Computer Information Systems and Technology - BS

  • "The professors in my major are always interested in working with their students to delve deep into technology.

    Doug Elliott, CIST major from Sinking Spring, PA

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    Program Contact:  Dr. Y. Ken Wang


    In our program, you'll get a broad IT background. You'll learn about programming applications, network development, systems design and analysis, Web technologies, multimedia applications, database development and systems administration. We'll prepare you to work in a team environment. To manage and lead companies and people in the translation of information technology into business opportunities and competitive advantages.

    You'll sit in small classes. You'll get individual attention from our industry-experienced faculty. You'll gain hands-on experiences in lab, during at least one internship, and in research opportunities and a capstone course. 

    Incoming students will be considered for special  merit scholarships just for CIS&T freshmen, each worth $2,500 per year and renewable for four years.

    We have a lot to offer and will help you go well beyond expectations. For example, Nnedimma Ugochukwu studied Mandarin at Fudan University in Shanghai then interned at Google.

    100% of our CIS&T graduates in 2015 are either working or in graduate school.

    Not only will you know information technology but you'll know the power of information technology. And if you know the power of information technology, you have a long and exciting professional career ahead of you. In fact, our program will prepare you for three of the  10 best careers for recent college graduates:

    • computer systems analysts
    • network/computer systems administrators
    • software developers -- applications 


    What you can do with a degree in  Computer Information Systems and Technology. Suggested 4-year  plan of study.

    Our students have completed several projects with their faculty:

    • 32-way computer cluster using Raspberry Pi processors
    • 3D-printed drone
    • Virtual Topographic Mapping systems
    • Self-driving model car
    • Development of a portable network penetration test tool
    • Several 2D and 3D games using the Unity Development platform
    • Job-searching data visualization app 


    Degree Requirements

    Course requirements in the major

    Credits: 45

    Choose 4 approved electives - OR choose one of the concentrations listed below

    (See advisor for other approved electives) .

    Credits: 12

    Other required course

    Total credits required for the major: 61

    General Education Program Requirements and Electives-Variable

    (See General Education Program and General Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.).

    Please be advised

    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substance abuse.

    Additional Information:

    CIST students can access software at the Pitt-Bradford Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance software.  Please see your instructor to gain access to this site.


    Download a program flyer.


    There is also a website for the program designed by the director of the CIST program.


    Lewicki Donald

    Mr. Donald Lewicki

    Associate Professor of CIS&T, Director of Computing, Telecommunications and Media Services


    158 Swarts Hall

    Wang Ken

    Dr. Y. Ken Wang

    Director and Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems and Technology Program and Director of Asian Collaborations


    157 Swarts Hall

    Zhao, Shushan

     Shushan Zhao

    Assistant Professor CIS&T


    Ellison, Robert

    Mr. Robert Ellison

    Systems Architect and Adjunct Professor


    112F Fisher Hall

    Ellison, Steve

    Mr. Steven Ellison

    Technical Analyst II Adjunct Professor of CIS & T


    112F Fisher Hall

    Parana, Emily

    Ms. Emily Parana

    Technical Analyst II and Adjunct Professor of CIS & T


    112A Fisher Hall

    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    • Software developer, Amazon, Seattle.
    • Operations engineer, Yahoo data center, Lockport, NY
    • Software support analyst, JJ Powell Inc., Philipsburg, PA
    • IT consultant, Cargill, Wyalusing, PA
    • Systems administrator, Helomics in Pittsburgh
    • Business systems analyst and user experience designer, AbbVie, Chicago
    • Programmer, NexGen Technologies, Colorado 
    • Clinical systems analyst, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, PA
    • Numerical control programmer, Dresser-Rand, Olean, NY
    • IT manager at Empereon Marketing, Coudersport, PA
    • Quality assurance analyst, iGlobal LLC, Ocala, FL
    • IT manager, Control Chief Corp., Bradford, PA
    • Lead programmer/analyst, SUNY Buffalo, NY
    • Customer support specialist, Upper Allegheny Health System, Olean, NY
    • Programmer analyst, Zippo Manufacturing Co., Bradford, PA
    • IT service technician, American Refining Group, Bradford, PA  
    • Programmer analyst, KOA Speer Electronics Inc., Bradford, PA 

    Graduate School:
    • Carnegie Mellon University's School of Computer Science
    • University of Pittsburgh's School of Information Science
    • University of Pittsburgh's Katz School of Business
    • Stony Brook University's Master of Business Administration program