Discover B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology

Integrating Solutions

The Information Sciences and Technology (IST) bachelor's degree program will equip you with the skills to integrate information technology across different systems to meet organizational goals and improve reliability, accessibility, and efficiency. As a student you will:

  • learn how to apply technology to solve problems
  • create and implement technology solutions to help businesses and organizations excel
  • identify information needs and ways to share data
  • help enterprises adapt business processes
  • understand the economic, legal, ethical, and social issues of today’s global technology environment

“I chose IST because I love computers and programming, but I can’t sit at a computer all day and just program. I want to get out and talk to people and be in an area where I’m working on a team.”

Andrew Pacheco, Class of 2022

Finding Your Fit

Information Sciences and Technology might be the right program for you if:

  • you want to help businesses operate more effectively by creating and implementing technological solutions
  • you are passionate about how technology is connected to and can impact 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
  • you love technology but are also interested in business, sociology, law, or policy

Developing Your Skills

In the Information Sciences and Technology program, you will understand how people use technology and revolutionize the role it plays in changing the way that individuals live, work, and engage with the world.

Sample Courses

Review the Suggested Academic Plan to see the courses you could take, including:

  • IST 242 – Intermediate & Object-Oriented Application Development
  • IST 302 – IT Project Management
  • IST 402 – Emerging Issues and Technologies
  • IST 420 – Fundamentals of Systems and Enterprise Integration
  • IST 432 – Legal and Regulatory Environment of IST

Enhancing Your Degree

You’ll take two years of common courses and then select from one of the two options below to explore your major in more depth:

  • Design and Development
  • Integration and Application
  • People, Organizations, and Society

Advancing Your Education

As a student in the Information Sciences and Technology major, you can pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the same time through the Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate degree program. In the program, academically talented students can earn a B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology and an M.S. in Informatics in five years—a shorter period of time than if the degrees were pursued separately.

Discovering Your Path

At the College of IST, every undergraduate student is required to complete at least one internship before graduating. With more than 300 organizations actively recruiting students and a dedicated Career Solutions team, you’ll have the resources and opportunities to get your career off to a strong start.

Potential Careers

Past Student Internships

Examples of the work done in past IST internships held by our students include:

  • deploying an information technology system at a health care institution to improve the patient and physician experience
  • providing consultation to various business clients on their IT structure and efficiency
  • helping clients solve their complex business issues, from strategy to execution

Recent Graduate Positions

Examples of positions our graduates have recently accepted include:

  • Business Technology Analyst
  • Database Administrator
  • IT Project Manager
  • Network Engineer
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Systems Engineer

“Through my internship I was able to provide my technical knowledge, business acumen and leadership qualities to deliver innovative technology solutions for clients. I got to meet new people, take on new challenges and travel to new places. This internship prepared me to be a stellar consultant and understand the technological needs of clients.”

Alair Moody-Daniels, Class of 2020
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Office of Undergraduate Recruiting

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