Bachelor of Science in Information Science & Technology (IST)

Building on a general undergraduate education, the IST program immerses students in information science, information architecture, human factors in information seeking and use, information organization, storage and retrieval, and applications of the Internet. The IST program prepares graduates to be IT leaders in our increasingly digital culture and economy.

BSIST Mission & Learning Outcomes

BSIST Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology (BSIST) program is to prepare students – equipped with technical, interpersonal, and ethical proficiencies – for careers in the information professions­ who will design, build, and support user-focused information technology solutions to meet a diverse set of needs.

BSIST Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology (BSIST) program will have the ability to:

  1. Analyze complex information and technology needs, and to apply principles of information science and other relevant disciplines to identify and implement solutions.
  2. Design, implement, evaluate, and administer information systems to meet a given set of requirements – including user and organizational needs — in diverse environments.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Function effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in the design, implementation, and evaluation information technology solutions.
  5. Recognize organizational and social responsibilities as information professionals and make informed judgments based on legal and ethical principles.
[Syllabi for all BSIST courses – both core and electives – should specify which of the learning outcomes will be achieved by the end of the course]

Approved by BSIST Curriculum Committee: March 2, 2018

What can you do with an IST Major?

An IST degree has no boundaries! From building mobile apps and online solutions for nonprofit organizations or securing and maintaining IT networks in corporations such as Northwestern Mutual, Rockwell Automation & ACUITY, IST students and graduates are building the information and technology systems people depend on today and imagining the innovations of tomorrow. Visit our IST Careers page for more details!

Accessible & Flexible

The accessible and flexible nature of the IST program will allow you to customize an education that meets your career goals.

Transfer Friendly

icon-transfer-purpleThe IST program is a great choice for transfer students. Whether you are an associates degree holder from a UW-System college, a technical college IT associate degree holder, or changing your major, our advising staff will assist you with transferring credits to maximize the work you’ve already completed.


Build Your Education

icon-gear-greenMajor, Minor, Double-Major, plus certificates! The flexible nature of the IST curriculum will allow you to easily combine an IST major with minors or certificate programs. The ability to customize your education will enhance the IST degree and allow for specialized preparation and experience in your area of interest.

Equipped with the resources to help you succeed!

Becoming a leader in IT means immersing yourself in the tools and technologies of the profession. SOIS provides the resources you will need to expand your knowledge, be successful in your studies and prepare you for your personalized IT career!


icon-computer-orangeIST students have access to leading tools and technologies for hands-on experimentation and training. IT resources include: student technology lounges, Online virtual computer lab for off-site students, Free software and learning resources. For a complete list of all IT resources visit our IT Department page>>


Internships and Service Learning

icon-teamwork-blueMilwaukee is home to major employers, innovative start-ups, Fortune 500 companies and an ever growing technology landscape. The city is an extension of the classroom and many opportunities exist to gain real-world experience through internships as well as service learning opportunities.