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. For more information about the Information Science major and possible careers, check out this link: Intro to IS. For more information about salaries in the IT field, check out the 2017 Salary Guide published by Robert Half.

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BS in Information Science by the Numbers

  • Fall 2017 Full time Students: 79
  • Fall 2017 Part time Students: 28
  • 2017 Graduates: 13

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 Spring 2015 and afterwards.  See the UALR Undergraduate Catalog Archives for earlier versions of the curriculum.

IFSC Degree Plan 2015 Revised Core

View the Online Undergraduate Catalog for the Department of Information Science