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. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. A cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00 is required for graduation. Students must also complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core.

The program combines foundational informatics coursework with coursework in a cognate area. The major offers the cognate areas of art, economics, geoinformatics, health informatics, human-computer interaction, linguistics, media, music, social informatics, and individualized cognates. Required credit for the major depends on a student's choice of cognate area.

To fulfill requirements for the informatics major, students combine informatics coursework that provides a strong foundation in computing with coursework in one of several cognate disciplines. This approach yields a wide variety of multidimensional programs well suited to the educational and economic needs of the 21st century.

The informatics core provides more applications-oriented content than the traditional computer science curriculum, emphasizing data manipulation, databases, and networking. Yet it is designed to provide students with a sound base in underlying computer science themes.

Coursework for the major includes the informatics core, one elective, a statistics course, and a set of courses in a chosen cognate area. Work for the major may not be taken pass/nonpass. Students are expected to have taken MATH:1005 - College Algebra or the equivalent.

Students majoring in informatics may not earn a second major in computer science, business analytics and information systems, or computer science and engineering. They may, however, earn a minor in computer science.

Listed below are the general categories of coursework required to earn the degree; for more specific information on courses, curriculum, and requirements of the Bachelor of Arts in informatics, visit the UI General Catalog.

Degree Requirements
Title Hours
Informatics Core Courses 19
Informatics Electives 3
Statistics Course 3-4
Cognate Courses 18-25
Total Hours 41-43
Prereq structure of core Informatics BA & BS courses

Cognate Courses

Students must complete all requirements listed under one of the cognate areas: art, economics, geoinformatics, health informatics, human-computer interaction, linguistics, media, music, social informatics, or an individualized cognate. Available courses and additional requirements can be found in the UI General Catalog.

Early Admission to the Graduate College

Undergraduate informatics students who have 6 s.h. or less to earn toward graduation may apply for early admission to the Graduate College. Early admission allows students in their final undergraduate semester to take courses for graduate credit in addition to the courses they need to complete their bachelor's degrees.