School of Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Informatics – Collaborative Online Degree Program

As technology becomes increasingly pervasive in our lives, there's 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 today's problems in healthcare, privacy, security, education, poverty, and the environment. Your B.S. in Informatics will prepare you to develop technology solutions that address and anticipate the needs of today's 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  

This 100 percent online, consortial program is taught by IU East, IUPUI, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, and IU Southeast. This consortial model allows you to take coursework from several campuses and learn from a wide range of faculty.  

Degree Requirements  

To graduate with the B.S. 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.  

Requirements are broken down as follows:  

  • 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) 

Students are required to choose one of the following tracks:  

Business track  

Coursework will provide instruction in several areas of business and business management, including accounting, bookkeeping, marketing, human resource management, financial management, and supply chain management.  

Health Information Management track  

Coursework will provide instruction in several areas of health information management, including ethics, communication, confidentiality, and data analysis. Students will learn to follow standards of a professional healthcare environment, and to effectively and accurately analyze healthcare information.  

Legal Informatics track  

Students will study several skill areas necessary in legal informatics, including specialized technology, handling evidence, information governance, security, privacy, and protection of intellectual property. Students will assist with presenting a legal case in court.  

Student Services  

IU Online provides quick and easy access to tools, tips, and IU resources to help you succeed, including:  

  • Admissions: Personalized application support for the program that is right for you 
  • Onboarding: An interactive orientation to online learning and all things IU 
  • Student Financial Services: Tailored resources for financial aid and money management 
  • Success Coaching: One-on-one support to reach your academic and personal goals 
  • Math and Writing Support: Direct access to IU-trained math mentors and writing consultants 
  • Career Services: Interactive tools and coaching to accelerate your career 
  • Libraries and Research: Online access to IU library resources and research librarians 
  • Technology: A full suite of software, collaboration tools, cloud storage, and training 
  • 24/7 Contact Center: Real-time chat, email, and phone support direct from IU  


Application Deadline 

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.  

To be accepted to this program, you must have: 

  1. Admissions requirements vary.  

NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states 

To apply to this program: 

  1. Complete application for admission. 
  2. Submit official transcripts. 
  3. Submit official high school transcript or equivalent (may be required of some applicants). 
  4. Complete an essay (may be required of some applicants). 
  5. International applicants may be asked for additional materials. 
  6. 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. 

 Core Courses

  • INFO-C 100 Informatics Foundations (3 cr.)
  • INFO-C 112 Tools for Informatics: Programming and Databases (3 cr.)
  • INFO-C 201 Mathematical Foundations of Informatics (3 cr.)
  • INFO-C 203 Social Informatics (3 cr.)
  • INFO-C 210 Problem Solving and Programming I (3 cr.)
  • INFO-C 211 Programming 2 (3 cr.)
  • INFO-C 300 Human Computer Interaction (3 cr.)
  • INFO-C 307 Data Representation and Organization (3 cr.)
  • INFO-C 399 Database Systems (3 cr.)
  • INFO-C 413 Web Design and Development (3 cr.)
  • INFO-C 450 System Design (3 cr.)
  • INFO-C 451 System Implementation (3 cr.)
  • INFO-C 452 Project Management (3 cr.)

Tuition & Fees 

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 
Note: Additional fees will apply. 

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