Information Science

We are in a connected world where humans, software applications and data are all linked through intricate networks. Everyday objects like cars, doorbells and coffee machines, specialized equipment for healthcare and even infrastructure like roads, are smart and communicate data. This data becomes useful when it is securely associated with other data, objects, individuals, groups and organizations to make decisions through computation to solve problems for society.

The Information Science major in the Department of Informatics and Networked Systems has been built to provide:

  • A strong foundation in the science of how data, human-centered systems and networks work together to solve problems
  • A broad understanding of systems analysis, data management, network design and security, and how they are integrated and work together to make effective decisions
  • Coursework that addresses cutting-edge subjects such as datamining, computer forensics, cloud computing, 5G wireless and information visualization    
  • Research projects with faculty, student peers, and local non-profits
  • Career agility – every industry needs information science expertise, so you’ll find successful career opportunities in healthcare, manufacturing, communications, finance, education, technology, and entertainment.

Major Requirements

Beginning in Fall 2020, students declaring an IS major will be required to complete:

  • One approved programming course
  • Seven core courses
  • Five upper-level electives
  • Two approved mathematics courses
  • One approved statistics course
  • One capstone class

Programming Course

Core Courses

Upper-level Electives

Required Mathematics and Statistics Courses

Students must complete the following quantitative and statiscal skills classes. One class from each section will overlap with the School's General Education Requirements.


Students in the BS in Information Science major are required to successfully complete a capstone experience, learning how to apply what they learned in the classroom to real-world situations.  Students can choose from among a selection of experiential learning opportunities including team-based project classes, independent study courses supervised by research faculty in the School, and internships/co-ops with regional or national industries and organizations. The capstone requirement means that students will gain valuable experience that is aligned with their interests and career goals.

For full major requirement details, visit the Information Science course catalog.