Informatics brings the computational sciences together with the arts, the humanities, and the biological, health, information, natural, and social sciences in an interdisciplinary effort to solve problems. It uses algorithmic techniques and the power of computing to acquire and manipulate data, extract new knowledge, and ultimately examine existing and new problems from broad perspectives.
For example, applying informatics to the biological sciences may lead to a career in laboratory research or data management. Applying informatics to the study of geography or health care could lead to a career in business, government, or public health.
The major also provides good preparation for graduate study in a variety of disciplines.
Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Computing-related student groups on campus include Women in Informatics and Computer Science and the student chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
The computer science department has several corporate scholarships available each year to computer science and informatics majors in their second year and beyond. Recent and current scholarship sponsors include John Deere, Collins Aerospace, Cerner Corporation, the Principal Financial Group, and the Gerard P. Weeg Scholarship Foundation, the Goldwater Scholarship, and the George S. Schaeffer Scholarships.
Iowa offers a BA degree and a BS degree in informatics. The curriculum for both programs combines fundamental and practical computing knowledge with a cognate area in the liberal arts and sciences. The intent is to provide the necessary background and skills to work at the interface of computing and another discipline.
All informatics students complete the informatics core course work, an informatics elective, and an approved set of six or more courses in the cognate area. The core informatics course work includes:
- Introduction to Computer Science
- Programming for Informatics
- Human Computer Interaction
- Databases for Informatics
- Networking and Security for Informatics
- Informatics Project
Cognate areas for students in the BA program include art, economics, geoinformatics, health informatics, human-computer interaction, linguistics, music, social informatics, or an individualized cognate drawn from one department or an appropriate mix of departments.
Cognate areas for students in the BS program include bioinformatics or an individualized cognate drawn from one department or an appropriate mix of departments.
In addition to course work for the major, students must complete the GE CLAS Core requirements.
See Computer Science in the UI General Catalog to learn about course work for the major or minor and graduating with honors.