May 28, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Studies B.S., with Information Security Concentration

Information Studies

(CIP = 11.0103) (IFS) TRACK 2 OF 4

The Bachelor of Science in Information Studies 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 four high-demand job areas: Information Security, Health Informatics, Data Science and Analytics, and Information Science and Technology. 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.

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.

  • PSY XXXX Any Psychology course
  • STA X023 or STA X122 - 3 credit hours
  • ECO X013 - 3 credit hours
  • CGS XXXX Any Database Course
  • COP XXXX Any Computer Programming course
  • COP XXXX Any Object-Oriented Computer Programming course
  • MAC XXXX Any Pre-Calculus or Discrete Math course
  • PHI XXXX Any General Ethics course

Total Major Hours: 39

Major Core (18 Credit Hours)

Students admitted to the program prior to the Fall 2011 semester follow previous catalog guidelines.

Major Electives (21 Credit Hours)

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

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.

Information Studies Faculty

Director: J. Andrews; Professors: R. Borum, J. Gathegi, V. Gregory, K. McCook; Associate Professors: J. Andrews, C. Dunkley, H. Huang, J. Yoon; Assistant Professors: A. Friedman, J. Niu, S. Walczak; Assistant Professor of Practice: S. Gary; Professors Emeriti: A. Perrault, H.M. Smith; Associate Professor Emeritus: C. Dunkley; Instructors: D. Austin, R. Austin, K. Cox, D. D’Ambrosio, H. Haubitz, D. Shereff, J. Sullivan.

Information Security (IISC)

(CIP = 24.0103)

Total Concentration Hours: 39

Concentration Core (18 Credit Hours)

Area of emphasis: cybersecurity and protecting information or data from unauthorized access, use, misuse, disclosure, destruction, modification, or disruption.

Plan of Study

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