Undergraduate Computing Majors at ISU
The Department of Informatics and Computer Science resulted from the consolidation of ISU's most prominent computing-intensive majors, Computer Information Systems and Computer Science. This pivotal alliance was motivated in part by a desire to reduce duplication of computing courses across campus in order to make better use of resources.
This hybrid academic department spans the College of Business and the College of Science and Engineering, and offers degrees in business informatics, health informatics, and computer science. Our curriculum is made up of courses designed to provide students with the strong technical background needed to develop solutions to today's information challenges. There is a multitude of opportunities for trained and skilled professionals in every sector of society who can turn information into actionable knowledge.
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.
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.
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.
The sidebars include links to required courses, course flow diagrams, and semester plans for each of our majors.
All programs offered by the Department of Informatics and Computer Science offer broad-based, rigorous curricula that combine a solid background in technology and theory with a real-world approach to career opportunities and advancement to prepare students for a successful future in the evolving, fast-paced technology industry.