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BS in Information Science

BS in Information Science

  • QS World University Rankings
    342
  • Degree BS
  • Study Level Bachelors
The BS in Information Science studies how information is acquired, organized, communicated, and used by both people and computers. The program combines concepts and skills from computer science, behavioral and social sciences, and system design into an integrated curriculum that is people-centered. The coursework covers information architecture; information system design and development; programming and software design; database design; systems and networks; information resource management; social informatics; quantitative and qualitative research methods; and human-computer interaction. Although there is no sharp boundary between Computer Science and Information Science, it may be said that CS is concerned with building the software and services infrastructure used by people and organizations worldwide, whereas is concerned with the information and software needs of a particular business, health-care provider, government agency, or non-profit. Learning outcomes: Understand and be able to carry out the steps in the design of information systems for organizations: planning, analysis, design, project management, and implementation. Understand the tradeoffs between traditional development models and more agile techniques. Be able to choose a development model and be able to complete a project using that model. Understand and be able to program traditional SQL-based relational database systems. Be aware of modern trends in the design of large scale storage systems. Understand standard text-based techniques for small-scale data storage. Understand human computer interaction from multiple perspectives: the psychology of the user, the needs of the organization, and the technical issues of implementation. Be able to weigh issues of ease of use against concerns for security. Be able to apply statistical techniques to perform research on systems about to be deployed or already in the field. Know how to collect and analyze data about the end user experience and data about system performance and throughput.