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    Sep 24, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

Information Science B.S., with Intelligence Analysis Concentration


Information Science B.S.


Total Degree Hours: 120

The Bachelor of Science in Information Science program is meant to prepare students for leadership careers in a wide array of environments and contexts related to the emerging knowledge economy. Concentrations are available in five high-demand job areas:

  1. Information Security
  2. Health Informatics
  3. Data Science and Analytics
  4.   Intelligence Analysis
  5. Web Development Technologies 

The program integrates critical skills in information technology with the solid theoretical and disciplinary foundations of Information Science. Emphasis is given to understanding how people interact with information and technology; the complexities of the information society; information creation, storage, and organization applications and theories; information architecture; and related knowledge and skills needed to design, implement, and evaluate new tools and approaches to solve emerging information problems.

University Admissions


Admission to the University is based on the University’s Undergraduate Admission Requirements that may be found by clicking on the following urls:

Freshman: https://www.usf.edu/admissions/freshmen/admission-information/requirements-deadlines.aspx

Transfer: https://www.usf.edu/admissions/transfer/admission-information/index.aspx

International: https://www.usf.edu/admissions/international/admission-information/index.aspx

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites


Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • STA X023 or STA X122 Introductory Statistics course - 3 Credit Hours
  • MAC XXXX or MAD XXXX Pre-Calculus or Discrete Math course - 3 Credit Hours
  • COP XXXX Programming Concepts or Introductory Programming course - 3 Credit Hours
  • COP XXXX or CGS XXXX or LIS XXXX Database course - 3 Credit Hours

Total Major Hours: 39


Major Core (18 Credit Hours)


Concentrations


Students must choose one of the following 21-credit hour concentrations:

  • Data Science and Analytics
  • Health Informatics
  • Information Security
  • Intelligence Analysis
  • Web Development Technologies

Note: Some elective courses from outside the iSchool are only offered face-to-face, rather than online.  There are a sufficient number of online electives, however, to meet the needs of students who do not wish to take on-campus courses.

Total Concentration Hours: 21


Area of emphasis:  profession and practice of intelligence, emphasizing analytic methods for generating actionable knowledge to inform critical decisions.

Concentration Electives (6 Credit Hours)


Students choose six (6) credit hours of electives from the following list.

Additional course options (including select foreign languages) may be approved by the advisor or program director.

Information Science B.S. - Additional Information


GPA Requirements


Major GPA (all USF courses which are applied to major requirements): 2.0
Gen Ed GPA (all USF courses which are applied to gen ed requirements): 2.0
USF GPA: 2.0
Overall GPA: 2.0

Grading Requirements


A “C” (2.0) or better to meet major course requirements unless specified elsewhere

Note:  Some USF courses have higher grade criteria to meet prerequisite knowledge necessary for progression into higher level courses.

Research Opportunities


All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDS 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Residency Requirements


CAS Major Academic Residency Requirement: Fifty percent (50%) of the major must be taken at USF.

USF Academic Residency Requirement: Thirty (30) of the last 60 hours earned must be from USF.

Advising Information


USF students schedule advising appointments online through USF Archivum Platform.   Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to discuss courses planning, degree progression, and career preparation. 

Tampa Campus Website: https://www.usf.edu/arts-sciences/students/academic-advising/index.aspx
For questions, email infostudiesadvise@usf.edu.

4 Year Plan of Study - Information Science B.S.


NOTES:

 

Potential Entry Level Job Titles:

  • Clinical Data Manager
  • Data Scientist
  • Desktop Support Technician
  • Database Administrator
  • Informatics Optimization Specialist
  • IT Audit Manager
  • Medical Records and Health Information Technician
  • Web Administrator
  • Web Developer (Information Architect)

 

Potential Entry Level Salary Range:

$35,000 - $75,000

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


NOTE: SCIV - Civics Literacy  requirement needs to be fulfilled prior to graduation. See advisor.

Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 3 (Summer)


Total Credit Hours: 3

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 5 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 6 (Summer)


  • Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 6

Year 3


Semester 7 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 8 (Spring)


  • LIS 4204 - Information Behaviors  Credit(s): 3     
  • Concentration Course Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Course Credit(s): 3
  • Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3

Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 9 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 4


Semester 10 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 11 (Spring)


  • LIS 4934 (meets TGEH - High Impact Practice  requirement) Credit(s): 3
  • Concentration Course Credit(s): 3
  • Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • ✳️ Apply for Graduation

Total Credit Hours: 15

2 Year Plan of Study - Information Science B.S.


NOTES:

Year 1


Semester 1 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 2 (Spring)


Total Credit Hours: 12

Semester 3 (Summer)


Please consider pursing High Impact Practice opportunities this semester such as Education Abroad, Internship Opportunities, Community Engagement, or Research Opportunities.

Questions about opportunities? Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor.

Year 2


Semester 4 (Fall)


Total Credit Hours: 15

Semester 5 (Spring)


  • LIS 4934 Credit(s): 3 (meets TGEH - High Impact Practice  requirement)
  • Concentration Course Credit(s): 3
  • Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3
  • Unrestricted Elective Credit(s): 3  
  • ✳️ Apply for Graduation

Total Credit Hours: 15