Information Sciences (Informatics)

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. The applied and user-oriented focus of the degree will make these graduates attractive to such employers. Students completing this concentration area will be able to:

Understand information management issues and become intelligent users of data management systems

Develop, implement and analyze conceptual models with different information science techniques for solving problems

Apply mathematical modeling, computing, and visualization techniques and tools to real data in order to present results in a meaningful visual environment

Understand ethical and social issues involving information science technology

Utilize various information technology resources for making decisions

Incorporate information technology to enhance their communication effectiveness

Write simple programs in a high level programming language

**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.


  • 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.

Core 15 hours Required:

CPI 101 Introduction to Informatics, CS (3)

CPI 200 Mathematical Foundations of Informatics, MA (3) (Prerequisite: MAT 242 with C or better; MAT 243 with C or better)

CPI 310 Web-Based Information Management Systems (3) (Prerequisite: CSE 205 with C or better)

CPI 360 Decision Making and Problem Solving (3) (Prerequisite: CSE 205 with C or better)

STP 226 Elements of Statistics, CS (3)* (Prerequisites: MAT 117 or MAT 142 or other course meeting General Studies MA requirement with C or better or completed the Mathematics Placement Test with a score of 50% or higher (or ALEKS scores of 50% or higher))

Electives 6 hours upper division courses required:
See a CIDSE advisor if you would like to have another upper division course considered as an Informatics elective.

ART 345 3D Visualization and Prototyping (3) (Prerequisite: Digital Art OR Intermedia student)

BIO 355 Introduction to Computational Molecular Biology, CS (3) (Prerequisites: MAT 119 or MAT 210 or MAT 243 or MAT 251 or MAT 265 or MAT 270 or STP 220 or STP 231,or STP 226 with C or better. Credit allowed for MAT 355 or BIO 355 or CPI 480 or MBB 355.)

CIS 300 Web Design and Development (3) (Prerequisites: Minimum 2.0 ASU cumulative GPA AND minimum 56 earned hours)

CPI 350 Evaluation of Informatics Systems (3) ( Prerequisite(s) with C or better: GCU 495 or IEE 380 or STP 226 or 231 or 420; BS Informatics major)

CPI 400 Scientific Computing and Visualization (3) (Prerequisite: CPI 101 with C or better; CPI 200 with C or better)

ASB 344 Technology and Society, L or SB (3) OR SOC 334 Technology and Society, SB (3) (Prerequisite: Minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only ASB 344 or SOC 334)

CPI 430 Social Simulation, CS (4) (Prerequisites: AML 100 or MAT 142, 170, 210, 265 or 270 with C or better OR Mathematics Placement Test score of 50% or higher (or ALEKS score of 50% or higher); Minimum 56 hours; CPI 200 with C or better; Credit for only ASB 430, CPI 430, or AML 330)

ENG 374 Technical Editing (3)

GIS 205 OR GPH 370 Geographic Information Technologies, CS (3)

STS 306 Social Effects of Science and Technology, SB (3)



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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