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Information Technology

Information Technology students will get hands-on experience through the major’s project based learning environment. IT students will specialize in skills and knowledge about how networks and systems work, and what to do to keep them running. Troubleshooting methods and training techniques will be instilled in students so they can be prepared for the challenges that will face them in the work force.


Computer Science experts are in high demand. Here are several possible positions and options available in the field of Applied Computer Science:

  • Information director
  • Web developer
  • Software engineer
  • Designer
  • Developer
  • Tester
  • MIS officer
  • Network administrator
  • Information technology specialist
  • Teacher
  • Trainer
  • Technical writer
  • Systems analyst
  • Website designer
  • Data Architect


By participating in internships, students place themselves within a professional environment while generating experience and future opportunity. While internships are not required in this program, students will understand their importance and pursue internship possibilities within Oskaloosa and other surrounding communities. Listed below are local companies who have worked with WPU students as interns:

  • Musco Sports Lighting, LLC.
  • Mahaska Communications Group (MCG)
  • Cargill
  • Pella Corporation
  • Army Corp of Engineers
  • Cunningham, Inc.
  • Vermeer Corporation
  • Oskaloosa Community School District


Steve Rittgers, M.S.

Instructor of Computer Science 641-673-1081 Email

Matt Slaymaker, M.F.A.

Instructor of Computer Science 641-673-1051 Email

Jonathan H. Stevens, M.Ed., M.S.

Assistant Professor of Applied Computer Science 641-673-1251 Email


William Penn University’s Computer Club (WPC2) opens its doors to all WPU students regardless of major. Members have the opportunity to travel to the annual SIGCSE Technical Symposium to meet with great computer innovators and enjoy a diverse selection of technical sessions and opportunities for leaning and interaction. WPU2 members also participate in Experience Iowa Technology every fall and graduating seniors are inducted into the Pledge of the Computing Professional.


Musco Technology Center (MTC)

WPU opened the doors of the Musco Technology Center in 2008. Within the building, students have access to state-of-the-art equipment and machinery, giving them practical experience for after graduation. The Applied Technology Division holds most of its classes here, along with the Digital Communication program.

  • Digital Communication studios
  • Computer Labs
  • Classrooms
  • 88.7 KIGC FM Studio
  • Industrial Technology Labs
  • Faculty Offices
  • Student Lounge
  • Mechanical Engineering Labs

Information is just an abstraction unless technology provides the bridge so we humans can learn and share together.

Jon Stevens, Assistant Professor of Applied Computer Science


You’ll be taking the following courses as an Information Technology student:

Computer Science/Math Core courses

  • APCS 205 Algorithms & Programming
  • APCS 220 Computer Organization & Digital Circuits
  • APCS 242 Computer & Network Management
  • APCS 265 Systems Analysis & Design Methods
  • APCS 312 Operating Systems
  • APCS 326 Database Mgmt Information Systems
  • APCS 336 Web Programming
  • APCS 360 Software Engineering Project
  • APCS 390 Professional Development Seminar
  • MATH 140 College Algebra/Trigonometry
  • MATH 211 Discrete Mathematics
  • MATH 303 Statistical Methods (or higher Stats)

Information Technology courses

  • APCS 112 Communications Computer Applications or
    APCS 116 G.I.S.
  • APCS 114 Business Computer Applications
  • APCS 215 Visual Programming
  • APCS 311 Networks
  • APCS 344 Training Practicum
  • APCS 346 Information & Security Assurance
  • BUSI 230 Principles of Management
  • ENGL 215 Business & Technical Writing