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Why do IT students choose Informatics?
What makes Informatics different from other technology schools?
I'm in high school. What courses should I be taking?
I'm an IUSB freshman. What courses should I be taking?
What will I learn with an undergraduate Informatics degree?
What makes an Informatics graduate distinctive?
Why do employers choose Informatics grads?
What kinds of salaries are Informatics graduates commanding?
What is the research focus of Informatics faculty?
Does the Informatics program have its own labs?

Why do IT students choose Informatics?

Besides financial and professional opportunities, our students see the opportunity to work with IT in innovative ways. Sometimes this relates to another interest.

For example, one of our students had a cognate in fine arts. She mentioned that her parents had wanted her to major in business or computer science because she could always find a job, but she was really interested in art. Informatics allowed her to have both.

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What makes Informatics different from other technology schools?

Where other schools excel in engineering, Informatics is building its reputation on human-centered and area-specific.

Informatics balanced by strong foundations, systems, databases and programming languages provided by the Department of Computer and Information Sciences as well as area-specific courses provided by other academic units such as biology, arts, communications, business, and others.

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I'm in high school. What courses should I be taking?

  • Take any course that helps you expand your computer experience.
  • Take as many math and science courses as possible.
  • Practice your communications skills, such as writing and oral presentation.
  • If possible, learn a popular programming language, such as Visual Basic, C++ or Java.
  • Learn to navigate the Web and create a Web site.
  • Write games instead of just playing them.
  • Be observant about the many ways information technology impacts your life.
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I'm an IUSB freshman. What courses should I be taking?

As a freshman, you can explore informatics by taking I101 Introduction to Informatics. You can explore the computer science major by taking C101. Contact an informatics advisor about your options.

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What will I learn with an undergraduate Informatics degree?

  • A technical understanding of how computing systems and programs operate
  • Ability to adapt/assess and apply new trends in IT
  • Well-developed problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work in teams, such as those formed in courses like I450
  • Well-developed communications skills to clearly convey solutions and observations to others
  • An understanding of social and ethical principals as they relate to IT issues
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What makes an Informatics graduate distinctive?

Informatics students blend strong technology skills with a traditional liberal arts foundation. They are problem-solvers who understand the broader context for learning and how it applies in the world beyond technology. Many Informatics graduates are familiar with the content side of business and with business processes, especially as they relate to the use of IT.

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Why do employers choose Informatics grads?

In reviewing the comments from the graduates as to what the employers were attracted to, most cited their combination of technical IT skills along with knowledge of the cognate area, but especially appreciated the communications training and opportunity to work on real life projects in a team environment in their capstone course.

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What kinds of salaries are Informatics graduates commanding?

2006-2007 Salary Statistics

Average Salary by Degree
Degree Annual Salary
B.S in Informatics $48,000.00
B.S & B.A in Computer Sci. $49,700.00
All Masters Degrees $59,000.00

Undergraduate Average Salary and Signing Bonus by Location
Location Annual Salary Signing Bonuses
Indiana Jobs $41,800.00 $650.00
All Non-Indiana Jobs $53,000.00 $3,150.00
Chicago Area only $52,400.00 $2,100.00

Undergraduate Salary Averages by Job Type
Job Type Annual Salary
Technology Leadership Program $54,000.00
Consultant / Systems Analyst $51,950.00
Software Development $49,300.00
Data Mining $47,850.00
Web Development $45,000.00
Customer Service/Tech Support $31,800.00

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What is the research focus of Informatics faculty?

The Informatics has three main areas of research focus:

  • Human-centered informatics examines the interaction of technology and society.
  • Domain-centered informatics aids disciplines like medicine, security, chemistry, and even music that can benefit from information technology. Examples of these include bioinformatics and cybersecurity.
  • Technology-centered informatics is oriented toward software and hardware. This is the area most commonly referred to as computer science.
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