The Informatics Minor
Informatics studies the design, application, use and impact of information technology. A Minor in Informatics can diversify your educational portfolio and complement your major. The informatics minor signals that you have concrete expertise in computing and information technology and that you understand their human implications.
Why study Informatics?
The Minor in Informatics
The Informatics Minor is a set of courses that prepares students to study and develop new uses for computer systems in their future endeavors. The aim is that they will become better creators and users of computing technology and will think critically about technology’s role in society.
The undergraduate Minor in Informatics was launched in Spring 2008. It now has about 395 students from 65 different majors and is one of the most popular minors on campus. About half come from the College of LAS, with substantial numbers coming from the Colleges of Media, Fine and Applied Arts, Engineering and Business.
Requirements for the Minor
Students are required to take three core courses: INFO 102, CS 105 and INFO 202, all of which count as General Education (GenEd) courses. In addition, students must complete 9 hours of upper-level informatics-related coursework (300-level or above), most of which emphasize either Data, Society, or Expression. Each course must be approved for the Minor.
How to declare the Minor
The Informatics minor program is open to undergraduates from all colleges and majors. It complements the backgrounds of those majoring in any field, whether liberal arts and sciences, engineering, applied life sciences, or commerce. It is recommended, but not required, that you apply before the end of their sophomore year so that you will receive proper advice, and notification about new courses.