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.
B.S. in Information Science and Technology
Students in the Information Science and Technology program explore complex information systems and computational methods that can help to transform information into knowledge. The B.S. degree is intended for students who aspire to apply their education in a scientific job, data analytics position, or postgraduate program. Potential jobs can in this field of study can include: Computer Systems Analyst; Data Miner; Information Architect; Information Security Specialist; Webmaster
This degree program is more technical 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:
- Foundations: dealing with enormous quantities of data, computer programming, digital ethics, statistics, and the fundamental ideas in information science.
- Techniques that serve multiple fields: sequence analysis (e.g., in biology, business, computational music, computational linguistics, etc.); and information retrieval (e.g., in digital libraries, search engines, bioinformatics, cosmology, etc.).
- Advanced and specialized techniques: customized course selection based on student focus. For example, students with a particular interest in neurology or computer music might take a course on stochastic processes to deepen their understanding from a previous sequence analysis course.
Course requirements B.S. in Information Science and Technology can be found in the file attachment below.