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Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Technology (IST) introduces concepts upon which information systems are founded and analyzes them as solutions to real-world problems. The curriculum provides students with the critical skills and knowledge required to direct and control the design, planning and management of information infrastructures in professional settings. This degree program addresses the workplace need for professionals with information systems management and development expertise.

Quick Facts

  • High Employment Rate

    Software developers, computer systems analysts, and computer systems administrators consistently make the list for the annual U.S. News and World Report’s 100 Best Jobs. Since all industries need software solutions and systems management, it is expected that careers in this field of study will continue to be among the fastest growing occupations.

  • High Salary

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, software developers’ median salary is $110,140. Computer systems analysts responsible for an organization’s computer systems and its optimization average $93,730.

  • Valuable Work Skills for Today's Workplace

    The program’s comprehensive curriculum includes coursework in computer architecture, software design and programming, data structures, analysis of algorithms, operating systems principles, IT project management and information security.


The B.S. in IST offers two concentrations to choose from: Software Engineering or Networking.

Software Engineering Concentration

In this concentration, students learn fundamental concepts to design and create software that may be applied to the development and maintenance of programs, systems, and applications. Students learn how to analyze software requirements from clients and how to optimize, implement, and validate software solutions.

Areas of study in the Software Engineering Concentration include:

  • Computer Architecture
  • Software design and programming
  • Data structures
  • Operating systems principles
  • IT project management
  • Information security

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Program Details

Students in the B.S. – IST program will learn to create technological solutions that help companies meet their organizational objectives. The knowledge gained may be applied broadly, in a range of professional situations covering information technology, mobile and application programming, systems analysis, cybersecurity and more. Further opportunites may be available for those students who choose to continue their formal education by pursuing graduate degrees in the fields of computer science or information technology. Students will learn how to:

  • Define and analyze information system requirements
  • Design, implement, and administer effective information technology solutions based on requirements
  • Identify and apply information technology methods used to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information and its delivery
  • Identify and incorporate relevant professional, ethical, legal, and social issues in a technology environment

Career Prospects

Graduates of the B.S. – IST program with a Software Engineering Concentration may qualify for employment in the following job roles and areas:

  • Software Engineering
  • Software Developer
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Systems Administrator
  • Information Technology (IT) Management

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