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Bachelor of Science in Informatics

The degree requires a total of 122 credit hours including the following:


A) ENG-W 131 English Composition (3 cr.) A grade of C or better is required.
B) Critical Thinking (3 cr.) e.g., PHIL- P 105, P 110, P 150, or P 250
C) Oral Communication (3 cr.) SPCH-S 121
D) Visual Literary (3 cr.) e.g., INFO-I310, FINA A109, JOUR J210
E) Quantitative Reasoning (3 cr.) Satisfied by required Mathematics courses
F) COAS Q110 Information Literacy (1 cr.) Should be taken with ENG W131
G) Computer Literacy (3 cr.) Satisfied by required Computer Science courses

COMMON CORE (12 Credits). At least one of the following must be at the 300 level.

A) The Natural World (3 cr.) e.g., N190 or N390
B) Human Behavior & Social Institutions (3 cr.) e.g., B190 or B399
C) Literary and Intellectual Traditions (3 cr.) e.g., T190 or T390
D) Art, Aesthetics and Creativity (3 cr.) e.g., A190 or A399


A) Non-Western Cultures (3 cr.) e.g., ANTH E105, POLS Y109
B) Diversity in U.S. Society (3 cr.) e.g., SOC S161, HIST H105 or H106
C) Health and Wellness (2 cr.) e.g., HPER N220, NURS B109 plus HPER-E 100-level

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Two semesters in a single language, or equivalent.

PHYSICAL & LIFE SCIENCES (13 Credits). Courses in at least two different sciences must be taken.

A) N190 or N390 (3 cr.) Natural World N190 or N390. Satisfied by completing the Common Core requirement A.
B) Electives chosen from astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. (10 cr.)

MATHEMATICS (6 Credits). A grade of C or better in each course is required.

A) MATH-M 118 Finite Mathematics (3 cr.)
B) 300 level Statistics approved by the informatics director (3 cr.)

INFORMATICS (34 Credits). A grade of C- or better in each course is required. At least 22 of the 34 credits must be taken within Indiana University.

Thirty-four credit hours in Informatics, to be satisfied with the following core and elective courses:


INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics (4 cr.)
INFO-I 201 Mathematical Foundations of Informatics (4 cr.) or CSCI-C 251
INFO-I 202 Social Informatics or SOC-S 260
INFO-I 210 Information Infrastructure I (4 cr.) or CSCI-C 101
INFO-I 211 Information Infrastructure II (4 cr.) or CSCI-C 201
INFO-I 308 Information Representation (3 cr.)

Two of the following four courses:

INFO-I 300 Human-Computer Interaction (3 cr.)
INFO-I 303 Organizational Informatics (3 cr.)
INFO-I 310 Multimedia Arts and Technology (3 cr.)
INFO-I 320 Distributed Systems and Collaborative Computing (3 cr.)

One of the following capstone options:

INFO-I 450/I451 Design & Development of an Information System (or CSCI-C 308/CSCI-C 442)
INFO-I 460/461 Thesis / Senior Project

Electives: at least 6 credits chosen from Informatics electives (300 level or higher). Prerequisite courses may be required.

BIOL-L 311 Genetics (3 cr.)
BUS-K 301 Enterprise Resource Planning (3)
CHEM-C 371 Chemical Informatics I (3 cr.)
CSCI-C 311 Organization of Programming Languages (3 cr.)
CSCI-A 340 Introduction to Web Programming (3)
CSCI-C 335 Computer Structures (3 cr.)
CSCI-B 424 Parallel and Distributed Programming (3 cr.)
CSCI-C 435 Operating Systems I (3 cr.)
CSCI-B 438 Computer Networks (3 cr.)
CSCI-C 442 Database Systems (3 cr.)
CSCI-C 463 Artificial Intelligence (3 cr.)
CSCI-C 481 Interactive Computer Graphics (3 cr.)
CSCI-C 455 Analysis of Algorithms (3 cr.)
ENGL-W XXX Web-Based Instruction (3 cr.)
ENGL-W XXX Web-Based Writing / Journal Editing (3 cr.)
FINA-P XXX Advanced Digital Production (3 cr.)
FINA-P 374 Computer Arts and Design II (3 cr.)
INFO-I 300 Human Computer Interaction (3 cr.)
INFO-I 303 Organizational Informatics (3 cr.)
INFO-I 310 Multimedia Arts and Technology (3 cr.)
INFO-I 320 Distrib. Sys & Collaborative Computing (3 cr.)
INFO-I 400 Topics in Informatics (3 cr.) e.g., Bioinformatics.
MATH-M 365 Probability and Statistics (3 cr.)
PHIL-P 338 Philosophy of Technology (3 cr.)
PHYS-P 303 Digital Electronics (4 cr.)
PHYS-P 334 Fundamentals of Optics (3 cr.)
PSY-P 335 Cognitive Psychology (3 cr.)
PSY-P 438 Language and Cognition (3 cr.)
SOC-S 319 Sociology of Science (3 cr.)
SOC-S 451 Web Based Survey Techniques (3 cr.)
The selection of informatics electives will be expanded as additional cognate areas develop.

