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Undergraduate Programs

Pursue a high-tech, human-focused career

In today’s technology-centered job market, there is a high demand for information professionals. Our undergraduate degrees prepare students for careers in a variety of job settings, managing and analyzing information to help people achieve their goals and objectives.

Our programs provide students with an outstanding education combined with opportunities for real-world experience. Our dedicated advisors will work with you individually to design a program that meets your professional goals. You also will benefit from the expertise of our career services team, who provide strategies and tools for a successful job search.

The iSchool and University of Illinois are known for innovative teaching and research that address global challenges and improve human lives. As an iSchool student, you’ll learn from the best faculty, engage with the brightest students, and have opportunities for meaningful experiences both inside and outside of the classroom.

Miranda Garza

I am interested in majoring in Information Sciences because I am passionate about applying the human perspective to technology and data. I think that the Information Sciences major is tailored to what I am interested in: a human based approach to information systems and services.

Miranda Garza, current BS/IS student

BS in Information Sciences

Our curriculum emphasizes the human perspective, social context, and policy implications of information in society. It includes several pathways to help guide your studies, covering areas from data analytics and science to galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. The program provides a competitive edge by teaching students how to:

  • Design information systems and services
  • Organize, manage, and evaluate information for diverse users
  • Interpret and use data for real-world application and collaboration
Luke Emano

The IS major provides the building blocks to develop the social, analytical, and technical skills needed to bring both people and data together. Emphasizing the human aspect of technology, this major is an opportunity for me to not only engage with people through technology but to be a connection that brings the world together.

Luke Emano, current BS/IS student

BS in Information Sciences + Data Science

Our cross-campus, interdisciplinary curriculum combining information sciences, statistics, computer science, and math provides a solid foundation in data science and the skills to work in diverse occupations. You will learn how to manage and analyze data to help businesses and organizations make important decisions.  Among the many skills gained through our program, you will:

  • Demonstrate proficiency with statistical and computational analysis of data
  • Create informative and accurate visualizations of data
  • Build and evaluate data-based models

Outstanding student support

When you join the iSchool, you will receive a high level of support to ensure your academic success. Our Student Affairs team is dedicated to making your experience the best it can possibly be by offering assistance such as one-on-one advising, tutoring services through our Academic Support Center, and specialized video resources for you to access at any time. This support continues when the time comes for you to prepare for the job search. We you succeed, we do, too! 

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Antonio Sanchez

I am majoring in Information Science because the pandemic has shown just how vital technology will be in our lives. As everything went online during quarantine, there was suddenly a greater need for technical skills such as navigating certain software and understanding information more deeply.

Antonio Sanchez, current BS/IS student

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These dedicated students promote the iSchool's mission and vision. They work with Recruitment & Admissions and Student Affairs, serving as liaisons for prospective and incoming students. They also are valuable resources for sharing the iSchool experience and connecting students who have similar interests.

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