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Penn State students seeking to build an academic program that includes courses in information sciences and technology can choose from several minors available through the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). These include an IST minor, a SRA minor, as well as several joint minors in areas such as earth and mineral sciences, health policy administration, and telecommunications.

Minors include:

Information Sciences and Technology (IST)

The Information Sciences and Technology minor is designed to expose students not majoring in IST to the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of IST and to teach them to apply that knowledge as a supplement to their major.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ENTI)

The Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor teaches you the foundational skills you need, such as innovative thinking, leadership skills, and management and planning tools.

Security and Risk Analysis (SRA)

The Security and Risk Analysis minor is intended to familiarize students with the general framework and multidisciplinary theories that define security and related risk analysis.


Minors are offered jointly through the College of IST and a cooperating college within Penn State. Requirements for a minor may be completed at any campus location offering the specified courses.

Important to Note

Students wishing to declare a minor must use UPDATE ACADEMICS through LionPATH. Intent to pursue a minor may be declared after the student has achieved at least third semester classification (29.1 credits) or has been accepted into his/her major, but prior to the end of the late drop deadline of the student's final semester. The major code and minor code cannot match (ex. ISTBS major cannot apply for a minor in IST). A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor. If you have problems with the Update Academics feature in LionPATH you will need to submit a service request through the LionPATH Undergraduate Student help page.

At least six (6) credits of the minor must be unique from any other degree or minor earned by the student.

MinorQuest provides the option of searching by interest area(s) or by title and includes links to the Bulletin and minor home pages (if available). In addition, special considerations and phased-out dates are included, when applicable.

Requirements for a minor may be completed at any campus location offering the specified courses for the minor.  Students may not change their campus for the sole purpose of accessing courses for a minor. Declaring a minor does not guarantee:

  • Enrollment in those courses
  • Future availability of those courses
  • Completion of the minor

If you declare a minor, but then terminate your degree enrollment, your minor declaration becomes void. You must submit a new minor declaration after receiving degree status through the re-enrollment process.

Please refer to L-6 Minors- Entrance and Certification policy for additional information or consult with your adviser if you are considering declaring a minor.


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