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Undergraduate

 

Technology is always changing. Improving. Evolving to meet new needs and address new problems in the world. With an informatics degree, you can lead the next tech revolution.

In the B.S. in Informatics program and then in your career, you’ll apply your tech knowledge to another area you’re interested in—like business, telecommunications, security, or fine arts—to create new uses for technology and the way people interact with it. You’ll learn logical reasoning, basic programming, and data visualization, but also human-computer interaction design and other skills that will help you put technology to better use.

And listen to this: Because employers rely on technology more and more every day, informatics grads are in great demand. More than half of informatics students complete internships—which are great tryouts for jobs—and you’ll team up with classmates on a capstone project that’ll showcase your skills to potential employers. If you want to enhance your basic computing and programming skills, consider one of our minors.

Requirements

The Bachelor of Science in Informatics program includes a minimum of 120 credit hours of course work, including:

  • Core informatics courses (26 cr.)
  • Cognate area courses (15-18 cr.) in another discipline. Some of these courses may also fulfill requirements toward a minor in another field or general education requirements.
  • Capstone (6 cr.), a group project in which you apply what you’ve learned in this degree
  • Informatics electives (12 cr.), your choice from among courses in informatics and related courses in business, cognitive science, computer science, journalism, public and environmental affairs, sociology, and telecommunications
  • General education and distribution requirements (38-41 cr.), including electives

One course is typically 3-4 credit hours. The degree requires a minimum of 30 credit hours in courses at the 300 level and above. Honors versions of informatics courses may substitute throughout the major.

For specific requirements, see the School of Informatics and Computing undergraduate academic bulletin. Students should pursue the requirements of the year that they entered IU Bloomington. The requirements outlined in the academic bulletin in effect at the time of your matriculation will remain the same throughout your time at the School of Informatics and Computing, assuming you graduate within eight years. Check the list of academic bulletins below to find the version you should use.

Honors Option

Want more of a challenge? Go for the B.S. in Informatics with honors. You’ll take at least 11 credit hours of honors courses and have the opportunity to do independent study and research.