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Team projects, a required internship, and a second year capstone experience provide additional venues for involving students in cutting-edge technologies in the field of IST.

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The associate degree in Information Sciences and Technology (2IST) prepares students to become professionals such as applications programmers, network managers, or web designers. Students may also use the associate degree in IST to build toward a bachelor of science degree in Information Sciences and Technology.

The associate degree of science in Information Sciences and Technology (2IST) is structured to prepare graduates for immediate and continuing employment opportunities in the broad disciplines of information science and technology. This includes positions such as application programmers, associate systems designers, network managers, Web designers and administrators, or information systems support specialists. Specifically, the major is designed to ensure a thorough knowledge of information systems and includes extensive practice using contemporary technologies in the creation, organization, storage, analysis, evaluation, communication, and transmission of information.

The major fosters communications, interpersonal, and group interaction skills through appropriate collaborative and active learning projects and experiences. Technical material covers the structure of database systems, web and multi-media systems, and considerations in the design of information systems. Team projects in most courses, a required internship, and a second year capstone experience provide additional, focused venues for involving students in the cutting-edge issues and technologies in the field.

The degree program is offered days and evenings for working, location-bound students.

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For more information, e-mail program coordinator Dr. Susanne Samson, (mss21@psu.edu) or call 610-396-6133.

For admissions information, contact the Penn State Berks Admissions Office at 610-396-6060.