BS in Information Science

Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET (http://www.abet.org).

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The BS in Information Science program teaches students about the roles, technologies, and practices for designing, developing, and implementing web-based information systems that will maximize the ability of people from a variety of disciplines to make use of data for decision making and problem solving. 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.

BS in Information Science by the Numbers

Student Outcomes: By the time they graduate, students in the BS in Information Science Program at UA Little Rock will attain the following abilities from the perspective of the Information Science discipline which deals with the analysis, building, and evaluation of solutions for the effective collection, storage, retrieval, and use of information.

  1. Analyze a complex computing problem and to apply principles of computing and other relevant disciplines to identify solutions.
  2. Design, implement, and evaluate a computing-based solution to meet a given set of computing requirements in the context of the program’s discipline.
  3. Communicate effectively in a variety of professional contexts.
  4. Recognize professional responsibilities and make informed judgements in computing practice based on legal and ethical principles.
  5. Functional effectively as a member or leader of a team engaged in activities appropriate to the program’s discipline.

Program Educational Objectives: We expect our alumni to demonstrate the following goals after graduation.

  1. Creator Role: Our graduates will create and manage the systems and technologies that transform raw data into quality information that support sound decision making so that organizations can accomplish their strategic goals. Note: In a January 2019 survey of 157 of our alumni found on LinkedIn.com, 87.3% report that they are employed in Information Systems/Technology jobs.
  2. Custodian Role: Our graduates will be effective data managers and leaders, safeguarding and professionally handling sensitive information as well as observing and promoting ethical standards in the profession. Note: In a January 2019 survey of 157 of our alumni found on LinkedIn.com, 12.1% report obtaining senior managerial positions while another 13.4 report promotions into senior technical positions.
  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. Note: In a January 2019 survey of 157 of our alumni found on LinkedIn.com, 73.9% are currently employed in Arkansas, predominately in the Little Rock metro area. The second most popular area for our graduates is Texas (8.3%).
  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. Note: In a January 2019 survey of 157 of our alumni found on LinkedIn.com, nearly all of our graduates report having added skills to their LinkedIn profiles. Of special note, 19.7% of our living alumni report earning industry certificates or taking additional courses (either at the undergraduate or graduate level) while 10.8% report earning a master’s degree and 2.5% report earning a doctoral degree.
  5. Community Role: Our graduates will share their thoughts, experiences, energies, and recommendations to enrich those around them (e.g., giving back to our program, contributing to the Information Science discipline, improving organizations, and/or strengthening their communities). Note: In a January 2019 survey of 157 of our alumni found on LinkedIn.com, 19.7% of our living graduates reported currently being involved in volunteer/service activities related to their community or IT discipline/profession. Another 10.8% reported volunteer/service activities that took place while they were a student at UA Little Rock.

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.

Information Science Proposed Degree Plan for 2020 Guide

Information Science Advising Guide

View the Online Undergraduate Catalog for the Department of Information Science