Bachelor of Arts in Information Management and Systems
The Informatics major prepares students to be analysts, problem solvers, managers and user advocates in the information technology field. Analysis and design, database technology, networking, software development and hardware are included in the Informatics curriculum.
This degree has four major parts:
- General education
- The Information Technology/Informatics core
- The digital media and communications core
- Application area or minor
General education includes the same components as all other USC Upstate majors: communication, mathematics, arts and humanities, social and behavioral sciences, natural science, foreign culture, computer studies. For the mathematics requirement, we require college algebra and statistics. For natural sciences, we require one course with a lab and one course without a lab, all non-science major courses.
The information technology core consists of a foundations course, an introductory programming course, a computer hardware course, a course in innovation and inventive problem solving, two networking courses, two database courses, two informatics courses, and two IT management courses.
The digital media and communications core includes classes in digital art, writing, communication theory, and technical presentation skills.
Majors select an application area or minor in one of the following areas: business, communications, or health information management. They take six courses in the application area to get a basic grounding that will prepare them to work as information technology professionals in that environment.