Information Science & Technology, B.A.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Arts in Information Science and Technology.

Students in the Information Science and Technology (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. Jamie Payton, 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

Dr. Frank Friedman, Faculty Advisor
Science Education and Research Center, Room 366
215-204-5559
friedman@temple.edu

Bachelor of Arts 

Summary of Requirements for the Degree

  1. University Requirements (123 total s.h.)
    • Students must complete all University requirements including those listed below.
    • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses at Temple at Temple as part of their major. The specific writing-intensive course options for this major are:
      CIS 4296Information Systems Analysis and Design4
      CIS 4396Information Systems Implementation4
    • 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 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
    • 45 Upper Level (2000+) credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST), the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), or the College of Engineering (ENG).
    • 90 credits within the College of Science & Technology (CST), the College of Liberal Arts (CLA), or the College of Engineering (ENG).
    • Two (2) Upper Level (2000+) Liberal Art courses.
    • Second (2nd) Level of a Foreign Language (1002).
    • All students in the College of Science and Technology are required to take a one credit first year seminar. SCTC 1001 CST First Year Seminar is the appropriate course option for every entering first year CST major. Transfer students should use SCTC 2001 CST Transfer Seminar to fulfill this requirement. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CST College Requirements page.
  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Arts (64 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 1051Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming in Python4
    or CIS 1057 Computer Programming in C
    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 2109Database Management Systems4
    CIS 2168Data Structures4
    CIS 2229Architecture, Operating Systems and Networking4
    CIS 3309Component-Based Software Design4
    CIS 3329Network Architectures4
    CIS 3342Server-Side Web Application Development4
    CIS 3344Client-Side Scripting for the Web4
    CIS 4296Information Systems Analysis and Design4
    CIS 4396Information Systems Implementation4
    Mathematics
    MATH 2031Probability and Statistics3
    Select one of the following: 14
    Differential and Integral Calculus
    Calculus I
    Honors Calculus I
    Laboratory Science courses
    Two (2) laboratory science courses 28
    Total Credit Hours64

Sequenced Information Science and Technology Laboratory Science Requirements

Biology Sequence
Select one Biology Lab Science A:
General Biology I
Introduction to Organismal Biology
Honors Introduction to Organismal Biology (S)
Select one Biology Lab Science B:
General Biology II
Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology
Honors Introduction to Cellular and Molecular Biology (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:
Mineralogy I (with CHEM 1031 prerequisite)
Sedimentary Environments (no CHEM 1031 prerequisite)
Introduction to Geochemistry (with CHEM 1031 prerequisite)
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)

Calculation of Major GPA

Courses listed under the major requirements for the degree will be included in the calculation of the major GPA. Courses that could not apply toward the major as an elective or required course would not be counted in the calculation of 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 Sciences. 

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Information Science & Technology

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
CIS 1001Introduction to Academics in Computer Science1
Select one of the following:4
Introduction to Problem Solving and Programming in Python 
Computer Programming in C 
Select one of the following:14
Differential and Integral Calculus 
Calculus I 
Honors Calculus I 
SCTC 1001CST First Year Seminar1
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CIS 1068 or 1968Program Design and Abstraction4
CIS 1166 or 1966Mathematical Concepts in Computing I4
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 2
Fall
MATH 2031Probability and Statistics3
CIS 2168Data Structures4
IH 0851 or 0951Intellectual Heritage I: The Good Life [GY]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CIS 2109Database Management Systems4
CIS 2229Architecture, Operating Systems and Networking4
IH 0852 or 0952Intellectual Heritage II: The Common Good [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3-4
Elective1-0
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CIS 3309Component-Based Software Design4
CIS 3344Client-Side Scripting for the Web4
IST Laboratory Science A4
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
CIS 3329Network Architectures4
CIS 3342Server-Side Web Application Development4
IST Laboratory Science B4
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
CIS 4296Information Systems Analysis and Design [WI]4
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CIS 4396Information Systems Implementation [WI]4
Elective3
Elective3
Elective3
Elective2
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123