Academic Policies, Forms, and Handbooks for Undergraduates
Undergraduate Student Handbook
The Undergraduate Student Handbook covers university and iSchool policies and procedures that are relevant to the undergraduate BSIS program. If you have a question that isn't covered in the handbook, contact your advisor for more information.
InfoSci Academic Policies
Every student in the Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) program must follow the policies of the program and college. If you have questions about a policy, please contact your advisor.
Required Number of Credits
InfoSci students are required to take 45 credits within the major. 30 credits of which must be approved major coursework with the INST prefix. Students must take 15 credits of approved upper-level [300-400 level] electives.
Benchmark and Major Courses
Students who have declared InfoSci as their major, must take benchmark and InfoSci core courses at UMD.
Benchmark Courses Taken Concurrently with Major Courses
InfoSci students must successfully (C- or higher) complete all benchmark courses before taking InfoSci coursework. The College will allow InfoSci students to start taking InfoSci core courses in their last semester of benchmark coursework.
In order to apply non-INST UMD courses towards the InfoSci major elective requirements , students must take courses that are approved by the InfoSci program after declaring InfoSci as their major. Students must obtain approval for non-INST courses before enrolling in them in order for them to be counted as major electives. Declared InfoSci students must complete all benchmark courses prior to enrolling in major electives.
Advanced Placement Credits
Advanced Placement (AP) credits that have been accepted and transferred to UMD successfully may be used to satisfy corresponding InfoSci benchmark i requirements.
Exceptions to Policies
College of Information Studies takes requests for exception to academic policy seriously. We consider exception requests in extraordinary and rare cases only in which a problem is “out of the control of a student and not predictable”. It is your responsibility to know and adhere to all academic policies. A complete guide to the University of Maryland's academic policies can be found here.
A written explanation detailing the reasons behind the request is mandatory. Click here for the Policy Exception Form. Take the time before submitting a request to develop a clear, thoughtful, and concise presentation. Requests are not guaranteed and are considered on a case-by-case basis. Requests generally take between 5 – 10 business days to process and are reviewed in the order they are received.
If you are a student who is looking into changing your major to Information Science, you must submit a 4-year plan for review. An advisor will review your program plan to make sure that it meets the University and program requirements and policies. Processing the plan may take 7-10 business days. You will receive an email explaining if your plan is approved, needs revisions, or if you should attend a Change of Major Workshop.
Use this form if you are a student currently in the InfoSci major and would like to take a Major Elective from another department and count it towards the Major Electives requirement.
If you wish to take a course at another institution over the summer or winter you must speak to the InfoSci advisor and submit this form.
This form should be used by Non-Information Science majors to request permission to enroll in an undergraduate Information Studies (INST) course.
College of Information Studies takes requests for exception to academic policy seriously. We consider exception requests in extraordinary and rare cases only in which a problem is “out of the control of a student and not predictable”. It is your responsibility to know and adhere to all academic policies. A complete guide to academic policy can be found in the UMD Undergraduate Catalog.