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Bachelor of Science (BS) in Information Science

One degree, numerous career options

As technology becomes ubiquitous in our society, organizations need employees who can develop systems to handle their information needs and problems. This program teaches you how to understand and define problems and then use technology to create solutions.

It’s a degree that opens doors for careers in financial services, health care, judicial systems, private industry, government agencies, education, and communication.

As an upper level two-year program, you can declare information science as a major upon completion of 55 credits. It’s typical to start in this program at the beginning of your junior year. ┬áIn addition, all BSIS majors will participate in a Capstone Experience, further enhancing their practical skills. Such experiences might include internships with regional industries, assisting with graduate-level research projects, or a self-designed project.

Our curriculum

This program teaches you how to look at problems holistically so you not only understand the technology, but also the needs of the people who will be using it. To provide this interdisciplinary approach, our faculty members come from a variety of disciplines such as: business, policy, information science, computer science, computer engineering, psychology, mathematics, electrical engineering, physics, and software engineering.

Core courses will provide you with essential skills in:

  • Programming
  • Database management
  • Networks
  • Systems analysis and human factors

Specializations

After completing the core courses, you can further strengthen your skills by selecting one of the three concentrations: Information Systems, User-Centered Design, or Networks and Security.

  • The Information Systems concentration will enable students to use object-oriented design tools to design, build, implement, and test web-based information systems. Courses cover object-oriented programming, geographic information systems, system architecture, and design.
  • The User-Centered Design concentration will provide the visual and human-computer interaction skills needed to design and build prototypes of information systems interfaces, as well as to perform usability testing of these systems. Courses will explore web programming, graphics, and user-centered design.
  • Students who choose the Networks and Security concentration will learn how to design, build, and test networks including LANs, WANs, Wireless, Internet, and Web-based. This concentration will also examine how to incorporate security protocols into both land-based and wireless networks. Students will be able to take courses in networks, computer security, wireless networks, and mobile applications.

The Capstone Experience

Students in the undergraduate program in information science will participate in a capstone experience, gaining experience through a research project in the school, an internship with regional industry, or a self-designed project.

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