Informatics and CS

Business Informatics & Computer Science

Why Major in Informatics and Computer Science?

Our department is adept at educating students in such a way that they are well-prepared, marketable, and ready to succeed in computing careers in Business Informatics and Computer Science. These STEM majors are characterized by excellent salaries and fantastic job prospects.

Students often ask about the difference between Business Informatics and Computer Science. Here is a very broad differentiation:

  • Computer Science graduates develop software that makes it possible for computer systems to function effectively.
  • Business Informatics graduates develop software that makes it possible for businesses to function effectively.

What is informatics? Click for a brief video discussion.

Our classes are taught by highly-qualified professors rather than teaching assistants, and class sizes are relatively small. Professors are highly accessible and enjoy working closely with individual students to help them develop their skills and knowledge. Our professors have ties with many computing-reliant employers, and we have successfully assisted many students in their job search.

If you are seeking a lucrative career with plentiful job opportunities and career paths, you will want to check out the majors offered by the Informatics and Computer Science department!

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STEM Opportunities


STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education.

Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) codes are assigned to every major in order to classify the program. Every major offered by the ICS department has a CIP code indicating that it is a STEM Designated Degree Program, according to the Department of Homeland Security. The following list shows the CIP codes for each ICS major:

STEM Designated Degree Programs
Major Name CIP Code CIP Code Title
Business Informatics 11.0104 Informatics
Computer Science 11.0701 Computer Science

The STEM job market is even larger than previously reported (source). There were nearly 8.6 million STEM jobs as of May 2015, and the demand for STEM workers is growing more rapidly than that for non-STEM positions (source).

71% of STEM jobs in the U.S. will be in computing by 2018 (Source: US Bureau of Labor Statistics). Areas with the greatest demand are applications software developers (686,470), computer user support specialists (563,540) and computer systems analysts (528,320) (source).

The U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts that between now and 2022,
                    74% of the new STEM jobs will be computing jobs The U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts that between now and 2022,
                    60% of the total STEM jobs will be computing jobs

(Click on either chart for a larger image. From Computing Is The Safe STEM Career Choice Today.)

The skills and knowledge in STEM disciplines are essential for student success, because these fields are vitally important in the real world. STEM is an interdisciplinary, applied approach that involves hands-on, problem-solving-based learning.

Organizations in all sectors are finding that their future growth and productivity are tied to tech-based fields; they need new hires with the business skills to work across disciplinary chasms to tackle difficult problems (source).

Unemployment rates in STEM occupations have been historically low – generally lower than overall rates for workers with a bachelor’s or higher degree. STEM workers command higher salaries, and that wage premium is rising. Students who gain a strong STEM foundation today will face brighter prospects in years to come: Their skills will be resilient even as markets and technologies change (source).


Courses in informatics and computer science can be challenging, but our student-oriented professors can improve your odds. As long as you are dedicated to your studies and willing to willing to work hard, the job market and salaries can be quite rewarding.

More Details

The menu at the top of this page leads to more details about our program. This site includes more information about our majors and the many options from which our students can choose (select Degrees & Certificates, and then click on one of the Majors, Minors, or Certificates), information on choosing a major (Selecting a Major), current salary ranges (Salaries), details about the coursework required in our programs (Advising), our goal to provide students with experience prior to graduating though internships or through our Applied Informatics Team, our specialized faculty (Specialized Faculty), more about our efforts to attract more women to our STEM majors (Women in IT), links to full color brochures (Brochures), and information on how to give back to the program to help us better serve our current students (Giving Back).


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.

Click here to find out more about Business Informatics.


Health Informatics

Health informatics is the interdisciplinary study of the design, development, adoption, and application of IT-based innovations in healthcare services delivery, management, and planning. (from U.S. National Library of Medicine)

Health informatics integrates applied computer science and healthcare administration into a single field in order to develop strategic uses of information technology to address the challenges that healthcare organizations face, and to revolutionize healthcare practice and research.

The Health Informatics major is designed to enable graduates to enter careers in information systems usage in healthcare organizations. Information systems play an increasingly important role in the burgeoning healthcare field. The Health Informatics degree is intended to develop the skills necessary to manage information systems in a healthcare environment.

Health care poses very unique and challenging obstacles to Informatics. The protection of confidential patient information, the complexity of health information models, the changing health landscape, and the required adherence to governmental initiatives, all create external forces that must be managed to ensure the successful implementation of health solutions.

Click here to find out more about the Health Informatics undergraduate degree, or here to explore the Master of Science in Health Informatics degree.


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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