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The Information Sciences and Technology (IST) degree program is focused on building an understanding of core information technologies and related areas of study.  It prepares students for the practical application of various information sciences and related technologies and engages students in sharpening their abilities to think critically and to work in teams. All of this is accomplished using considerable interdisciplinary integration to expose students to the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of IST.

Team projects in most courses, a required internship, and a senior capstone experience provide additional, focused venues for involving students in the cutting-edge issues and technologies of the field. 

Currently, two of the three baccalaureate degree options offered by the University are available at Beaver campus for students who wish to remain at Beaver for all four years of study.  The degree options are:

AVAILABLE AT PENN STATE BEAVER FOR ALL FOUR YEARS

INFORMATION SYSTEMS: DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT OPTION: This option is focused on expanding the skills needed to develop advanced information technology systems using state-of-the-art tools and techniques. The emphasis is on providing the student with knowledge in the design, implementation, testing, and evolution of complex software systems as well as a set of project-oriented, team-programming experiences.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: INTEGRATION AND APPLICATION OPTION: This option is designed to prepare students to use information technology to realize a variety of system-based goals (e.g., reliability, accessibility, efficiency, etc.). It is focused on developing a theoretical foundation and the skill set needed for integrating information technology into different systems for the purpose of enhancing system performance. The emphasis is on providing the student with the theoretical frameworks needed to use information technology as a system attribute as well as a set of application-oriented experiences and skills.

AVAILABLE AT PENN STATE UNIVERSITY PARK and select other campuses for the last two years of study:

INFORMATION CONTEXT - PEOPLE, ORGANIZATIONS, AND SOCIETY OPTION: This option focuses on how information technology affects social change and the delivery of information to the consumer.  This includes the human-machine interface; organization and retrieval of information; digital libraries; information and telecommunications services; information and media industry structures; software services and intermediaries; telecommunications and information law and policy; sociological aspects of technology change; multimedia; and art, design, and aesthetics.

CREDITS

To receive the bachelor of science degree in Information Sciences and Technology, a minimum of 125 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(12 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in front of the Bulletin or at http://www.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook/ )

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM:
(Included in REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 7 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 85 credits
(This includes 12 credits of General Education courses: 6 credits of GQ courses; 3 credits of GS courses; and 3 credits of GWS courses.)

COMMON REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR (ALL OPTIONS): 64 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (24 credits)
CMPSC 101 GQ(3)[1], IST 110 GS(3)[1], IST 210(4)[1], IST 220(3)[1], IST 230(3), IST 240(3) (Sem: 1-4)
STAT 200 GQ(4) (Sem: 3-6)
IST 495(1) (Sem: 3-8)
IST 301(3), IST 331(3)[1], IST 402(3-9) (Sem: 5-8)
IST 440W(3) (Sem: 7-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (10 credits)
ECON 002 GS(3), ECON 004 GS(3), or ECON 014 GS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
ENGL 202C GWS(3) or ENGL 202D GWS(3) (Sem: 1-4)
MATH 110 GQ(4) or MATH 140 GQ(4) (Sem: 1-4)

[1] denotes that a student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better in the specified course,
as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (18 credits)
Attainment of third-level proficiency in a single foreign language (12 credits). Proficiency must be demonstrated by either examination or course work. See the admission section of the general information in the Bulletin (http://www.psu.edu/bulletins/bluebook/) for the placement policy for Penn State foreign language courses. (Sem: 1-4)

Select 6 credits of international courses in foreign culture from School-approved list (Sem: 5-8)

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE OPTION: 21 credits

INFORMATION SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT OPTION: 21 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
IST 311(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Select 6 credits from IST 411(3), IST 412(3), or IST 413(3) (Sem: 5-8)
NOTE: PSU Beaver only offers IST411 and IST413

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS
(12 credits)
Select 12 credits from School-approved list (Sem: 5-8)

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION OPTION: 21 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
IST 302(3), IST420(3), and IST 421(3) (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from School-approved list (Sem: 5-8)

INFORMATION, SOCIETY, AND PUBLIC POLICY OPTION: 21 credits

PRESCRIBED COURSES (9 credits)
IST 431(3), and IST 432(3) (Sem: 5-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (4-5 credits)
IST 302(3) or IST 413(3) (Sem: 1-4)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (12 credits)
Select 12 credits from School-approved list (Sem: 5-8)