The Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences and Technology degree meets the demand for information technology professionals in business, industry, government, and education. Students explore how to use technology to increase human potential through innovative systems and solutions.
This major is structured to provide students with the theoretical and practical frameworks and skill sets necessary to compete and be productive in today's information-technology-intensive world. The program focuses on building an understanding of core information technologies; preparing students to write applications in various programming languages; and engaging students in sharpening their abilities to think critically and to work in teams.
All this will be done with considerable interdisciplinary integration in order 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 focused venues for involving students in the cutting-edge issues and technologies of the field.
Penn State Beaver offers the following IST options:
Information Systems: Design and Development
This option is focused on expanding the skills needed to develop advanced information technology systems using state-of-the-art tools, techniques, and programming methods. 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 programming experiences.
Information Technology: Integration and Application
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.
You might like this program if ...
- You want to develop new software and web applications, help businesses operate more effectively by creating and implementing technological solutions, or understand how technology is connected to broader social issues.
- You are interested in technology but also want to work with people.
- You enjoy coming up with creative solutions to difficult challenges.