Informatics and CS

Business Informatics, Health Informatics & Computer Science

Degrees Offered


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.

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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.

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Business Informatics

The Business Informatics major prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including systems analysis, application software development, web development, and database design. With a breadth of course offerings that include an emphasis on programming and software development, analytical thinking and problem solving, communication, system modeling, and business concepts, Business Informatics majors are valuable to employers both for their technical skills as well as their ability to solve organizational problems.

All modern organizations rely on information technology to function, and Business Informatics majors are uniquely positioned to apply that technology to effectively support an organization’s operations.

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Computer Science

Computer Science students take courses in the design and implementation of software systems and the algorithms used to solve real world problems in business, industry, and engineering. Our curriculum focuses on implementing large, complex, high-performance, secure, asynchronous systems that require complex algorithms and intricate data structures including network, operating system, compiler, graphics and simulation packages.

The curriculum incorporates 30 credit hours of math and science including differential and integral calculus, linear algebra, discrete math, and statistics.

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