Department of Information Science

EIT, Room 550 | (501) 569-8951 | (501) 683-7049 (fax) | ualr.edu/informationscience

Chairperson:
Pierce, Elizabeth, Associate Professor


Maulden-Entergy Chair
Agarwal, Nitin


Professors:
Berleant, Daniel
Dagtas, Serhan
Talburt, John
Tudoreanu, Mihail
Wang, Richard
Wu, Ningning
Xu, Xiaowei


Associate Professors:
Reiners, Dirk
Yang, Mary

Technical Director of the MidSouth Bioinformatics Center:
Williams, Phil

Information Technology Minor Program and E-Commerce, Instructor:
Wallace, Thomas, Senior Instructor
Bruce Bauer, Advanced Instructor

Emeritus Faculty:
Wigand, Rolf, Professor Emeritus
Bruhn, Russel, 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
  • BS/MS Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Information Science to Master in Information Quality or Master 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

General Information

Our Bachelor of Science in Information Science degree emphasizes the design and development of information systems using a variety of technologies (web, server, desktop, mobile) to prepare students for careers helping organizations and their employees to work with the data that they need for effective decision making. Our Bachelor of Science in E-Commerce degree combines web technologies and business to prepare students for careers in web retail and social media management. Our Bachelor of Arts in Web Design and Development degree combines web technologies with the arts and the social sciences to prepare students for careers in web design, content management, and usability experience. Minors in Information Technology and Bioinformatics help round out the department’s offerings. Our department also offers graduate study opportunities in Information Quality (Certificate, MS, and Ph.D.), Information Science (Certificate, MS, and Ph.D.), and Bioinformatics (MS and Ph.D.).


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 (29 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)

ACOM 1300 Applied 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
    • MGMT 3320/3362/4361/4372/4377 or MKTG 2380 (or other approved Business course)
      BINS 4331 Management of Information Resources
    • 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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BS/MS in Information Science to Master’s Degree

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Information Science to Master in Information Quality or Master in Information Science

The Bachelor of Science/Master of Science Accelerated BS to MS in Information Science/Information Quality is designed to provide a student working towards a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Information Science a means to complete the requirements for their undergraduate degree along with a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Information Quality/Information Science in a shorter amount of time than the traditional path.

Undergraduate students enrolled in the B.S. program in Information Science can apply to Graduate School using an early entry program form for admission into the M.S. program in Information Quality/Information Science. Contact the Department of Information Science to apply.  

Students are strongly encouraged to apply to the Accelerated BS to MS program (either MSIQ or MSIS) before the end of their junior year to help ensure that they have the full subsequent year to begin taking appropriate courses for graduate credit, lessening the course load they will need to carry in their fifth year. Faculty advisers for undergraduate students will help promote the program and to identify eligible students who show good potential for the program.

Admission Requirements

• Undergraduate students may apply and may be accepted any time after completing 75 hours or more of undergraduate coursework. Students must have completed MATH 1451 Calculus I (or acceptable transfer work) with a C or better.
• All applicants must have at least an overall GPA of 3.5. Students who have transferred to our program can participate in the Accelerated BS to MS program provided their relevant transfer coursework (i.e., courses taken at other institutions that are being used to meet our IFSC degree requirements) also meet the 3.5 minimum GPA criteria. The GRE requirement for the MS program is waived for students with an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Note: The Master’s programs in Information Quality and Information Science do require the GRE. However, the Graduate Certificates in Information Quality and Information Science do not. Moreover, students successfully completing the Graduate Certificates are eligible to waive the GRE requirement and continue on for their Master’s. Because the courses in the Graduate Certificate are an embedded subset of their respective Masters and because the Accelerated students will be completing the Certificate courses first, they will be eligible to apply for the MS based on successful performance in their first four graduate courses. Students with an overall GPA between 3.2 and 3.5 may apply using the GRE option. Students taking the GRE who score in the 50th percentile or higher for Verbal and Quantitative can enter the Accelerated BS to MS program with a lesser GPA. Applicants with an overall GPA of less than 3.2 are not eligible to participate in the Accelerated BS to MS program.

• All applicants must complete an application for and be accepted into the MS program (Information Quality or Information Science) and Graduate School.
• All applicants must complete an Accelerated BS to MS Program form and have it approved by the Graduate Coordinator and Graduate School. This form must be approved before the student begins graduate coursework. Failure to obtain prior approval negates the ability to “double count” courses.
• Once accepted into the program, students need to maintain at least a 3.0 overall average in their undergraduate coursework and per UALR Graduate School Guidelines, a 3.0 overall average in their graduate coursework.

Once a completed application has been received by the Information Science Department, the student will be notified quickly, generally within 30 days, whether they have been accepted into the MSIQ Accelerated BS to MS or the MSIS Accelerated BS to MS program. The program accepts a limited number of students each year, and applicants will be considered for admission on a competitive basis.

