B.S. Information Sciences
This email provides updates for the B.S. Information Sciences (BS/IS) degree. This degree officially begins Fall 2020, but we encourage students to begin taking courses immediately, work with our advisor, and become involved with the iSchool.
There are different "Pathways" where you may focus your IS Electives, or you may take courses across the areas:
Information & Culture: Understand the critical, social, and cultural contexts of information science
Data & Society: Understand the impact of data in governance, business, culture to educate citizenry in a democracy, and inform policy
Data Analytics/Data Science: Understand the data life cycle and be able to analyze, interpret, explain, qualify, and contextualize data at scale
Human Computer Interactions (HCI)/User Experience (UX): Able to build useful and usable information systems
Please visit our *NEW* BS/IS Wiki for updated information for current ILLINOIS students (you will need to sign-in to view the information). The most up-to-date information we have available including forms, advising details, and course descriptions (including new courses being developed), IS pathways and approved electives, will be posted on the wiki (we will also send out relevant information to this email listserv).
Meet with Melissa for IS Advising to discuss your course plan, the requirements, and any additional questions. All students are welcome!
Schedule Advising Appointment: https://my.ischool.illinois.edu/advising/
Additional appointments times added frequently. Advising appointments located in Room 104 School of Information Sciences Building (corner of Daniel St. & Fifth St.).
Stop by during any of the times listed below (additional times will be added and emailed to this listserv). iSchool is located on 501 E. Daniel St., Champaign
- Tuesday, August 27th | 1:30pm-3:30pm | 104 iSchool
- Friday, August 30th | 9:30am-11:30am | 104 iSchool
- Tuesday, September 3rd | 2:00pm-4:00pm | 104 iSchool
- Wednesday, September 11th | 2:00pm-4:00pm | Division of General Studies
- Tuesday, September 17th | 2:00pm-4:00pm | Division of General Studies
We are working on a number of details for our undergraduate program, but have created some guides for students available below.
BS/IS Degree Planning Sheet
Provides an overview of the course requirements for the BS/IS degree. Please meet for an advising session (times provided in the above 'Advising' section) to discuss your individual course plans and any possible course substitutions.
BS/IS Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT) Information Sheet
Information on the process, dates, and requirements for transferring into the BS/IS program.
Students should start taking IS courses this Fall 2019 semester to ensure they are on-track for the degree, and meeting the ICT (transfer) requirements. Two or more IS courses per semester are recommended. Please discuss options with IS Advising.
Additional recommended courses are listed on the ICT Information Sheet.
CORE IS Requirement (Counts as IS 309)
CRN 68256 | 9:30am-10:50am TR
Explores cultural ideas about computers, including hopes and dears about the effects of computers on our lives. Will analyze images of computers in fiction and movies. The course will also examine hackers, online subcultures, and other computer-related subcultures, and the integration of computers into various cultural practices.
Available for Sophomores, Juniors, & Seniors (no other prerequisites required)
Elective IS Course (Counts in Curriculum)
CRN 72044 | Mondays 11am-12:50pm & Wednesdays 9-9:50am
Where do transformative, world-changing innovations come from? How do they emerge? Who’s behind them? What makes them transformative? By drawing on past world-changing University of Illinois interdisciplinary innovation projects, this two-semester course sequence* and community lab will enable students from across the campus to imagine, research, and co-develop – via paper, media, and code-based prototypes – creative innovation cultures at the U of I and beyond.
Course will be taught by faculty from Engineering, Fine + Applied Arts, iSchool, Liberal Arts + Science, and Media
No prerequisites! Open to all majors and class levels! No previous research experience required!
We encourage students to get involved with the iSchool to learn more about Information Sciences. These experiences will help to strengthen your application to the BS/IS degree, and help build your personal and professional network.
Join iSchool students, staff, faculty and alumni for a tailgate for the Illini Soccer game on Sunday, September 15. As part of our iSchool Social series, each month we will hold a different social event to bring the iSchool community together.
All are welcome to join us at this free event. This is family friendly and fun, there will be food, beverages & games provided but feel free to bring something to eat or share. Admission to Illini Soccer games is free!
Tailgate: 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Game starts at 1:00 p.m. There is a concession stand inside the stadium.