The ICS department offers undergraduate degrees in Business Informatics and Computer Science. The
department even offers an Informatics Post-Baccalaureate
Certificate. Each curriculum is made up of courses designed to provide students with the strong technical
background needed to develop solutions to today's information challenges.
While most people are familiar with computer science, informatics is less familiar.
Informatics refers to the application of information systems to a particular domain,
such as business. Business informatics integrates applied
computer science and business administration into a single field in order to develop
strategic uses of information technology to address the challenges that businesses face.
In a nutshell, informatics focuses on developing software and hardware systems
that allow the target domain to function more effectively from an IT perspective,
in effect providing an organization with a competitive advantage based on superior
information technology. Business Informatics is the new name for what was formerly the
Computer Information Systems degree.
What is informatics? Click for a brief video discussion.
Our informatics curriculum provides students with the strong technical background
needed to develop solutions to today's information challenges, and as such it is more
technical than typical Information Systems programs while still being less math-intensive
than most Computer Science curricula.
There are numerous opportunities for trained and skilled professionals in every sector
of society who can turn information into actionable knowledge.
See the sidebar if you'd like more background on the term