What Degrees are Offered in the Department of Informatics?
What is informatics?
Information science investigates the uses and impacts of information and technology on individuals, organizations and society.
Informatics is technology applied to specific fields. Informatics
serves as the bridge between computing and information technology and specific application
domains, ranging, for example, from the government and public policy to
economics to health care. As computing and information technologies become
increasingly embedded in the day-to-day operations of commerce Informatics as a
field will become increasingly important. We will need more individuals who
understand a diverse set of technologies and how to apply them across fields.
To illustrate this point we can look to the case of “big data” today.
Organizations are producing immense amounts of data and emerging technologies
are now making it possible to collect that data and use it to answer questions.
This has created the need for individuals who understand how to use those
technologies and how to get information out of large data sets.
So, what else does it cover?
Students learn how information is created, organized, represented, stored, accessed, retrieved, managed and protected in both traditional and non-traditional media.
Who should study information science?
If you’d like to help people navigate through the flood of today’s traditional and cyber-based information to reach their goals, or, if you are interested in helping organizations manage, use, and preserve the information they collect and create, a degree in information science can give you the knowledge, skills, and experiences to prepare you for these professional roles.
What kind of jobs can I get with this degree?
The undergraduate degree provides students with essential skills and a sound knowledge base with which to enter the information industry or to pursue graduate studies. Information science prepares students to pursue careers in web development, call center support services, and technology in government.
limited to one career option?
quite possible that students in one concentration are qualified for careers
from another concentration just by the nature of the core courses and their
extra-curricular energies. For instance, someone studying cyber-security may be
designing websites on the side and can use the two experiences together to work
on social media. Finally, it should also be noted that some of these areas are
so new, there are not well-defined job titles yet, especially within the data
analytics concentration. Employers told us they know what they are looking for,
but there is no specific title for it yet. This is to be expected with such a
skills will I learn?
Informatics is offered within the context of a
liberal arts degree. Students will complete a broad-based academic degree with
the in-depth training and educational experiences necessary to prepare them for
specific technology-focused careers. Among other things, the liberal arts
foundation of this degree will help promote skills such as critical thinking
and in general promote lifelong strategies. Given the rapid pace of social and
technological change, these skills are particularly important for students in
What if I want to major in something
else, but I like technology?
matter what your major is, an Informatics minor can make you more productive
and valuable in your field.
kind of jobs can I get with a Minor in Informatics?
with a B.A. or B.S. who majored in any subject acquire extra professional clout
with an Informatics minor. Informatics teaches students how to think about
their fields from a computing and information perspective and prepares them to
meet these challenges in their careers.