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Information Systems and Technology (IST)

Mode of Study:
On Campus
Degree Level:
Undergraduate, Major
Degree Types:
Bachelor of Science
School of Business

An Applied, Rigorous Curriculum in Programming, Data Mining, Databases, Analytics, Networking, & More

Students today realize that computing is an essential element of virtually all human endeavors, so computing careers are incredibly socially relevant and highly sought-after. Graduates who pursue careers in information systems and technology can enjoy a higher-than-average income with flexibility to explore varied industries and geographic locations to call home.

The Information Systems and Technology degree prepares students to contribute to solving many of the world’s problems through the creative, collaborative, and strategic application of technology. In this program, you’ll be exposed to augmented and virtual reality, app development, web design, entrepreneurship, programming, and data analytics.  Catawba's IST degree will help you develop skills that can be used in many working contexts and subject matters. Additionally, incoming freshmen majoring in this program may be offered a scholarship upon acceptance to the College.

Catawba College students have unique opportunities for close interactions with faculty in the IST discipline and with their fellow students. Our upper-level classes are capped at a small number to allow even more interaction between you and your faculty, who are committed to having Information Systems and Technology majors understand the interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary aspect of this program of study. The faculty also has a wide range of interests and backgrounds that allow students to study topics that they are interested in and that are not found in a typical course.

  • Three Tracks

    Program flexibility allows you to focus your upper-level coursework into the areas of Analytics, Software Development, or Networking and Security.

  • Emerging Technologies

    We emphasize exploring technologies like augmented and virtual reality, cloud platforms, and big data so you stay ahead of the curve.

  • Industry Internships

    Gain invaluable exposure to Information Systems and Technology in action by completing an industry internship experience as part of your program requirements.

Catawba College Business Programs

Prepare to succeed in a career in the world of business with a Business Degree from Catawba College. Careers and futures in the business world have never been brighter and earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Catawba College is a key way you can prepare to shine in that world. Our mission is to prepare our business degree students for workplace success, whether in a small organization or large corporation, through a strong curriculum based on experiential learning, industry and job relevancy, and curriculum relevance. We place an emphasis on emerging growth sectors and technologies that are driving the global economy.

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How Is This Degree Different?

How does Catawba's Information Systems and Technology degree differ from our Computer Science degree and the B.S. degree in Business with a Concentration in Information Systems?

Information Systems and Technology:

  • Reduced emphasis on math with more on applied information and technology skills
  • Targeted more toward careers rather than research and theoretical knowledge
  • More accessible to a wider range of students
  • Emphasis on emerging technologies including data mining, cloud and augmented/virtual reality
  • IST professionals understand both technical and organizational factors
  • IST professionals can help an organization determine how information and technology-enabled business processes can provide a competitive advantage
  • Various tracks enable students to specialize in analytics, software development, or networking and security
  • 45-hour major including 6 hours in a track; students can easily add additional tracks or minors in other areas

Computer Science:

  • Design and implement software
  • Research and devise new ways to use computers
  • Research and develop effective ways to solve computer problems
  • Need a strong foundation in mathematics and algorithms

Business Administration Concentrating in Information Systems:

  • 14 courses (42 hours) in Business, including management, marketing, economics, accounting, and finance
  • 6 courses (18 hours) in Information Systems and Technology
  • Emphasis is on business rather than technology

Study Abroad

Study Abroad

Catawba College students majoring in Information Systems and Technology are encouraged to think globally about how their skills can be put to work internationally and domestically by creating their own independent study abroad opportunity or arranging one through Catawba’s consortium partner.

Program Details

Service Learning

Service Learning

Sharing and passing along what they have learned are ways that Catawba College students pursuing an Information Systems and Technology degree are involved in Service Learning. Recently, two Catawba faculty who teach courses in the Computer Science and Information Systems and Technology major, along with several of their undergraduates, helped the City of Salisbury launch a local chapter of Girls Who Code. These faculty and their students facilitated learning sessions for middle school girls to teach them about computers, websites, and how to write code along with data mining.

Research Opportunities

Research Opportunities

Research opportunities are provided for Information Systems and Technology majors in independent study and senior level courses. Recent research projects include application of beacons to data collection for a rewards-driven transportation app and predicting near shore shark presence by mining the international shark attack database combined with weather, water, and other environmental factors.

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Jobs Job prospects for Catawba students majoring in IST are extremely high. The Occupational Outlook Handbook projections are for employment of computer and information technology jobs to grow 13 percent through 2026, faster than the average when compared to all other occupations. 

Forecast - 557,100 new jobs are anticipated in the Information Systems and Technology field. This includes jobs in networking, programming, web development, security, systems support, systems analysis, data analytics, and systems administrators. The median salary ranges from $52,000 to $104,000 for candidates with a bachelor's degree.

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