Penn State Hazleton offers a bachelor of science degree and an associate of science degree in Information Sciences and Technology (IST). The program, available to full-time and nontraditional part-time students, integrates computer systems, information management, networking, and software technologies.
The IST curriculum blends theory with the real-world application of computer systems in all the program options. IST courses develop skills in teamwork, interpersonal relationships, critical thinking, communication, collaborative problem-solving and hands-on computer technologies. IST students (associate and bachelor level) will gain experience in the practical application of their knowledge though a required internship in industry. Career positions available to IST graduates include systems analyst, network administrator, telecommunications analyst, Web master, database analyst, and administrator. These are just a few of the ever-expanding career opportunities for which the IST program prepares its students.
The overarching theme of the IST program is to develop leaders and knowledge workers for the digital age.