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ISTBS Entrance Requirements

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First-semester baccalaureate students are admitted to the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) in the pre-major (INFST). Entrance-to-Major Criteria are determined for every entering class within an academic year (summer, fall, and spring). Students who meet a major’s entry criteria are guaranteed entry to the major.

Students who wish to return to Penn State as an undergraduate student after missing at least one fall or spring semester (Re-enrollment) or have had a four-year calendar absence (Academic Renewal) must follow the latest entrance to major requirements. For example, a student who was admitted to Penn State Fall 2016 planning to major in ISTBS and did not enroll in Spring 2017 semester or submit a Leave of Absence, but wishes to return Fall 2017, would follow the Entrance to Major requirements for students entering Penn State Summer 2017 or after.

Entrance to Pre Major, INFST

The requirements to enter the college in premajor status are:

  • 2.00 cumulative grade-point average (CGPA)
  • Complete one-half unit of trigonometry (or advanced math, precalc, or calc) in high school or pass MATH 022, 026, or 110

Entrance to Major (ETM) requirements to the ISTBS major at University Park

  • 3.00 CUMGPA
  • Credit window: 40-70 cumulative PSU credits (does not include transfer/test/other credits, does include F grades).
  • ETM courses completed or in progress.
  • A grade of C or better in each of the following courses:
    • IST 110 or 110S: Information, People and Technology
    • IST 140 Introduction to Application Development or CMPSC 101 Introduction to C++ Programming or CMPSC 121 Introduction to Programming Techniques
    • IST 210: Organization of Data
    • IST 220: Networking and Telecommunications

Entrance to Major Procedure

A student who wishes to enter a major with Administrative Enrollment Controls will use LionPATH’s “Update Academics” to request entrance to the major. To participate in this process, students will actively request entrance to administratively controlled majors when they are within an established credit window, have completed specified courses, and have earned the stated grade-point average.

If a student is combining a major that is under administrative enrollment controls, the student must enter the controlled major first. It is not possible for the student to incorporate more than one major that is under administrative enrollment controls in a concurrent majors program.


Requirements for Conditional Approval into the ISTBS major

Students apply for their major upon meeting the following:

  1. Must be enrolled at Penn State as a pre-major (INFST) student in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) or in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS).
  2. Complete or be currently enrolled in all Entrance to Major courses, including earning grades of “C” or better in specified courses.
  3. Attain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher for SRA. This cumulative GPA must also be met at the conclusion of the entrance to major process.
  4. Conditional applications will not be approved unless the student has earned at least 40 cumulative credits, but no more than 70 at the time of application. 

 

If all of the above are met, the student will receive a conditional acceptance through Update Academics in LionPATH. The student must successfully complete his/her remaining entrance to major courses and achieve a 3.00 or higher cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the semester for the acceptance to be confirmed. If entrance to major criteria is not successfully completed, the student will be changed back to their prior academic status and may have to explore other alternatives.


Requirements for Final, Confirmed Approval into the ISTBS major

Students receive a final approval for the ISTBS major upon meeting the following:

  1. Must be enrolled at Penn State as a pre-major (INFST) student in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) or in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS).
  2. Complete all Entrance to Major courses, including obtaining grades of “C” or better in specified courses.
  3. Attain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher.
  4. Students may only apply for the ISTBS major upon earning a minimum of 40 cumulative credits but no more than 70 cumulative credits earned at Penn State and meeting the entrance to major criteria.

 

* If entrance to major criteria is not successfully completed, the student will be changed back to their prior academic status.


Cumulative Credits

Progressing from pre-major status to enrollment in the major is contingent upon the timing and completion of cumulative credits at Penn State.

  • Cumulative credits are credits (courses) taken at Penn State (all commonwealth campuses).
  • Advanced Placement (AP) credits and credits earned at other institutions (transfer credits) are included in total credits but are not included in the cumulative credit total.
  • Once a minimum of 40 cumulative credits but no more than 70 cumulative credits are earned and entrance to major criteria is met, students apply for a major.
  • Typically the application period (40-70 credits) is during the spring semester of the second year of study.
  • Students who have completed 70.1or more cumulative credits who are still in pre-major status become ineligible to apply for the ISTBS major and will become ineligible to continue their enrollment in the college.

Entrance to Pre Major, INFST

The requirements to enter the college in premajor status are:

  • 2.00 cumulative grade-point average (CGPA)
  • Complete one-half unit of trigonometry (or advanced math, precalc, or calc) in high school or pass MATH 022, 026, or 110

Entrance to Major (ETM) requirements to the ISTBS major at University Park

  • 2.75 CUMGPA
  • Credit window: 40-70 cumulative PSU credits (does not include transfer/test/other credits, does include F grades).
  • ETM courses completed or in progress.
  • A grade of C or better in each of the following courses:
    • IST 110 or 110S: Information, People and Technology
    • IST 210: Organization of Data
    • IST 220: Networking and Telecommunications
    • IST 140: Introduction to Application Development **only for students who entered SP18**

Entrance to Major Procedure

A student who wishes to enter a major with Administrative Enrollment Controls will use LionPATH’s “Update Academics” to request entrance to the major. To participate in this process, students will actively request entrance to administratively controlled majors when they are within an established credit window, have completed specified courses, and have earned the stated grade-point average.

