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Bachelor of Science in Informatics

Bachelor of Science in Informatics

Collaborative Online Degree

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

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

Many online support services are available to assist you as you progress through the 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
  • Web developer
  • Information security professional
  • E-commerce specialist
  • Database developer/manager
  • Software developer

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. 


Admissions
To be accepted to this program, you must have:
  1. Admissions requirements vary.
To apply to this program:
  1. Complete application for admission.
  2. Submit official transcripts to admissions@iusb.edu.
  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.

This program is offered by IU South Bend, IU East, IUPUI, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, and IU Southeast. After applying, you will be assigned a home campus. You will submit application documents to the Office of Admissions on that campu. 

Application Deadline:

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


Degree Requirements (120 cr.)

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

Requirements are broken down as follows:

  • Courses required for the Online B.S. in Informatics fulfill the Quantitative Reasoning requirement.
  • Core Courses (39 cr.)
  • Informatics Electives (9 cr.)
  • Tracks (15-18 cr.)
  • Additional Requirements (16 cr.)
  • World Language (0-6 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.
  • Free Electives (balance of credits needed to equal 120 credit requirement)

  • 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.
  • Students 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 credits from a regionally accredited four-year college or university.
  • All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

Major Requirements (48 cr.)
Informatics Core Courses (39 cr.)
  • INFO-C 100 Informatics Foundations
  • INFO-C 112 Tools for Informatics: Programming and Databases
  • INFO-C 201 Mathematical Foundations of Informatics
  • INFO-C 203 Social Informatics
  • INFO-C 210 Problem Solving and Programming I
  • INFO-C 211 Problem Solving and Programming 2
  • INFO-C 300 Human Computer Interaction
  • INFO-C 307 Data Representation and Organization
  • INFO-C 399 Database Systems
  • INFO-C 413 Web Design and Development
  • INFO-C 450 System Design
  • INFO-C 451 System Implementation
  • INFO-C 452 Project Management

Informatics Electives (9 cr.)

Tracks (15-18 cr.)

The B.S. in Informatics requires students to choose a track, or specific area of focus to better determine what kinds of people or systems that he or she would like to work with.

A track is an integrated program of courses taken outside of the School of Informatics. These courses emphasize the foundations, applications and/or implications of information technology in the chosen area.

List of Tracks

  • Business
  • Health Information Management
  • Legal Informatics

Business Track (18 cr.)

Demonstrate knowledge and skills in accounting and bookkeeping

Select one from the following:

  • BUS-A 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • BUS-A 202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting

Demonstrate knowledge and skills in business and management.

  • BUS-J 404 Business and Society

Demonstrate knowledge and skills in marketing

Select one from the following:

  • BUS-M 300 Introduction to Marketing
  • BUS-M 301 Introduction to Marketing Management

Demonstrate knowledge and skills in human resource management.

  • BUS-Z 440 Personnel–Human Resource Management

Demonstrate knowledge and skills in financial management

Select one from the following:

  • BUS-F 301 Financial Management
  • BUS-F 302 Financial Decision Making

Demonstrate knowledge and skills in operations/supply chain management

Select one from the following:

  • BUS-P 301 Operations Management
  • BUS-P 421 Supply Chain Management

Health Information Management Track (15-18 cr.)

Demonstrate expertise in medical terminology

Select one from the following:

  • AHLT-M195 Medical Terminology
  • AHLT-M 330 Medical Terminology
  • HIM-M 330 Medical Terminology
  • HIM-M195 Medical Terminology

Develop familiarity with concepts in health information management

Select one from the following:

  • AHLT-M 192 Introduction to Health Information Management and Reimbursement (2-3 cr.)
  • AHLT-M 392 Introduction to Health Information Management and Reimbursement (2-3 cr.)
  • HIM-M 108 Introduction to Health Information Management
  • HIM-M 101 Introduction to Health Records (3 cr.)
    P: HIM-M 195

Demonstrate expertise in healthcare information requirements and standards

Select one from the following:

  • HIM-M 325 Healthcare Information Requirements and Standards I
  • HIM-M 301 Healthcare Quality and Information Management
    P: HIM-M 101, HIM-M 107, HIM-M 195
  • HIM-M 325 Healthcare Information Requirements and Standards I

Demonstrate expertise in analysis of health information

Select one from the following:

  • HIM-M 107 Computer Applications in Health Information Technology
    C: HIM-M 101
  • HIM-M 425 Quantitative Analysis of Health Information

Complete one of the following two learning outcomes:

Demonstrate expertise in pathophysiology and pharmacology

  • HIM-M 350 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for HIM I
  • HIM M351 Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for HIM II
    P: HIM-M 350)

Develop familiarity with electronic health information record systems.

  • HIM-M 410 Computer Systems in Healthcare
    P: HIM-M 101, HIM-M 107, HIM-M 195
Legal Informatics Track (15 cr.)

The Legal Informatics Cognate consists of the following five courses:

  • INFO-C 401 Foundations in Legal Informatics
    Offered every fall
  • INFO-C 402 Legal and Social Informatics of Security
    Offered every spring
  • INFO-C 403 Electronic Discovery
    Offered every fall
  • INFO-C 404 Litigation Support Systems and Courtroom Presentations
    Offered every summer
  • INFO-C 405 Technology and the Law
    Offered every spring

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

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