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Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology

The Pittsburgh Technical College Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology is designed to fill the growing need for skilled information technology graduates which is projected to grow significantly in the next ten years.* The B.S.I.S.T. program is one of the few in Pennsylvania to combine three dynamic technology disciplines: Information Systems Development, Information Technology, and Information Systems Security, giving our graduates a competitive edge in their careers in the industry. 
In today’s fast-paced, globalized economy, there is great demand for professionals who have a solid understanding of these disciplines and their interrelationships. Students who graduate from PTC’s B.S.I.S.T. program will be sought by top employers, both regionally and nationally, based on their proficiency in the skills and knowledge required to develop, test, manage, secure, implement, and control information system resources within a diverse organizational environment. 

The program is designed to be completed in 36 months and courses are offered in a combination of on campus and online formats.The program culminates with an in-field internship providing an opportunity to apply theoretical skills to real-world situations. PTC has established relationships with businesses throughout the region who are looking to train and hire business graduates.  

Key Skills

  • Key technical, administrative, and systematic IT processes, and safekeeping of both information driven systems and networks.
  • Information networking, information device management and security of information systems and technologies.
  • You will participate in team-based projects for information systems and technology.
  • You will learn how to identify and modify information systems and technology methods to address the regulatory demands, strategic IT goals, and operational needs of industry and society.
  • Collaborate with system end-users, IS or IT managers, systems administrators, analysts, network administrators, and IT security professionals to manage information systems and technology initiatives.
  • To design and lead an IT project from initiation to closure, demonstrating the effective use of project management software.
  • Distinguish how intellectual property impacts problems that emerge in information systems.
  • Recognize how moral theory, critical thinking, social implications, professionalism, and privacy affect everyday life within information systems.
  • To plan, design, and develop a functional and secure network infrastructure, applying industry standards and governmental regulations to network infrastructures.
  • To employ access management, security standards, encryption procedures, access control, wireless, LAN security, firewall, proxies, TCP/IP, Internet security, and security policies in an information system.
  • You will complete an in-field internship to expand your knowledge of information technology in a real-world environment.

More information about Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology below



  • IT consultant
  • Cloud Architect
  • Computer Forensic
  • Mobile Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Modeler

PTC offers a dedicated Career Services Department, staffed with more than 12 career advisement professionals. To assist you with your career search.

Upon completing the Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology program, students will be qualified to enter the field as productive and highly trained employees in the following related fields and industries:

  • Computer and Information Systems Research Associate
  • Computer Network Architects
  • Computer Programmers
  • Computer Support Specialists
  • Computer Systems Analysts
  • Database Administrators
  • IT Project Manager
  • Digital Forensics
  • IT Governance
  • Interactive Media Developers
  • Information Security Analysts
  • Information Technology
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Web Developers
  • Webmaster
  • SEO Management



  • IT consultant
  • Cloud Architect
  • Computer Forensic
  • Mobile Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Modeler

Certifications add depth to your learning experience. As part of the PTC Bachelor’s in IT program you will have the opportunity to learn the following certifications to enhance your credentials.

  • CompTIA: A+, N+, Security+, Server+, Project+
  • Microsoft Certificates: MCP, MTA
  • Cisco: CCNA Routing and Switching, CCENT, CCT

PTC also has partnerships with: Amazon AWS Educate, CompTIA, Cisco, IBM, Microsoft and Unity Technologies.



  • IT consultant
  • Cloud Architect
  • Computer Forensic
  • Mobile Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Modeler

The Bachelor of Science in Information Systems and Technology program is 36 months in length and consists of 12 quarters. A bachelor degree in Information Systems and Technology (IST) prepares graduates with essential skills in a variety of applied and thought-provoking areas within Information Systems Development, Information Systems Security and Information Technology. Graduates will be prepared for either an entry or mid-level positions in the computer related fields such as application development, data security and network administration and management of these three crucially connected spaces.


Students must complete a total of 42 credits of Business Foundation courses with a grade of C or better.

Introduction to Information Technology
This course provides an introduction to the role and function of computers in business. Topics include the impact of computers on society, ethical issues, application/system software, external/internal hardware, and the Internet.
Desktop Operating Systems
This course introduces students to a variety of computer operating systems. The course focuses on the installation of operating systems, major components of each of these systems, resource and memory management, and basic operations. Students gain an understanding of each operating system’s advantages, differences, and requirements
Hardware Technology 1
This course is designed to provide the comprehensive knowledge and skills necessary to install, maintain, upgrade, and repair computer hardware and software on PC workstations and networked systems. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to build and configure microcomputer systems, diagnose system hardware or software problems and perform actions necessary to make corrections.
Networking 1
This course provides the student with the fundamentals of networking concepts and techniques. Topics covered include the theoretical models of networking, topologies, protocols, network design, layout, network implementation and troubleshooting.
Network Operating Systems 1
This course introduces a variety of network operating systems. The student gains an understanding of the basic functions of network administration, configuration, installation, network devices and cabling.
Information Security 1
This introductory course is designed to provide students with fundamental concepts of Network Security. Student will be introduced to terms and techniques related to providing confidentiality, integrity and availability of information.
Network Systems Management
Cyber Security
Database Management
Web Development and SEO Management


Students must complete a minimum of 62 credits in Information System Emphasis courses.

