IST Degree Requirements
The IST program includes a total of 120 (minimum) credits distributed in the following areas:
General Education Requirements
General Education Requirements, or GERs, are frequently offered broad-based courses that all students need to take to earn a UWM degree. General Education Competency Requirements should be completed early in the academic career. The GER areas needed to complete the IST degree include:
- Oral and Written Communication (OWC) Competency
- OWC Part A
- OWC Part B
- Quantitative Literacy (QL) Competency
- QL Part A
- QL Part B
- Foreign Language Requirement
UWM Distribution Requirements
- Natural Sciences
- Social Sciences
- Cultural Diversity
Complete details on General Education Requirements can be found online at:
The following 9 courses (27 credits) are required:
INFOST 110 – Introduction to Information Science
INFOST 230 – Organization of Knowledge
INFOST 240 – Web Design I
INFOST 310 – Human Factors in Information Seeking and Use
INFOST 340 – Introduction to Systems Analysis
INFOST 350 – Introduction to Application Development
INFOST 410 – Database Information Retrieval Systems
INFOST 440 – Web Application Development
INFOST 490 – Senior Capstone
Sample BSIST 2-Year Course Plan – Please note this course plan is TENTATIVE and subject to change without notice.
Choose 5 additional Information Studies courses at the 300, 400 or 600 level.
Examples of such classes are:
INFOST 320: Web Design II
INFOST 325: Information Security I
INFOST 330: Electronic Information Retrieval Systems
INFOST 370: Data Analysis and Visualization for the Information Professional
INFOST 375: Multimedia Web Design
INFOST 383: Native Mobile Applications
INFOST 430: Multimedia Application Development
INFOST 465: Legal Aspects of Information Products and Services
INFOST 491: Advanced Topics (Responsive UI Design; Cisco Networking and Switching I; Oracle Academy Database Design & Programming w/SQL; Information Architecture)
Contact your advisor for additional course options.
Choose a 3 credit course from each of the five following disciplines:
- Business (3 credits)
- Communication (3 credits)
- Technical Arts (3 credits)
- Philosophy/Psychology (3 credits)
- Information Science (3 credits)
Advisors are available to assist with the selection of general electives, including additional areas of study that are appropriate to your career goals and to complete the 120 total credit requirements for the IST Degree.
Choosing your electives wisely and careful planning will allow you to compliment your IST degree with additional certificates, minors and/or a double major – building on the strong core foundation within the IST program.
Examples of programs that pair nicely with the IST major include:
Certificate Program Options
- Certificate in Health Care Informatics
- Digital Arts & Culture Certificate
- Web Development Certificate
- Computer Science
- General Business
- Global Studies
- Journalism & Mass Communication
- Health Care Administration
- International Studies
For a complete list of UWM minors visit:
Enhance your coursework
Expand your knowledge beyond the classroom through Internships, Independent Study programs and Study Abroad opportunities.
Employers look for students who have real world experience – an internship is a great way to get your foot in the door. The internship course (INFOST 495) is designed to provide IST students with practical experience. It is intended for students who have not had previous work experience in professional information technology settings. In order for the internship to count towards IST Upper Division Elective credits, the student must enroll in INFOST 495 (3 cr.). The student must complete 24 credits in the IST major prior to beginning the internship.
It is the responsibility of the student to identify and secure a site for an internship. At the same time, the student needs to meet with a faculty advisor who will ensure that the internship meets the work and academic learning requirements to count for 3 credits.
Consider participating in an internship with the SOIS nonprof-IT program:
Gain real world experience, work with teams, provide technology solutions, develop a passion for service.
Learn more about the SOIS nonprof-IT program>>
An independent study provides the student with an opportunity to pursue a project or research topic under the guidance of a SOIS faculty member. In order for an independent study to count towards IST Upper Division Elective credits, the student must enroll in INFOST 399 (1-3 cr.).
The student must first design a proposed action of study. Prior to registering for INFOST 399, the student must meet with a faculty member who will oversee the independent study and discuss the proposed independent study. The faculty member and student will establish a written contract detailing objectives, a plan of action, and means of evaluation. The student is expected to assume primary responsibility for learning – the faculty member is a facilitator in helping to arrange learning opportunities.
