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Major: Information Science, Systems, and Technology (ISST)

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Offered by:
Department of Information Science
110H Gates Hall, 255.9837,
School of Operations Research and Information Engineering
(Management Science Option)
202 Rhodes Hall, 255.5088,

Program Objectives

The ISST Major studies the design and management of complex information systems. Rather than focusing on the computing and communication technologies that underlie digital information systems, the ISST Major emphasizes information systems engineering in broad application contexts, where issues at the confluence of information science, technology, and management are the primary concerns. The core courses in the field provide students with grounding in operations research modeling techniques of probability, statistics, and optimization; computer science; economics; and the social and organizational contexts in which transformative information systems exist. Students then choose one of two options: Management Science (MS) or Information Science (IS).

The Management Science option educates students in methods for quantitative decision- making and their application to information technology, as well as the broader role that information technology plays in making these methods effective. Management Science students take advanced courses in mathematical models in management science, information systems, mathematical modeling in IT, and information technology management solutions.

The Information Science option educates students in methods for the creation, representation, organization, access, and analysis of information in digital form. Students who choose the Information Science option take classes in information systems, mathematical modeling in IT, human-centered systems, and social systems.

Note: All courses used toward the ISST Major must be taken for a letter grade.

The Major requires ENGRD 2700: Basic Engineering Probability and Statistics as an engineering distribution course. CS 2110 is required by the Major and it is recommended that it be taken as an engineering distribution course.

The Major has seven (7) additional required courses in three areas: probability, statistics, optimization (two courses); information systems (three courses); and economic, organizational, and social context (two courses).

Students then complete the Major by specializing in either the Management Science option or the Information Science option (seven advanced courses); and by taking two Major- approved electives. The set of Major-approved elective courses is the same for both specialization options, and it contains all the courses listed at degrees/bs-engineering/degree-requirements/specializations-course-requirements. In addition, students may choose to take INFO 4900: Independent Reading and Research, as one of their Major-approved elective courses, as discussed at the web site noted above.

Engineering Distributions

  • ENGRD 2110: Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures (required by the Major; recommended as a distribution course)
  • ENGRD 2700: Basic Engineering Probability and Statistics (required)

Required Major Courses

  • INFO 2040: Networksf
  • INFO 2300: Intermediate Design and Programming for the Web
  • INFO 2450: Communication and Technology or
    ENGRC 3350: Communications for Engineering Managers
  • INFO 3300: Data-Driven Web Applications or
    INFO 4300: Language and Information
  • ORIE 3300: Optimization I
  • ORIE 3500: Engineering Probability and Statistics II
  • ORIE 3800: Information Systems and Analysis

Information Science Option

  • Three courses from Area II: Information Systems
  • One course from Area III: Mathematical Modeling in Information Technology
  • Three elective courses: Students must choose either Area V: Human-Centered Systems or Area VI: Social Systems and take all elective courses from that area.

Management Science Option

  • The four courses in Area I: Mathematical Models in Management Science
  • Three elective courses:
    • one from Area II: Information Systems
    • two from the union of Area III: Mathematical Modeling in Information Technology and Area IV: Information Technology Management Solutions

For a complete listing of course options for Areas I-VI, visit academics/degrees/bs-engineering/degree-requirements/specializations-courserequirements.

ISST Flow Chart

 ISST Checklist


  • a. CS/ENGRD 2110 and ENGRD 2700 are required by the Major, and it is recommended that these courses be used as engineering distribution courses.
  • b. The following courses may be substituted for PHYS 2214, if not used to meet other requirements: PHYS 2218, CHEM 2080, CHEM 2160, MATH 2930, MATH 3040, or CS 2800. Math 2930 is a pre- or corequisite for PHYS 2214.
  • c. In addition to the first-year writing seminars, a technical writing course must be taken as an engineering distribution, liberal studies, Advisor-approved elective, or Major course. ENGRC 3350 is recommended as a technical writing course for ISST Majors.
  • d. The program includes nine (9) credits of courses outside the Major department. This is satisfied by the interdisciplinary nature of the ISST Major.
  • e. Major electives include seven (7) Specialization courses in either Information Science or Management Science, and two Major-approved electives chosen from Areas I-VI of the Major. Please see for more information.
  • f. It is recommended that INFO 2040 be taken in semester three; however, students may elect to move the class to semester five and take INFO 1300 as an Advisor-approved elective in preparation for taking INFO 2300 in their fourth semester. Note: It is highly recommended, but not required, that INFO 1300 be taken prior to INFO 2300.
  • New majors are required to take at least two core Major classes the first semester after they affiliate with the program.

This engineering check list is formatted to conform to the general specifications of the College of Engineering. We strongly recommend that you visit 110H Gates Hall for an official ISST Major check list. This information can also be obtained by visiting the Information Science web site (