Informatics (BS)

Design and analyze tools affecting human-computer interaction. 

The discipline of informatics makes connections between the work people do and technology that can support that work. The purpose of the bachelor of science (BS) program in informatics is to provide an interdisciplinary experience that:

  • Gives discipline-specific understanding of applications methods with mastery of advanced information processing techniques to create, store, find, analyze and interpret knowledge.
  • Applies informatics to the design, development, evaluation and application of systems that meet specific needs of human users.
  • Responds to a need for graduates who take a problem-driven, human-centered approach to supporting work through technology.
  • Informatics majors are prepared for graduate school in computer science, software engineering, and human-computer interaction.

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Informatics (BS)

Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering



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Why informatics?

While technology-focused disciplines like computer science seek answers to problems of technology (e.g., algorithm development, optimization techniques, hardware development, protocols), informatics explores problems of interest that computing technology can help address. Informatics challenges include designing, developing, and applying computational tools that model, aid, or automate activities within disciplines such as science, business, geography, education, entertainment, etc.

Students working towards a bachelor’s degree in informatics will be immersed in an interdisciplinary degree that combines mastery of general techniques for processing information with specialization in an application area and its information processing problems. The core ideas of informatics are taught twice in a discipline-independent general form, then in the context of a specific disciplinary focus area.

Moreover, informatics graduates are needed and take positions in start-up companies, management consulting firms, and large corporations in a variety of industries. Informatics majors engage in a variety of activities, interacting with customers, working with technical personnel, creating and implementing novel solutions, and assessing the quality of designs, for diverse situations and build robust solutions that can adapt to changing requirements.

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