Department of Information Science

EIT, Room 550, (501) 569-8951, (501) 683-7049 (fax), Website, View/Download PDF Version

Chairperson:
Pierce, Elizabeth, Associate Professor

Professors:
Berleant, Daniel
Bruhn, Russel
Dagtas, Serhan
Cruz-Neira, Carolina
Talburt, John
Tudoreanu, Mihail
Wu, Ningning
Xu, Xiaowei

Assistant Professors:
Agarwal, Nitin
Reiners, Dirk

Information Technology Minor Program and E-Commerce, Instructor:

Wallace, Thomas, Advanced Instructor
Bruce Bauer, Instructor

Technical Support Staff
Browning, Kevin, Instructor

Emeritus Faculty:
Lowry, Catherine, Senior Instructor Emeritus
Wigand, Rolf, Professor Emeritus

The Department of Information Science seeks to expand human and technical capabilities through information in a world where information is of central importance to personal, organizational, social, political, technical, and economic progress. Information Science makes sense of the data that people gather through information technology. The programs that reside in the Department of Information Science focus on the transformation of data to information and knowledge, to intelligence and application, and on the technologies and systems that store and access the data in ways that impart its meaning.

The information science program combines the techniques of computer science with the knowledge of information management to produce graduates who are qualified for professional positions in the information technology field. Students develop the skills needed for creating more efficient and effective information systems, designing better information products, managing and securing data resources, and dealing with emerging information technologies. Graduates find positions as application developers, database administrators, network specialists, data analysts, systems analysts, and web specialists.

The information science experience emphasizes laboratory environments and hands-on projects using appropriate software to aid in understanding the theory. An additional goal of the information science curriculum is to develop communication and team skills of students. For this reason many courses incorporate written reports and oral presentations. Other courses reinforce the importance of group dynamics through completion of team projects.

Majors and minors available through the Department of Information Science are as follows:

  • Bachelor of Science in Information Science
  • Bachelor of Science in E-Commerce
  • Bachelor of Arts in Web Design and Development (Interdisciplinary)
  • Minor in Bioinformatics
  • Minor in Information Technology
  • Mobile Web Design and Development Certificate

General Information

The Information Science undergraduate degree program emphasizes the design and development of information systems using a variety of technologies (web, server, desktop, mobile) to provide people with the data that they need for effective decision making. Our Bachelor of Science in E-Commerce combines web technologies, business, and a strong liberal arts foundation to prepare students for careers in web and social media management. Minors in Information Technology, Bioinformatics as well as in Mobile Web Design and Development help round out the department’s offerings. Our department also offers graduate study opportunities in Information Quality (Certificate, MS, and PhD), Information Science (Certificate, MS, and PhD), Bioinformatics (MS and PhD), and Technology Innovation (Certificate).


Major in Information Science

The Bachelor of Science in Information Science requires at least 39 hours of information science and an additional 12 hours of IFSC specialization electives. Courses eligible for specialization elective credit must focus on a specific topic relevant to information systems and therefore are normally upper-level courses in information science, computer science, business, and relevant courses from other majors. A minor is not required for this curriculum.


Bachelor of Science in Information Science

General: 120 total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (1 hour)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 19 for details)

    IFSC 1105 First Year Experience for Information Science Majors

Core Requirement (35 hours)
Standard Core (21 hours)

See “General Education Requirements.”

EIT College Core (14 hours)

Science (8 hours)
Choose from the List of Approved Core Science
Mathematics (3 hours)

    MATH 1302 College Algebra

Flex (3 hours)

    SPCH 1300 Speech Communications preferred
Major (83 hours)
Additional Math courses (10 hours):

    MATH 1451 Calculus I (C or better)
    MATH 2310 Discrete Mathematics
    STAT 3352 Applied Statistics

Additional Requirements (23 hours)

    ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
    or ECON 2322 Microeconomics
    ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting
    MKTG 3350 Principles of Marketing
    MGMT 3300 Principles of Management
    BINS 4331 Management of Information Resources
    MGMT 3320/3362/4361/4372/4377 or MKTG 2380 (or other approved Business course)
    IFSC 2200 Ethics in the Profession
    RHET 3316 or RHET 3326 Upper Level Writing Requirement

Major Requirements (38 hours):

