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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 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
Talal Hashmi

I am passionate about data science, which to me is the culmination of computer science, applied statistics, and mathematics. Although I had an interest in programming from a young age, I fell in love with the idea of combining code with real-world data. I believe that not only the protection and storage, but the processing and communicating of information is vital to advanced technologies being implemented throughout the industry.

Talal Hashmi, Current 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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Elena Marquez

What is unique to the information sciences major is we are also taught how to think about the applications of social informatics to be able to make ethical decisions concerning privacy, use, extraction and distribution of the information acquired from data. In my future career I would like to conduct data analysis to make business decisions or find the need for new products and services.

Elena Marquez, Current student

Connect with the iSchool Ambassadors

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.