COGNATE AREA(approximately 15-18 Credits)

Course in your area of interest chosen with the consent of your advisor and the director of informatics

GENERAL ELECTIVES (approximately 3 Credits)

What is Bio Informatics?

Bioinformatics and computational biology involve the use of techniques from applied mathematics, informatics, statistics, and computer science, and chemistry, especially biochemistry to solve biological problems usually on the molecular level. Research in computational biology often overlaps with systems biology. Major research efforts in the field include sequence alignment, gene finding, genome assembly, protein structure alignment, protein structure prediction, prediction of gene expression and protein-protein interactions, and the modeling of evolution.
For a list of cognate courses see the advising sheet

What is Health Informatics?

Health informatics or medical informatics is the intersection of information science, medicine and health care. It deals with the resources, devices and methods required to optimize the acquisition, storage, retrieval and use of information in health and biomedicine. Health informatics tools include not only computers but also clinical guidelines, formal medical terminologies, and information and communication systems.

Subdomains of (bio)medical or health care informatics include: clinical informatics, nursing informatics, imaging informatics, consumer health informatics, public health informatics, dental informatics, clinical research informatics, bioinformatics and pharmacy informatics.

Health Informatics is a developing scientific field that deals with the storage, retrieval, manipulation and use of medical information. It focuses on the application of computer systems to improve health care delivery and management.

As a health Informatics major, you learn to work at a crossroad of many disciplines. You study the theory and applications of computer science and information technology, and you learn to apply your skills to health care. With your help, hospitals, doctors, nurses, lab technician and other health care providers will be able to improve the delivery of health care to their patients.

Health Informatics spans areas such as:

- Electronic patient record management
- Design of communication protocols for transmission of health care data
- Development of terminology, coding, and classification systems
- Medical imaging and image processing
- Remote diagnosis and Telemedicine
- Database construction and data management and data mining

For a list of cognate courses see the advising sheet

What is Social Informatics?

Social informatics is the study of information and communication tools in cultural, or institutional (Kling, Rosenbaum, & Sawyer, 2005). A transdisciplinary field, (Sawyer & Rosenbaum, 2000, p. 90) social informatics is part of a larger body of socio-economic research that examines the ways in which the technological artifact and human social context mutually constitute the information and communications technology (ICT) ensemble. Some proponents of social informatics use the relationship of a biological community to its environment as an analogy for the relationship of tools to people who use them. The Center for Social Informatics founded by the late Dr. Rob Kling, an early champion of the field’s ideas, defines the field thus:

Social Informatics (SI) refers to the body of research and study that examines social aspects of computerization – including the roles of information technology in social and organizational change, the uses of information technologies in social contexts, and the ways that the social organization of information technologies is influenced by social forces and social practices.

For a list of cognate courses see the advising sheet

What is New media?

New Media is a relatively new field of study that has developed around cultural practices with the computer playing a central role as the medium for production, storage and distribution.

New Media studies reflect on the social and ideological impact of the personal computer, computer networks, digital mobile devices, ubiquitous computing and virtual reality. The study includes researchers and propagators of new forms of artistic practices such as interactive installations, net art, software art, new interfaces for musical expression, the subsets of interaction, interface design and the concepts of interactivity, multimedia and remediation.

'Media' (the plural of medium) refer to technologies used to communicate messages and include mass media (newspapers, TV, radio), popular media (film, books) and digital media (computer games, the World Wide Web, virtual reality) and others.

'New' in this context means:

the relative novelty of digital computing;
the unprecedented speed of evolution and mutation of devices and technologies;
undeveloped, imperfect and experimental environments;
subjective novelty, most of the artists and theoreticians currently studying digital culture have migrated from different disciplines.

For a list of cognate courses see the advising sheet

What is Cognitive Science?

Cognitive science is usually defined as the scientific study either of mind or of intelligence (e.g. Luger 1994). Practically every formal introduction to cognitive science stresses that it is a highly interdisciplinary research area, in which psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, computer science, anthropology, biology, and physics are its principal specialized or applied branches.

For a list of cognate courses see the advising sheet