Requirements, Plans, and Forms - B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology

Options within the Major

Within the Information Sciences and Technology major, students must select from one of two options to further focus their studies:

In this option, students learn how to design software and integrate information technologies to meet users’ specific needs. Students work with unfamiliar software programs and computer languages, develop applications, troubleshoot problems, and think logically to solve complex problems.

Note that as of fall 2021, this option is no longer available to incoming students at University Park. Students interested in this option should meet with an IST academic adviser to consider the Human-Centered Design and Development major or to explore the Penn State campuses that continue to offer this option.

In this option, students examine how information technology can enable and support how work is accomplished within and between businesses. Students analyze the needs of an organization, formulate and implement technology-based solutions, and evaluate the outcomes.

Note that as of fall 2022, this option is no longer available to incoming students at University Park. Students interested in this option should meet with an IST academic adviser to consider the Enterprise Technology Integration major or to explore the Penn State campuses that continue to offer this option.

In this option, students explore how technology impacts organizations and society. Students will study how businesses and other organizations use technology in their processes, such as how Starbucks uses Twitter and other social media to promote its brand and marketing messages. Students are encouraged to think creatively and pursue opportunities that will allow them to see firsthand how people and technology interact.

Entrance to Major Requirements

To enter the Information Sciences and Technology major, students must meet the entrance to major requirements below based on the semester that they entered the University. Once all entrance to major requirements have been met, learn how to declare your major.

  • Minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA
  • Earned between 40-70 cumulative credits at Penn State (excludes transfer/test/other credits)
  • Completed or currently taking entrance to major courses
  • A grade of C or better in each of the following courses:
    • IST 110
    • IST 140 or CMPSC 101 or CMPSC 121
    • IST 210
    • IST 220
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Earned between 40-70 cumulative credits at Penn State (excludes transfer/test/other credits)
  • Completed or currently taking entrance to major courses
  • A grade of C or better in each of the following courses:
    • IST 110
    • IST 140
    • IST 210
    • IST 220
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Earned between 40-70 cumulative credits at Penn State (excludes transfer/test/other credits)
  • Completed or currently taking entrance to major courses
  • A grade of C or better in each of the following courses:
    • IST 110
    • IST 210
    • IST 220
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA
  • Minimum 29.1 total cumulative credits (includes transfer/test/other credits)
  • Completed or currently taking entrance to major courses
  • A grade of C or better in each of the following courses:
    • IST 110
    • IST 210
    • IST 220

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.

Support of Option Courses

Support of option courses are meant to help students acquire knowledge in an application domain and to help them develop supplemental knowledge and competencies related to their chosen option. It is recommended that students choose courses in consultation with an academic adviser or faculty member.

The goal of support of option coursework is to add value to the degree and educational experience by taking courses around a cohesive theme. Areas of focus could include business, manufacturing, health care, hospitality, art, telecommunications, geographic information systems, government, or anywhere else information technology is used.

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