Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Advising Procedure

No matter what bachelor's degree you have attained, everyone needs to know how to use and leverage information technology. Whether your degree is in another business field, or an unrelated field like engineering, biology, nursing, communications, psychology, political science, or education, Informatics is an excellent value-added complement to almost any degree. Add an informatics knowledge component to your intellectual toolkit and maximize your professional marketability!

A certificate in Informatics is offered for those students who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than Business or Health Informatics and want to improve their knowledge of information systems.

Students must meet with an advisor and complete a Program of Study Agreement prior to the second semester of coursework. The purpose of the program of study is to provide you guidance in completing all the requirements for graduating in a timely fashion.

Further, this program of study must be completed before you enroll in some upper division (typically 4000-level) courses, so do this well before you want to register for classes. Do NOT wait until registration opens before you contact your advisor!

Note that professors are on a nine month contract, and will probably not be available to advise you during the summer.

Here's the process for completing your program of study:

  1. Get a copy of your transcript through BengalWeb (here's how).
  2. Download the business informatics advising form.
  3. Download the business informatics program of study form.
  4. Using your transcripts, check off on the advising sheet all of the courses you have completed. Indicate which courses you are taking this semester by entering the semester and year. For example, if you are taking a course in fall of 2016, enter "F16" in the space provided.
  5. Using the appropriate schedule, on the appropriate place on the sheet (bottom of the page) pencil in the courses you think you should take over the next couple of semesters.
  6. Using the catalog as a guide, fill out what you think the proper sequence of courses should be for following semesters.
  7. Contact your advisor to setup a time for an advising appointment.
  8. Show up at the appointed time with a copy of your transcripts, advising sheet, and program of study. You and your advisor will go over it together, sign it, and turn it in so you can register for classes. If you do not have all of the appropriate materials in order, your advisor may have to ask you to come back at a later time.

This College of Business link provides more information.

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