The Department of Informatics offers a B.S. in Informatics for students matriculating Summer 2015 or later. Students matriculating before that can select either the B.S. in Informatics or the B.A in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Information Science.
The B.S in Informatics is a unique opportunity for students to study the application of technology across disciplines. The degree is a combined major and minor, requiring a total of 54 credits. This includes 33 credits of required core courses that focus on the relationship between technology and society, the use of various technologies across platforms, and programming fundamentals. Emphasis is also placed on providing students with various opportunities to gain real-world experience, which comprises the 9 credits of experiential learning. In addition, students are required to complete 12 credits in a specialization called a concentration. This gives students the opportunity to deepen their experience and knowledge in a particular area of Informatics. The tracks are Interactive User Experience, Cyber-security, Computer Networking (not currently offered), Social Media, Data Analytics, Software Development, Physical Computing (pending approval), and Information Technology. The Information Technology track is offered fully online.
This degree is open to current UAlbany students only. As of April 2015, Transfers and freshmen will not be admitted to this option.
Information Science is an interdisciplinary major that allows students to explore their interest in the creation, search and spread of information. From databases to social networking, our students study the user end of the technology spectrum to understand how it is being utilized and how it is evolving.
To prepare our students for this fast-paced field, we have a foundation of classes on which they can begin this well-rounded and interdisciplinary major.
The Department of Informatics also offers an Informatics minor. There are multiple options. One can be combined with any major and the other nine are coupled with specific majors to enhance the informatics perspective within that discipline. Currently, the options linked to a major are for Art, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, Journalism, Physics, Sociology, and Women's Studies majors.
For more information, contact the INF undergraduate academic advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.