Information Studies, B.S. (BSIS)
The Bachelor of Science in Information Studies (BSIS) is a multidisciplinary program that blends coursework from library and information studies, computer science, geography, information systems/supply chain management, and education research methodology to prepare students to work for a variety of organizations that handle complex data and information systems and need to leverage this information for decision making. The program consists of three focus areas: management, maintenance, and design of information systems; training, development, and user education; and geographic information systems. Students will prepare for an exciting career in a rapidly-expanding field, as they learn to see the big picture; your coursework will explore the needs of information users, you will learn the value of information and technology, and you will learn to create and utilize data to support the dissemination of information.
Systems Management, Web Development, Database Design, Technology Training and Development, Information Technology Consulting, UX Design, and Geographical Information Systems
This program is a full-time, on campus degree. Our curriculum is flexible, and offers three areas of focus, Organizational & Community Informatics, Information Technology Training and Development, and Geographic Information Systems. These areas of focus allow you to tailor your education to suit your interest and career path.
Many employers (e.g., financial firms, health care providers, technology companies) exhibit a demand for bachelor’s – level information studies professionals. Individuals who wish to pursue careers in diverse fields can enroll and gain the skills necessary to work in a variety of settings that handle complex data and information systems.
Students engage in inquiry learning throughout the curriculum with a culminating research project at the end of their program. Students study the use of evidence-based problem solving and decision making in order to address real world professional issues in information science.
Program of Study
Total hours: 120
- 37 hours: General Education Requirement
- 24 hours: Required Core Courses
- 3 hours: Computer Programming
- 12 hours: Student selected area of focus
- 44 hours: Electives
- IST 201: Introduction to Information Professions
- IST 300: Human Information Behavior
- IST 301: Information Organization
- IST 304: Project Management in Information Organizations
- ERM: Data Literacy (course number to be determined)
- IST 523/LIS 623: Principles of Information Retrieval
- IST 566/LIS 666: Information Ethics and Policy
- IST: Capstone in Information Studies (course number to be determined)
- CS 120: Introduction to Computer Programming
Student Area of Focus:
Organizational & Community Informatics
Information Technology Training and Development
Geographic Information Systems
Minimum Program Requirements
The 120-semester-hour program in information studies requires a minimum 2.5 GPA for admission.