IST Degree Requirements

The IST program includes a total of 120 (minimum) credits distributed in the following areas:

Area I - General Education Requirements

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:

Competency Requirements:

  • 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

  • Arts
  • Humanities
  • Natural Sciences
  • Social Sciences
  • Cultural Diversity

Complete details on General Education Requirements can be found online at: 

Area II - IST Core Courses (27 credits)

The following 9 courses (27 credits) are required:
INFOST 110 – Introduction to Information Science
INFOST 210 – Information Resources for Research
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 410 – Database Information Retrieval Systems
INFOST 440 – Web Application Development
INFOST 490 – Senior Capstone

Area III - Information Studies Upper Division Electives (15 credits)

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.


Area IV - IST Cross-functional Electives (15 credits)

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)
Area V - General Electives (42 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

Minor Options

  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Communication
  • 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.

Internships (INFOST 495)

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.

Internship Forms:
Internship Experience Guidelines (pdf)
Internship Placement Application (pdf)
Student Evaluation of Internship (pdf)
Faculty Advisor Evaluation of Internship (pdf)
Supervisor Evaluation of Internship (pdf)

Consider participating in an internship with the SOIS nonprofIT program:


Gain real world experience, work with teams, provide technology solutions, develop a passion for service.
Learn more about the SOIS nonprofIT program>>

Independent Study (INFOST 399)

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.

Independent Study Guidelines/Application Form (pdf)

Study Abroad (INFOST 497)

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.

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.


Visit our IT Careers Path website to learn more about specific IT career paths, the classes you can take to accommodate that path, and the current job listings for careers in that field.


Where will a Bachelor of Science in Information Science & Technology Take You?

  • Jessica Knaak • Solutions Developer • BSIST 2014

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 2012 Median National Pay
Computer Network Architects $91,000
Computer Support Specialists $48,900
Computer Systems Analysts $79,680
Database Administrators $77,080
Information Security Analysts $86,170
Network and Computer Systems Administrators $72,560
Software Developers $93,350
Web Developers $62,500
Technical Writers $65,500

career_resourcesCareer Resources

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

cal-15UWM’s priority application deadline is March 1 for Fall and Dec 15 for Spring. However, applications will continue to reviewed until enrollment capacity has been reached. Visit UWM’s Admission Information Page for complete details. Are You Ready to Apply? Apply Online!

How to become an IST student

New Freshmen

Students directly from high school or those with less than 12 college credits.
Follow the New Freshmen Admission guidelines found here:

Transfer Students

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:

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

Broad Based Transfer Agreement for Associate Degree Holders (PDF)

UW-System & Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS)

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.

Online Students

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. >>

Change of Major (Current UWM Student)

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.

Re-Entry Student

Students who have previously attended UWM, did not complete a degree and are seeking re-admittance.
Follow the Re-entry Admission guidelines found here:

Second Baccalaureate Degree Students

Students seeking a second bachelor’s degree or certification must complete the IST core courses (27 cr) along with 1 elective (3 cr) for a total of 30 credits.
Students wishing to enroll as a second baccalaureate degree student should follow the Second Degree Admission guidelines found here:

IST Planning Form: Second Degree (sample)

International Students

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: