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.

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 443 Time arts II
ARTS 444 Interactivity II
ECE 402 Electronic music synthesis
INFO 490 Special topics All sections count towards the minor.
MUS 424 Musical informatics
MUS 448 Computer Music

Digital humanities

Intersection of information technology and humanities fields.

Number Title Notes
CMN 410 Workplace Comm Technology
ENGL 482 Writing technologies
INFO 303 Writing Across Media GenEd credit for Adv Comp starting Fall 09, offered fall, spring, summer
INFO 310 Computing in the humanities Same as IS 310. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.
LING 402 Tools and techniques for speech and language processing
LING 406 Introduction to computational linguistics

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 technologies, 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.

GeneralNew Technological DevelopmentsDesignGames
Number Title Notes
CMN 338 Relationships and Technologies
CMN 410 Workplace Comm Technology
CMN 496 Adv topics in communications Course name depends on section.
INFO 325 Social Media and Global Change Same as EPS 325, AFST 325, ASST 325, EURO 325, LAST 325, REES 325, and SAME 325.
INFO 326 New media, culture, & society Same as MACS 326.
INFO 345 Digital and Gender Cultures Same as GWS 345/ MACS 345/ SOC 345.
IS 390RGI Race, gender and information technology
SOC 350 Technology and society
Number Title Notes
CMN 410 Workplace Comm Technology
INFO 325 Social Media and Global Change Same as EPS 325, AFST 325, ASST 325, EURO 325, LAST 325, REES 325, and SAME 325.
INFO 326 New media, culture, & society Same as MACS 326.
KIN 494 Special Topics
Number Title Notes
CI 437 Educational Game Design
CS 465 User Interface Design
EPSY 590 Advanced Seminar in Ed Psyc Course name depends on section.
INFO 490 Special topics All sections count towards the minor.
IS 351 The Design of Usable Information Interfaces
IS 490IL Informal Learning Spaces and Pedagogies
Number Title Notes
CI 437 Educational Game Design
INFO 403 Game design: Creating virtual worlds Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
INFO 490 Special topics All sections count towards the minor.

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
CS 498 Special topics Course name depends on section.
IB 364 Bioinformatics & Human Genome
IB 473 Plant genomics
INFO 491 Undergraduate Bioinformatics Seminar Undergraduates need permission of instructor. Graduates must be enrolled in the MS in Bioinformatics or obtain permission of instructor.
MCB 317 Genetics and genomics Formerly MCB 405.
MCB 409 Bioinformatics and functional genomes
MCB 432 Computing in molecular biology
MCB 493 Special topics Course name depends on section.

GIS – Geographic Information Systems

Geographic 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 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
ANSC 448 Mathematical modeling in life sciences
IB 493 Statistical Ecology
IE 441 Interactive systems modeling and design

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 493 Special topics Course name depends on section.

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
ENGL 482 Writing technologies
INFO 303 Writing Across Media GenEd credit for Adv Comp starting Fall 09, offered fall, spring, summer
JOUR 410 Multimedia reporting
JOUR 425 Multimedia Editing and Design

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 410 Text information systems
CS 411 Database systems
CS 412 Introduction to data mining
INFO 490 Special topics All sections count towards the minor.
IS 456 Information storage and retrieval
IS 457 Intro to Data Science
STAT 440 Statistical data management Also meets as CSE 440
STAT 448 Advanced data analysis

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 374 Management decision models
BADM 458 IT governance
IS 490ITU Entrepreneurial IT design

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
CS 465 User Interface Design
ENGL 482 Writing technologies
IS 351 The Design of Usable Information Interfaces
IS 390W1A Web technologies and techniques
IS 490WP Programming Web mashups

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
CMN 338 Relationships and Technologies
INFO 325 Social Media and Global Change Same as EPS 325, AFST 325, ASST 325, EURO 325, LAST 325, REES 325, and SAME 325.
INFO 326 New media, culture, & society Same as MACS 326.
INFO 345 Digital and Gender Cultures Same as GWS 345/ MACS 345/ SOC 345.
IS 390CC Computers and culture
IS 390EC Digital Media Ethics
IS 390RGI Race, gender and information technology
SOC 350 Technology and society