Degree Requirements

Program Prerequisites

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses listed below at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at the community college, they must be completed before the degree is granted. Unless otherwise stated, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade. Undergraduate Catalog for Information Studies.

  • PSY XXXX Any Psychology course
  • STA X023 Introductory Statistics I or STA X122
  • ECO X013 Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics)
  • 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
  • LIS 2005 Library and Internet Research Skills (as part of the 6 required Social and Behavioral Sciences (CASB) General Education Credits).

BSIS Core Courses (18 hrs.)

There are six required core courses, each is three (3) credit hours.

  • LIS 3261 Introduction to Information Science
  • LIS 3353 IT Concepts for Information Professionals
  • LIS 4414 Information Policy and Ethics
  • LIS 4204 Information Behaviors
  • Exit Courses (6 credits):

  • ENC 3249 Communication for Information Professionals
  • LIS XXXX A Capstone Course


Concentrations are available in four high-demand job areas: Health Informatics, Data Science & Analytics, Information Security, and Information Science and Technology. Course information for the concentrations can be found here.

General Degree Option

Students also may elect to pursue a “general” degree option, rather than a designated concentration. For the general option, BSIS students must take the 18 hours of major core courses, but for their remaining credits may choose from among available courses across the three concentrations or other courses approved either by their faculty advisors or the BSIS program director.


Students in all concentrations round out their programs of study with electives, selected in consultation with their advisors.