The IST Associate of Science degree programs are specialty programs aimed at preparing students for the rigors of working in high-tech industry by learning cutting-edge technologies in a hands-on, project-based learning environment.
Degree Requirement: 60 credits
The IST Bachelor of Science degree programs prepare students for careers in applied research, technology innovation, and entrepreneurship. The degree program was created to fill a void in the availability of advanced degree training in “inventioneering”, the science of putting science to work for the betterment of mankind.
According to the Cambridge Dictionary, science is the careful study of the structure and behavior of the physical world, especially by watching, measuring, and doing experiments, and the development of theories to describe the results of these activities. Basic or pure science is focused on advancing scientific theories and laws that explain and predict events in the natural world.
Inventioneering relates to the practical application of science. It accesses and uses accumulated theories, knowledge, methods, and techniques, for a specific client-driven purpose. Applied research usually has specific commercial objectives related to products, procedures, or services. It deals with solving practical problems and generally employs empirical methodologies.
The inventioneer starts with basic science, which is focused on advancing scientific theories and laws, and pulling from that basic foundation, uses the scientific method to discover practical applications and uses for the pure knowledge.
Degree Requirement: 120 credits