InfoSci Curriculum Shady Grove

InfoSci Curriculum at Shady Grove

The Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) degree program, known as InfoSci, is offered at Shady Grove to transfer students who have completed a two-year Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree in information science, information systems, computer science or related field, or have completed 60 college credits, including required benchmarks or their equivalents.

Qualified transfer students are admitted to the InfoSci at Shady Grove program as a cohort group. Students complete their degree over four consecutive semesters as full-time students, taking five 3-credit courses per semester, and graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Information Science degree. The InfoSci program at Shady Grove is a cohort program with a pre-set class schedule to ensure admitted students are able to complete their degree in four consecutive semesters.

InfoSci Benchmark Courses 

All InfoSci @ Shady Grove students need to have succesfully completed (with a C- or better) all benchmark courses or their equivalents. 

  • MATH 115 (or higher) - Precalculus (3 credits)
  • PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • STAT 100 - Elementary Statistics and Probability (3 credits)
  • INST 126, CMSC106, CMSC122, etc. - Programming for non-CS majors (3 credits; CMSC 106 carries 4 credits)

Refer to the Course Transfer Database to acess the complete list of evaluated transfer courses from specific academic insitutions.

InfoSci @ Shady Grove Program Courses

This program requires the completion of twenty 3-credit courses. Students are expected to follow all course prerequisites, course sequences, and major requirements. 

Ten Information Science (INST) Core Courses - 30 credits

 INST 301 Introduction to Information Science: Heroes and Villains in the Age of Information

In this course, you will examine the effects of new information technologies on how we conduct business, interact with friends, and go through our daily lives.

 INST 311 Information Organization

You will study methods and strategies for developing systems for storage, organization, and retrieval of information in a variety of organizational and institutional settings.

 INST 314 Statistics for Information Science

Students will select and evaluate various types of data to use in decision-making, and use statistical analyses to reach defensible data-driven-conclusions and decisions.

 INST 326 Object-Oriented Programming for Information Science

This course will encompass various aspects of object-oriented programming, including program design, testing, and implementation, as well as computational thinking approaches such as abstraction, decomposition, algorithmic design, and generalization.

 INST 327 Database Design and Modeling

Students will learn principles of relational databases, and how to design and administer them in languages such as SQL.

 INST 335 Teams and Organizations

Team development and leadership principles and methods are covered with an emphasis on goal setting, motivation, problem solving, and conflict resolution.

 INST 346 Technologies, Infrastructures and Architecture

Students will examine concepts of computer networking, including network topologies, architectures, and protocols as well as information architecture, security, and authentication.

 INST 352 Information User Needs and Assessment

Students will learn principles of information use, information behavior, and mental models of information retrieval as well as methods for determining information behavior and user needs.

 INST 362 User-Centered Design

In this course, you will learn how human-computer interaction (HCI) connects psychology, information systems, computer science, and human factors. You will study and apply major user experience research methods, such as user interviews, surveys, contextual analysis, etc.

 INST 490 Integrative Capstone

This is a project-based course, where you will focus on solving real-world problems by applying skills and perspectives you learned in the InfoSci program.

Nine Information Science (INST) Electives - 27 credits

 INST 354 Decision-Making for Information Science

Students study the use of information in decision-making, including the roles of information professionals and information systems including the study of human decision-making behavior.

 INST 377 Dynamic Web Applications

This course is an exploration of methods and tools for developing dynamic, database-driven web sites, including acquiring, installing, and running web servers, database servers, and script interpreters.

 INST 414 Advanced Data Science

An exploration of current and effective approaches to getting answers from data; students will study clustering, classification, and regression techniques.

 INST 447 Data Sources and Manipulation

Students will study theoretical and practical aspects of data acquisition, collection, preparation, management, storage, retrieval, and analysis.

 INST 462 Introduction to Data Visualization

Simple tests of statistical hypotheses; applications to before-and-after and matched pair studies. Events, probability, combinations, independence. Binomial probabilities, confidence limits.

Professional Writing - 3 credits


If you have other questions about InfoSci program at Shady Grove, please contact:

Undergraduate Student Services @ Shady Grove
University of Maryland | College of Information Studies
9630 Gudelsky Drive | Rockville, Maryland 20850
​(301) 738-6243 |