Information Science & Technology, B.A.

Students in the IS&T curriculum develop the skills and the knowledge necessary to analyze information problems and to apply current technology to their solution. The emphasis is to develop problem-solving and communication skills.

The technologies and methods include databases, web and mobile application development, client-server computing, network security, project management, software engineering principles, and quality assurance methodologies. A two-semester capstone project course is required. This course is designed to help students integrate what they have learned in other courses and apply this knowledge in the design and implementation of a software application.

The program is targeted for students who have a strong interest in applying computing technologies to solving problems in business, education, science, and government agencies. Our IS&T graduates are also involved in innovative product developments. They hold jobs as consultants, network engineers, business and systems analysts, database administrators, and web and application developers.

Undergraduate Contact Information:

Dr. Slobodan Vucetic, Chair
Science Education and Research Center, Room 304
215-204-8450

Dr. Gene Kwatny, Vice Chair
Science Education and Research Center, Room 304
215-204-8450

Ms. Wendy Urban, Faculty Advisor
Science Education and Research Center, Room 352
215-204-5236
wendy.urban@temple.edu

Bachelor of Arts 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing intensive courses at Temple at Temple as part of their major.  Following is a list of courses that can be used to satisfy the writing-intensive requirement:  CIS 4296 and CIS 4396.
    • Students must complete the General Education (GenEd) requirements.
      • See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for the GenEd curriculum.
      • Students who complete CST majors typically receive a waiver for 2 Science & Technology (GS) and 1 Quantitative Literacy (GQ) GenEd courses.
    • Students must satisfy general Temple University residency requirements.
  2. College Requirements
    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST) or the College of Liberal Arts (CLA).
    • Two (2) Upper Level (2000+) Liberal Art courses.
    • Second (2nd) Level of a Foreign Language (1002).
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Arts (61 s.h.)
    At least 7 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 6 CIS courses must be completed at Temple.
    Computer & Information Science
    CIS 1001Introduction to Academics in Computer Science1
    CIS 1068Program Design and Abstraction4
    or CIS 1968 Honors Program Design and Abstraction
    CIS 1166Mathematical Concepts in Computing I4
    or CIS 1966 Honors Mathematical Concepts in Computing I
    CIS 2033Computational Probability and Statistics4
    CIS 2109Database Management Systems4
    CIS 2168Data Structures4
    CIS 2229Architecture, Operating Systems and Networking4
    CIS 3309Component-Based Software Design4
    CIS 3329Network Architectures4
    CIS 3342Networked Application Systems4
    CIS 3344Client-Side Scripting for the Web4
    CIS 4296Information Systems Analysis and Design4
    CIS 4396Information Systems Implementation4
    Mathematics
    Select one of the following:4
    Differential and Integral Calculus 1
    Calculus I with Lab 2
    Calculus I
    Honors Calculus I
    Laboratory Science courses
    Two (2) laboratory science courses 38
    Total Credit Hours61
    1

    IS&T majors are required to have completed MATH 1022. They can then choose either MATH 1031, MATH 10382, MATH 1041 or MATH 1941.

    2

    Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.

    3

    Must select within a Sequence for Laboratory Science A and Laboratory Science B.  See the Sequenced Laboratory Science list below for the science options. 

Sequenced Information Science and Technology Laboratory Science Requirements

Biology Sequence
Select one Biology Lab Science A:
General Biology I
Introduction to Biology I
Honors Introduction to Biology I (S)
Select one Biology Lab Science B:
General Biology II
Introduction to Biology II
Honors Introduction to Biology II (F)
Chemistry Sequence 1
Select one Chemistry Lab Science A:
Introduction to Chemistry I
and Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory I
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry Laboratory I
Honors General Chemical Science I
and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory I
Select one Chemistry Lab Science B:
Introduction to Chemistry II
and Introduction to Chemistry Laboratory II
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry Laboratory II
Honors General Chemical Science II
and Honors Chemical Science Laboratory II
Earth & Environmental Science Sequence 2
Select this Lab Science A:
Physical Geology
Select one Lab Science B (both have co-requisite):
Mineralogy I (with CHEM 1031 co-requisite)
Introduction to Geochemistry (with CHEM 1031 co-requisite)
Physics Sequence 3
Select one Physics Lab Science A:
Introduction to General Physics I
Elementary Classical Physics I
Honors Elementary Classical Physics I (F)
General Physics I
Honors General Physics I (F)
Select one Physics Lab Science B:
Introduction to General Physics II
Elementary Classical Physics II
Honors Elementary Classical Physics II (S)
General Physics II
Honors General Physics II (S)
1

Students can choose to mix-and-match the Chemistry Sequence A and B courses. However, they must take at least 1 course from Chemistry Sequence A and 1 from Chemistry Sequence B. Note: Chemistry courses consist of a three-credit lecture plus a one-credit lab.

2

The Earth & Environmental Science (EES) sequence will require students to take CHEM 1031 as a co-requisite to either of the two EES Sequence B courses.

3

Students can choose to mix-and-match the Physics Sequence A and B courses. However, they must take at least 1 course from Physics Sequence A and 1 from Physics Sequence B. 

Calculation of Major GPA

The list of courses that are used to calculate major GPA is determined by the department. Students should consult with their academic advising unit for the applicable courses. In general, courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or a required course are not counted for the major GPA. This would include CIS 1056, for example. 

Distinction in Major

To graduate with Distinction in Major, students are required to have a 3.50 or higher grade point average (GPA) both in the major and overall, as well as be recommended by the department of Computer & Information Science. 

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Information Science & Technology

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
CIS 1001Introduction to Academics in Computer Science1
Select one of the following:14
Differential and Integral Calculus 
Calculus I with Lab2 
Calculus I 
Honors Calculus I 
General Education/Elective Credits10
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CIS 1068 or 1968Program Design and Abstraction4
CIS 1166 or 1966Mathematical Concepts in Computing I4
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
CIS 2033Computational Probability and Statistics4
CIS 2168Data Structures4
General Education/Elective Credits7
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CIS 2109Database Management Systems4
CIS 2229Architecture, Operating Systems and Networking4
General Education/Elective Credits8
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 3
Fall
CIS 3309Component-Based Software Design4
CIS 3344Client-Side Scripting for the Web4
IST Laboratory Science A4
General Education/Elective Credits4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CIS 3329Network Architectures4
CIS 3342Networked Application Systems4
IST Laboratory Science B4
General Education/Elective Credits4
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 4
Fall
CIS 4296Information Systems Analysis and Design [WI]4
General Education/Elective Credits12
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CIS 4396Information Systems Implementation [WI]4
General Education/Elective Credits10
 Term Credit Hours14
 Total Credit Hours: 123
1

IS&T majors are required to have completed MATH 1022. They can then choose either MATH 1031, MATH 10382MATH 1041 or MATH 1941.

2

Students who choose MATH 1038 must also take the linked course MATH 1039.