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BS in Information Sciences + Data Science

Create data-driven solutions

Are you interested in analyzing data? Do you want to help people use information to achieve their goals? If so, our bachelor's degree in information sciences + data science (BSIS+DS) is right for you. 

Data science is an important new field that consists of extracting new knowledge and meaningful information from a large amount of data. The field of information sciences focuses on how people use technology to better organize, analyze, and manage information, as well as how society and individuals relate to information.

As a BSIS+DS student, you will learn how to interact with data in ways that help organizations manage processes and make decisions. You also will learn how to communicate and collaborate so that you can work effectively with others.

Interdisciplinary education

The BSIS+DS is part of a campus-wide partnership in data science. It consists of a collaboration between the iSchool and other units on campus including the Computer Science Department in Grainger College of Engineering, and the Statistics and Mathematics Departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The iSchool's interdisciplinary curriculum combines information sciences, statistics, computer science, and math to prepare you for a successful career or graduate studies.

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects an increase of 36% in data science jobs from 2021 to 2031,driven by the demand for workers who can handle big data.
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The iSchool is dedicated to your success. Our career services team collaborates across campus to leverage resources in support of our students, including multiple platforms and programs to facilitate career readiness and job search strategy. In addition, our School offers career coaching, a career fair, employer site visits, individual counseling, and internship and practicum opportunities.

After graduation, you'll be able to analyze information challenges in a variety of industries, including finance and insurance, information technology, and professional, scientific, and technical services. Examples of careers include data analyst, data scientist, database administrator, technology consultant, and data visualization engineer.

Discovery experience: Global learning

As a BSIS+DS student, you have the opportunity study abroad as part of your core curriculum. Our School partners with Illinois Abroad and Global Exchange (IAGE) to help you enrich your global perspective, and our advisors are also available to assist you in determining how an international program can satisfy your academic plan.