B.S. Information Sciences
The Spring 2020 Course Explorer is live! We will offer both IS required and elective courses in a variety of areas~ see the section below for a list and the courses page of our website for descriptions (including ones in development for the fall). If you are interested in the BS/IS curriculum, make sure to meet with the advisor Melissa during an advising appointment to discuss your course plans.
Find information about careers, transfer/dual-degree requirements and application, events, and various other areas on our BS/IS WEBSITE.
The Get Involved section in this email has excellent upcoming events! We have also listed them on our Events Page.
iSchool faculty have a variety of backgrounds and interests. Read some of the highlights from our faculty who are developing our BS/IS Undergraduate Degree and courses.
Associate Professor Emily Knox is leading the BS/IS program committee to ensure undergraduate students receive the most innovative and relevant curriculum.
Research Focus: Information access, intellectual freedom and censorship, information ethics, information policy, print culture and reading practices.
BS/IS Courses: IS 202 Social Aspects of Info Technology (Spring 2020), IS 101 Intro to Information Sciences (Fall 2020)
Recent News: Knox named 2019-2020 Centennial Scholar
Associate Professor Yang Wang presented his research on inclusive privacy at Facebook's Digital Literacy & Transparency Design Jam. Wang will join a global team of experts from Facebook's Accessibility Team and the TTC Labs in creating innovative designs focused on transparency and control for people with low tech literacy. Wang's research interests include usable privacy and security technologies, social computing, human-computer interaction (HCI), and explainable artificial intelligence (AI). Read More
Additional information is available on our website about the application process, including tentative questions, materials, and dates. Fall 2020 is the first term we are able to admit students to the BS/IS program, and the application will be available in mid-March.
Spring 2020 Courses
Some course days/times and additional courses are being finalized. Details will be sent out soon. Course Descriptions on Website
IS REQUIRED Courses:
- IS 199 DCA (IS 206) Intro to Databases Concepts & Applications (3 hr.)
- IS 202 Social Aspects Info Tech (3 hr.)
- IS 390 CC Computers & Cultures (IS 309) (3 hr.) select one
- IS 390 RGI Race, Gender, & Information Technology (IS 308) (3 hr.) select one
IS ELECTIVE Courses:
- INFO/CS 102 Little Bits to Big Ideas (Restricted to INFO Minors until noon Nov. 15)
- IS/CS/STAT 107 Data Science Discovery (IS sections will be active soon)
- IS 266 Community Innovation
- INFO/WRIT 303 Writing Across Media - Advanced Composition (Restricted to INFO Minors until noon Nov. 15)
- IS 351 Design of Usable Information Interfaces
- IS 390 W1A Web Technologies & Techniques
- INFO 403 An Introduction to Top Down Video Game Design
- INFO 490 Makerspace: Game Studies
- INFO 490 Makerspace: Education & Community Orientation
- INFO 490 The Video Game Development Process
- INFO 490 Global Informatics Seminar
- INFO 490 Introduction to Programming for Data Science
iSchool Block "I" Decorating Party
TODAY – Wednesday, October 9
Anytime between 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Pizza & Drinks Provided!
In celebration of the University of Illinois Homecoming, join your fellow iSchool students in helping decorate one of many 5’ X 4” wooden Block I’s in orange and blue that have been delivered to campus colleges. Join the iSchool to paint a square/portion on the “Block I”, and have some pizza! Come by (stay as long or as little as you would like) and decorate the Block I!
iSchool TechTalk: Building Information Modeling (BIM) & Its Potential For Disruption
Thursday, October 10 | 12-2:00 PM | Room 126 iSchool
Participants in the building process are constantly challenged to deliver successful projects despite tight budgets, limited manpower, accelerated schedules, and limited or conflicting information. Read More & Register in HandShake
Cloud Computing Platform User Group @ Research Park
Thursday, October 10 | 12-1:00 PM | EnterpriseWorks Artium
This user group welcomes professionals and students in Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding region with an interest in cloud computing platforms including Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Google Cloud Platform, Alibaba Cloud. Read More & Register
Digital Forensics User Group @ Research Park
Friday, October 11 | 12-1:00 PM | EnterpriseWorks Room 130
East Central Illinois has quietly become a focal point for the art, science and occasional black magic of digital forensics - the analysis of digital data for investigative purposes. This user group is an opportunity to get to know each other better, to learn about new technologies, and (to the extent allowed!) share what we've learned. Lunch will be provided. Read More & Register
iSchool Salary Negotiation Brown Bag with Research Park Employers
Thursday, October 17 | 12:00 PM | iSchool Room 126
Bring your lunch and join Research Park representative Jennifer Kim as she moderates this panel discussion with Research Park Site directors on how best to negotiate salary offers.
Champaign Blockchain Meetup @ Research Park
Friday, October 18 | 12-1:00 PM | EnterpriseWorks Room 130
This is a group for everyone interested in Bitcoin, Ethereum, EOS and other new blockchain platforms, smart contracts and digital cryptocurrencies. We will meet once a month and will have an educational component as well as a discussion component at our meetups. Lunch will be provided. Read More & Register
Catalyze: A Professional Networking Event
October 23 | 5:30-7:00 PM, EnterpriseWorks Atrium
Want to learn more about tech companies in Champaign-Urbana and/or build your network and grow your career? There are opportunities to work in tech right here in CU, come meet employers from Research Park companies ranging from startups to Fortune-500 industry leaders. This is not a career fair but rather an employer showcase, some are even hiring! Bring your resume and come ready to network! Read More
iSchool TechTalk: AGCO Details to be added soon
Thursday, October 24 | 12-2:00 PM | Room 126 iSchool
AGCO is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of agricultural equipment. Read More & Register