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Informatics Major

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Welcome to the Informatics major at the University at Albany!  As a major in Informatics, you have the opportunity to take challenging coursework in the following areas:

  1. Interactive User Experience (IUX)
  2. Cyber-security
  3. Data Analytics
  4. Information Technology (can be taken entirely online)

Special opportunities in our department include experiential learning through internships, community service, independent research, and peer education.  Our graduates have gone on to pursue successful careers as web developer, software engineers, social media experts, data scientists and information specialists.  Many have also pursued graduate degrees in a range of academic fields.

The MAPs (Major Academic Pathways) shows how the Informatics major might be completed in four years.  Note that there is a MAP for each concentration. Interatctive User Experience MAP, Cyber-security MAP, Data Analytics MAP, and Information Technology MAP.

As a transfer student it is important for you to use your Degree Audit Report (DARS) to determine what you’ve already completed and what is left for you to finish at Albany.  As you do this, please consider the following information that we have found to be important to transfer students:
*The Bachelor of Science in Informatics is a 54-credit major that does NOT require a separate minor*  
The requirements are listed below:

Core courses (42 credits)
Information and Society (9 credits)

  1. I INF 100X Information in the 21st Century
  2. I INF 301 Emerging Trends in Information and Technology
  3. I INF 499 Senior Seminar in Informatics

Practical Applications (15 credits)

  1. I INF 108 Programming for Problem Solving or I CSI 105 Computing and Information (or substitute I CSI 201 Introduction to Computer Science)
  2. I INF 201 Introduction to Web Technologies
  3. I INF 202 Introduction to Data and Databases
  4. I INF 203 Introduction to Networks and Systems
  5. I INF 305 Digital Project Management

Math (3 credits)

  1. Any A MAT course between 100-299 (except A MAT 108 Elementary Statistics)

Research (6 credits)

  1. I INF 200 Research Methods for Informatics (or substitute A SOC 220 Introduction to Social Research)
  2. A MAT 108 Elementary Statistics (or substitute A SOC 221 Statistics for Sociologists)

Experiential Learning (9 credits)
Students will be advised into course-related experiences that complement their chosen concentration. Some classes may be repeated twice for a total of 6 credits but Online IT students only may complete INF 469 (9 credits) to fulfill this requirement.

  1. I INF 465 Senior Capstone in Informatics (repeatable)
  2. I INF 466 Independent Research (repeatable)
  3. I INF 467 Technology-Based Community Support (repeatable)
  4. I INF 468 Undergraduate Internship (repeatable)
  5. I INF 469 Undergraduate Internship for Fully Online Students
  6. E APS 487 or E APS 456, E APS 457 Peer Education

Concentrations (at least 12 credits)
Select one concentration.
Interactive User Experience

  1. I INF 302 Human-Computer Interactive Design
  2. I INF 362 Intermediate Interactive Design

Select two courses from:

  1. I INF 308 Programming for Informatics
  2. I INF 363 Digital Design
  3. I INF 401 Case Studies in Digital Citizenship
  4. I INF 462 Current Technologies in Interactive Design
  5. I INF 496 Intermediate Special Topics in Informatics (as appropriate, repeatable)
  6. I CSI 107 Web Programming
  7. I CSI 124X Computer Security Basics
  8. A DOC/A JRL 324 Introduction to Documentary Photography
  9. A DOC/A HIS 330 Foundations of Documentary Web/Hypermedia Production
  10. A DOC/A HIS 406 Practicum in Historical Documentary Filmmaking
  11. A DOC/A HIS 407 Readings and Practicum in Digital History and Hypermedia


  1. I INF 306 Information Security and Assurance
  2. I CSI 124X Computer Security Basics

Select two courses from:

  1. I INF 401 Case Studies in Digital Citizenship
  2. I INF 452 Computer and Network Security
  3. I INF 453 Information Security and Privacy
  4. I INF 454 Human Aspects of Cybersecurity
  5. I INF 455 Prevention and Protection Strategies in Cybersecurity
  6. I INF 496 Intermediate Special Topics in Informatics (as appropriate, repeatable)
  7. I CSI 300Z Social, Security, and Privacy Implications of Computing
  8. I CSI 424 Information Security
  9. I CSI 426 Cryptography

Data Analytics

  1. I INF 300 Probability and Statistics for Data Analytics
  2. I CSI 131 Introduction to Data Analytics: Seeking Information in Data with Computation

Select two courses from:

  1. I INF 407 Modern Issues in Databases
  2. I INF 428 Analysis, Visualization, and Prediction in Analytics
  3. I INF 451 Bayesian Data Analysis and Signal Processing
  4. I IST 433 Information Storage and Retrieval
  5. I CSI 431 Data Mining
  6. I CSI 432 Network Science
  7. I CSI 436 Machine Learning

Information Technology (online only)

  1. I INF 302 Human-Computer Interactive Design
  2. I INF 303 Intermediate Networking
  3. I INF 306 Information Security and Assurance
  4. I INF 308 Programming for Informatics

Students are expected to research, identify and find their own possible internship opportunities. This activity will help student to identify their own career goals and manner in which they may best be achieved, and it will also help students to learn career preparation skills that will be useful after graduation. All internship opportunities must be reviewed and approved by appropriate faculty prior to course registration. Though the course is an internship with a work schedule totaling 120 hours for the semester, defined by the site supervisor, the student must also attend seminar classes to discuss progress. The class will meet face-to-face about every three weeks. Schedule posted on Blackboard. Permission of instructor, Informatics juniors and seniors only, and a minimum GPA of 2.50. STUDENT MUST SECURE AN INTERNSHIP BEFORE THEY ARE GIVEN A CPN. You may contact the Informatics Department at  for more information.


Planning Tools
During your first semester, we advise you to take no more than three Informatics courses.  To round out your schedule, please plan to take general education courses and/or electives.  If you have already taken all of the core courses, you can begin to focus on upper level course work in the areas that interest you the most.

Registration Process
Once you have submitted your admission deposit, your advisor from the Informatics department willl be contacting you via phone or email to start the registration process. You will be contacted within 1-2 weeks of your deposit date. .
Registration Tools
Schedule of Classes
Course Descriptions

Advisors in our department are available by appointment for additional consultation if necessary, and can be reached by emailing CEAS Advisor.