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What is informatics?
Informatics is the study of information systems and information processing, including the social impacts of information technology in a particular domain.
How is informatics different from computer science?
Computer science is the study of computing systems (computers, networks, databases, programming) whereas informatics is the study of information processing in general. Where a computer science course might teach you how to design and efficient algorithms and how to measure that efficiency, an informatics course will teach you why you should write the program in the first place and how to talk to others about why the program is needed. In general, computer science teaches you how to be a developer of information resources and informatics teaches you how to be a user of information resources.
What’s the difference between informatics and information management & systems?
Information Management & Systems (IMS) is the name of the BA degree offered by the Department of Informatics. In the future, other degrees will be offered.
Can I get a job with this degree?
Every company has information processing needs and the majority of jobs today within a company depend on processing information in some way. Most of those jobs process information with the help of information technology, particularly computers. So every department of every company could benefit by hiring an IMS major. This gives us a very large potential job market to graduate students into. To date, almost every IMS graduate is getting hired right out of college. The demand for such graduates is increasing.
How much can I make?
Entry-level starting salaries are in the $30,000 - $50,000/year range.
Do I have to be good in math?
As a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, IMS does require basic math, but not nearly as much as a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. We require college algebra and statistics. We attract a large number of students not primarily interested in scientific and technical areas of interest.
Do I have to know how to program computers?
No, this is not required. You do have to take some fundamental programming courses, but that is because as IMS graduates you will have to interact with software developers in the real world and you need to understand what they do, but IMS is not a programming degree.
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