About the Informatics degree
Information technology is rapidly changing the world, creating new challenges and opportunities every day. In fact, the impact of IT is so great that a new field, informatics, was created to study it.

Several features of the Informatics degree program set it apart from others:

» Allows students to focus their course of study with specializations in:

  • Software Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Organizations and Information Technology
These sequences, starting with the integrated first-year Informatics Core Course and ending with the year-long senior design project, cover the core topics of Informatics in depth.

» Revolves around multi-course sequences. These sequences, starting with the integrated first-year Informatics Core Course and ending with the year-long senior design project, cover the core topics of Informatics in depth.

» Integrates studio and design courses. All courses are structured around problem-based learning, ensuring that the materials covered are grounded in practical experiences with realistic, socially relevant projects.

» Promotes creative and active learning experiences. Throughout the degree program, students are exposed to collaborative, team-oriented assignments that are designed to stimulate creative solutions and innovative approaches to problem solving.

» Is multi-disciplinary. Informatics addresses the broad set of issues surrounding design from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Solutions are never just technical, but always involve contextual factors to make solutions relevant for organizational, cultural, and social settings.

» Contains end-of-year projects. In each year of the major, one of the courses serves as an end-of-year capstone project course. Students' projects will be of a significant size and build upon previous courses in that year.

» Contains room to play. The major is designed to leave room for electives and opportunity to participate in research with professors.

If you would like to talk with someone about the Informatics major, please contact the Bren School Student Affairs Office.