All Students Need a Foundation in Technology

The growth of information technologies in virtually all disciplines and workplaces have created a need for many students to have more than a basic introduction to technology. The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences provides many opportunities for students to apply engineering, computing, and information issues and perspectives to their own discipline.

Are you interested in writing programs and manipulating data? The Department of Computer Science is right for you.

Computer science involves the scientific study of algorithms and the problems they solve. This leads to careers including programmer, systems analyst, network administrator, database developer, security analyst, IT officer, software engineer, and more.

Do you want to apply technology in your career in some other field, such as science, business, or art? Pick the Department of Informatics.

Informatics courses enhance all disciplines by introducing multiple technology skills.  Careers could include web developer/designer, information assurance and cybersecurity professional, database administrator, and others. 

Do you enjoy working with people to meet their information needs? The Department of Information Studies is your best choice.

Information science involves acquiring, organizing, retrieving, and using information. It prepares students to interact with the users of information, and it educates them for careers such as librarians, archivists, information technology specialists, school library media specialists, network or database administrators, and others.

Computer Science

This discipline involves the scientific study of algorithms and the problems they might solve. The Department of Computer Science offers a BA degree, two BS degrees and a combined BA/MS degree. A computer science minor is also offered. Graduate degrees include both the master's degree and the Ph.D.  Computer Science at UAlbany leads to careers including programming, systems analyst, network administrator, database developer, security analyst, IT officer, software engineer, and more.

Informatics

Informatics looks at how technology is applied to specific disciplines, with targeted programs in government, education, business, the sciences, and the humanities. Informatics at UAlbany offers a BS degree as well as a general option minor which may be combined with almost any major.

The Ph.D. program in Information Science is built on the model of the scientist-practitioner emphasizing research, teaching, and the application of research to practice.  It prepares graduates for both academic and research careers in information science or related disciplines and for higher-level management and policy positions in private and public sector organizations.

Information Studies

This field concerns originating, representing, organizing, retrieving, and using information.

In preparing students to interact with the users of information, a master’s degree in Information Science educates them for such careers as librarians, archivists, information technology specialists, school library media specialists, network or database administrators, and others.

Next Steps

Begin your appliation process for undergraduate admission or for graduate study at the University at Albany today.