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New Curriculum for Arts and CALS Students Entering as of or after Fall 2015

Each of the introductory Information Science courses is the beginning of a path of in-depth study. We call these paths Concentrations. Each one is described in further detail below.

Information Science majors are required to take core courses that introduce them to the variety of theories and methods of study within the discipline. Students will specialize in a particular area of interest in Information Science by choosing classes from one concentration that will provide in-depth study in that area. Suggested courses under each concentration come from within and outside the department. Read the information below on each concentration to determine which one best suits your interests and career goals. In addition to the courses in their chosen concentration, students are required to complete three elective classes that will contribute to their studies in either breadth or depth.

Overview of Major Requirements:

  • Students are required to complete five core courses detailed below.
  • Students are required to take CS 1110, Calculus, and a Statistics course. Advanced Placement credit may not be used to fulfill the statistics requirement for students matriculating as of or after Fall 2015. See the Required Programming and Math section for more information. 
  • Students are required to complete AT LEAST one concentration from the seven concentrations available. 
  • Students are required to complete three electives from the options outlined in the Elective section. 

The core curriculum and required courses form the foundation of the Information Science major, that each student can then build upon to create their own unique skill set.

All Information Science majors are required to take CS 1110, Calculus I, and a Statistics course. The list of approved Calculus I and Statistics classes is provided below.

Students specialize in a particular area of interest in Information Science by selecting one concentration that will provide in-depth study in that area.

All students are required to complete three electives that are chosen from the following options; INFO 2300, CS 2110, CS 3110, CS 3410 or any INFO 3000+ or higher course including INFO 4900 (except INFO 4998). These courses must be taken for a letter grade, each must earn three or more credit hours, and all must be... more