Become an information specialist
If you are interested in learning how to use information and technology to help people reach their goals, a degree in information sciences is right for you!
In today’s tech-centered job market, there is a high demand for information professionals. Our BS in information sciences (BS/IS) will provide a competitive edge by teaching you how to:
- Design information systems and services
- Organize, manage, and evaluate information for diverse users
- Interpret data for real-world application and collaboration
You’ll become a specialist in the information sciences who understands the human perspective, social context, and policy implications of information in society. You’ll take courses in programming, database concepts, and research methods while also learning about broader social issues, such as information equity and ethics.
The BS/IS is the only program of its kind offered among public universities in the state of Illinois. The iSchool is a leader in higher education, ranked #1 among professional schools of library and information studies by U.S. News & World Report.
Our degree is different from computer science because it emphasizes working with people who use the systems, technology, and tools you will create. As an iSchool student, you’ll focus on how individuals relate to information and how information is used in society.
Our interdisciplinary, STEM-designated degree will prepare you to manage data and other types of information to help organizations achieve their goals. Examples of career paths include:
- Content strategist
- Data analyst
- Database manager
- Information governance analyst
- Information technology analyst
- Market research analyst
- Product manager
- Technology support specialist
You will have the flexibility to apply your skills in a variety of fields, such as education, health care, business and finance, arts and communications, and government.
Get started early!
The BS/IS, which will be offered on campus beginning in fall 2020, includes seven required courses and a range of interdisciplinary electives for program customization.
Earn credit toward your degree by completing the following required courses offered in fall 2019:
- Social Aspects of Information Technology (IS 202)
- Computers and Culture (IS 390CC)
Our curriculum emphasizes both the social and technical aspects of information, preparing students to effectively address organizational challenges in a variety of employment settings.Associate Professor and BS/IS Program Director, Emily Knox
Prospective students (incoming freshmen and students looking to transfer from another institution) and current University of Illinois students looking to change majors are invited to learn more about the BS/IS program. To request more information or visit the iSchool, please click on one of the buttons below.