B.S. in Information Science and Technology

The School of Information offers three undergraduate degrees: Bachelor of Arts in Information Science and Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Information and eSociety, and a Bachelor of Science in Information Science and Technology. Each degree provides students with the broad knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively and flexibly as part of an information-based workforce. While students in the B.S. and B.A. programs study a wide range of topics relating to the ways in which information is obtained, stored, organized, processed, and understood, they differ in their focus.
To declare any of our Information Majors, please contact the Undergraduate Academic Advisor.
B.S. in Information Science and Technology
Students in the Information Science and Technology program explore information systems and computational methods that are being used to transform data and information into knowledge. Students in this program learn advanced computing techniques, taking courses on machine learning, data science, artificial intelligence, and other cutting-edge topics.​ Jobs for graduates in this area may include those in systems analysis and data science, such as: Computer Systems Analyst, Information Architect, Data Analyst, Web Developer. 
This degree program is more technical than the ISTA B.A. and has a solid mathematical and algorithmic basis. The more rigorous mathematics requirements support more thematic and specialized courses. 

The B.S. in Information Science and Technology consists of courses organized into three tiers:

  1. Core Courses: dealing with enormous quantities of data, computer programming, digital ethics, statistics, and the fundamental ideas in information science.

  2. Research Methods, Computational Arts, and Society: Coursework in Data Science as well Computational Arts & Media. Coursework can include Creative Coding, Technology of Sound, Designing Installations, and Theories of New Media.

  3. Intensive Computing: customized course selection based on student focus. Coursework can include  Informatics Applications,  Human-Computer Interaction, Artifical Intelligence, Machine Learning, Neural Networks, and Virtual Reality, as well as a required Individual Studies Component  and Senior Capstone (ISTA 498) course. 

Requirements for the ISTA B.S. 

  • If your catalog year is Fall 2017 or later, your degree requirements can be found in the file attachment below
  • If your catalog year is Spring 2017 or earlier, please contact the Undergraduate Academic Advisor for your degree requirements.
  • It is important to consult your advisor and your advisement report to clarify your catalog year! 

Please note: For Fall 2017 catalog and beyond, the ISTA B.S. now requires a minor. Common minors to pair with ISTA include Computer Science, Math, and Business Administration.

File attachments: 

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences