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Information and Computing Science


Information and Computing Sciences is an administrative unit that manages several academic programs:

  • Communication (interdisciplinary majors and minors in several areas of emphasis: electronic media, public relations, organizational communication, journalism, and photography, as well as a disciplinary minor in corporate communication).
  • Computer Science (interdisciplinary and disciplinary majors and a disciplinary minor).
  • Information Sciences (interdisciplinary major and minor).

All of these programs share a focus on problems of information - how meaningful information is constructed from data; how it may be stored, valued, processed, and communicated by both people and machines. All share an orientation toward solving problems. All include a balance of theory and application. The combinations of perspectives and skills that are built into the interdisciplinary programs and the additional possibilities of combining majors and minors provide students with many options for tailoring their educations to a wide variety of career options.

Changes in Information and Computing Science

Starting in the fall of 2014 there will be some important changes:

The two Computer Science majors (the interdisciplinary one and the disciplinary one) will be combined into a single interdisciplinary major intended to prepare students for graduate study or careers in software engineering. The Computer Science minor will be recognized as interdisciplinary and may be combined with a wide variety of disciplinary majors.

The Information Sciences major will split into two tracks, one (still called Information Sciences) to prepare students for careers in the management of information as before and another (called Information Technology) to prepare students for IT careers. Both will be interdisciplinary. The Information Sciences minor will be discontinued.

The course requirements for all these programs will change and there will be changes in the individual courses, such as prerequisites, as well. Students who have already declared a major or minor may complete the requirements in place when they declared or they may switch to the revised programs. Consultation with an advisor is always appropriate.