Information Sciences and Technology (IST)

Information Sciences and Technology (IST)

Penn State Abington offers a B.S. in Information Sciences and Technology (IST) with an option in either Integration and Application or Design and Development.

The IST Integration and Application curriculum emphasizes the integration of computers, the internet and related cutting edge technologies to solve complex problems in a wide variety of organizations and institutions, including engineering, government, consulting, finance, security, telecommunications, healthcare, and business.

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In the Design and Development option you’ll design software, develop applications for smartphones, become an ace at troubleshooting, and solve complex technology challenges.

You’ll focus on how people create, improve, and use technologies in their everyday lives -- at work, at home, in businesses big and small, in the media, and the government. And you’ll learn to analyze how these technologies impact the world at large, and what you can do with these information to make a difference.

  • Team work, project management and communication skills are integrated into a curriculum that has a strong emphasis on technical skills and innovative problem-solving
  • A 300-hour internship allows students to gain practical, real-world job experience prior to graduation
  • Students are encouraged to engage in our international study abroad program with our partner institution, the University of Applied Sciences Hof in Bavaria, Germany and/or participate in international internships such as at the SAP World Headquarters in Germany.

Let us know if you would like to know more about the IST program


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Vinayak Elangovan, assistant professor of computer science at Penn State Abington.

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SAP Day

Day at SAP

A few students from Penn State Abington's IST 402,  Introduction to SAP and Emerging Technologies, class visited SAP in Newtown Square. They met with professionals in diverse fields and took away key lessons such as, "a career is fluid."