Department of Information Science

General Information | Degree Requirements | Courses in Information Science

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Chairperson:
Pierce, Elizabeth
Associate Professor

Professors:
Berleant, Daniel
Bruhn, Russel
Dagtas, Serhan
Jennings, Steven
Talburt, John
Tudoreanu, Mihail
Wigand, Rolf
Wu, Ningning
Xu, Xiaowei

Assistant Professor:
Agarwal, Nitin

Information Technology Minor Program and E-Commerce, Instructor:

Wallace, Thomas, Advanced Instructor
Bruce Bauer, Instructor

Technical Support Staff
Browning, Kevin

Emeritus Faculty:
Lowry, Catherine, Senior Instructor 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 solution developers, database administrators, network specialists, application programmers, 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 some courses have a writing component evidenced by the use of essays, 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:

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 as well as in Bioinformatics help round out the department’s offerings. Our department also offers graduate study opportunities in Information Quality, Technology Innovation, Integrated Computing (Information Science and Information Quality Tracks) and Bioinformatics.

In concert with UALR’s mission to serve and strengthen society by enhancing awareness in scientific, technical, and cultural arenas, and the Donaghey College’s mission to educate the next generation of professionals in the skills and knowledge base necessary to create and manage technology-based enterprises, the Department of Information Science is committed to fostering the use of information through better systems and technologies in the State of Arkansas and the nation by:

  • Educating students in the use of current information and communication technologies and in the design and development of systems and technologies for better processing and use of information.
  • Offering degree and certification programs that prepare graduates to pursue successful careers and to continue lifelong learning in Information Science.
  • Conducting research to advance the field of Information Science in a way that supports applications of information technologies.

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 in other areas. 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 (29 hours)

Composition/Communication (9 Hours)

    RHET 1311 Composition I
    RHET 1312 Composition II
    SPCH 1300 Speech Communication

Fine Arts/Humanities (5 Hours)

    IFSC 2200 Ethics in the Profession
    AND

Choose one of the following:

    MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music
    ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art
    THEA 2305 Introduction to Theatre and Dance
    ENGL 2337 World Literature
    ENGL 2338 World Literature Themes

Social Sciences (9 Hours)
Choose one of the following:

    POLS 1310 American National Government
    HIST 2311 U.S. History to 1877
    HIST 2312 U.S. History since 1877
    AND
    PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience
    AND

Choose one of the following:

    HIST 1311 History of Civilization I
    HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

Additional Upper-Level Communications, Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (3 Hours)

Specific course selection must be done with the approval of the advisor.

Technical Writing (3 Hours)

    RHET 3316 Writing for the Workplace
    RHET 3326 Technical Writing

Major (91 hours)

Additional Math courses (14 hours):

    MATH 1451 Calculus I
    MATH 1452 Calculus II
    MATH 2310 Discrete Mathematics
    STAT 3352 Applied Statistics

Additional Science Courses (8 hours):

Technical science courses with laboratory. All 8 credits must be from a single science discipline.

Additional Requirements (18 hours)

    ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
    or ECON 2322 Microeconomics
    ACCT 2310 Principles of Accounting
    MKTG 3350 Principles of Marketing
    MGMT 3300 Organizational Behavior and Management
    MGMT 4331 Management of Information Resources
    MGMT 3320/3362/4361/4372/4377 or MKTG 2380 (or other approved Business course)

Major Requirements (39 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), or 30 hours in residence.
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Bioinformatics Program

Bioinformaticists research, develop, and apply computational tools and approaches for analyzing and thus expanding the use 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.

Minor in Bioinformatics

For students or professionals who have completed, or are completing an undergraduate major in biology, computer science, or information science, visit http://ualr.edu/informationtechnology for a description of the IT minor or to complete an application. consists of 18 credit hours. All courses must be completed with a grade of C or greater. Students without a strong and current background in biology or information /computer science may need to complete up to 29 credit hours.

Students should check with the Biology, Chemistry, and Information Science departments regarding appropriate prerequisites and course sequencing for all courses in the minor. Information Science students should select CHEM 1402 and 1403 for their science requirement, thereby meeting the CHEM 2450 prerequisite. For waiver of prerequisite requirements based on demonstrated competencies, contact the Chair of the Information Science Department.

Bioinformatics Minor

Required Courses (7 hours):

    BINF 2345 Introduction to Bioinformatics
    BINF 4445 Bioinformatics Theory and Applications

Additional Courses Required for Information Science or Computer Science Students (11 hours):

    CHEM 2450 Organic Survey
    BIOL 2401 Microbiology
    BIOL 3300 Genetics

Additional Courses Required for Biology Students (11 hours):

    IFSC 1202 Introduction to Object-oriented Technology
    or equivalent programming course
    IFSC 1310 Internet Technologies
    IFSC 2300 Object-oriented Technology
    or equivalent programming course
    IFSC 3320 Database Concepts
    or CPSC 3375 Database Concepts I

Additional Courses or Demonstrated Competencies Required for Students in Other Majors (up to 22 hours):

    CHEM 2450 Organic Survey
    BIOL 2401 Microbiology
    BIOL 3300 Genetics
    IFSC 1202 Introduction to Object-Oriented Technology
    or equivalent programming course
    IFSC 2300 Object-oriented Technology
    or equivalent programming course
    IFSC 3320 Database Concepts
    or CPSC 3375 Database Concepts I

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Courses in Bioinformatics (BINF)

BINF 2345 Introduction to Bioinformatics
Prerequisites: MATH 1302 and computer literacy or consent of instructor. This course introduces the student to bioinformatics: the application of information science to studies in the life sciences. Through a survey of the basic sciences influencing computational biology and an overview of information science strategies applicable to the life, medical, and health sciences, an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the evolving field of bioinformatics is developed. Two hours of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Three credit hours.