International Experiences and Study Abroad programs provide an experience that will enhance a student’s education personally, professionally, and socially. For information on international programs organized by SOIS, please visit our International Experiences & Study Abroad Opportunities page:
Learn more about the Study Abroad programs offered by UWM
Academic Planning Forms
Our advisors are available to assist you with planning your program of study. Please contact them early in your program to discuss your program options.
Note: The IST Planning Forms are currently being updated to reflect a recent change in the curriculum. Please contact an IST Advisor for more details.
• IST Planning Form (Blank Template)
• IST Planning Form: Second Degree (sample)
• IST Planning Form: Tech College IT Associate Degree (sample)
• IST Planning Form: UW College Associate Degree (sample)
SOIS IT Career Paths
The SOIS Career Paths website can help you plan an academic path to your desired career! Use this tool to help you choose classes, optional minors and certificate programs, and learn more about jobs in your chosen field.
Program Completion Checklist
Meet GPA Requirement – To graduate with an IST degree, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 in the major and a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on all credits counted toward the degree.
Meet with your Advisor – Prior to registering for your last semester in the program, students should set an advising appointment with their advisor to confirm they have met all requirements for graduation.
Apply for Graduation – After registering for their last semester students must apply for graduation.
Undergraduate Academic Polices & Procedures
Federal law and UWM policies mandate that programs and departments have procedures for students to appeal academic decisions such as grades or scholastic standing. These procedures ensure the protection of students’ rights. The purpose of this information is to serve as a reference on procedures for undergraduate student academic appeals, academic misconduct appeal hearings, and requests for exceptions to SOIS policies.
The SOIS Grievances and Appeals Process
Note: it is an expectation that the first step towards resolution in any grievance or grade appeal is for the student to attempt to meet or contact the faculty member or instructor to resolve informally.
Any student in a SOIS course with a grievance, or wishing to appeal a grade should direct their communication to the chair of the SGAC (The Student Grievance and Appeals Committee) and will be shared with the full committee. This can be done by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The process then proceeds as follows: The immediate focus is to activate the appropriate process(es).
- Discriminatory behavior is prohibited by UWM’s Discriminatory Conduct Policy and inconsistent with the SOIS Statement on Diversity. As such, SOIS takes all charges and complaints of discrimination very seriously. If any individual alleges and act of discrimination, the matter will be reported to the Executive Committee and referred to the EDS office (Office of Equity and Diversity Services). The individual will also be encouraged to contact EDS directly. EDS will investigate whether discrimination took place and will, when appropriate, work with the department on implementing interim measures to prevent further incidents.
- If a student has received a VISA (Verified Individual Services and Accommodations) from the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC), the student should provide a physical or electronic copy of the VISA to the instructor. It is expected that the instructor will send the student an email acknowledgement stipulating how this accommodation request will be met. Such an email response will promote mutual understanding and clarify the details of the accommodation. If a student complains that the VISA accommodation has not been met, an SGAC member will reach out to ARC and the instructor and attempt to rectify the situation. If the instructor is unwilling to comply with accommodation, the matter will be treated as a behavioral issue (see below).
- Behavioral Issues. Based on the University Code of Conduct policy for faculty and staff (see http://www4.uwm.edu/secu/docs/faculty/2901_Code_of_Co_ct_04_25_13.pdf) the following steps will be taken when a complaint is made regarding an instructor’s behavior (including teaching conduct and course management issues): The SGAC will inform the SOIS Executive Committee (EC) of the complaint. Depending on the nature of the complaint, the EC will determine whether (i) the issue can be discussed and resolved with the instructor, or (ii) the issue requires a formal investigation. In the event of a formal investigation, the EC may work with the SOIS Dean to proceed and may put safeguards in place to prevent further issues from arising during the investigation. Any resolution reached by the EC (regardless of the nature of the complaint) shall be noted in the department’s personnel “working file.” If a situation appears to warrant discipline, the EC or the Dean may refer the matter to the Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Committee (FRRC).
