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B.S. Information Sciences (BS/IS)

In today’s technology-centered job market, there is a high demand for information professionals. By earning a BS in Information Sciences (BS/IS) from the iSchool, you’ll gain a competitive edge. Our interdisciplinary, STEM-designated degree will prepare students for careers in a variety of fields.

As a BS/IS student, you’ll learn how to manage data and other types of information to help organizations achieve their goals. You’ll become an information technology expert who understands the human perspectivesocial context, and policy implications.

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  • Read more about the field of Information Sciences.

  • Prospective students (incoming freshmen and students looking to transfer from another institution) are invited to learn more about the BS/IS program. To request more information or visit the iSchool, please click on this area to read more.

  • The Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT) process is for undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in an academic program at ILLINOIS and wish to transfer into the iSchool. This page includes information for students interested in a Dual-Degree.

  • The iSchool at Illinois leads the way in shaping the future of information. This success is the result of a commitment to research, education, and engagement and a long history of innovation. Our School consistently earns recognition as one of the best destinations—both on campus and online—for professional studies in the information sciences.

  • Our interdisciplinary, STEM-designated degree will prepare you to manage data and other types of information to help organizations achieve their goals.

  • Click on this post to view the BS/IS Degree Requirements.

  • Thinkers. Doers. Scholars. Problem solvers. Visionaries. Meet some of the faculty, staff, and students who will shape your iSchool experience.

  • Information Sciences offers a variety of courses to equip students to be leaders in a knowledge society and innovators in a knowledge economy, providing an interdisciplinary education focused on the fundamentals of information sciences.

  • Students may focus their IS elective coursework within a "Pathway" of interest:

    • Information & Culture
    • Data & Society
    • Data Analytics/Data Science
    • Human Computer Interaction (HCI)/User Experience (UX)
  • Information & Culture (Pathway)

    Understand the critical, social, and cultural contexts of information science.

  • Data & Society (Pathway)

    Understand the impact of data in governance, business, culture to educate citizenry in a democracy, and inform policy

  • Data Analytics & Data Science (Pathway)

    Understand the data life cycle and be able to analyze, interpret, explain, qualify, and contextualize data at scale.

  • Human Computer Interaction (HCI)/User Experience (UX) (Pathway)

    Able to build useful and usable information systems.

  • Current ILLINOIS students may receive email updates on the BS/IS degree by joining the Interested Student Listserv.

    This page includes links to the previous emails sent to students.

  • Schedule an Advising Appointment

    Academic Advising appointments are located in Room 104 iSchool (501 E. Daniel St., Champaign) with Melissa Newell.

    All majors are welcome! Schedule appointments using our online system. Additional times added frequently.

  • Express Advising is a great time to stop by and meet with the BS/IS Advisor to discuss your interest in the degree, courses in the program, and other questions.

    Click for Upcoming Express Advising Times

  • The iSchool offers a number of events related to career and professional development, technology and information talks, research seminars, field trips, alumni panels, socials, and more. We also promote relevant opportunities on and around campus.

  • We encourage students to get involved to build skills, experience, and develop their professional profile. The iSchool and ILLINOIS campus offers a variety of opportunities for students.

  • The Informatics Minor is connected to the School of Information Sciences. If students are unable to pursue the BS/IS degree, the minor would be an excellent option.

  • Information on how to contact our office.