College of Engineering, Informatics, and Applied Sciences2021-2022

School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems

Informatics, Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement

The interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Informatics integrates cutting-edge tools and skills from data analytics, data science, computing, statistical analysis, and modeling with fundamental knowledge from emphasis areas in biology, health, ecology, environmental science, and/ or astronomy. Gain the skills you need to thrive in today’s information-centric professional workplace and follow your passion for the environment, biology, or astronomy (and related fields).

Informatics is data science (a combination of programming with statistics) plus a scientific discipline (environmental science, biology, or astronomy).

 A student graduating with a degree in informatics will be prepared for a range of data science jobs or scientific jobs that require great numeracy.  

All students will take classes in informatics, computer science and statistics.  All students will also participate in the four-class research intensive series teaching research methods.  Ecoinformatics students will also take core classes in environmental science.  Bioinformatics students will also take core classes in biology.  Astroinformatics students will also take core classes in astronomy.


Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Informatics program will be able to demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Identify, explain, and apply the fundamental methods of informatics, including programming, data structures, computer science, software design and development techniques and tools, mathematics, and statistical analysis.
  • Identify, explain, and apply the interdisciplinary combination of core informatics and specialized expertise defining one of the following emphasis areas:
    • Bioinformatics, emphasizing applications in cellular and molecular biology, microbiology and disease mechanisms, genetics and evolution, and genomic analyses.
    • Ecoinformatics, emphasizing applications in remote sensing, ecological and environmental modelling, use of large biological diversity and conservation datasets, and global environmental change. 
    • Astroinformatics, emphasizing applications in solar system science, stellar evolution, astrometry, observational astronomy, and imaging.
  • Identify, organize, and distill scientific literature within an informatics emphasis area to effectively contextualize research questions.
  • Apply appropriate methods and tools to the creative execution of an investigation that addresses informatics research questions.
  • Engage in effective teamwork as a member of co-located and distributed interdisciplinary research teams.
  • Compose and engage in effective written and oral communication in informatics, including scholarly dissemination and lay-communication.

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