B.S. in Informatics

computer scienceBachelor of Science in Informatics

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Degree Requirements (120 cr.)

Students receiving the Bachelor of Science degree in Informatics must complete 120 total credit hours including:

  • The IU South Bend campuswide general-education curriculum (33-39 cr.)
    Courses required for the B.S. in Informatics fulfill Quantitative Reasoning requirement.
  • World Language (3-6 cr.)
    Successful completion of a second-semester language class, designated as 102, or formal training, as evidenced by secondary or university diplomas, in a language other than English. The Department of World Language Studies (W.L.S.) offers a placement examination to determine into which semester a student should enroll and/or to qualify students for credit by examination.
  • Major concentration and elective requirements.
  • Minimum of 30 credit hours at the 300- or 400-level.

Courses required for the major must be completed with a grade of C– or higher. A minimum CGPA of 2.0 is required. All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

Major Requirements (40 cr.)
  • A grade of C– or higher in each course is required. At least 22 of the 34 credit hours must be taken within Indiana University.
  • 40 credit hours in informatics, to be satisfied with the following core and elective courses:

Core Courses (34 cr.)

  • INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics (4 cr.)
  • INFO-I 201 Mathematical Foundations of Informatics (4 cr.)
  • INFO-I 202 Social Informatics
  • INFO-I 210 Information Infrastructure I (4 cr.)
  • INFO-I 211 Information Infrastructure II (4 cr.)
  • INFO-I 308 Information Representation

Select two of the following four courses:

  • INFO-I 300 Human-Computer Interaction Design and Programming
  • INFO-I 303 Organizational Informatics
  • INFO-I 310 Multimedia Arts and Technology
  • INFO-I 320 Distributed Systems and Collaborative Computing

Select one of the following capstone options:

Option 1

  • INFO-I 450 Design and Development of an Information System
  • INFO-I 451 Design and Development of an Information System

Option 2 (check with the director of informatics for availability)

  • INFO-I 460 Senior Thesis
  • INFO-I 461 Senior Thesis

Electives (6 cr.)

At least 6 credit hours chosen from informatics electives (300-level or higher). Prerequisite courses may be required. The selection of informatics electives will be expanded as additional cognate areas develop.

  • BIOL-L 311 Genetics
  • BUS-K 301 Enterprise Resource Planning
  • CSCI-A 340 An Introduction to Web Programming
  • CSCI-B 401 Fundamentals of Computing Theory
  • CSCI-B 424 Parallel and Distributed Programming
  • CSCI-B 438 Fundamentals of Computer Networks
  • CSCI-B 451 Security in Computing
  • CSCI-C 311 Programming Languages
  • CSCI-C 335 Computer Structures (4 cr.)
  • CSCI-C 435 Operating Systems 1 (4 cr.)
  • CSCI-C 455 Analysis of Algorithms I
  • CSCI-C 463 Artificial Intelligence I
  • CSCI-C 481 Interactive Computer Graphics
  • FINA-P 374 Computer Art and Design II
  • INFO-I 300 Human-Computer Interaction Design and Programming
  • INFO-I 303 Organizational Informatics
  • INFO-I 310 Multimedia Arts and Technology
  • INFO-I 320 Distributed Systems and  Collaborative Computing
  • INFO-I 400 Topics in Informatics (e.g., bioinformatics, game programming)
  • MATH-M 365 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4 cr.)
  • PHYS-P 303 Digital Electronics (4 cr.)
  • PHYS-P 334 Fundamentals of Optics
  • PSY-P 335 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY-P 438 Language and Cognition
  • SOC-S 319 Science, Technology, and Society

Additional Requirements (16 cr.)
  • Physical and Life Sciences (10 cr.) | Courses in at least two different sciences must be taken (Select from astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, or physics)
  • Mathematics (6 cr.) | A grade of C or higher in each course is required
  • MATH-M 118 Finite Mathematics
  • Statistics course (300-level or higher)

Cognate Area (15-18 cr.)

The student must take five or six courses in a cognate area of interest chosen with the consent of their advisor and the director of informatics.

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