Information Science & Technology, B.S.

Learn more about the Bachelor of Science 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. 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

Dr. Cindy Li, Faculty Advisor
Science Education and Research Center, Room 353
215-204-2940
xli@temple.edu

The BS program gives students the further opportunity to explore their interests in the variety of electives available to them.

Bachelor of Science 

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 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).

  3. Major Requirements for Bachelor of Science (76 s.h.)
    At least 9 courses required for the major must be completed at Temple. At least 8 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
    Information Science & Technology Related Electives
    Select 12 credits from the following IS&T elective courses:12
    Cooperative Education Experience in Information Science & Technology 2
    Quality Assurance & Testing (F)
    Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Design and Implementation
    Introduction to Mobile Application Development
    User Experience Design
    Introduction to Digital Forensics
    Principles of Data Science
    Information Technology Project Management
    Information Technology Process Management (F)
    System Development Process
    Emerging Technologies and Tools for Enterprise Management (S)
    Independent Study 2
    Current Topics in Information Science & Technology
    Seminar in Information Science & Technology (S)
    Advanced Web Application Design & Scripting
    Seminar on Topics in Computer Science (F)
    Application System Development Using Relational Technology (Not offered every year)
    E-Commerce System Development
    Computer and Network Security
    Advanced Mobile Application Development
    Ethical Hacking and Intrusion Forensics
    Audit and Compliance for Security and Digital Forensics
    Other courses communicated to the students from the IS&T Faculty Advisor.
    Laboratory Science courses
    Two (2) laboratory science courses 38
    Total Credit Hours76
    (F) - Fall only course
    (S) - Spring only course
  • Students may also select other 3000-level Computer & Information Science courses for which they meet the prerequisites as long as that course is not already used for the IS&T degree.
  • No more than two courses that do not have formal classes and a text, such as Independent Study, Directed Study, and co-op may be used to satisfy the elective requirement. In addition, the co-op course may only be taken once.
  • Students with senior standing and a minimum overall 3.25 GPA may also request permission from both the IS&T advisor and course instructor to use graduate courses (5xxx level) as electives.

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 (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)

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 Science in Information Science & Technology

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2018-2019 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 
General Education/Elective Credits6
 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
MATH 2031Probability and Statistics3
CIS 2168Data Structures4
IST Laboratory Science A4
General Education/Elective Credits5
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CIS 2109Database Management Systems4
CIS 2229Architecture, Operating Systems and Networking4
IST Laboratory Science B4
General Education/Elective Credits3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
CIS 3309Component-Based Software Design4
CIS 3344Client-Side Scripting for the Web4
Information Science & Technology Elective23-4
General Education/Elective Credits5-4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CIS 3329Network Architectures4
Information Science & Technology Elective23-4
General Education/Elective Credits8-7
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
CIS 4296Information Systems Analysis and Design [WI]4
CIS 3342Server-Side Web Application Development4
Information Science & Technology Elective23-4
General Education/Elective Credits5-4
 Term Credit Hours16
Spring
CIS 4396Information Systems Implementation [WI]4
Information Science & Technology Elective23-4
General Education/Elective Credits8-7
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123