Library & Information Science (LIS)

Information Science, B.S. (BSIS)

The Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) is a multidisciplinary program that blends coursework from library and information sciences, 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.

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Program Contact

Department of Library & Information Science
446 School of Education Building


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Example Careers

Systems Management, Web Development, Database Design, Technology Training and Development, Information Technology Consulting, UX Design, and Geographical Information Systems

Designed For

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.

Career Opportunities

Many employers (e.g., financial firms, health care providers, technology companies) exhibit a demand for bachelor’s – level information science 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.

Research Interests

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

Core Courses:

  • LIS 199: Information Use in a Digital World or LIS 201: Information Literacy for a Digital World
  • LIS 300: Introduction to Information Science
  • IST 300: Human Information Behavior
  • IST 301: Information Organization
  • IST 304: Project Management in Information Organizations
  • ERM 410: Data Literacy
  • IST 423: Information Storage and Retrieval
  • IST 466: Information Ethics and Policy
  • IST 498: Capstone in Information Science

Computer Programming:

  • CSC 120: Introduction to Computer Programming

Student Area of Focus:

  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Information Analytics
  • Information Technology Training and Development
  • Organizational and Community Informatics

Minimum Program Requirements

The 120-semester-hour program in information science requires a minimum 2.5 GPA for admission.

Three-year Plan of Courses

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