Bachelor of Science in Data Science and Informatics (Community Informatics Minor)


The B.S. in Data Science and Informatics with a Community Informatics Minor begins with a comprehensive computer science core and combines with academic components from the Library Science program. This hybrid program equips you to facilitate community change in nonprofit and other organizations, and includes a focus on information retrieval and the knowledge economy, concluding with a capstone course.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. In consult with customers or other departments on project status, proposals, or technical issues, such as software system design or maintenance, software testing, and validation procedures, adapt to new hardware, or to upgrade interfaces and improve performance.
  2. Work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary project team to coordinate database and project development, determine project scope and limitations, critically analyze issues, and solve problems.
  3. Develop and implement procedures for data management, data storage and retrieval, evaluating data quality, data security, data transfer, data analysis, modeling, and visualization.
  4. Plan, coordinate, and implement security measures to safeguard information in computer files against accidental or unauthorized damage, modification, or disclosure.
  5. Prepare reports or correspondence concerning project specifications, activities, or status.
  6. Demonstrate personal accountability and work habits, integrity, and ethical behavior.
  7. Proficient in the software tools to achieve the skills listed, including but not limited to Java, Python, Perl, SQL, NoSQL, R, Microsoft Project, Microsoft Visio, Tableau, SAS, SPSS, modeling software.


All applicants must meet the general undergraduate admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours (SCH): 120   

Major: 43 SCH  Minor: 18 SCH

Program Code: INFO.BS.CINFO;   CIP Code: 11.0104.00

Texas Core Curriculum

ENG 1013Composition I3
ENG 1023Composition II3
Life & Physical Sciences6
Language, Philosophy, & Culture3
Creative Arts3
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-18653
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government3
POLS 2023Texas Government3
Social & Behavioral Sciences3
CAO: Women's Studies3
CAO: First Year Seminar, Wellness or Mathematics3
Total SCHs42

Courses Required for Major

CSCI 1423
CSCI 1421
Programming Fundamentals I
and Programming Fundamentals I - Laboratory
CSCI 1513Introduction to Informatics3
CSCI 2493Programming Fundamentals II3
CSCI 3053Data Structures3
CSCI 3423Database Management3
CSCI 3513Information Systems Project Management3
CSCI 3603Foundations of Data Science3
CSCI 3703Interface Design and Development3
CSCI 4313Networking and Data Communication3
HS 3383Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Informatics3
MATH 1713Elementary Statistics II3
NURS 2213Introduction to Health Informatics3
LS 3053Interdisciplinary Information Retrieval3
LS 4923Capstone in Interprofessional Informatics3
Total SCHs43

Courses Required for Minor

CSCI 4623Big Data and High Performance Computing3
CSCI 4823Principles of Data Mining3
LS 3153Knowledge Economy3
Any Community Informatics related courses approved by advisor9
Total SCHs18

Departmental Requirements

MATH 1703Elementary Statistics I (may be applied from core)3
Elective (to include 3 SCH global perspectives)15
Total SCHs18

Recommended Plan of Study

First Year
CSCI 1421Programming Fundamentals I - Laboratory 1
CSCI 1513Introduction to Informatics 3
CSCI 1423Programming Fundamentals I COSC 14363
ENG 1013Composition I ENGL 13013
HIST 1013History of the United States, 1492-1865 HIST 13013
Mathematics (MATH 1703 recommended)3
UNIV 1231Learning Frameworks: First-Year Seminar EDUC 1100, EDUC 1200, EDUC 13001
 SCHs 17
CSCI 2493Programming Fundamentals II COSC 14373
ENG 1023Composition II ENGL 13023
HIST 1023History of the United States, 1865 to the Present HIST 13023
MATH 1713Elementary Statistics II 3
Creative Arts Core3
 SCHs 15
Second Year
CSCI 3053Data Structures 3
CSCI 3423Database Management 3
NURS 2213Introduction to Health Informatics 3
POLS 2013U.S. National Government GOVT 23053
Life/Physical Sciences Core3
 SCHs 15
MATH 1013Mathematics in Society (Recommended Core CAO) MATH 13323
Multicultural Women's Studies (CAO) Core3
POLS 2023Texas Government GOVT 23063
Life/Physical Sciences Core3
Language, Philosophy, & Culture Core 3
 SCHs 15
Third Year
CSCI 3513Information Systems Project Management 3
CSCI 3603Foundations of Data Science 3
LS 3053Interdisciplinary Information Retrieval 3
Social & Behavioral Science Core 3
Minor Course3
 SCHs 15
CSCI 3703Interface Design and Development 3
HS 3383Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Informatics 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Elective (Upper Level)3
 SCHs 15
Fourth Year
CSCI 4313Networking and Data Communication 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course (Upper Level) 3
Elective (Upper Level)3
Elective (Global Perspectives course)3
 SCHs 15
LS 4923Capstone in Interprofessional Informatics 3
Minor Course (Upper Level) 3
Elective (Upper Level)3
Elective 3
Elective 1
 SCHs 13
 Total SCHs:  120