Applied Data and Information Science

About the applied data and information science major

Your car—like your phone and even that new fridge—collects information nonstop. As corporations, nonprofits, and other institutions seek to realize the potential of data at an extreme scale, highly skilled data professionals are turning this information into usable knowledge.

If you’re interested in the growing and evolving field of data work and information science, the Bachelor of Science in Applied Data and Information Science degree is designed for you. This major prepares you to meet the developing information needs of businesses, hospitals, and other employers. Students have the opportunity to specialize in applied data science or applied information science in this major.

Skills and abilities this major develops: data curation, data management, data ethics, analyze complex data, data visualization, legal aspects of data practices, and data dissemination.

Engaged learning experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes. Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IU Indianapolis’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick facts

Sample coursework

  • Applications of data mining
  • Applied cloud computing for data intensive sciences
  • Data fluency
  • Data policy and governance
  • Information infrastructure
  • Mathematical Foundations of Informatics
  • Visualizing Information

Possible careers

  • Data analyst
  • Data curator
  • Information architect
  • Logistics manager
  • Market research analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Survey Researcher

Where could I work?

  • Cummins
  • Eli Lilly
  • IU Health
  • Regenstrief Institute
  • Roche
  • Salesforce
  • State of Indiana

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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