Undergraduate Programs

Through its innovative and unique undergraduate programs, the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity is preparing the next generation of leaders in these critical areas.

Major 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. 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, Data Analytics, and Information Technology. Students in the Information Technology track can complete their program fully online or on campus. Students who wish to complete their B.S. in Informatics degree fully online should make that known to their academic advisors as soon as possible. This will ensure priority registration for fully online courses and appropriate advisement for the program.

Minor in Informatics

The Department of Information Science 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.

Major in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity

Students can get a broad understanding of the three critical fields of emergency preparedness, homeland security, and cybersecurity while focusing on a specific concentration of their interest. The major requires a completion of 39 credits, 12 of which will focus on the track of their choosing. The major program provides a solid liberal arts education that emphasizes critical thinking, oral and written communication, creativity and innovation, problem solving skills, cultural literacy, and interpersonal and teamwork skills.

Learn more about our major, including course requirements and descriptions.

Minor in Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security, and Cybersecurity

The minor, which requires the completion of 6 classes for a total of 18 credits, is designed to provide students with a broad overview of the three fields (emergency preparedness, homeland security, and cybersecurity) as well as help students develop critical thinking skills and subject area knowledge of public policy, management, and risk analysis.

Learn more about our minor, including course requirements and descriptions.


International Students & Online Coursework

University at Albany policy: Undergraduate need to be registered for a minimum of 12 credits to retain "full-time" status. Please confirm with ISSS office if you need any clarifications.

Note: No more than one course or 3 credits of online/distance education per academic term may counted toward the full time enrollment requirement. This means that students in their last semester cannot only take an online course, and students taking more than the required course load may be eligible for more online courses (so if a student is taking 15 credits rather than 12 credits, 6 credits may be fully online). This only applies to fully online courses, not hybrids.


For more information regarding admission to the University at Albany, please follow: https://www.albany.edu/admissions.php.


For complete course information, see the Undergraduate Bulletin.