    IFSC 1202 Introduction to Object Oriented Technology
    IFSC 1310 Internet Technologies
    IFSC 2300 Object Oriented Technology
    IFSC 2305 Computer Systems
    IFSC 2315 Information System Software
    IFSC 2340 Human Computer Interface
    IFSC 3300 Internet Applications
    IFSC 3315 Applied Networking
    IFSC 3320 Database Concepts
    IFSC 3330 Current Trends in Database Technology
    IFSC 3360 System Analysis and Design
    IFSC 4396 Capstone Project I
    IFSC 4398 Capstone Project II

Information Science Specialization Electives (12 hours)

To be selected in consultation with advisor

Minor (none required)
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.
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Minor in Bioinformatics Program

Bioinformaticists research, develop, and apply computational tools and approaches for analyzing and understanding of biological, medical, behavioral, and health data. Many of the advances in the life sciences have been made possible through the application of bioinformatics (e.g., the assembly of the human genome). The preponderance of massive amounts of data generated in sequencing labs, microarray facilities, population studies, and ecological analyses provides many opportunities for using information science techniques to manage the data and gain new insights into the knowledge it contains.

The bioinformatics minor at UALR trains students in the areas of information science and biology and prepares them to apply computational techniques to a variety of life science areas. Building upon a student’s major in biology, computer science, or information science, students are prepared to work in this exciting, fast-growing, and interdisciplinary field.
For students or professionals who have completed, or are completing an undergraduate major in biology, computer science, or information science, the minor in bioinformatics consists of 19 credit hours. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or greater.

Bioinformatics Minor

Prerequisite Courses (11 hours)

    BIOL 1401 Science of Biology
    or BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
    CHEM 1402 General Chemistry
    MATH 1302 College Algebra

Required Courses (19 hours):

    IFSC 1202 Intro to Object Oriented Technology
    (Other programming courses may substitute)
    BINF 3345 Introduction to Bioinformatics
    BINF 4445 Bioinformatics Theory and Applications
    BIOL 2401 Microbiology
    BIOL 3300 Genetics
    One elective course chosen with advisor approval from BIOL, CHEM, IFSC, CPSC, or STAT course catalogs. Internship or independent research study with a faculty mentor can also be used as an elective.

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Courses in Bioinformatics (BINF)

BINF 2345 Introduction to Bioinformatics
Prerequisites: MATH 1302, BIOL 1400 or 1401, and IFSC 1202 (or equivalent programming course). This course introduces the student to bioinformatics: the application of information science to studies in the life sciences. Using a project based approach, students will be exposed to programming, database, and analysis concepts and tools applicable to the life, medical, and health sciences along with an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the evolving field of biomedical informatics. Two hours of lecture and one hour of laboratory per week. Three credit hours.

BINF 4445 Bioinformatics Theory and Applications
Prerequisites: BINF 3345 or Consent of instructor. An overview of concepts central to the study and application of bioinformatics drawing upon the fields of biostatistics, computer and information science, and the life sciences. Dual-listed in the UALR Graduate Catalog as BINF 5445. Three hours of lecture and two hours laboratory per week. Four credit hours.


Major in E-Commerce

The Bachelor of Science in E-Commerce is an interdisciplinary degree that blends web/social media technologies, business, and the liberal arts. It draws its curriculum from the existing course catalogs of several colleges:

  • Donaghey College of Engineering & Information Technology;
  • College of Business;
  • College of Social Sciences & Communication, and
  • College of Arts, Letters, & Sciences.

The degree can be completed either at the UALR Main Campus or at the UALR Benton Learning Center.

Electronic commerce, commonly known as E-commerce, refers to more than just buying and selling products online. It also includes the entire online process of developing, marketing, selling, delivering, servicing and paying for products and services. This includes the placement of media along the various stages of the customer engagement cycle through search engine marketing (SEM), search engine optimization (SEO), banner ads on specific websites, email marketing, mobile device advertising, social media analytics, and Web 2.0 strategies. E-Commerce makes use of innovations in electronic funds transfer, supply chain management, Internet marketing, online transaction processing, electronic data interchange, inventory management systems, and automated data collection systems.

Job opportunities for graduates from this new degree program include Search Engine Optimization Strategist, Social Media or Digital Strategist/Analyst, Blogger, Content Writer, Website Designer, and Web Administrator. These jobs span both the public and private sectors. A minor is not required for this curriculum.


Bachelor of Science in E-Commerce

General: 120 total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (1 hour)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 36 for details)

    IFSC 1105 First Year Experience for Information Science Majors

Core Requirement (35 hours)
Standard Core (21 hours)

See “General Education Requirements.”

