Information Science and Technology

General information:

The College of Information Science and Technology (IS&T) was established on July 1, 1996. It is committed to the integration of scholarship, teaching, service and industry outreach in a way that is responsive and relevant to the needs of business and industry, students, government and the community.

The principal goal of the College is to produce the next generation of information specialists. These individuals are technically prepared to enter the information industry, communicate and apply technology in organizational environments, embrace life-long learning and contribute to their community. To achieve this goal, the College is building bridges with the business community. Outreach efforts include establishing student internships, providing for faculty and company specialist exchanges, sharing expensive information systems and tools, sharing real problems with faculty and students, working with industry to set college directions, and identifying future needs.

The College offers degree programs in Bioinformatics (BIOI), Computer Science (CS), Information Assurance (IA), IT Innovation (ITIN), and Information Systems and Quantitative Analysis (ISQA). The ISQA department offers an Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Track (IUG) that enables students to complete the BS in MIS undergraduate degree and the MS in MIS graduate degree in five years. The CS department offers a similar IUG track that enables students to complete the BS in CS undergraduate degree and the MS in CS graduate degree in five years.

The discipline of management information systems focuses on finding computer-based solutions to organizational problems. The discipline of computer science focuses on the development and enhancement of core technologies such as programming languages, protocols, database management systems and their constituent algorithms and theories. The discipline of bioinformatics integrates mathematical and computational techniques with biological knowledge to extract, organize and interpret genetic information. The discipline of information assurance is an emerging, rapidly expanding science that addresses problems in the fundamental understanding of the design, development, implementation and life cycle support of secure information systems. Information technology and innovation is ideal for students with an entrepreneurial spirit who want a multidisciplinary degree anchored in IT. IT innovation allows students the flexibility to design a curriculum to be aligned with their career goals.

The College’s undergraduate programs in Computer Science and Management Information Systems are accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). More information about the College’s accreditation and learning objectives can be found online at Specific program educational objectives for the ABET accredited programs in Computer Science and Management Information Systems can also be found on this Web page.

The College offers concentrations in Information Assurance and Internet Technologies (iT). These concentrations are designed to provide students within existing ISQA or CS degree programs an opportunity to add a more technical or applied dimension, respectively, to their programs of study. The ISQA department offers additional concentrations in the areas of IT Audit and Control, i-Business Application Development, Management, and Global IT Leadership and Management

Admission to the College

Application deadlines for the College of Information Science & Technology are:

August 1 for fall semester

December 1 for spring semester

June 1 for summer sessions

Students who have been admitted to the University may apply for entrance to the College of IS&T during initial registration by indicating their preference in the appropriate place on the University Application for Admission form. A minimum ACT score of 24 or an SAT score of 1110 (Verbal/Math) is required for all incoming freshmen to be admitted to the College. Transfer Admission from Other Colleges or Universities: Students may transfer into the college from other institutions by completing the application process described above and meeting the minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.00 scale) with at least 12 credit hours.

Academic Performance

A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for the College of Information Science & Technology. For the purposes of meeting general education, distribution, and prerequisite requirements for classes, a “C-” is considered the functional equivalent of a “C” and a “D-” is considered the functional equivalent of a “D.”


College of Information Science and Technology currently offers FIVE degree options.

  1. Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics (BSBI)
  2. Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BCS)
  3. Bachelor of Science in Information Assurance (BSIA)
  4. Bachelor of Science in IT Innovation (BITI)
  5. Bachelor of Science in Management Information Systems (BIS)


The College of IS&T offers an Information Assurance Concentration and an Internet Technologies (iT) concentration for CS and MIS majors.

Information Assurance

The Information Assurance concentration supplements and extends the Computer Science (CS) and Management Information Systems (MIS) curriculum by focusing on the foundational principles, worked examples, theory, and skills necessary to analyze, design, and construct secure information systems. The courses in the concentration address the fundamental technologies, policy, assurance and ethics involved in the protection of information systems. Hands-on experience is gained through numerous laboratory exercised associated with each course. The concentration is designed to accommodate students with either CS or MIS backgrounds.

Internet Technologies (iT)

The Internet Technologies (iT) concentration supplements the Computer Sciences (CS) and Management Information Systems (MIS) curriculum by focusing on the expertise needed to implement solutions that involve contemporary Internet technologies and software applications. The concentration is designed to accommodate the differing backgrounds of MIS and CS majors. The requirements of either the MIS or CS majors provide the background necessary to pursue the iT concentration. The concentration makes extensive use of existing MIS and CS courses and builds on what has been accomplished in these programs. The iT concentration provides extensive hands-on, project-based experience for students.

i-Business Application Development & Management

The i-Business Application Development & Management Concentration is available only to MIS majors and provides students with the technical, organizational, and managerial background to plan, develop, and manage Internet-based applications. The concentration includes courses that provide students with an understanding of the issues, concepts, and technologies involved in establishing and implementing a corporate strategy for electronic business. These courses address issues of organizational strategy, process re-engineering, and supporting information systems architecture. Students will also learn and apply technical skills needed to develop Internet-based distributed applications.

This concentration consists of 18 credit hours.

IT Audit and Control

The IT Audit and Control Concentration is available only to MIS majors and provides student with the technical, organizational, accounting/auditing, and managerial background to plan and conduct IT audit and control activities. The concentration covers the following conceptual areas: business risks and the management of business risk, IT risk as a component of business risk, the need to manage IT risks, basic type of controls required in a business system in order to control IT risks, controls associated with top management, system development, quality assurance, boundary controls, and communications. Issues associated with new system control risks created by the use of the Internet for business applications and electronic business will also be covered in one or more courses. Students learn to apply and integrate technical, managerial and conceptual skills needed to plan and conduct IT audits and establish appropriate controls.

Global IT Leadership and Management

The education and training of globally savvy professionals in science, engineering and information technology (IT) is important for the long-term viability of many American firms today. Future business leaders must:

  1. appreciate the challenges and opportunities of IT management in the context of 21st century global organizations;
  2. understand the international aspects of IT leadership and management as a basis for integrating a global and multi-cultural view; and
  3. learn about the various roles, responsibilities, skills, and concepts essential to being a successful IT manager in the context of a dynamic technological environment, workforce diversity, global economy, and concern for ethics and social responsibility in the development & deployment of systems.

The College of Information Science and Technology (CIST) and UNO’s International Studies and Programs (ISP) have joined to offer an interdisciplinary “Global IT Leadership & Management” (GITLM) specialization both in the International Studies (INST) undergraduate program and the CIST undergraduate program in Management Information Systems. The GITLM specialization will foster the integration of technology and internationalization through an interdisciplinary program offered through intercampus collaboration with UNO’s sister-universities in Norway, India, Germany, Austria, China, and other partner institutions around the world. GITLM will bring a global perspective to the Information Technology (IT) curriculum and add a technology component to the international studies (INST) major. This Global IT Leadership and Management specialization/concentration consists of 18 credit hours.