BS in Information Science

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. Potential career paths for our students include Database Developers/Administrators, Data Analysts, IT/Help Desk Specialists, Network Administrators, Systems Analysts/Solution Developers, Applications Developers, and Web Developers/Administrators.

BS in Information Science by the Numbers

  • Fall 2013 Full time Students: 73
  • Fall 2013 Part time Students: 22
  • 2013 Graduates: 15

The Information Science Program at UALR is designed to help its students achieve the following learning outcomes by the time they graduate from our program:

  1. Graduates can apply analytical, problem-solving and computer skills to the analysis and design of information systems.
  2. Graduates can apply the perspective of the user and organizational aspects to information systems and technology.
  3. Graduates are skilled in the management of information and understand how technology and information converge to serve the interests of individuals and society.
  4. Graduates are effective in a variety of roles in the IT field such as team members and leaders.
  5. Graduates are proficient in written and oral communication.
  6. Graduates are able to apply professional ethical standards in their work and to understand their importance.
  7. Graduates are ready for life-long learning to maintain their technological currency.

Students who attain these learning outcomes should be well prepared to take on the following challenges after graduation.

  1. Creator Role: Our graduates will create and manage the systems and technologies that transform raw data into quality information that support good decision making so that organizations can accomplish their strategic goals.
  2. Custodian Role: Our graduates will be effective data stewards, safeguarding and professionally handling sensitive information as well as observing and promoting ethical standards in the industry.
  3. Contributor Role: Our graduates will contribute to the economic growth and improved standard of living for the state of Arkansas and its citizens by making Arkansas a destination for high-tech industries due to the presence of a technologized workforce.
  4. Continuer Role: Our graduates will continue their career development through professional training, graduate study, and/or research that enhance the breadth and depth of their information science skills and knowledge.
  5. Communicator Role: Our graduates will communicate their thoughts, experiences, and recommendations for improving the Information Science curriculum at UALR.

To help our students achieve these learning outcomes and objectives, the Bachelor of Science in Information Science requires a minimum of 120 total credit hours. The following curriculum sequence applies to students entering the program in Fall 2012 and afterwards.  See the UALR Undergraduate Catalog Archives for earlier versions of the curriculum.

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First Semester (13 Total Credit Hours)

  • RHET 1311 – Composition I – 3 Credit Hours
  • IFSC 1202 – Intro to Object Oriented Technology – 2 Credit Hours
  • IFSC 1105 – IFSC Freshman Experience – 1 Credit Hours
  • MATH 1451 – Calculus I – 4 Credit Hours
  • POLS 1310 – American National Government – 3 Credit Hours
    or HIST 2311 – U.S. History to 1877 – 3 Credit Hours
    or HIST 2312 – U.S. History from 1877 – 3 Credit Hours

Second Semester (16 Total Credit Hours)

  • IFSC 2300 -Object Oriented Technology – 3 Credit Hours
  • IFSC 1310 – Internet Technologies – 3 Credit Hours
  • RHET 1312 – Composition II – 3 Credit Hours
  • MATH 1452 – Calculus II – 4 Credit Hours
  • SPCH 1300 – Speech Communication – 3 Credit Hours

Third Semester (16 Total Credit Hours)

  • Technical Science Course ¬†with Lab – ¬†4 Credit Hours
  • ECON 2301 – Survey of Economics – 3 Credit Hours
    or other approved ECON course such as ECON 2322
  • PSYC 2300 – Psychology & Human Experience – 3 Credit Hours
  • IFSC 3300 – Internet Applications – 3 Credit Hours
  • IFSC 2305 – Computer Systems – 3 Credit Hours

Fourth Semester (16 Total Credit Hours)

  • Technical Science Course ¬†with Lab – ¬†4 Credit Hours¬†- ¬†4 Credit Hours
  • MATH 2310 – Discrete Mathematics – 3 Credit Hours
  • IFSC 2340 – Human Computer Interface – 3 Credit Hours
  • IFSC 2315 – Information Systems Software – 3 Credit Hours
  • HIST 1311 – History of Civilization I – 3 Credit Hours
    or HIST 1312 – History of Civilization II – 3 Credit Hours

Fifth Semester (17 Total Credit Hours)

  • MKTG 3350 – Principles of Marketing – 3 Credit Hours
  • IFSC 2200 – Ethics for the Profession – 2 Credit Hour
  • ENGL 2337 – World Literature – 3 Credit Hours
    or ENGL 2338 – World Literature Themes – 3 Credit Hours
    or ARHA 2305 – Introduction to Visual Art – 3 Credit Hours
    or THEA 2305 – Introduction to Theatre & Dance – 3 Credit Hours
    or MUHL 2305 – Introduction to Music – 3 Credit Hours
  • IFSC 3320 – Database Concepts – 3 Credit Hours
  • IFSC 3360 – Systems Analysis & Design – 3 Credit Hours
  • STAT 3352 – Applied Statistics I – 3 Credit Hours

Sixth Semester (15 Total Credit Hours)

  • MGMT 3300 – Organizational Behavior and Management – 3 Credit Hours
  • IFSC 3315 – Applied Networking – 3 Credit Hours
  • IFSC 3330 – Current Trends in Database Technology – 3 Credit Hours
  • IFSC Elective¬† -¬†3 Credit Hours
  • RHET 3326 – Technical Writing – 3 Credit Hours
    or RHET 3316 – Writing for the Workplace – 3 Credit Hours

Seventh Semester (15 Total Credit Hours)

  • MGMT 4331 – Management of Information Resources – 3 Credit Hours
  • ACCT 2310 – Principles of Accounting I – 3 Credit Hours
  • IFSC 4396 – Capstone Project I – 3 Credit Hours
  • IFSC Elective¬† – 3 Credit Hours
  • IFSC Elective¬†- 3 Credit Hours

Eight Semester (12 Total Credit Hours)

  • MGMT 4361 – New Venture Creation or other approved business elective – 3 Credit Hours
  • Upper level EIT Core Elective such as PSYC 3380 – Cognitive Psychology – 3 Credit Hours
  • IFSC 4398 – Capstone Project II – 3 Credit Hours
  • IFSC Elective – 3 Credit Hours