EIT College Core (14 hours)

Science (8 hours)
Choose from the List of Approved Core Science
Mathematics (3 hours)

    MATH 1302 College Algebra

Flex (3 hours)

    SPCH 1300 Speech Communications preferred
Major (75 hours)
E-Commerce Requirements (30 hours):

    IFAS 2300 Introduction to Information Assurance
    ITEC 3610 Introduction to Information Technology and Applications
    ITEC 3650 Guided Applications in IT and Industry Processes
    IFSC 3342 Mobile Web Design
    IFSC 4350 Electronic Commerce
    ITEC 4610 Project Development and Portfolio Defense
    RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace
    or RHET 3326 Technical Writing

E-Commerce Specialization Electives (21 hours)

Choose 7:

    IFSC 3300 Internet Applications
    IFSC 4360 Social Computing
    IFSC 4301 Computing, Information, and the Future
    RHET 4371 Writing on the Web
    RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace
    RHET 3326 Technical Writing
    CRJU 3309 Cybercrimes
    MCOM 4384 Topics in Mass Communication
    MCOM 4385 Advanced Web Design
    ARST 2318 Computer Applications in Art
    ARST 3340 Introduction to Graphic Design
    ARST 3386 Digital Imaging
    ARST 4348 Production Design for the Internet
    PSYC 3350 Social Psychology
    PSYC 3380 Cognitive Psychology
    Special Topics
    Independent Studies
    Internships/Cooperative Education
    Other courses with Advisor Permission

Quantitative Reasoning Requirements (9 Hours)

    Math 1342 Business Calculus
    STAT 2350 Introduction to Statistical Methods
    BINS 3352 Business Data Analysis & Visualization

Business Requirements (24 hours)

    ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting I
    ACCT 2330 Principles of Accounting II
    ECON 2322 Principles of Microeconomics
    ECON 2323 Principles of Macroeconomics
    FINC 3310 Business Finance
    MGMT 3305 Business Information Systems
    MGMT 3300 Organizational Behavior and Management
    MKTG 3350 Principles of Marketing

Minor (none required)
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.
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Certificate in Web-Mobile Design and Development

This undergraduate certificate program will focus on the “cradle to grave” path for websites and mobile app, from idea creation to design to development to user testing to commercialization/new venture creation. Students are taught in a team- and project-based format, and will develop an actual portfolio of working products during the course of their academic careers.

Develop new ideas and applications for responsive websites and mobile apps, and build real products based on those ideas.
Learn core concepts and acquire basic skills in designing, developing, testing, and launching responsive websites and mobile apps.

Develop team-building and communication skills required for the successful completion of multi- disciplinary projects.
Meet investors, mentors, and fellow entrepreneurs in Arkansas, and learn how new products and startup companies are launched.
The 18-credit program consists of a 12-credit core and a 3-credit elective that draws from the Information Sciences, Fine Arts, writing, and business, followed by a 3-credit capstone experience.

Undergraduate Certificate Web-Mobile Design and Development
Required Courses (18 hours):
    IFSC 1310 Internet Technologies
    ARST 2318 Computer Applications in Art
    RHET 4372 Usability Testing and Design
    MGMT 4361 New Venture Creation
    IFSC 4396 Capstone Project I
Electives (3 credits) – Select one from the list below.
    IFSC 3342 Mobile Web Design, CPSC 4399 Mobile Web Applications, ARST 3386 Digital Imaging, ARST 4348 Web Design, RHET 4305 Document Design, RHET 4307 Writing Software Documentation, RHET 4371 Writing for the Web.

Bachelor of Arts in Web Design & Development Information

This is an interdisciplinary program designed collaboratively by faculty from the Department Art (CALS), Rhetoric and Writing (SSC), Mass Communication (SSC), Information Science (EIT) and the Information Technology Program. The program will be administered via the Information Technology Program. Capstone Courses will be cross-listed as needed.

The program is designed to cater to both traditional university students as well as working professionals in multiple fields. Responsive web sites and mobile apps are efforts that are being undertaken by many industries and disciplines today, from healthcare to retail to virtually any industry which has a need to communicate with its stakeholders. As such, opportunities extend to recent graduates, those seeking a professional upgrade or certification, or employees seeking to “reinvent” themselves with new skill sets.


Bachelor of Arts in Web Design & Development

This is an interdisciplinary program designed collaboratively by faculty from the Department Art (CALS), Rhetoric and Writing (SSC), Mass Communication (SSC), Information Science (EIT) and the Information Technology Program. The program will be administered via the Information Technology Program. Capstone Courses will be cross-listed as needed.

