B.S. in Informatics

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. Students must also seek various opportunities to gain real-world experience for 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 concentrations are Interactive User Experience, Cyber-security, Data Analytics, and Information Technology. The Information Technology concentration is offered on campus or fully online: students should indicate if they want to complete the program fully online so that they will get priority placement in online courses that support the program.

The B.S in Informatics prepares students for a wide array of careers. Some potential career options for each concentration are:

  • Interactive User Experience: Web Designer, User Experience Analyst, and Information Architect
  • Cyber-security: Information Security Analyst, Data Security Administrator, Data Security Administrator, and Computer Security Specialist
  • Data Analytics: Data Analyst, Data Mining Specialist, and Data Visualization Specialist
  • Information Technology: IT Project Manager, Computer Support Specialist, and Technical Support Specialist

Requirements include:

  • Information and Society
  • Practical Applications, including computer programming, web design and development, data and databases, networks and systems, and project management
  • Research Methods and Statistics
  • Additional Math
  • Concentration
  • Experimental Learning

Students who complete a B.S. in Informatics are NOT required to have a minor, but are required to meet all University requirements including completing 60 liberal arts credits and 30 general education credits.

Courses

For complete course information, see the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Specific Requirements

For a complete list of B.S. requirements, see the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Self-Designed Concentration (with Departmental Approval only)

It is possible for students to create a self-designed concentration with approval of an Informatics review committee. Students must petition the self-designed concentration committee for approval of such concentrations. It is essential that such petitions demonstrate that:

  • The proposed concentration fits within the Informatics field,
  • The proposed concentration is an emerging area in Informatics that is not already being offered,
  • The student has support from a faculty/mentor, and
  • The student has access to courses in their proposed area on campus.

Proposal and Approval Process for Self-Designed Concentration

  • Student must write a rationale for their desired self-designed concentration and explain why current program-defined concentrations are not adequate options.
  • Student must provide a proposal of courses to take to support the proposed self-designed concentration. Concentrations should consist of a minimum of four (4) courses. At least 9 credits of a self-designed concentration should be taken while enrolled in the INF BS program.
  • Student must have at least one University at Albany faculty member approve this rationale and proposal in writing.
  • The appointed faculty committee on self-designed concentrations must approve the request in order for the student to pursue that concentration.

Proposal must be approved by Information Science faculty before the student can declare it.