Acceptance into the Accelerated BS to MS program indicates a commitment by the student to pursue the MS degree (either MSIQ or MSIS) after the completion of the BS in Information Science.

Note: Student s may request a break of up to two semesters between the completion of their BS and the start of their MSIQ or MSIS courses per the UALR Graduate Student Leave of Absence Policy (Policy#509.12). However, if a student does not resume their graduate studies after their approved leave time expires, the student will then be released from the Accelerated BS to MS Program. The student is then welcome to apply to either the MSIQ or MSIS programs using the regular admission process and to be advised accordingly.

Note: Both the IQ and IS graduate programs also offer the option of a Graduate Certificate in Information Quality (4 courses) or a Graduate Certificate in Information Science (4 courses). Students will be encouraged to complete the four courses that make up the Graduate Certificate in their desired area (IQ or IS) first. While any four courses of the MS could be taken by the student while they are an undergraduate, taking the four courses that make up the certificate allows the student to at least complete a Graduate Certificate in conjunction with their BS if they choose not to finish the MS.

Note: Students interested in earning the Graduate Certificate in additional the MS degree will need to request admission to both programs.

Note: Both the MSIS and MSIQ are offered using distance technologies so it is possible for students to complete these degrees remotely.

A Completed Application Consists of:

• Completed graduate application form for the UALR Graduate School,
• Completed Accelerated BS to MS Program form for either the MSIS or MSIQ program.
• Transcript including transferred courses (Note: GPA must be recalculated to include all relevant transfer work being applied towards the completion of the BS in Information Science).
• Written statements of career goals and reasons for applying to the Accelerated BS+ MS program of their choice (either MSIQ or MSIS).
• Two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a university faculty member (letters are to be submitted directly by recommenders)
Submit your application to the Accelerated BS to MS Program Coordinator. This person is currently Dr. Elizabeth Pierce, Information Science Chair, 550 EIT Building, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AR 72204. Applications may be submitted by email to expierce@ualr.edu as a single WORD or PDF document.

Program Restrictions

• To ensure that they follow the proper degree plan, students must meet with the Accelerated BS to MS Program Coordinator upon acceptance to the Accelerated BS to MS program to map out the graduate courses they will take.
• Accepted students will have provisional status in the graduate program, pending the award of their baccalaureate degree.
• If at the end of his/ her baccalaureate degree, an Accelerated BS to MS student has failed to meet the Graduate School admission requirement of a 3.0 overall undergraduate GPA with no grades below a B, she/he will be dismissed from the graduate program.
Students will be advised to review the Scholastic Standards of the UA Little Rock Graduate School (Policy 509.15) so they are aware that if they are academically dismissed from the Accelerated BS to MS program then they are not eligible to pursue any other graduate study options at UA Little Rock.
• Students accepted into the Accelerated BS to MS program will be subject to the same policies as traditionally matriculated graduate students.
• The Accelerated BS to MS program may not be used in conjunction with the credit reservation program; therefore, no graduate courses taken before admission to the Accelerated BS to MS program may be applied to a graduate degree.


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 UA Little Rock 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 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.

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 transfers, 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.

    IFSC 1105 First Year Experience for Information Science Majors
University Core (29 hours)

See “General Education Requirements.”

EIT College Core (6 hours)

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

Mathematics (3 hours)

    MATH 1302 College Algebra
Humanities or Social Sciences or Communication– Spoken or Interdisciplinary (3 hours)

ACOM 1300 Applied Communications preferred

Major (84 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:
In general, upper-level courses in the following areas will be approved by the advisor:

  • Information Science
  • Computer Science
  • Business Information Systems
  • Accounting, Economics, Finance
  • Marketing, Management
  • Mass Communication
  • Digital Art
  • Applied Communication
  • Rhetoric
  • Any UA Little Rock minor
  • 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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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.

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.

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.

IFSC 1105 First Year Experience for Information Science Majors

University Core (29 hours)

See “General Education Requirements.”

EIT College Core (6 hours)

Science (8 hours)
Choose from the List of Approved Core Science
Mathematics (3 hours)
MATH 1302 College Algebra

Humanities or Social Sciences or Communication– Spoken or Interdisciplinary (3 hours)

ACOM 1300 Applied Communications preferred

Degree Credit Hours (84 hours)
Foundations (18 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)

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, Advanced Instructor

Admission Standards and Procedures

The 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 ualr.edu/informationtechnology for a description of the IT minor or to schedule an advising appointment. Materials may also be obtained at the Information Science office, EIT Building, Room 533, phone (501) 569-8743.

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 UA Little Rock.

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 Science and Information Technology