Undergraduate Catalog 2016-17
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Information Studies (IFS)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
120 Credit Hours
CIP Code: 11.0103 (Track 2 of 4)
College of Arts & Sciences
The Bachelor of Science in Information Studies program is meant to prepare students for leadership careers in a wide array of environments and contexts related to the emerging knowledge economy. Concentrations are available in four high-demand job areas: Information Security, Health Informatics, Data Science and Analytics, and Information Science and Technology. The program integrates critical skills in information technology with the solid theoretical and disciplinary foundations of Information Science. Emphasis is given to understanding how people interact with information and technology; the complexities of the information society; information creation, storage, and organization applications and theories; information architecture; and related knowledge and skills needed to design, implement, and evaluate new tools and approaches to solve emerging information problems.
College Level Requirements
State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites
Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.
If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.
Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.
Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.
Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.
- PSY XXXX Any Psychology course
- STA X023 Introductory Statistics I or STA X122
- ECO X013 Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics)
- CGS XXXX Any Database Course
- COP XXXX Any Computer Programming course
- COP XXXX Any Object-Oriented Computer Programming course
- MAC XXXX Any Pre-Calculus or Discrete Math course
- PHI XXXX Any general ethics course
Total Major Hours: 39 Hours
Major CoreStudents admitted to the program prior to the Fall 2011 semester follow previous catalog guidelines.
Major Core Courses - 18 Hours
- LIS 3261 Introduction to Information Science
- LIS 3353 IT Concepts for Information Professionals
- LIS 4414 Information Policy and Ethics
- LIS 4204 Information Behaviors
Exit Courses (6 credits):
Major Elective Courses - 21 Hours
Students must choose one of the four 21-hour concentrations:
- Information Security
- Health Informatics
- Data Science and Analytics
- Information Science and Technology