PROGRAMS  |  INFORMATICS MINOR

Advising Tracks

The advising tracks below were devised to help students minoring in informatics choose courses that will best meet their interests and career goals. These are suggestions, not requirements.

Please also note that there are some 100 and 200 level courses listed here. Those courses correspond with the advising track theme but do NOT count for one of the upper level electives needed for the minor.

Digital arts

Computer graphics for games, animation, Web-based art, immersive art, and installation art, including interactive installation.

Number Title Notes
ARTD 318 Digital Interaction Prerequisite: Junior standing in graphic design or consent of instructor.
ARTD 415 Ninth Letter
ARTS 341 Image practice
ARTS 343 Time arts I
ARTS 344 Interactivity I
ARTS 399 Internship in Studio Arts Requires Junior standing; S/U grading only
ARTS 443 Time arts II
ARTS 444 Interactivity II

Digital humanities

Computer graphics for games, animation, Web-based art, immersive art, and installation art, including interactive installation.

Number Title Notes
BTW 220 Desktop Publishing and Design
CMN 280 Communication technology and society
CMN 410 Workplace Comm Technology
ENGL 482 Writing technologies
IS 201 Information technology and organizations
IS 310 Computing in the humanities

Social informatics

Social informatics provides students with an understanding of the social contexts of information technology creation and use, as well as the effects of IT on society. The classes in this track help prepare students to use information technologies in both work and leisure contexts. This track is particularly useful for students who have a good grounding in the more technical aspects of information technologies and want to increase their ability to understanding the applications and implications of these technologies. By understanding the social influences on and social consequences of information and communications technoloiges, like tablets, PDAs, and cell phones, students will be prepared for careers that emphasize technology design and management.

Within the broad area of social informatics, students may specialize in a particular area. Several examples are provided below.

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Number Title Notes
CMN 396 Special topics in communications
CMN 410 Workplace Comm Technology
CMN 496 Adv topics in communications Course name depends on section.
Number Title Notes
CMN 396 Special topics in communications
CMN 410 Workplace Comm Technology
Number Title Notes
STAT 458 Mathematical modeling in life sciences
Number Title Notes
CMN 396 Special topics in communications

Bioinformatics

Bioinformatics is the use of information technology to molecular biology, particularly DNA structures. It is a branch of biotechnology, which is the use of cellular and molecular processes to solve problems or make products. The companies in this industry include those that use cells and biological molecules for applications in medicine, agriculture and environmental management.

NOTE: 500-level courses are for graduate students, but may be taken with consent of instructor.

Number Title Notes
ANSC 447 Quantitative genetics
ANSC 542 Applied bioinformatics Also meets as CPSC 569 and IB 506
ANSC 545 Statistical Genomics Also meets as CPSC 545, IB 507
CHBE 571 Bioinformatics
CHEM 574 Genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics
CPSC 567 Bioinformatics & Systems Biology
CS 498 Special topics Course name depends on section.
MCB 317 Genetics and genomics Formerly MCB 405.
MCB 409 Bioinformatics and functional genomes
MCB 432 Computing in molecular biology

GIS – Geographic Information Systems

CGeographic Information Systems (GIS) capture, store, analyze and manage data and associated attributes that are spatially referenced to the Earth. GIS technology can be used for scientific investigations, resource management, asset management, environmental impact assessment, architecture and urban planning, cartography, criminology, history, sales, marketing, oil or mineral exploration, archaeology, geology, epidemiology and public health, demographics, history, and logistics, to name a few.

Number Title Notes
GEOG 105 The digital Earth
GEOG 379 Introduction to GIS
GEOG 476 Applied GIS to environmental studies
GEOG 477 Introduction to Remote Sensing
GEOG 480 Principles of Geographic Information Systems
GEOG 489 Programming for GIS
UP 418 GIS for planners

Biological Modeling

Biological modeling uses computational approaches to help scientists understand complex biological and physiological systems by simulating the spatio-temporal processes in living cells. Important biological processes studied include protein folding, biomolecular catalysis, the spread of disease, rational design of drugs, and the evolution of molecules and organisms. The goal is to increase the productivity of biologists by predicting cellular behavior long before such behavior could be observed and validated in a laboratory.

Number Title Notes
IB 491 Biological Modeling
IB 492 Science Communication Skills
IB 493 Statistical Ecology
IE 441 Interactive systems modeling and design
STAT 458 Mathematical modeling in life sciences

Computational neurobiology

Computational neurobiologists use mathematical, computational and modern imaging approaches to understand how the brain functions. The brain and nervous system are among the most complex organs, so understanding them requires the most sophisticated tools and instruments. Current experimental systems are too complex to allow collection of all the data. The massive amount and extremely complex data scientists obtain requires computational approaches to interpret.

Number Title Notes
MCB 409 Bioinformatics and functional genomes
MCB 419 Brain, behavior and information processing
MCB 432 Computing in molecular biology
MCB 519 Computational brain theory

Digital Composing

Digital publishing, blogging, directed writing, video as narrative medium, multimedia communication, literacy and technology, computer-assisted composition, hypermedia, and new media.

Number Title Notes
BTW 220 Desktop Publishing and Design
ENGL 482 Writing technologies
INFO 303 Writing Across Media GenEd credit for Adv Comp starting Fall 09, offered fall, spring, summer
IS 310 Computing in the humanities

Data Management

Any field in which data is a valuable resource requires data management for the information to be useful. it can involve extracting knowledge for structured, unstructured, multimedia, and sensor data; ways to make database systems self-managing; integrating across heterogeneous data sources; and supporting real-time event processing and data streaming environments. Data management applications include data warehousing, business intelligence, customer relationship management and other business analytics, data modeling, data movement, database administration, and data mining.

Number Title Notes
CS 225 Data structures
CS 410 Text information systems
CS 411 Database systems
CS 412 Introduction to data mining

Business

The business track focuses on information management within organizations. Computer systems enable people in an enterprise to collect, analyze, and manage information about its operations to solve business problems. Applications include decision support systems, resource and people management, project management, and database retrieval. Most major corporations have had to rethink their businesses in terms of the Internet and its culture and capabilities. Careers include IT and consulting.

Number Title Notes
BADM 350 IT for networked organizations
BADM 351 E-Business management
BADM 352 Database design and management
BADM 353 Information systems analysis and design
BADM 458 IT governance

Web Design

Web developers typically have solid knowledge base in a variety of Web programming languages. These include server-side languages like .NET, C#, Perl, Python, Java, and PHP; client-side scripting languages, such as HTML, CSS, and Javascript; and relational database management systems, such as MySQL and Microsoft SQL Server, as well as XML, to handle data collection and transfer.

Number Title Notes
ENGL 482 Writing technologies
IS 351 The Design of Usable Information Interfaces
IS 390W1A Web technologies and techniques

Cyberculture

The Cyberculture track focuses on online culture and other creative uses of information technology. This track will give students a better understanding of the cultural aspects of computers and the Internet, and it can apply to careers in law or creative production in today’s multimedia world.

Number Title Notes
IS 390CC Computers and culture
IS 390EC Digital Media Ethics