Technical Support and Customer Services
Network Infrastructures
This course provides the student with the knowledge and techniques for setting up directory services and network infrastructures in a corporate environment. Emphasis is on networking services such as DHCP and DNS, as well as routing and directory services.
Information Systems Administration
This hands-on capstone course is a culmination of methods and procedures used in installation, configuration, troubleshooting, support and maintenance of client/server technologies and network deployment. This high-level course integrates knowledge attained in several prior courses and synthesizes it into a complex simulation of real-world situations. Students are provided with typical business scenarios that require them to analyze alternative solutions and recommend strategic processes
Enterprise Systems Deployment
This project-based, capstone course examines the methods and procedures used in the design, implementation, configuration and maintenance of modern virtual and non-virtual computer systems. Topics include the planned deployment for hardware and software installations, performance monitoring, analysis and benchmarking system configurations, implementation of troubleshooting procedures and the use of change controls used to evaluate computer systems. Additional emphasis will focus on the individual and group communication process, documentation of system related issues and the strategic management issues unique in the information technology environment.
Client Application Support
This course is designed as a study of technical support of various business client-side applications. This course prepares students to train and support end-users. Topics include supporting email clients, Microsoft Share Point, Web clients and Virtual Conferencing in a corporate environment. Students will be involved with actions and events related to helpdesk procedures and processes. Students will use procedures and processes in line with common helpdesk methodology. Emphasis is on solving user related issues, needs analysis, troubleshooting, and interaction with users.
Digital Forensics
This course is designed to provide the student with an introduction to the Computer Forensics field of study. Topics covered in this course will assist the student with the proper collection, analyzing and storage of digital evidence. Students will also learn the process of completing a computer investigation using various computer forensic utilities and software applications throughout the course.
Regulatory Compliance
This course is designed to provide the student with the concepts of specific legislation regarding Information Technology. The emphasis will focus on HIPAA, Sarbanes Oxley, Privacy Act of 1974 and the Buckley Amendment.
Information Security 2
This course is designed to increase the depth of knowledge and skills of the Network Security and Computer Forensics student charged with administering and securing information systems and networks. The student will learn host system hardening, system availability monitoring, network access control and applied encryption technologies, intrusion detection systems, as well as logging, forensics, and incident analysis and response techniques.
Information Systems Auditing
This course introduces the concepts of Information Systems audits and controls based on related standards, guidelines and best practices. Instruction in policy review will enable students to apply appropriate controls to enterprise governance, ensuring confidentiality, integrity and availability of information. Students will learn business continuity and disaster recovery planning techniques.
Ethical Hacking
This course is designed to provide the student with the terminology and acceptable practices associated with ethical hacking techniques. Students will learn the role and skills sets required to become an ethical hacker for the purpose of vulnerability research. Additionally, students will become familiar with the legal implications of hacking and the specific law(s) pertaining to this practice.
Networking 2
This course is designed to have the student focus on servicing and supporting CISCO routers and switches. Upon completion, student will possess the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to configure, maintain and troubleshoot routers, routing and routing protocols on networks
Database Development
This course presents full coverage of planning, creating, and manipulating records using database computer software. Topics include managing, arranging, and searching for data of existing databases using database software to create reports, labels and letters, and linking databases.
Network Operating Systems 2
This course provides the foundation for installing and supporting current versions of Microsoft Windows Operating Systems used in a network environment. The goal of the course is to provide the necessary skills to install, configure, troubleshoot and support desktop and server versions of these operating systems.
Network Operating Systems 3
This course is designed as a hands-on, complete overview of the many aspects of the Linux operating systems. Students will gain knowledge in such areas as basic commands, system commands, shells, editors, the Graphical User Interface, user management and administration.
Server Applications
This course introduces the student to common applications found on most modern networks, ranging from mail servers to database and back-up servers. The course focuses on major functions of these applications and prepares the student to provide the necessary entry-level support.
Network Operating Systems Management
Information Systems Management
Information Systems Business Intelligence for Industry
Governance & Security in Technology
Scripting Languages for Technology
Governance & Security in Technology
Systems Analysis & Design
Information Systems Architecture and Technology
IT Project Management
Problems in Information Systems
Information Management and Data Loss Prevention
Computer and Network Security


Students must complete a total of 12 credits of Career Skills courses.

Career Development
The focus of this course is on preparing students for the upcoming job search process. They will produce a series of critical job search documents, including a resume, reference page, cover letter and thank you letter. These documents are applied to job search activities that give students the opportunity to hone their interview skills, research potential employers, complete an online job application, and experience a mock interview scenario.
Steps to Career Success
The purpose of this course is to acclimate students to the available resources to maintain their focus on achieving career goals. The course is scheduled for all students in the 1st quarter, one hour per week.
The Internship is a cooperative effort between the Institute and the professional community. It is designed to provide the students with an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their major in a related working environment.


