Informatics Requirements

The BA and BS Degrees in Informatics

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in informatics requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 43-51 s.h. of work for the major. The Bachelor of Science with a major in informatics requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 55-60 s.h. of work for the major. Required credit for the major depends on the choice of cognate area. All students must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program.

Both programs (B.A. and B.S.) combine foundational informatics course work with course work in a cognate discipline. The Bachelor of Arts major in informatics offers the cognate areas of art, economics, geoinformatics, health informatics, human-computer interaction, linguistics, music, social informatics, and individualized cognates. The Bachelor of Science major in informatics offers the cognate areas of bioinformatics, medical informatics, and individualized cognates.

Course work for the major includes the informatics core, one (B.A.) or two (B.S.) electives, a statistics course, and a set of courses in their chosen cognate area. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all course work in order to graduate. They also must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in the informatics core, the elective(s), and the statistics course. Work for the major may not be taken pass/nonpass.

The informatics major (B.A. and B.S.) requires the following course work.

Informatics Core

The informatics core consists of six required computing courses (at least 19 s.h.) that emphasize data manipulation, databases, and networking. It provides more applications-oriented content than the traditional computer science curriculum yet is designed to offer students a sound basis in underlying computer science themes and techniques.

This course:

CS:2110 Programming for Informatics 4 s.h.

One of these:

CS:2420 Databases for Informatics 3 s.h.
MSCI:3200 Database Management 3 s.h.

All of these:

CS:1110 Introduction to Computer Science 3 s.h.
CS:2520 Human-Computer Interaction 3 s.h.
CS:2620 Networking and Security for Informatics 3 s.h.
CS:3910 Informatics Project 3 s.h.

Informatics Electives

BA students must complete at least one course (3 s.h.) and BS students must complete at least two (6 s.h.) from a list of approved computing informatics electives. Course selection must be approved by an advisor or by the informatics program director. In addition to the courses listed below, students may have additional choices from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Management Sciences; consult an informatics faculty advisor for additional choices.

MSCI:4220 Database Management II 3 s.h.
Any computer science course (prefix CS) numbered 3000 through 4990, except CS:3910  

Statistics Course

BA and BS students must complete one introductory statistics course. Some cognates require a specific statistic course. Students should consult with their advisor to choose a statistics course appropriate for their cognate area.

One of these:

SOC:2160 Applied Statistics for Social Scientists 3 s.h.
STAT:1020 Elementary Statistics and Inference 3 s.h.
STAT:1030 Statistics for Business 4 s.h.
STAT:2010 Statistical Methods and Computing 3 s.h.
STAT:2020 Probability and Statistics for the Engineering and Physical Sciences 3 s.h.
STAT:3120 Probability and Statistics 4 s.h.
STAT:3510 Biostatistics 3 s.h.
STAT:4143 Introduction to Statistical Methods 3 s.h.

Cognate Requirements

Students must complete all requirements listed under one of the following cognate areas: art, economics, geoinformatics, health informatics, human-computer interaction, linguistics, medical informatics, music, social informatics, or an individualized cognate. Requirements for cognate areas are specified on separate pages, linked below:

Informatics Course Sequence

Informatics Course Sequence

Note: A solid arrow indicates a clear prerequisite course that must be taken before the next course; a dotted arrow indicates a course that must be taken before or with the other course.