- Grade Appeal. The instructor of record for a course has responsibility for evaluating student work in the class and assigning grades. Instructors and teaching assistants (TAs) also may interact with students in the classroom or in the advising process. On certain occasions, students may experience actions on the part of an instructor or TA assigned to the course that cause the student to consider filing a grievance or grade appeal. In that case,
- (STEP 1) the student must first seek informal resolution by discussing the objection with the instructor. Many such situations arise as the result of misunderstanding or incomplete information, and the majority of situations in which students consider taking a formal action are resolved informally. If the situation involves a teaching assistant, the student first should discuss the situation with the TA. If the situation is not resolved to the student’s satisfaction, the student should discuss the matter with the supervising instructor for the course. Efforts to reach an informal resolution should be initiated as soon as possible in light of the Step 2 deadlines set forth below.
- (STEP 2) If the difficulty cannot be resolved informally, the student may initiate a formal appeal. To do so, the student must, within thirty (30) business days from the date of the action prompting the appeal or grievance, file a written statement of appeal with the chair of the SGAC or his/her designee. The statement should describe relevant facts surrounding the appeal and identify actions that will resolve the problem to the student’s satisfaction. In response to this statement, the SGAC Chair or designee will meet jointly or individually with the student and the instructor (including both the TA and the supervising instructor, if applicable) in an effort to resolve the problem and will prepare a written “mediation report” of the results of these mediation efforts. The meetings may be in person, by telephone, or any other appropriate interactive medium. The report will be given to both the student and the instructor(s), and both the statement of appeal and the mediation report will be retained in the School’s files. If a proposed resolution is agreeable, the student will be asked to indicate formally that the matter is resolved.
- (STEP 3) If the proposed resolution is not acceptable to either the student or the instructor(s), or if no resolution has been proposed, then the process may continue to Step 3 through the following procedure: Either the student or the instructor(s) may request, within ten (10) working days of receiving a copy of the written mediation report, that the SGAC chair or designee take the appeal for a formal hearing by the SGAC. In such event, the SGAC will gather and consider all information it deems relevant and appropriate, afford the student and the instructor an opportunity to present their cases, and produce a report recommending a course of action. The report will be given to both the student and the instructor(s), and a copy will be retained in the School’s files. If a proposed resolution is agreeable, the student and instructor(s) will be asked to indicate formally that the matter is resolved.
- (STEP 4) If the proposed resolution set forth in Step 3 is not acceptable to either the student or the instructor(s), or if no resolution has been proposed, then the process may continue to Step 4 through the following procedure: The student or the instructor(s) may request, within ten (10) working days of receiving a copy of the written report from the SGAC, that the appeal/grievance be referred to SOIS’s Associate Dean for undergraduate students, and the Associate Dean of the Graduate School for graduate students . If such a request is made, both the student and the instructor(s) will be informed that the decision arising from Step 4 is final. The respective Associate Dean will review all documents utilized during the previous steps, as well as any other materials he/she deems relevant and appropriate. The Associate Dean will independently consider this information, afford the student and the instructor(s) an opportunity to present their cases, and decide on a course of action. Following evaluation at this level, the decision of the Associate Dean is final.
Failure by the student or instructor to meet any of the prescribed deadlines for an appeal to the next step terminates the appeal procedure.
Contact: Associate Dean Laretta Henderson
Where will a Bachelor of Science in Information Science & Technology Take You?
IST Job Titles & Employers
An IST degree has no boundaries! IST students and graduates are building the information and technology systems people depend on today and imagining the innovations of tomorrow. Examples of recent job titles and employers include:
Analytics Consultant, Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Chicago, IL
Solutions Developer, Omni Resources – Milwaukee, WI
Interactive Web Developer, FRED Agency – Atlanta, Georgia
Cyber Security Engineer, Hewlett Packard Enterprise – Austin, TX
Programmer, ACUITY – Sheboygan, WI
Project Manager, Rockwell Automation – Milwaukee, WI
Risk Management Specialist, Northwestern Mutual – Milwaukee, WI
Program Manager, Microsoft – Seattle, WA
IT Resident, Google – San Francisco, CA
Network Systems Engineer, Digicorp – Milwaukee, WI
Full Stack Developer, Misix – Milwaukee, WI
IT Careers – Median National Salary Ranges
|Occupation||2017 Median National Pay|
|Computer Network Architects||$111,389|
|Computer Support Specialists||$51,470|
|Computer Systems Analysts||$85,800|
|Information Security Analysts||$90,120|
|Network and Computer Systems Administrators||$77,810|
SOIS offers a variety of career resources to help students prepare for success after graduation. Our dedicated career services advisor provides networking opportunities as well as resume, cover letter and interview preparation resources.It’s never too early to start preparing for your dream job!