BINF 4445 Bioinformatics Theory and Applications
Prerequisites: Consent of instructor or the following: BIOL 3300, IFSC 3320, IFSC 2300, and STAT 3352 or equivalents. BINF 2345 is recommended. 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:

  • Engineering and Information Technology;
  • Business;
  • Arts, Humanities, and the Social Sciences;
  • College of Professional Studies, and
  • College of Science.

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

University Core (44 hours)

Composition/Communication (9 Hours)

    RHET 1311 Composition I
    RHET 1312 Composition II
    SPCH 1300 Speech Communication

MATH (3 Hours)

    MATH 1302 College Algebra

Fine Arts/Humanities (9 Hours)
Choose two:

    MUHL 2305 Introduction to Music
    ARHA 2305 Introduction to Visual Art
    THEA 2305 Introduction to Theatre and Dance

Choose one:

    ENGL 2337 World Literature
    ENGL 2338 World Literature Themes
    PHIL 2320 Ethics and Society

Science (8 Hours)
Choose 8 hours from the following:

    ANTH 1415 Physical Anthropology
    ASTR 1101 Introduction to Astronomy Laboratory
    ASTR 1303 Introduction to Astronomy
    BIOL 1400 Evolutionary and Environmental Biology
    BIOL 1401 Science of Biology
    CHEM 1409 Chemistry and Society
    ERSC 1102 Physical Geology Laboratory
    ERSC 1302 Physical Geology
    ERSC 1103 Historical Geology Laboratory
    ERSC 1303 Historical Geology

Social Sciences (15 Hours)
Choose one of the following:

    POLS 1310 American National Government
    HIST 2311 U.S. History to 1877
    HIST 2312 U.S. History since 1877
    AND

Choose two of the following:

    ANTH 2316 Cultural Anthropology
    CRJU 2300 Introduction to Criminal Justice
    GNST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies
    ECON 2301 Survey of Economics
    GEOG 2312 Cultural Geography
    ERSC 2300 Science and Technology in Society
    MCOM 2330 Mass Media and Society
    POLS 2301 Introduction to Political Science
    PSYC 2300 Psychology and the Human Experience
    RELS 2305 World Religions
    SOCI 2300 Introduction to Sociology
    AND
    HIST 1311 History of Civilization I
    and HIST 1312 History of Civilization II

Major (75 hours)

E-Commerce Requirements (27 hours):

    CPSC 1370 Computer Literacy
    IFAS 2300 Introduction to Information Assurance
    ITEC 3610 Introduction to Information Technology and Applications
    ITEC 3650 Guided Applications in IT and Industry Processes
    IFSC 4350 Electronic Commerce
    ITEC 4610 Project Development and Portfolio Defense

E-Commerce Specialization Electives (15 hours)
Choose 5:

    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
    ECON 3355 Quantitative Analysis

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 Management 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), or 30 hours in residence.

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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.


Courses in Information Technology (ITEC)

ITEC 3610 Introduction to Information Technology and Applications
Prerequisite: admission to the information technology minor. This course introduces students to the information technology industry and knowledge-based tools. Students demonstrate proficiency in such tools as spreadsheet applications, graphic presentation, Internet uses, and programming. Methods include guest speakers, team activities, interpersonal skills, problem solving skills, time management skills, role playing, and portfolio strategies. Graded A, B, I, or NC. Six credit hours.

ITEC 3650 Guided Applications in Information Technology and Industry Processes
Prerequisite: grade of A, B, or I in ITEC 3610. Project oriented guided applications course. Focus is on broad applications of information technology such as database management, web design, and Internet applications. Students develop web pages to collect data, structure and analyze data using database and spreadsheet software, and present textual and graphical representation of the results. Methods include team projects with rotating roles, problem conceptualization, time management, and presentation skills. Graded A, B, I, or NC. Six credit hours.

ITEC 4610 Project Development and Portfolio Defense
Prerequisite: grade of A, B, or I in ITEC 3650. The project and portfolio development course allows students, under direction of a mentor, to work on real life issues in an active learning environment. Students will present and defend a professional IT portfolio documenting proficiency in the use of technology to solve problems. Methods include IT internships, special projects, or major field applications. This course is to be completed in two phases. The first phase, “Project Planning and Portfolio Development,” includes problem identification, needs assessment, and system design specifications. The second phase, “Project Completion and Portfolio Defense,” includes design testing, verification, and customer satisfaction. Students should expect that these two phases should take no less than one semester and no more than one academic year. Graded A, B, I, or NC. Six credit hours.

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