The concentration in informatics will train students to use computer technology to gather, synthesize, store, visualize and interpret information. These skills are critical to a broad range of disciplines. This concentration area will provide students with an understanding of the capabilities and technologies of informatics as it applies to domain specific problems in their field of study. Graduates should be in high demand within the software industry, but also in government, education, science, medicine, and other fields that make use of computer technology.

Students completing this concentration are able to use methods for and understand the basic computational principles behind the operation of:

communication, networking and interaction 

decision-making and problem solving

modeling, inference and visualization

representing, creating and running routine activities

storing, indexing and retrieving information

**Please note that some of the required classes below may require additional prerequisites that will need to be completed. No prerequisite overrides will be issued for Informatics core courses.


  • Due to the complexity of the 2015-16 catalog for this concentration, students are required to meet with an academic advisor in the Interdisciplinary Studies program for evaluation and recommendation prior to selection. Refer to the 2014 or 2016 catalog year for this concentration for specific course listings. If you do not know your catalog year please consult with your advisor.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 21 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration. 
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • For more information on the Informatics concentration, students can make an appointment with an advisor by calling the CIDSE Advising Center at 480-965-3199, sending an email to or by visiting
  • * Please consult a CIDSE advisor about alternate statistics courses.
  • Certain departments may offer courses which could satisfy the elective requirement. Please consult with a CIDSE advisor for approvals.

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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