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Associate Degree

The Associate of Science in Information Sciences and Technology (2IST) degree is a two-year program developed in close collaboration with industry leaders.

The program gives students a solid foundation of information systems and technical material as well as the knowledge and skills needed to integrate them into today's global economy. Students are educated about the application of information technology in social and institutional environments as well as technical and business areas.

In addition, the 2IST major includes extensive use of technology in the creation, organization, storage, analysis, evaluation, communication, and transmission of information. Technical material covers the structure of database systems, the Web and multi-media systems, and considerations in the design of information systems.

When Penn State developed the 2IST program, we listened to what industry leaders wanted and needed from the next generation of information systems and information technology professionals. Penn State also tapped into the expertise of professionals who have been tracking and distilling trends in information systems and information technology for more than twenty years.

According to the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Association of Information Systems (AIS), and Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), proficiency in the following areas is essential. Penn State will help you develop the necessary skills to become a well-rounded professional:

  • Computer Applications Systems
  • Information Technology and Tools
  • Management
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Problem Solving
  • Communications

Course work includes organization of data, networking and telecommunications, new media and the Web, and systems analysis and design. Many courses include team projects which encourage both interpersonal and group interaction through active learning and experiences.

This degree provides maximum articulation with the baccalaureate degree in IST. Students take classes in formal computer languages, logic, and discrete mathematics. Those who complete this option will meet all lower-division requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree in Information Sciences and Technology.

  • Computer Applications Systems
  • Information Technology and Tools
  • Management
  • Interpersonal Relationships
  • Problem Solving
  • Communications

For more information about our baccalaureate and associate IST degrees, please contact:

Dr. Kay Wijekumar
Associate Professor of IST
724-773-3814 

 

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