General: 120 total hours, including 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and 30 hours in residence

First-Year Colloquium (1 hour)

Required of full-time freshmen entering college for the first time and transfer students with less than 12 hours of credit. (See page 19 for details)

    IFSC 1105 First Year Experience for Information Science Majors
Core Requirement (35 hours)
Standard Core (21 hours)

See “General Education Requirements.”

EIT College Core (14 hours)

Science (8 hours)
Choose from the List of Approved Core Science
Mathematics (3 hours)

    MATH 1302 College Algebra

Flex (3 hours)

    SPCH 1300 Speech Communications preferred
Degree Credit Hours (70 hours)
Foundations (19 hours)
    IFSC 1105 FYC Information Science
    IFSC 1310 Internet Technologies
    ARST 1310 Basic Drawing
    ARST 1315 Two-Dimensional Design
    ARST 2318 Computer Applications in Art
    MCOM 2300 Introduction to Media Production
    RHET 3326 Technical Writing
Content Courses (45 hours)
    ITEC 3610 Intro to Information Technology & Application
    (IT Minor First Semester)
    ITEC 3650 Guided Application in IT & Industry Process
    (IT Minor Second Semester)-Prerequisite: ITEC 3610
    MCOM 3310 Introduction to Web Principles and Design-
    Prerequisite: MCOM 2300
    MCOM 3390 Non-Linear Editing I
    ARST 3340 Intro to Graphic Design-Prerequisite: ARST 1315
    & ARST 2318 & ARST 1310
    ARST 3341 Typography-Prerequisite: ARST 3340
    MCOM 4340 Digital Graphics and Animation
    Prerequisite: MCOM 2300 & MCOM 3390
    ARST 4348 Web Design-Prerequisite: ARST 2318
    MCOM 4385 Advanced Web (CMS / Dreamweaver)-
    Prerequisite: MCOM 2300
    RHET 4371 Writing on the Web-Prerequisite: RHET 3326
    Technical Writing
    RHET 4305 Document Design-Prerequisite: RHET 3326
    Technical Writing
    IFSC 4399 Responsive Web Design – Designing for mobile
    and beyond-Prerequisite: IFSC 1310
    RHET 4372 Usability Testing and Design
    Cooperative Experience (Capstone 6 hours)
    ITEC 4610 – Project Development and Portfolio Defense (IT
    Minor Capstone Semester) This course could be cross listed
General Elective Hours (15 hours)

Program Electives
Information Science

    IFSC 3300 Internet Applications-Prerequisite: IFSC 1310
    IFSC 4360 Social Computing
    IFSC 4301 Computing, Info, and Future
    IFSC 4350 Electronic Commerce
    IFSC 3320 Database Concepts

Art

    ARST 3385 Vector Graphics
    ARST 3386 Digital Imaging
    ARST 4340 Print Design
    ARST 4341 Package Design
    Mass Communications
    MCOM 4320 Non-Linear Editing II
    MCOM 4350 Production and Design

Rhetoric and Writing

    RHET 4307 Writing Software Documentation
Minor (none required)
Unrestricted General Electives

Remaining hours, if any, to reach 120 minimum total hours, 45 hours of upper-level courses (3000-4000 level), and/or 30 hours in residence.


Information Technology Minor

Thomas Wallace, Program Coordinator, Instructor and Web Designer

Admission Standards and Procedures

UALR’s information technology (IT) minor is intended for students majoring in the arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences, and other programs that do not have an intensive computing component. These students do not need to have extensive background in computers or technology, but they should demonstrate:

  • Problem-solving skills
  • Leadership abilities
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Interests in information technology

Visit the website for a description of the IT minor or to complete an application. Materials may also be obtained at the Information Science office, EIT Building, Room 533, phone (501) 569-8743). To insure consideration of applications, check with the IT minor office for application deadlines.

Admission Requirements

To apply for this program, students must complete or have completed the following:

  • Completion of 30 or more semester hours and a GPA of 2.5 or greater.
  • Declaration of a major at UALR.
Curriculum

The IT minor consists of three six-hour courses, ITEC 3610, 3650, and 4610. The courses must be taken in sequence. The grading scale for the courses is A, B, I, and NC. An I is given for incomplete work in one or more areas as defined in the Undergraduate Catalog with the exception that a grade of I will convert to a grade of NC instead of F. Any student receiving a grade of NC (No Credit) in an ITEC course will be removed from the program.


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Courses in Information Science (IFSC) and Information Technology (ITEC)