Software Development & Information Management

Bachelor of Science Degree (B.S.)
Student working on computer

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.

93%

Overall Placement

50%

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)
  • Database Development (CIT280)
  • 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)
  • Fitness and Lifetime Sports Elective (FIT)
  • Science Elective (SCI)
  • Speech Elective (SPC)
  • Core Arts Perspective (ARP)
  • Science Elective with lab (SCL)
  • Core Historical Perspective (HIP)
  • Exploration Electives (OEE)
  • Open Elective (OEA)

​​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.

  • First Year Experience (FYE101)
  • Information, Technology, and Society (CSC124)
  • English Composition I (ENL111)
  • Technical and Professional Communication (ENL201)
  • Calculus I (MTH240)
  • Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications (MTH160)
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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.

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

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.

Internship

Your knowledge in practice

Internships are key for career preparation. Apply your knowledge to the workplace and learn about the industry first-hand.

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Student Life

Lead and put your skills to the test

Association of Professional Programmers (APP)

Association of Professional Programmers is a club of programming students who get together to discuss current and new technologies and techniques related to computer programming.

Gamers’ Guild

Gamers' Guild is devoted to the continued enjoyment of classic games ranging from pen and paper RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons to classic console games, such as Nintendo and other major game producers.  

Student Organizations at Penn College

Your college experience is about more than the classroom. Join one of 65+ clubs and organizations, or create your own.

News
11.07.2019

Penn College IT student presents at conference

A Pennsylvania College of Technology student offered his expertise at a recent conference for information security practitioners ...

10.15.2019

Globe-trotting grad returns as IBM advocate, alumni ambassador

On the eve of Career Fair, as futures weigh heavily on the minds of imminent graduates, a 2015 alumnus returned to show students ...

09.18.2019

Penn College faculty present cybersecurity paper

Pennsylvania College of Technology faculty detailed for nationwide peers an ongoing initiative to address the critical shortage ...

Study Abroad

Gain global experience

See the world via Williamsport. Take your education abroad and get hands-on experience learning about your industry on a global scale.

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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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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.

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 .

  • 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
  • Mr. Jonah P Gregory, '03, Chief Technology Officer, Euro Optic LTD
  • Dr. Todd W Griffith, Chief Technology Officer, Discovery Machine Corporation
  • Mr. Daniel F Grim, Regional Director, Program Management, Johnson Controls
  • 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 at SANS Institute
Contact

Admissions Counselor

Lee Dawson

SASC, Rm. 1082
800.367.9222 ext. 7308
ldawson@pct.edu