Our undergraduate program offers a curriculum that meets industry’s needs. In fact, industry leaders have helped to develop this program. Our graduates have gained critical skills and broad theoretical knowledge in programming principles, database systems, networks, human-computer interaction, and systems design. They understand how to manage today’s complex information systems and design the systems that business and industry will need in the future.
120 total credits are required for graduation
- To be accepted into the undergraduate program in information science, a student must have:
- Completed 55 credits (including current-term credits)
- Strong evidence of academic achievement to include GPA, course grades, or recommendations. Note: Students who have a GPA less than 2.75 may be considered for provisional admission and should apply.
- An information science GPA of at least 2.75
- Completed Intro to Information, Systems and Society (INFSCI 0010)
Other than courses designated as electives, students must have received a letter grade of “C” or better for each course.
- Fall Term: August 1
- Spring Term: December 1
- Summer Term: April 1
The undergraduate program in information science will help you to understand how people seek and create electronic information; how to build, design, and evaluate effective information systems; and how people ultimately transform information into useful knowledge.
Core courses will provide you with essential skills in:
- Database management
- Systems analysis and human factors
Then choose one of our industry-driven specializations:
- Information systems
- User-centered design
- Networks and security
- Self-designed specialization
Learn more about our specializations here.
Students will, in their last semester, take a capstone course. This is a chance to intern at one of the many international corporations located in Pittsburgh — or to participate in federally-funded research projects. Internships will provide for supervised work in an information environment offering a real-world frame of reference for understanding and applying the skills, methodologies, and theories gained from information science courses.
Students in the undergraduate program will participate in a capstone experience which might include doing an internship with regional companies and organizations.
Internships offer you a chance to gain real-world experience, to craft a portfolio that showcases your work and abilities, and to begin to make valuable contacts in the field. At the iSchool, we encourage our BSIS students to take advantage of the fact that Pittsburgh is home to over 65 major corporations, many of which make the Forbes Top 1000 list.
Learn more about internship opportunities available here.