Informatics Bachelor of Science
Have a passion for computing that makes a difference?
Look no further than a degree in Informatics. You’ll integrate principles of computer science, information systems and design, psychology, and sociology in a curriculum tailor-made for the next generation of computing professionals.
Informatics is smart computing going beyond hardware and software. Informatics thinks big picture, building strong technical skills as well as understanding how we use technology to communicate, work, heal, play, and solve problems that are facing society and industry. It is a way to make a difference in the lives of others, so the focus of the program is on the social impact of computing – how people and technology connect.
Informatics majors learn to critically analyze various approaches to processing information and develop skills to design, implement, and evaluate the next generation of information technology tools. As a student in the Undergraduate Informatics program, you will use your knowledge to develop ground-breaking IT solutions with real-world value in business, health care, science, art, and entertainment.
You will further customize your degree by selecting an area of specialization, where you will apply informatics in another discipline, such as biology, business, computer science, health science, human-computer interaction, law, or new media.
The Undergraduate Informatics program will help you prepare for an in-demand career that will take you wherever you want to go.
Careers in Informatics
Career opportunities in informatics are numerous, spanning several fields and areas of specialization.
Job titles for informatics graduates include these and many more occupations:
- Business/System Analyst
- Product Manager
- Data Analyst
- Database Manager
- Information Manager
- IT Project Manager
- Information System Architect
- User Experience Designer
- Interaction Designer
- Usability Engineer
- Information Architect
- Web Designer
- Front-end Web Developer
Get in touch with our Career Services Office to explore internships and full-time opportunities—and to prepare to land your dream job. And see our job banks to browse opportunities currently available for informatics graduates.
Why study Informatics at SOIC?
Business. Science. Art. Whatever your passion, informatics is your ticket to a customized computing education.
- No Experience Necessary
Not a computer whiz? Never taken a computer class? That’s okay. We’ll show you the ropes.
Stand out from the crowd as part of Indiana’s—and the nation’s—first informatics school.
- Career Prospects
Computing careers are among the hottest, best-paying and most exciting out there.
Your ability to change lives through technology has never been greater. Make an impact.
The School of Informatics and Computing is regionally accredited as a school of Indiana University by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
To pursue a degree in Informatics, you must first apply and be accepted to IUPUI. You’ll then want to schedule time with one of our undergraduate advisors to review your plan of study and get enrolled in I101 Introduction to Informatics.
I101 Introduction to Informatics is an interactive course using lecture, guest speakers and applied projects to:
- Explore the broad impact of informatics across disciplines
- Build your programming, database and structured query language (SQL) skills
- Identify career and graduate school opportunities
- Introduce you to possible areas of specialization
Area of Specialization
An area of specialization is an integrated program of courses concentrating on the applications—and impact—of informatics within the context of another discipline. Choosing an area of specialization is required, and you may select from virtually any IUPUI program to best customize your degree to your career interests. The most popular specializations include:
- 3D Graphics and Animation
- Computer Information Technology
- Computer Science
- Game Design and Development
- Health Information Management
- Human-Computer Interaction
- Law (Legal Informatics)
- Media Arts and Science
From there, you’ll complete specialized, hands-on courses that give you the tools and techniques needed as a future computing and technology professional. This includes completion of a capstone project during your senior year.
The capstone represents the culmination of your skills and knowledge within informatics and your chosen area of specialization. It may take the form of a thesis, a research project, a for-credit internship, or an applied learning project to develop an information system.
And before you graduate, you’ll work with our Career Services Office to learn how to search for jobs, assemble a portfolio of your work, pursue internship opportunities, and connect with employers.