College of Enrollment - Students who apply for entrance to a controlled major must be enrolled in the college offering that major or in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS). Students who want to be considered for controlled majors in more than one college should enroll in DUS to be eligible for consideration.

If a student is combining a major that is under administrative enrollment controls, the student must enter the controlled major first. It is not possible for the student to incorporate more than one major that is under administrative enrollment controls in a concurrent majors program.


Requirements for Conditional Approval into an IST major

Students apply for the major upon meeting the following:

  1. Must be enrolled at Penn State as a pre-major (INFST) student in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) or in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS).
  2. Complete or be currently enrolled in all Entrance to Major courses, including obtaining grades of “C” or better in specified courses.
  3. Attain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher. This cumulative GPA must also be met at the conclusion of the entrance to major process.
  4. Conditional applications will not be approved unless the student has earned at least 40 cumulative credits, but no more than 70 at the time of application.  

 

If all of the above are met, the student will receive a conditional acceptance through Update Academics in LionPATH. The student must successfully complete his/her remaining entrance to major courses and achieve a 2.75 or higher cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the semester for the acceptance to be confirmed. If entrance to major criteria is not successfully completed, the student will be changed back to their prior academic status and may have to explore other alternatives.


Requirements for Final, Confirmed Approval into the ISTBS major

Students receive a final approval for the major upon meeting the following:

  1. Must be enrolled at Penn State as a pre-major (INFST) student in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) or in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS).
  2. Complete all Entrance to Major courses, earning grades of “C” or better in specified courses.
  3. Attain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 or higher.
  4. Students may only apply for an ISTBS major upon earning a minimum of 40 cumulative credits but no more than 70 cumulative credits and meeting the entrance to major criteria.

 

* If entrance to major criteria is not successfully completed, the student will be changed back to their prior academic status.


Cumulative Credits

Progressing from pre-major status to enrollment in the major is contingent upon the timing and completion of cumulative credits at Penn State.

  • Cumulative credits are credits (courses) taken at Penn State (all commonwealth campuses).
  • Advanced Placement (AP) credits and credits earned at other institutions (transfer credits) are included in total credits but are not included in the cumulative credit total.
  • Once a minimum of 40 cumulative credits but no more than 70 cumulative credits are earned and entrance to major criteria is met, students apply for a major.
  • Typically the application period (40-70 credits) is during the spring semester of the second year of study.
  • Students who have completed 70.1or more cumulative credits who are still in pre-major status become ineligible to apply for the ISTBS major and will become ineligible to continue their enrollment in the college.

Entrance to Pre Major, INFST

The requirements to enter the college in premajor status are:

  • 2.00 cumulative grade-point average (CGPA)
  • Complete one-half unit of trigonometry or higher at the high school level or successfully complete MATH 22 or higher at the college level

Entrance to Major (ETM) requirements to the ISTBS major

  • 2.00 CUMGPA
  • Minimum 29.1 Total Cumulative credits (includes transfer/test/other credits).

  • ETM courses completed or in progress.

  • A grade of C or better in each of the following courses:

    • IST 110: Introduction to Information, People and Technology
    • IST 210: Organization of Data
    • IST 220: Networking and Telecommunications

Entrance to Major Procedure

Students who meet entry-to-major criteria may apply using LionPATH's Update Academics function.


Requirements for Conditional Approval into the ISTBS major

Students apply for the major upon meeting the following:

  1. Complete or be currently enrolled in all Entrance to Major courses, including obtaining grades of “C” or better in specified courses.
  2. Attain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 cumulative grade point average. This cumulative GPA must also be met at the conclusion of the entrance to major process.
  3. Students may only apply for the IST major upon earning a minimum of 29.1 cumulative credits earned at Penn State and have all entrance to major courses either completed or in progress.

 

If all of the above are met, the student will receive a conditional offer through Update Academics in LionPATH. The student must successfully complete his/her remaining entrance to major courses and achieve a 2.00 or higher cumulative grade point average at the conclusion of the semester for the conditional approval to be confirmed. If entrance to major criteria is not successfully completed, the student will be changed back to their prior academic status and must explore other alternatives.


Requirements for Final, Confirmed Approval into the ISTBS major

Students receive a final approval for the ISTBS major upon meeting the following:

  1. Complete all Entrance to Major courses, including obtaining grades of “C” or better in specified courses.
  2. Attain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher.
  3. Students may only apply for a College of IST Major upon earning a minimum of 29.1 cumulative credits earned at Penn State and have all entrance to major courses either completed or in progress.

 

* If entrance to major criteria is not successfully completed, the student will be changed back to their prior academic status.


Cumulative Credits

Progressing from pre-major status to enrollment in a major is contingent upon the timing and completion of cumulative credits at Penn State.

  • Cumulative credits are credits (courses) taken at Penn State (including commonwealth campuses).
  • Advanced Placement (AP) credits and credits earned at other institutions (transfer credits) are included in total credits but are not included in the cumulative credit total.
  • Once a minimum of 29.1 cumulative credits are earned and entrance to major criteria is met, students apply for a major.
  • Typically the application period is during the fall or spring semester of the second year of study.