovering Your IST Career Path and Past Student Internships pages may be especially helpful in exploring your major.