Please note: Information Technology has replaced Information Science Technology as of [Fall, 2021].
Why Major in Information Technology?
The Information Technology (IT) major at Penn State Lehigh Valley prepares students for challenging and rewarding careers in a broad spectrum of technology-related fields. Because of the ubiquity of technology in everyday life, IT career options are almost limitless. Graduates will be able to apply their studies in technology and communication to solve problems faced by companies, organizations, and society.
Your Experience as an Information Technology Major
Students will develop an understanding of core information technologies and prepare for the practical application of IT. The program includes required and optional courses in cybersecurity, databases, computer programming, project management, security and risk analysis, networking, web design and development, application development, and systems analysis.
The combination of a strong technical foundation, well-developed communication and collaborative skills, business core competencies, and specialization in an area of choice produces graduates who are well-qualified to enter the IT workforce in a position that meets their interests and abilities as well as the needs of employers.
Careers in Information Technology
Penn State Abington IT students are prepared to pursue diverse career paths as technology impacts all aspects of the labor force. The field's most in-demand positions include:
- Computer Systems Analyst
- Database Administrator
- Network Administrator
- Data Analyst
- Functional Analyst
- Quality Assurance Analyst
- Cloud Developer
- Mobile Developer
- Web Developer
- Game Developer
- AI/Robotics Developer
- Software Programmer
- Computer and Information Research Scientist
- Project Manager
Suggested Academic Plans
Suggested Academic Plans provide the possible order of courses students might follow as they pursue a particular degree. SAPs are proposed schedules only. Individual student's schedules might look different if -- in consultation with an academic adviser -- the student has created a different plan. Care should be taken when changing the order of courses, as the SAP takes into account prerequisites and course controls. Changing the other of a SAP might be in the student's best interests and can occur with an adviser's guidance. For the final work regarding the courses needed for graduation in a particular major, all students should consult the University Bulletin.
Students who began studying at Penn State summer 2018 or later should refer to the new suggested academic plans.