Informatics

Degree Options Courses

The Data Science Option

Data Science is an emerging interdisciplinary field that works to extract knowledge or insight from data. It combines fields such as information science, computer science, statistics, design, and social science. To meet the requirements for this option, 16-20 additional credits in Data Science must be taken beyond the Informatics core courses, from the following choices:

The Human-Computer Interaction Option

The Information School's work in human-computer interaction deals with the design, construction, and evaluation of interactive technologies. This work encompasses user interfaces, accessibility concerns, new design techniques and methods for interactive systems, collaboration, information systems for medicine and health, and understanding the values associated with technology and design.

To meet the requirements for the HCI option, students must take 16-20 credits from the approved list of courses below.

The Information Architecture Option

In the IA option, you will learn the critical and analytical frameworks needed to understand structures and implement them. This new discipline brings architecture and design to the increasingly complex digital landscape. IA is a crucial component in the development of successful websites, software, intranets, and online communities.

To meet the requirements for this option, 16-20 additional credits in IA must be taken beyond the Informatics core courses, from the following choices:


The Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Option

Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (IAC) is the practice of creating and managing safe and secure systems. It is crucial for organizations public and private, large and small. In the IAC option, you will be equipped with the knowledge to create, deploy, use, and manage systems that preserve individual and organizational privacy and security.

This tri-campus concentration leverages the strengths of the Information School, the Computing and Software Systems program at UW Bothell, and the Institute of Technology at UW Tacoma. After a course in the technical, policy, and management foundations of IAC, you may take electives at any campus to learn such specialties as information assurance policy, secure coding, or networking and systems administration.

INFO 310 is the foundational course for the IAC option. (It is not part of the core curriculum for other Informatics students.) To meet the requirements for this option, you must take 11-15 credits of IAC electives in addition to INFO 310. Only one basic networking elective (either INFO 341, CSS 432, or T INFO 250) may count toward the IAC option.

UW Seattle IAC electives:

UW Bothell IAC electives:

UW Tacoma IAC electives: