Prospective Students - Bachelor of Science in Information Science

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Welcome Prospective Students!

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Information Science (InfoSci) degree program at College Park learn technical skills such as database design, information architecture, web and mobile development, data analytics, and cyber-threat assessment alongside principles of the social sciences, leadership, and the humanities to address the growing and unique need for information professionals who understand complex social and organizational issues.

This innovative curriculum blends theory, practical skills, and hands-on learning, preparing our graduates to apply their skills directly and immediately in their careers. We believe that one of the best ways to learn – is to do. Our students work hands-on with the UMD iSchool's 400+ top industry partners and have opportunities for hands-on learning at the college's world-renowned research centers and labs.

Where can InfoSci take you?

such as art and letters, revolutionize the public’s experience of these, and discover new knowledge – with an emphasis on collections related to human rights and cultural legacies.


InfoSci Cognate Areas

Apply your Major Elective courses to the Cybersecurity and Privacy Specialization.

Students equip themselves with human-centered cybersecurity skills and perspectives, and prepare to launch careers in the cybersecurity field with particular emphasis on management, policy, and governance-related functions. (Beginning Fall 2019)

A total of 5 courses are required to complete the Cybersecurity Specialization - 3 courses are predetermined and 2 are self-selected: 


Complete 3 Courses below:  

  • INST 364 Human-Centered Cybersecurity
  • INST 365 Ethical Hacking
  • INST 366 Privacy, Security, and Ethics for Big Data


Choose 2 Courses From Below

  • INST 464 Decision-Making for Cybersecurity
  • INST 466 Technology, Culture, and Society
  • INST 467 Practical Hacking for Policy Making

Apply your Major Elective courses to the Data Science Specialization.

Students develop understanding and skills for managing, manipulating, and mobilizing data to develop insight, create value, and achieve organizational goals in a wide range of sectors.


  • INST 354 Decision-Making for Information Science
    Examines the use of information in organizational and individual decision-making, including the roles of information professionals and information systems in informed decision-making through techniques such as data analysis and regression, optimization, sensitivity analysis, decision trees, risk analysis and business simulation models.
  • INST 377 Dynamic Web Applications
    An exploration of the basic methods and tools for developing dynamic, database-driven websites, including acquiring, installing, and running web servers, database servers, and connectability applications.
  • INST 414 Advanced Data Science
    An exploration of how to extract insights from large-scale datasets. The course will cover the complete analytical funnel from data extraction and cleaning to data analysis and insights interpretation and visualization. The data analysis component will focus on techniques in both supervised and unsupervised learning to extract information from datasets. Topics will include clustering, classification, and regression techniques. Through homework assignments, a project, exams and in-class activities, students will practice working with these techniques and tools to extract relevant information from structured and unstructured data.
  • INST 447 Data Sources and Manipulation
    Examines approaches to locating, acquiring, manipulating, and disseminating data. Imperfection, biases, and other problems in data are examined, and methods for identifying and correcting such problems are introduced. The course covers other topics such as automated collection of large data sets, and extracting, transforming, and reformatting a variety of data and file types.
  • INST 462 Introduction to Data Visualization
    Exploration of the theories, methods, and techniques of visualization of information, including the effects of human perception, the aesthetics of information design, the mechanics of visual display, and the semiotics of iconography.

Apply your Major Elective courses to the Digital Curation Specialization.

With this specialization, students can launch careers in which they collect, digitize, appraise, curate, and disseminate information assets effectively and efficiently. (Beginning Fall 2019)


  • INST 341 Introduction to Digital Curation
    This course explores various dimensions and contexts for digital curation. For the purpose of this class, digital curation encompasses all activities involving the management, representation, and preservation of both born-digital and digitized information. Focus will be on current efforts that respond to the opportunities, challenges, and demands of ever increasing digital data and networked information infrastructure. The course explores the infrastructure necessary for handling digital collections as well as the knowledge and skills necessary for effective management of digital curation systems and programs.
  • INST 441 Information Ethics and Policy
    Students will explore via case studies the legal, ethical, and technological challenges in developing and implementing policies for managing digital assets and information. Emphasis will be on access questions pertinent to managing sensitive information, and the roles and responsibilities of information professionals. 
  • INST 442 Digital Curation Across Disciplines
    Examines how to apply digital curation principles, tools, and strategies in managing diverse data collections and digital information in different disciplinary settings. Explores differences among data curation principles and practices across diverse settings, ranging from scientific organizations (such as business and academic research laboratories and computational science settings), to humanities-based institutions (such as cultural heritage organizations) to social science-based institutions (such as data-intensive professional environments).
  • INST 443 Tools and Methods for Digital Curation
    The purpose of this course is to develop knowledge and skills in the application of digital curation tools and methods in diverse organizational settings, academic disciplines, and economic sectors. Using the digital curation lifecycle as the foundational concept, students will use digital collections to explore tools, workflows, and standards required to successfully access, preserve, and reformat data contained in digital collections. Students will learn how to develop and implement data management plans, and how to design and use workflows and tools for creating, acquiring, or ingesting content.
  • INST 448 Digital Curation Research in Cultural Big Data Collections
    This course focuses on introducing students to principles, methods, and technologies involved in the digital curation of large cultural data collections. Students will learn these concepts in class lectures, discussions, and participating on project teams in the Digital Curation Innovation Center (DCIC).

With this focus area students can learn about the ways data informs the decisions made by health professionals, patients, and policy makers with an emphasis on equity and accessibility. 

The courses for the Health Information focus area are:

  • INST401(3 credits) Design and Human Disability and Aging
  • INST402 (3 credits) Designing Patient-Centered Technologies
  • INST408A (3 Credits) Consumer Health Informatics 
  • INST452 (3 credits) Health Data Analytics

*Students are also encouraged to consider outside courses that would supplement this focus area and can submit courses for review via the Non-INST Upper-Level Elective Proposal Form on the iSchool website


Located minutes from DC, we are a bustling and diverse college with 1800+ students from 37 countries (29% from underrepresented groups, 44% female). Students can choose from hundreds of student organizations, service opportunities, and social activities.

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Clubs & Organizations

The iSchool supports a variety of numerous student clubs and organizations that allow students to be part of rich community that participates in events, research, and collaborations that enhance the student experience. 

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Career Paths

A Bachelor of Science in Information Science (InfoSci) degree from the top-ranked UMD iSchool will give you the skills and credentials to launch a successful career as an informational professional. Many new and emerging job positions are becoming available in the Information Science field. It is expected that the demand for individuals who can fill those positions will continue to grow. iSchool graduates will be prepared to compete for these positions in all types of organizations - including government institutions, non-profits, educational and cultural institutions, the private sector, and the intelligence community.


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