What is Informatics?
* Informatics brings together software engineering, human-computer interaction, and the study of information technology in organizations into a single, focused degree program.
* Informatics addresses the design and construction of information technology systems that will be effective in real-world situations. It includes not only building software but also examiningthe human, organizational, and social context where the system will be used.
* Informatics is the interdisciplinary study of the design, implementation, use, and impact of information technology.
* Informatics is a common term for computer science in European universities; the number of Informatics programs in American universities is growing.
Traditional computer science programs focuson analyzing and designing computers and computer systems, but the success of those systems depends not only on their intrinsic characteristics but also on the real-world situations where they will be used—the human users and their requirements, characteristics, and organizations. Informatics studies computer systems in their real-world context and how to design and build those systems so theywork effectively in that context.
In Informatics we aim to:
* Design and develop new uses for information technology.
* Understand the effect information technology has on people.
* Apply information technology in fields ranging from medicine to music, from ecology to aerospace, from finance to entertainment.
› Is Informatics for me?
› What do I take?
› What can I do with this degree?
›What can I do with Informatics minor
› Special Programs and Courses
› Still not sure?
Is Informatics for me?
Informatics is for you if you:
* Enjoy solving problems using all the tools you have available.
* Can work not only with technical details but also with “big-picture” issues
* Have strong reading and writing skills and can think freely, creatively, and systematically.
Previousexperience in computer programming is not required to start the Informatics major. Programming is just one aspect of Informatics and the major introduces all the necessary skills at a manageable pace. Students who do already have some programming experience will also find new concepts, even in the very first course.
The Informatics major offers a contemporary curriculum with an emphasis on groupwork (starting in the first course), studio-oriented design courses, and a year-long senior project.
The first year of the program provides students with a hands-on introduction to the broad field of Informatics, centering on the Informatics Core Course. This year-long course develops students’ basic understanding of software: how to design and construct programs and how the programs operate aspart of information technology systems.
The second year builds up a portfolio of foundational concepts and techniques that establish the discipline of Informatics; these contribute to the “toolbox” students will use in subsequent years to solve large-scale information and software design problems. As sophomores, students begin to take more advanced courses that support their specialization in eithersoftware engineering, human-computer interaction, or the study of organizations and information technology. These may involve courses in Management, Psychology, Computer Science, or Engineering.
In the third year, all students study the design process, project management, and the impacts of technology on the real world. Students continue to take electives in their specialized area of study.
Thefourth year is built around a year-long capstone project in which groups of students address a significant project, typically from an outside client.
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What do I take?
All Informatics majors take a common core of 16 courses. After their first year, Informatics majors choose an additional 10 courses in one of three specializations:
* Software Engineering
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