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Have an interest in computers and the world of technology?

In the IST program, you'll focus on how people create, improve, and use technologies in their everyday lives. You'll learn to analyze how these technologies impact the world at large, and what you can do with this information to make a difference.

With two distinct options that let you build on your strengths, the bachelor of science in Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State Lehigh Valley embraces the power of human creativity while providing the skills necessary to successfully manage information in the global cyber market.

Design + Development option

Is your brain buzzing with ideas for the next big app? Are you good at coding and working with new systems? With this course of study, you'll design software, develop applications for smartphones, become an ace at troubleshooting, and solve complex technology challenges.

Integration + Application option

Do you have a "big picture" mindset? Do you enjoy problem solving? In this program, you'll look at the role of information technology within and between businesses. You'll analyze the needs of an organization, formulate and implement technology-based solutions, and evaluate outcomes.


Information Sciences and Technology (IST)
at Penn State Lehigh Valley

courses include...

  • Information, People and Technology
  • Organization of Data
  • Networking and Telecommunications
  • Application Development
  • Systems and Enterprise Integration
  • IT Project Management

Your job title
could be...

  • Tech Start-Up Entrepreneur
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Systems Administrator
  • Software Engineer
  • Business Analyst
  • Enterprise Architect

Academic Plans

Recommended Academic Plans provide the possible order of courses students might follow as they pursue a particular degree. RAPs are proposed schedules only. Individual student's schedules might look different if -- in consultation with an academic adviser -- the student has created a different plan. Care should be taken when changing the order of courses, as the RAP takes into account prerequisites and course controls. Changing the other of a RAP might be in the student's best interests and can occur with an adviser's guidance. For the final work regarding the courses needed for graduation in a particular major, all students should consult the University Bulletin and their degree audit.

Recommended Academic Plan for the Design + Development option

Recommended Academic Plan for the Integration + Application option


For additional information about this program, please schedule an appointment with:

Kermit Burley

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