Visit our Career Resources Page for more information>>
Bachelor’s Degree Admission
To begin your program of study, you must first meet the standard University admission requirements and then you must apply to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee via the Online Application. Current UWM students can transfer into the IST program by meeting with an advisor and declaring IST as your major or minor.
Undergraduate Application Deadlines
How to become an IST student
Students directly from high school or those with less than 12 college credits.
Follow the New Freshmen Admission guidelines found here: http://www4.uwm.edu/admission/new-freshmen.cfm
Students who have earned 12 college credits from another institution are eligable to enroll as a transfer student. Transfer students should follow the Transfer Admission guidelines found here: http://www4.uwm.edu/admission/transfer.cfm
The Transfer Process
Contact a SOIS academic advisor to discuss how your credits might transfer into the IST program. Upon admission to UWM, the UWM Registrar’s Office staff will complete an official transcript evaluation. Your IST advisor will use this official transcript evaluation to help you plan your course of study.
Schedule an Academic Advisor meeting (phone, online or in-person)
Phone: 414-229-4707 or 888-349-3432 -or- Schedule An Appointment Here>>
See How Your Credits Transfer!
The Transfer Information System (TIS) is a resource for University of Wisconsin (UW) and Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) students to view how credits will transfer to any UW or WTCS campus. For current transferable course information, visit the TIS website Course Wizard at www.uwsa.edu/tis.
UW-System & Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)
- Sample: IST Planning Form for Students with Technical College IT Associate Degree (PDF)
- Sample: IST Planning Form for Students with UW College Associate Degree (PDF)
UWM College Connection
The UWM College Connection is a collaborative program between UW-Milwaukee and UW College campuses, including UW Colleges Online. The College Connection is designed so that students can earn their Bachelor degree from UWM after completion of their Associate degree. The first half of the degree is completed through the two-year UW College. Students then apply to UWM and take the IST core, upper level, cross-functional, and elective course requirements, therefore completing a bachelor’s degree through UWM. This may be done online, onsite at UWM, or as a blend of both.
Degree completion option designed for students who are unable to take classes onsite at UWM due to lifestyle or location. Students wishing to take classes online will follow the same admissions procedures as onsite students.
To learn more about what its like to be an online student, please visit the SOIS Online Education Page. >>
Undeclared majors or students who have completed several semesters in another major wishing to begin the IST program can declare IST as their major by meeting with an advisor and completing the SOIS Change of Major Form (PDF). An advisor will assist you in determining how the credits you’ve earned will work toward the IST degree.
Declare the IST Major
Interested students should complete the form below and contact a SOIS academic advisors for further details.
Students who have previously attended UWM, did not complete a degree and are seeking re-admittance.
Follow the Re-entry Admission guidelines found here: http://www4.uwm.edu/admission/reentry.cfm
Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree or certification must complete the IST core courses (27 cr) along with 3 upper-level electives (9 cr) for a total of 36 credits.
Students wishing to enroll as a second baccalaureate degree student should follow the Second Degree Admission guidelines found here: http://www4.uwm.edu/admission/second-degree.cfm
SOIS welcomes and encourages students from all parts of the world to join our programs.Our international scope not only includes the world-wide presence of our faculty and teaching staff in their teaching and research, but it also includes the diversity of our international student body.
Please visit the UWM Center for International Education (CIE) website for a complete guide to help you through the international admissions process: https://uwm.edu/cie/international-admissions/