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Bachelor of Science in Informatics – Collaborative Online Degree Program

As technology becomes increasingly prevalent 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.

IU Online’s Bachelor of Science in Informatics prepares you to harness the power of computing to bring about  positive change and address challenges in such areas as business, security, privacy, healthcare, education, poverty, and environmental sustainability. Adopting tools and techniques from communication, mathematics, multimedia, and human-computer interaction design, you learn interdisciplinary approaches to transforming data into knowledge that creates real-world innovations.

Students may 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.
  • Enterprise resource planning (ERP) track - Students will study several skill areas within business ERP, including financial accounting, information systems, marketing, operation management, supply chain, and ERP.
  • 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 trackStudents 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. 
  • Sustainability track Students will study several skill areas within sustainability studies, including environment, society and economy, natural science and social science principles of sustainability, and their application to innovative problem solving, and application of sustainability to work and career choices.

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.   

Student Services and Resources

Students admitted to IU Online receive a full range of personalized support services, including:

  • Onboarding
  • Advising
  • Success Coaching
  • Math and Writing Support
  • Career Services
  • Peer Mentorship
  • Tutoring
Degree Requirements  

To graduate with the B.S. in Informatics, you must complete a total of 120 semester credit hours, broken down as follows. 

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) 

Transfer up to 64 credits from a regionally accredited two-year college and up to 90 credit hours from an accredited four-year college or university.

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.)

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