Student must complete a minimum of 8 credits of Elective courses within any school to broaden their skills in area(s) of interest.


Students must complete a total of 64 credits of General Education courses with a grade of C or better needed in all required courses.

English Composition 1 *
This writing course focuses on the writing of descriptive narrative, cause and effect, and process essays from the initial stage of prewriting to final revisions and editing. Topics included are purpose, audience, development, focus and organization, as well as word usage and sentence structure. Elements of grammar, spelling, and punctuation are reviewed. Assigned readings are part of class discussion and writing assignments.
English Composition 2 *
This writing course is a continuation of the fundamentals introduced in GEE100 English Composition 1. Library and electronic research techniques and guidelines are thoroughly covered. Advanced persuasive writing and research-based persuasion are emphasized using citations and works cited according to MLA guidelines. Analytical and critical thinking skills are developed through students’ evaluation of their own writing and assigned readings.
Effective Speech
This course focuses on the various dimensions of effective speaking with emphasis on audience analysis, reasoning, organization, evidence, and delivery. Throughout the course, the student is acquainted with the various types of speeches and their effectiveness through critical and analytical reading, individualized and group exercises and projects, and class discussions. Students deliver a variety of speeches, including informative and persuasive speeches.
American Literature
Professional Communications
Art History
This general studies course focuses on the history of art and design. Lessons and projects provide students with approaches to creative thinking, understanding visual communication, and discovering meaning through discussion and research. Lectures and other activities are designed to enhance the student’s understanding of the relationship between historical
History of Technology
This general studies course exposes students to the evolution of technology and its impact on society. The course will emphasize the overall impact of major technological innovations and inventions that fundamentally altered the world as well as look at some of the great thinkers that helped advance technologies throughout history.
American Government & Politics
Social & Cultural History of the United States
International Relations
College Algebra *
Physical Science
Personal Finance
This course blends financial theory with financial applications while providing an understanding of the U.S. financial structure. Emphasis is placed on budgeting, personal income and expenditures, present and future value calculations, personal financial statements, and finance and credit alternatives.
Finite Mathematics and Applied Calculus*
This course introduces the student to basic psychological principles. Topics include neuroscience and behavior, states of consciousness, learning, development, personality, health psychology, psychological disorders, and social psychology.
This general studies course focuses on ethical and legal principles and social responsibilities as they relate to everyday challenges. Students explore modes of applying ethical standards to issues such as personal accountability, environmental problems, interpersonal relations, and emerging social systems.
Critical Thinking
In today’s information age, critical thinking skills are vital for success. This course utilizes case studies to teach reasoning, analysis, and evaluation skills in everyday situations. Students learn the importance and benefits of critical and creative thinking, work through steps to understand, analyze, and evaluate specifics of argument and persuasion, and practice solving problems using critical thinking skills.
Social Problems
This course involves analysis of major social problems confronting American society with special emphasis on critical thinking abilities in evaluating causes, effects, and various approaches in dealing with social problems. Discussion includes such topics as mental illness, crime, juvenile delinquency, race relations, pollution, population, urbanization and influences detrimental to family stability: divorce, alcoholism, gambling, and drug use.
Human Relations
This general studies course focuses on effective human relations in organizations. Specific areas of study include work relationships, ethical choices, team building, conflict management strategies, diversity in the workplace, and work-related stress.
Principles of Microeconomics
Cultural Diversity
This course encourages understanding and appreciation among people of divergent backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities. Topics covered include technological changes, travel, political systems, immigration, and religious beliefs that have created a world in which people from different cultures increasingly interact. The course will explore similarities and differences through different media such as movies, documentaries, magazine articles, and more.
Leadership Principles
Students will understand the concepts of leadership and supervisory roles, planning, decision-making, performance management, strategic management, team building, group and organizational dynamics, and functions in an organization. This class teaches how to be an effective leader in a dynamic, diverse, and continuously evolving business environment. Concepts of goal-setting, motivation, time management, and other interpersonal skills are taught. Students will become familiar with successful leadership practices through case studies and research practices.
Principles of Macroeconomics
Social Psychology
Ethical Issues in Business & Industry

* Required Courses



  • IT consultant
  • Cloud Architect
  • Computer Forensic
  • Mobile Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Modeler

The curriculum for this program is regularly reviewed by PTC’s Information Technology Advisory Board. This group of business IT professionals ensure that the concepts and practices taught in the program are consistent with the skills businesses are looking for.

If a career in information systems and information technology concepts, real-world IT challenges and developing creative solutions sounds right for you, consider our B.S.I.S.T. at Pittsburgh Technical College. You will find the skills IT employers are looking for.

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  • IT consultant
  • Cloud Architect
  • Computer Forensic
  • Mobile Developer
  • Software Engineer
  • Data Modeler

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