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Professor David Hall
College of Information Sciences and Technology
University Park

Dr. Elinor Madigan
Program Coordinator
Penn State Schuylkill
200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972

  • Offered at Penn State Schuylkill.

The Information Sciences and Technology major is structured to provide students with the theoretical frameworks and skill sets necessary to compete and be productive in the information technology-intensive global context that defines the new "Information Age." Specifically, the degree will be focused on a program that will build an understanding of core information technologies and related areas of study; will prepare students for the practical application of various information sciences and related technologies; and engage 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 additional, focused venues for involving students in the cutting-edge issues and technologies of the field.

  • Students can be admitted to the IST major in the Integration and Application option at Penn State Schuylkill.

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.

Entrance-to-major requirements

Entrance to the Information Sciences and Technology major at Penn State Schuylkill will require the completion of IST 110, 210, and 220 and a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade-point average.

For the B.S. degree in Information Sciences and Technology, a minimum of 125 credits is required.