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Undergraduate Minor in
Information Sciences and Technology


The 18-credit program includes courses covering organization of data, networking and telecommunications, and an introduction to information, people, and technology. You can choose additional courses from a variety of offerings, including IT project management, new media, and the web, as well as emerging issues and technology.

The IST minor — open to all interested undergraduate World Campus students who meet the prerequisites — could be a beneficial addition to almost any major. To successfully complete the program, you must take at least 6 credits at the 400 level and receive a grade of C or above in all of the IST courses.

Course List — Undergraduate Minor in Information Sciences and Technology

Prescribed Courses (9 credits)
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Information, People, and Technology IST 110 The use, analysis, and design of information systems and technologies to organize, coordinate, and inform human enterprises. 3 credits
Organization of Data IST 210 Introduction to concept of databases, including the storage, manipulation, evaluation, and display of data, and related issues. 3 credits
Networking and Telecommunications IST 220 Introduction to digital network topologies: transmission media, signal modulation, digital packet switching and routing, systems integration, communications management, and security. 3 credits

Additional Courses

Select 3 credits of the following:
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Introduction to Application Development IST 140 A first course in concepts and skills for application development.

Enforced Prerequisite at enrollment: C or better in Math 21 or placement above the level of Math 21 in the mathematics placement test. Recommended Preparation: Math 22
3 credits
New Media and the Web IST 250 Introduction to how the World Wide Web utilizes emerging technologies. Students acquire conceptual understanding of constructing websites.

Prerequisite: IST 110 or concurrent enrollment
3 credits
Information and Organizations IST 301 Overview of organizational structures and functions. Includes information processing and analytic perspectives of organizations.

Enforced Prerequisite: IST 210, IST 220
3 credits
IT Project Management IST 302 Exploration and application of the basic concepts, methodologies, and tools of project management in the field of information sciences and technology.

Enforced Prerequisite: IST 210, IST 220
3 credits
Select 6 credits of the following:
Title Abbreviation Description Credits
Emerging Issues and Technologies IST 402 Introduction to emerging issues, technology forecasting, and analysis; overview of emerging issues and leading technologies in IST and how they impact information systems, users, the IT labor force, and society.

Enforced Prerequisite: IST 210 or IST 220
3 credits
Legal and Regulatory Environment of Information Science and Technology IST 432 Legal environment of information technology, constitutional/political issues, intellectual property, management, e-commerce, privacy, access, computer contracting, cyberspace regulation.

Enforced Prerequisite at Enrollment: IST 301 or SRA 231 
3 credits
Legal and Regulatory Environment of Privacy and Security IST 452 Exploration of legal, regulatory, public policy, and ethical issues related to security and privacy for information technology professionals in public institutions, private enterprise, and IT services.

Enforced Prerequisite at Enrollment: IST 432
3 credits


Course Availability

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