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Ryan Barton IST student

Ryan Barton, Information Sciences & Technology (IST) sophomore and Navy veteran, brings a wealth of experience to the campus.  Click here to read Ryan's interesting educational journey.

Some students complete an associate degree in Information Sciences and Technology (IST) in order to jumpstart their careers and enter the workforce after two years.

Other students choose the associate degree as a stepping stone toward our baccalaureate program in IST. (After all, all of our associate degree credits transfer to the 4-year program, which allows associate degree graduates to enter the baccalaureate program as juniors.)

All Penn State New Kensington IST students build a solid background understanding in the core technical areas of networking, databases, programming, and systems design. Real-world work experience is gained through a required internship.

2-year IST students can choose from 3 different degree options:

  • General Business Option
  • Baccalaureate Option
  • Individualized Option, Network Security Focus


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