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Maryland’s iSchool Launches Bachelor of Science in Information Science Program

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Info is In! Information Science is Here!
Maryland’s iSchool launches its Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS / InfoSci) program in Fall 2016. In line with the iSchool’s academic tradition at the intersection of information, people and technology, this new undergraduate program will prepare students to design, develop, and use information and technology to understand, assess, create and manage systems to meet the needs of people, organizations and society in a variety of contexts. InfoSci is a STEM program.

The Field of Information Science - Maryland's iSchool
The field of information science, particularly in an iSchool, is best understood as a field concerned with the intersections of information, people and technology. Information science is an interdisciplinary field, drawing from other areas of study such as computer science, management, education and the humanities, but with a focus on individual and institutional users of information and their information needs. Maryland’s iSchool is a top-10 iSchool in the U.S., and is world-renown for high-quality, high-impact research and teaching.

Got a Passion for Working with People and Technology? The InfoSci Program May Be for You!
Students from a wide variety of backgrounds will find the new Information Science program relevant and useful in building and launching their professional careers. This new curriculum will attract students from technical and non-technical backgrounds alike, as long as their passion lies in working with both people and technology. If you find the idea of helping people and organizations fulfill their information needs through use of technology, the InfoSci program may be for you.

Information Careers Ahead of You
Many new and emerging job roles and positions are available in the information professions. It is expected that the demand for individuals who can fill those roles and positions will not diminish any time soon, but indeed keep growing. iSchool graduates are prepared to integrate information and information technology in all types of organizations, including government, non-profits, educational and cultural institutions and the private sector. Networking is a large piece of the career preparation, and the iSchool’s alumni and partner network will be helpful in building the right connections.

Email Us Today!
If you like what you have read so far, drop us an email at, and we will set up an appointment to meet with you or invite you to one of our face-to-face or online InfoSci events, where you can learn more about the program and get ready to make your decision about joining the InfoSci program.

Information Science Curriculum
The InfoSci degree requires a total of 120 credits, including 40 credits in General Education. Please click the link below for information about General Education requirements.

Required Courses
Pre-requisites and Benchmark I (Must be completed within the first 30 credits after declaring the major)
MATH 115 (or higher) Precalculus   3  
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology   3 
Pre-Requisites and Benchmark II (Must be completed within the first 60 credits after declaring the major)
STAT 100 Elementary Statistics and Probability   3 
CMSC 106, CMSC 122, etc. Programming for non-CS majors   3 
INST 201 Heroes and Villains in the Age of Information (Core Intro course)   3 
Major Core Courses
INST 302 Information User Needs & Assessment   3 
INST 303 Information Organization   3 
INST 304 Statics for Information Science   3 
INST 305 User-Centered Design   3 
INST 306 Object-Oriented Programming   3 
INST 307 Database Design & Modeling   3 
INST 312 Teams & Organizations   3 
  Technologies, Infrastructure & Architecture   3 
  Integrative Capstone   3