SCHUYLKILL HAVEN, Pennsylvania – Penn State Schuylkill has launched a new four-year computer science degree for students beginning the fall semester 2021. The Bachelor of Science in Information Technology prepares students to be successful in high-growth jobs such as web and application development, programming, systems analysis, network engineering, database administration, IT support, and more.

“This new offering will help students develop a wide range of skills to apply in many different IT occupations that will continue to be in growing demand from employers,” said Brian Gardner, senior lecturer in computer science and technology and Program coordinator for IT and cybersecurity at Schuylkill Analytics and Operations courses.

A balance between theory and practice

The information technology degree provides the student with the theoretical framework necessary to use information technology to solve problems, while also providing a range of hands-on, hands-on experience. The IT degree helps students:

  • Build an understanding of core information technologies and related fields of study.
  • Prepare for the practical application of various information science and related technologies.
  • Sharpen your ability to think critically and work in teams.

All of this is done while exploring the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of IT. Team projects in most courses, a compulsory internship and a senior capstone experience complete the offer of this holistic course.

Five ways to help students focus their studies

The IT course offers students five options to focus their studies in a specific subject. Each option requires students to enroll in 12-13 option-specific credits, with a minimum of three credits at the 400 level. Penn State Schuylkill IT options are:

  • application development
  • Business applications
  • Online Safety
  • Security and risk analysis
  • Custom information technology

Students can graduate with a degree as well as with a meaningful résumé

To earn a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology, students must complete a 300-hour internship as part of their program and can choose to participate in an internship Penn State Schuylkill Co-Op, a four-year career development program that combines rigorous coursework with three full-time work experiences and appropriate career development training. Co-op students graduate with a degree and résumé full of hands-on experience.

Further details on the new IT course can be found at

Last updated on October 11, 2021