Informatics Degree

Informatics Degree

Maybe you’ve been helping your family and friends solve their technology issues since you were a kid. Maybe you love the idea of using technology to problem-solve, think critically, innovate, and communicate. If you’re interested in the study and application of information technology to a particular area or discipline of study, perhaps the Bachelor of Science in Informatics from Indiana University Kokomo is the right place for you.

Informatics also considers the use of information and technology in organizations and society at large.  Information technology (IT) is rapidly changing the world, creating new challenges and opportunities every day. Informatics equips you to study IT, consider its social impact, and find ways to use technology to solve problems. The informatics program’s aim is to produce qualified IT professionals who understand the ways people work with and use information, and who can develop solutions that are effective and easy-to-use. An informatics degree will prepare you to work in one of the fastest-growing career fields!  

In the informatics program at IU Kokomo, you’ll work in small, intimate classroom settings that provide personalized instruction. In addition to learning about information technology and its applications, students will choose a cognate as an area of specialization. This multi-disciplinary curriculum will prepare you for the challenges of an IT career in the 21st century.

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The words, “Indiana University Kokomo, Fulfilling the Promise, iuk.edu” fill the screen.

Jonathan Newsome, Computer Science ’21, is interviewed: “It’s been my dream to always own a tech company. I chose compute science because that’s the way the world is moving today. There’s a lot of new… there’s more jobs and opportunities in the field of computer science and I feel like that will help me get to where I need to be to achieve my dreams.
Jonathan Newsome is shown working on in a computer lab.

Renee Harshbarger, Computer Science ’21, is interviewed: “I’ve been working with computers since before I could form coherent sentences. So it felt like it was only natural and one of the biggest passions of my life has been video games so I want to become a video game developer.”

Renee Harshbarger is shown working on a laptop in the library.

Kyler Spencer, Computer Science ’21, is interviewed: “I mean, I’ve always been interested in technology and computers and things like that. But I guess the ‘WOW’ moment was when I realized how far I could take it, how much I could do with it, ya know? Especially with programming. You can really do anything you want to. If you can think it up in your mind, chances are you can make it if you put the time and effort in.”

Kyler Spencer is shown working with peers in a computer lab.

Shadrach Jakes, Informatics ’18, is interviewed: “If you’re someone who likes tech, learning new technologies, staying with old technologies, whatever you want. You can get that here. If you’re someone who wants to program, you can get that here. Graphic design, you can get that here. The degree – it works for just about anyone; it really does. I use that word a lot but when you look at the versatility of a program and use that as a measure for the sort of jobs you can get, what you can do after you have graduated, what’s that next step – it doesn’t get better.”

Students are shown working together and independently in computer labs. Professor is shown working one on one with a student.

Mohammad Almalag, Assistant Professor of Informatics, Indiana University Kokomo, is interviewed: “If you look at the way we live right now, everything we do has something to do with technology and informatics is all based on and informatics is all based on working with technology and developing new technologies.”

Students are shown working with faculty in a computer lab. Professors are shown teaching in computer classrooms.

Awny Alnusair, Associate Professor of Informatics, Indiana University Kokomo, is interviewed: “One of the interesting things about IU Kokomo, our class sizes are very small so that gives us the opportunity to get to know our students very well and as soon as you get to know them, they get to know each other very well. This is very important in terms of communication, in terms of team building, and working on projects in team settings. And our courses are also taught by professors who specialize in the field of informatics and computer science. It’s not taught by TAs, we have people who specialize in software engineering like myself, we have people who specialize in network security, and big data, and computer networks and developing computer networks so the variety of the backgrounds in our department is really going to benefit students.”

Shadrach Jakes is interviewed: “So the career opportunities for computer science and informatics are pretty much unlimited. The amount of jobs available – that pay very well, at that – are going exponentially faster than the amount of people that can actually perform those well. So getting in at the ground floor, right here, getting that degree, that’s the first step to being able to do that.”
The words, “For more information on Computer Science and Informatics, visit: iuk.edu/computerscience and iuk.edu/informatics” fill the screen.

The words, “Indiana University Kokomo, Fulfilling the Promise, iuk.edu” fill the screen. 

Informatics is the study and application of computing and information technology to a particular area or discipline of study. The Informatics program’s aim is to produce qualified IT professionals who understand the ways people work with and use information, and who can develop solutions that are effective and easy-to-use. Informatics emphasizes problem solving, innovation, communication, and teamwork along with technical skills and knowledge.

To find out what the next four years might look like for this degree, fill out your information and follow the prompted steps to arrive at a sample degree map. For more information specific to you and your situation, please schedule a visit with an advisor today.

Interested in earning your B.S. in Informatics online? We offer a fully online, collaborative program. Already have a bachelor’s degree but want to break into the field of informatics? Check out our Postbaccalauereate Certificate in Informatics.

Assessment information for this degree is available from our Assessment landing page. For the most up-to-date degree requirements, please visit our Academic Bulletin.

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If the Bachelor of Science in Informatics sounds like the right next step for you, don’t wait! You can apply today to get started. If you have questions about how this degree fits your goals, chat with the School of Sciences faculty and staff. We’re here and happy to help!

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