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Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology (BSIST)


The BSIST is an applied Information Technology and Data Science degree that teaches students to design and build IT and data solutions with a user-centered approach. Graduates will have the skills to analyze users’ information problems, provide solutions, and create user-friendly information systems. 

Students in the program focus on the relationship between information, people, and technology in a wide variety of courses covering web technologies, databases, data analytics, user-centered system analysis and design, information architecture, and information literacy. Tools students apply in classes include PHP, MySQL, HTML5, JavaScript, Python, R, CSS, and more.

The official OU checksheet with degree requirements can be found in the OU General Catalog.

Career opportunities include:

  • IT project manager
  • Software implementation specialist
  • Information technology specialist
  • Network administrator
  • System analyst
  • Software programmer
  • Website designer and developer
  • Document and records manager

Relevant industries include:

  • Information Technology
  • Communications
  • Petroleum
  • Financial Management
  • Data Research

Admission of Undergraduates to Graduate Course

Any senior undergraduate student may enroll in graduate courses offered by the school with the instructor’s permission. If the courses meet the conditions established by the Graduate College for graduate credit, they may be accepted as degree credits in the School of Library and Information Studies. The same course can not be counted toward both undergraduate and graduate requirements unless the student is enrolled in the BAIS/MLIS accelerated program.

Forms for Independent Courses

LIS 4920 Directed ResearchDirected Research Contract (doc)
LIS 4940 Directed ProjectDirected Project Contract (doc)
LIS 4960 Directed ReadingDirected Reading Contract (doc) 

Internship Information

Internship Requirements

For a quick guide to our undergraduate internships, please view the Undergraduate Internship site.

All BSIST and BAIS students must complete an internship as part of the degree requirements. Students are encouraged to find their own internships, though guidance is offered through the Internship Documentation Coordinator, SLIS faculty, and SLIS office.

Students who entered the BAIS or BSIST degree programs before summer 2021 are required to take the LIS 4663 Capstone class. Ideally, students will complete the capstone the semester before their internship. During the capstone course, students will begin to research the internship requirements and finalize their plans for an internship site and supervisor.

LIS 4823: Internship in Information Studies

Internship documentation is completed electronically and organized for each student in SharePoint. Working with their SLIS Faculty Supervisor and the Internship Documentation Coordinator, students will be given access to the folder and personalized documents once their internship moves forward. 

Samples of the internship documents are found below. These are for reference purposes only, as personalized versions will be assigned to internship students in SharePoint.


Undergraduate Advising

Jake Blackwell

Jake Blackwell.

The undergraduate advisor for the BSIST and BAIS programs is Jake Blackwell in the College of Arts and Sciences. You can contact him through email ( or telephone (405-325-4411). 

To make an appointment with Jake through iAdvise, go to

Students need to get advised each semester prior to enrolling for the next term. Before advising, students should create a draft schedule for the next semseter using the Pre-Advising Worksheet (pdf).

Find out when the registration window opens by checking the university's Academic Calendar.