Software Development & Information Management

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Students working in the lab

About this program

Technology connects us. It opens lines of communication. And introduces new levels of efficiency. At Penn College, you’ll study all the details that go into solving today’s common and complex IT issues. Working in labs outfitted with the industry’s latest hardware and software, students are building the technical skills that will innovate the future.

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This program allows you to start in January 2022 and finish as early as December 2025.
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You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

95%

Overall Placement

60%

Hired BEFORE Graduation

17

Average Class Size

Careers

  • Software developer
  • Programmer
  • Database administrator 
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Introduction to Programming (CIT160)
  • Principles of Management (MGT115)
  • Networking I (EET145)
  • Programming II (CIT260)
  • Introduction to Database (CIT180)
  • Fundamentals of Information Security (CIT230)
  • Secure Database Development (CIT281)
  • Data Structures and Algorithms (CIT360)
  • Introduction to UNIX/Linux (CIT240)
  • Discrete Structures in Computer Applications (CIT243)
  • Web Systems and Technologies (CIT351)
  • System Analysis I (CIT246)
  • Operating Systems Concepts I (CIT344)
  • PL/SQL Programming (CIT284)
  • SQL Server and .NET Framework (CIT386)
  • Directed BSI Elective (BSI)
  • Programming for Mobile Devices (CIT382)
  • System Analysis II (CIT342)
  • Secure Software Development and Testing (CIT368)
  • Legal Issues in Information Security Management (LAS350)
  • Data Science Principles (CIT482)
  • Senior Project (CIT498)
  • Advanced Topics in Programming (CIT460)
  • Advanced Database Management (CIT480)
  • Management of Organizational Behavior (MGT410)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

  • Core Social Science Perspective (SSP)
  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Calculus I (MTH240)
  • Statistics for STEM Fields with Computer Applications (MTH161)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)

What's the difference between Information Technology and Computer Science?

Computer science is more theoretical, with increased math requirements. Many tend to focus on programming or cutting-edge computing, like artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

IT is focused on supporting the user. It is more people-focused, making the tools of computing accessible to fit the needs of people and organizations, as well as creating computing tools and systems to meet the user's needs.

Virtual Tour

Information Technology

Get a glimpse inside the labs where future IT professionals learn how to install, configure, and maintain computing systems. Meet Dr. Sandra Gorka, Associate Professor of Computer Science. And check out everything from gaming and simulation spaces to the hands-on labs decided to cyber security, networking, database management, and Linux systems.

IT Labs
Facilities

IT Labs

Apply theory to the real thing in our specialized IT labs. Here, you’ll have access to both physical and virtual labs designed for networking, IT security, operating systems, and gaming. Apply the principles of ethical hacking, intrusion detection, and digital forensics in both physical and virtual environments. Labs also allow students to create 3D models, investigate hypervisors, build networks from bare metal to full production, and simulate a host of applications and network configurations.

Student Experience

" I saw Penn College graduates were doing big things in the world and playing important roles in industries. I really liked the balance of theory and hands-on work. You can constantly apply what you are learning."

Ethan Yoder

Software Development & Information Management

Meet Ethan

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Women In STEM

What does it take to succeed in a STEM career? Curiosity. Critical thinking. A can-do spirit. And an educational experience that meets your passion head-on. Here, you’ll meet a community of innovators. Future pioneers who are learning by doing. Breathing new life into old concepts. Testing theories. And breaking barriers. Because the more you explore, the more you grow. And the bigger difference you can make.

Tour Schedule

Seeing is believing.

Think Penn College might be a good fit for you? Make plans to visit and discover what hands-on learning is all about. Academic Tours allow you to explore labs and get to the core of your future program. If you’re looking for a deeper dive into your academic area of interest, opt for a Self-Scheduled Personal Tour. Comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols are in place.

Jan 28

Open House

Friday, January 288:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 5

Open House

Saturday, February 58:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Feb 25

Open House

Friday, February 258:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Mar 19

Open House

Saturday, March 198:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 3

Open House

Sunday, April 38:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

Apr 22

Open House

Friday, April 228:30 AM - 2:30 PM Eastern Time (U.S.)

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More Information

Students must complete all required courses in the Software Development & Information Management major (those courses with the alpha-designator BWM, CIT, EET, IAS, LAS, MIS, and MTH) with a grade of "C" or higher.

Students seeking entrance through transfer into this major should strive to take courses at their respective institutions that provide competency in the following areas: pre-calculus, programming (two semesters minimum - same language preferred); database; Web technologies; networking; Unix and/or Linux. Students transferring from institutions that have articulation agreements with Penn College should seek advisement from their respective institutions. See also, the transfer standards established by the College.

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A laptop/notebook computer is required for enrollment in all Information Technology major courses CIT 160 and higher. Laptop specifications

Uniforms and tools are available for purchase through The College Store and Penn State Computer Store .

Alternative Credit refers to academic credits earned through means other than traditional college course completion, including: credit by exam, articulation, proof of competency gained in high school, work/life experience, and advanced placement.

Visit the Alternative Credit Options page for requirements and procedures and for information on credit through Advanced Placement.

  • Mr. James R Ankers, CISSP, CISA, IT Specialist (INFOSEC), United States Navy
  • Mr. Daniel J Clarke, '07, Senior Solutions Architect, Arraya Solutions
  • Mr. Peter Codispoti, '73, Senior Systems Analyst, Furniture Division, Brodart
  • Dr. Todd W Griffith, Chief Technology Officer, Discovery Machine Corporation
  • Mr. Brandon J Howe, '01, Sr. IT Analyst, Anadarko Petroleum Corp.
  • Dr. Karl M Kapp, Assistant Director, Institute for Interactive Technologies, Bloomsburg University
  • Dr. Krish Pillai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Lock Haven University
  • Mr. Mark J Watson, '85, Administrative Director, Corporate Information Technology, Susquehanna Health
  • Mr. Benjamin Wright, Attorney, Instructor, SANS Institute