Frequently Asked Questions

What is information science?

It is an interdisciplinary science that covers with the collection, classification, manipulation, storage, retrieval, and dissemination of information. Information scientists study the application and use of knowledge in organizations as well as interactions among people, organizations, and information systems (technology).

Information science focuses on understanding problems from the perspective of users and then applying information (and other) technology as needed. In other words, it tackles the problem first rather than the technology first.

What kind of job will I be able to get with an IS degree?

  • System analyst and designer
  • Database manager
  • Network analyst
  • Account manager
  • Project data manager
  • Web site designer
  • Web report developer
  • Information architect
  • Information analyst

What types of companies will hire me if I have a degree in IS?

  • Small firms: Bob Smith Ford Inc., Diocese of Pittsburgh, Decision Lens Inc.
  • Multinational corporations: IBM Corp., FedEx, Exxon Mobil Corp.
  • Financial services: Mellon Financial Corp., Federated Investors
  • Healthcare organizations: UPMC, Johnson & Johnson Health Care Systems Inc.
  • Private industry: Marconi Corp., Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Co.
  • Government agencies: U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force
  • Educational institutions: University of Pittsburgh, Walsh College
  • Manufacturing companies: Lockheed Martin Corp., United States Steel Corp.

Can I apply to the School of Information Sciences as a freshman?

No. As an underclassman, you will enroll in Pitt’s School of Arts and Sciences. Once you’ve earned 55 credits, you can apply to the School.

How do I apply to the School of Arts and Sciences as a pre-information science major?

Incoming freshmen should visit the University of Pittsburgh’s undergraduate admission site. On your application, you can select “pre-information science” as your intended field of study.