Information Science, BSIS

The program combines concepts and skills from computer science, behavioral and social sciences, and system design into an integrated curriculum that is focused on people. The course work covers information architecture; information system design and development; programming and software design; database design; systems and networks; information resource management; social informatics; quantitative and qualitative research methods; and human computer interaction.

Although there is no sharp boundary between computer science and information science, it may be said that CS is concerned with building the software and services infrastructure used by people and organizations worldwide, whereas IS is concerned with the information and software needs of a particular business, healthcare provider, government agency, or nonprofit.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Common Computer and Information Science Curriculum

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Leadership Skill Development1
CS 1210Professional Development for CCIS Co-op1
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– is required:
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
5
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
5
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
5
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3000Algorithms and Data4
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 3650Computer Systems4
CS 3700Networks and Distributed Systems4
Computing and Social Issues
Complete one of the following:4
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks
Technology and Human Values
The 21st-Century Workplace
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society

Common Information Science Curriculum

Information Science Foundations
CS 3200Database Design4
IS 2000Principles of Information Science4
IS 3500Information System Design and Development4
Human Computer Interaction
IS 4300Human Computer Interaction4
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
Research and Data Analysis
PSYC 2320Statistics in Psychological Research4
or ECON 2350 Statistics
IS 4800Empirical Research Methods4
IS 4900Information Science Senior Project5

Information Science Concentrations 

Complete one of the following concentrations:

Computer Science or Information Science Electives

With advisor approval, directed study, research, project study, and appropriate graduate-level courses may also be taken as upper-division electives.
Complete 8 credits of CS, IS, or DS classes that are not already required. Choose courses within the following ranges:8
CS 2500 or higher, except CS 5010
IS 2000 or higher, except IS 4900
DS 2000 or higher, except DS 4900

Computer Science English Requirement

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
ENGW 3302Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions4
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Required General Electives

Complete nine general electives.

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS and IS courses

Information Science Major Credit Requirement

Complete 73 semester hours in CS and IS for the major.

Program Requirement

132 total semester hours required


Concentrations

Concentration in Information Systems Management

Complete three of the following:12
Software Development
and Recitation for CS 4500
Web Development
Business Systems Integration
Organizational Behavior
Organizational Behavior

Concentration in Human Computer Interaction

Complete three of the following:12
Cognition
Artificial Intelligence
Software Development
and Recitation for CS 4500
Mobile Application Development
Web Development
Natural Language Processing
Information Presentation and Visualization

 Concentration in Research and Data Analysis

Complete three of the following:12
Information Retrieval
Artificial Intelligence
Software Development
and Recitation for CS 4500
Natural Language Processing
DS 4000 or higher

Sample Patterns:

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5CS 35004CS 30004
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 32004Elective4
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5ECON 2350 or PSYC 23204  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
PSYC 11014   
 19 17 8 4
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
IS 20004IS 35004Elective4Co-op
IS 43004CS 36504Elective4 
Elective4IS concentration elective4  
Elective4CS/IS concentration elective4  
 CS 12101  
 16 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opIS 48004ENGW 33024Co-op
 CS 37004Elective4 
 IS concentration elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opIS 49005  
 CS/IS concentration elective4  
 IS concentration elective4  
 Computing and social issues4  
 Elective4  
 0 21  
Total Hours: 134

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5VacationVacation
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5CS 32004  
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5ECON 2350 or PSYC 23204  
ENGW 11114Elective4  
PSYC 11014   
 19 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
IS 20004IS 35004Elective4Co-op
CS 35004IS 43004Elective4 
Elective4CS 30004  
Elective4Elective4  
 CS 12101  
 16 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opIS 48004ENGW 33024Co-op
 IS concentration course4Elective4 
 CS 36504  
 CS/IS concentration elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHours Summer 2Hours
Co-opCS 37004 Co-op
 CS/IS concentration elective4  
 IS concentration course4  
 Elective4  
 0 16  0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opIS 49005  
 IS concentration course4  
 Elective4  
 Computing and social issues4  
 0 17  
Total Hours: 134