Why Major in IST?
The Bachelor of Science degree in Information Sciences and Technology (IST) was created by Penn State—in consultation with Fortune 500 companies, smaller Pennsylvania companies, and the public sector—in response to a nationwide shortage of qualified professionals. By integrating computer systems, networking, information management, and software technologies, this program prepares students to design, develop, and administer information systems for business and industry.
As a student in the program, you will be exposed to the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of IST. A strong emphasis is placed on communication, team-building, business, problem-solving, and management skills. A required internship and a senior capstone experience will involve you directly in the cutting-edge issues and technologies of the field.
Graduation and Beyond
Information Sciences and Technology offers the foundation for developing one’s expertise throughout life. Graduates find positions in a variety of careers, including but not limited to:
- Application Developer
- Business Analyst
- Cyber Security Analyst
- Web Developer
Graduates may also choose to complete a degree at the master’s or doctorate level.
Visit https://ist.psu.edu/students/careers/develop/careerpath for many more possibilities.