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  Mar 20, 2018
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog

Department of Informatics and Networked Systems

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Note: The requirements outlined in this section represent minimum degree satisfaction. Please consult the School of Computing and Information’s Intranet for detailed policies, procedures, forms, and advising resources.


To be considered for admission to the IS undergraduate program, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Strong evidence of academic achievement to include GPA, course grades, or recommendations. Students who have a GPA less than 2.75 may be considered for provisional admission and should apply.
  • Students should have earned a grade of C or better for any courses that were taken to meet the General Education, Skills, Related or Information Science requirements.
  • Information science GPA of at least 2.75
  • Completion of Intro to Information, Systems and Society (INFSCI 0010 )

Satisfactory/No-Credit (S/NC) grade options for IS majors

The student should check with his or her academic advisor before deciding to take a course S/NC (formerly the S/N option). Regulations for students in the IS degree programs for the S/NC grade option are as follows:

  • Students must decide by one week after the end of the add/drop period which grading system they propose to use for each of their courses. This decision may not be changed, nor may a grade of one kind received for a course be changed to a grade of the other kind (e.g., from an S/NC grade to a letter grade).
  • No courses required for the information science major, the related field, information science distribution, general distribution, English composition, or language requirements may be taken on the S/NC system.
  • Students are limited to a total of 18 credits of S grades that may be applied to the 120 credits required for the degree.
  • Students should be sure, before deciding on the grading system for a course, that their decision will not have an adverse effect on their plans for a major. They must discuss this decision with their advisor PRIOR to enrolling and selecting the S/NC grade option.

Individual Course Grades

Required courses for the Information Science major must be repeated or replaced by a comparable course if a grade of C- or lower is received. If a grade of C- or lower is earned in a prerequisite course, the course must be repeated before the higher-level course may be taken. If a grade of C- or lower is earned in any course taken to satisfy a degree requirement, the course must be repeated or replaced. Course repetitions are subject to the University’s defined limitations .

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Information Science, the student must:

  • Earn a minimum of 120 credits with a minimum of 15 of those credits in a related field. A related field consists of five courses from the same academic area. All of the final 30 credits and at least 15 credits in Information Science (INFSCI) must be taken through the School of Information Sciences.
  • Possess an overall cumulative and Information Science GPA of at least 2.50.
  • Satisfy the distribution of studies requirement for general education and skills requirements.
  • Fulfill all major requirements.
  • Fulfill any remaining requirements that may have been noted at the time of entrance (e.g., English composition, language requirements, and statistics requirements).
  • Apply for graduation.



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