As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in our lives, theres a growing need for skills in managing the digital world, and in understanding the social impact of computing and the big picture of how people and technology connect. Informatics focuses on putting information technology to work solving todays problems in healthcare, privacy, security, education, poverty, and the environment. Your BS in Informatics will prepare you to develop technology solutions that address and anticipate the needs of todays world.
The IU Online Bachelor of Science in Informatics prepares you for work in technology start-ups, health information systems, human-computer interaction, sustainability, and technology research, opening the door to such careers as:
- User experience designer
- Information architect
- Digital library specialist
- Network manager
- Web developer
- Information security professional
- E-commerce specialist
- Database developer/manager
- Software developer
- System administrator
To graduate with the BS in Informatics, you must complete a total of 120 semester credit hours, broken down as follows. You may be able to transfer an associate degree or up to 64 credit hours from a regionally accredited two-year college and up to 90 credit hours from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.
- Informatics core courses (39 credit hours)
- Cognate courses (15-18 credit hours)
- General education courses (30-42 credit hours)
- Informatics electives (9 credit hours)
- General electives (12-27 credit hours)
As an IU Online student, you will receive personalized help and counseling in:
- Onboarding, with just-in-time reference material
- Financial aid, including help finding and applying for loans and scholarships
- Success coaching
- Math and writing tutoring
- 24/7 Call Center
- Career coaching
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
Admissions requirements vary.
To apply to this program:
- Complete application for admission.
- Submit official transcripts.
- Submit official high school transcript or equivalent (may be required of some applicants).
- Complete an essay (may be required of some applicants).
- International applicants may be asked for additional materials.
- This program is offered by IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IUPUI, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. After applying, you will be assigned a home campus. You will submit application documents to the Office of Admissions of that campus.
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
Introduction to informatics, basic problem-solving and elementary programming skills. It also provides a survey of computing tools in the context of selected disciplines (cognates).
This course is an introduction to programming and databases, two basic means of creating, changing, and storing information on a computer. Computational thinking, basic programming, and basic debugging methods will be covered in a high-level language. Data modeling, schemas, SQL queries, and data-entry forms will also be emphasized.
An introduction to methods of analytical, abstract, and critical thinking; deductive reasoning; and logical and mathematical tools used in information sciences. The topics include propositional and predicate logic, natural deduction proof system, sets, functions and relations, elementary statistics, proof methods in mathematics, and mathematical induction.
This course introduces ethical, privacy, and legal issues and social research on the use of information and communications technologies. Topics include intellectual property, ethical use of information, information privacy laws, personal code of ethics, principles for resolving ethical conflicts, popular and controversial uses of technology, and research methodologies for social informatics.
First in a two-course sequence of intensive computer programming. In this course, students will design, develop, test, and debug software solutions using a given programming language
Second course in the two-course sequence of intensive computer programming. In this course, students will learn and apply object-oriented computer programming concepts and techniques. The course will also provide a brief introduction to data structures and files.
This course introduces core topics and approaches in human-computer interaction, including the process of designing and evaluating interactive technologies. Topics include interaction design, evaluation, usability, user psychology, prototyping, requirements and analysis, and related issues. Students working in teams identify stakeholders, build user-centered interfaces, and apply statistics to analyze user data.
This course will provide an introduction to ways in which data can be organized, represented, and processed, from low level to high level. Topics include basic file manipulation, as well as construction of memory-based structures and algorithms using arrays (single, multidimensional), lists (single, double, circular), stacks, queues, binary trees, and hash tables.
This course will provide an in-depth discussion of database systems fundamentals. The course emphasizes the concepts underlying various functionalities provided by a database management system, and its usage from an end-user perspective. Topics include: overview and architecture of database systems, relational database modeling and querying, and basic XML database modeling and querying.
This course introduces the concepts of large-scale system design and development. Topics include the software development life cycle, specification, analysis, design, modeling, use cases, user interface design, planning, estimating, reusability, portability, working in teams, introductory project management, and CASE tools. Student teams will present their final project design.
This course introduces the concepts of large-scale system implementation. Topics include implementation of data models, user interfaces, and software systems, working in teams, software testing, planning, estimating, and post-delivery maintenance. Students will work in teams and utilize project management tools and revision control and source code management systems. Student teams will present their final project implementation.
This course provides an in-depth discussion of project management in an informatics setting. Students will become conversant in the tools and techniques of project management, such as project selection methods, work breakdown structures, network diagrams, critical-path analysis, critical-chain scheduling, cost estimates, earned-value management, motivation theory, and team building.
Cost for Indiana Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $250.00
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $750.00
Cost for Out of State Residents
Per Credit Hour
- Tuition: $350.00
3 Credit Hours
- Tuition: $1050.00
-Prep program at some campuses not eligible for collaborative rate.
-Additional fees will apply.
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