Why Study Informatics at IU Southeast?

Informatics is an interdisciplinary field of study where aspiring artists, sociologists, psychologists, journalists, biologists, chemists, entrepreneurs, health workers and scientists come together to learn about technology and how it is taking their fields to the next level.

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Informatics encourages and facilitates the process of collecting, cultivating, and organizing information digitally so that it can be better utilized by the community, businesses, organizations, and individuals. Informatics aims at improving the human experience by bridging the digital divide to bring people, information, and technology together so that technology can be put to work for solving complex problems facing humanity today. In accomplishing this mission, the Informatics department is committed to providing its students an opportunity to practice teamwork, leadership and technological project management skills while mastering the following (21st Century skills):

  1. Information and Media Literacy Skills
  2. Communication Skills
  3. Critical Thinking and Systems Thinking
  4. Problem Identification, Formulation & Solution
  5. Creativity and Intellectual Curiosity
  6. Interpersonal and Collaborative Skills
  7. Self-Direction
  8. Accountability and Adaptability
  9. Social and Ethical Responsibility

Students who successfully complete the Informatics program will have a sound understanding of Informatics and will wield a broad range of informatics skills to approach and synthesize information and develop creative Informatics solutions. The students will also be conversant in both oral and written forms of interdisciplinary communication to facilitate the application of theory and methods to the sociotechnical problems facing society today.

Degree Program Admission Requirements

To be admitted to a degree program in Informatics, a student must satisfy the IU Southeast admission requirements. Additionally, a student must complete INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics and have an overall GPA of at least 2.0.

Dept. Course Number Title Credit Hours Minimum Grade Co-Reqs or Pre-reqs
INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics 4 C Computer literacy

General Education Component

Note: This is not a re-statement of the University’s General Education Requirement but a list of specific General Education courses which are also requirements or pre-requisites for course work in the school/major.

Dept. Course Number Title Credit Hours Minimum Grade Co-Reqs or Pre-reqs
INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics 4 C Computer literacy
INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics 4 C Computer literacy
INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics 4 C Computer literacy
INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics 4 C Computer literacy

The abbreviation "P" refers to the course prerequisite or prerequisites. The number of credit hours given a course is indicated in parentheses following the course title.

I101 Introduction to Informatics (4 cr.)
P: Computer literacy. Emphasis on topics in human-computer interaction and human factors, collaborative technologies, group problem solving, ethics, privacy, and ownership of information and information sources, information representation and the information life cycle, the transformation of data to information, and futuristic thinking.

I130 Introduction to Cybersecurity (1 cr.)
P or C: INFO I101. This course introduces students to cybersecurity. The course will primarily focus on introduction to three core areas (technical aspects of security, organizational aspects of security, and legal aspects of security). Through examples of security problems in real life, this course will illuminate fundamental ideas and concepts of information security. One-half semester.

I201 Mathematical Foundations of Informatics (4 cr.)
P: INFO I101 and MATH M118. An introduction to the suite of mathematical and logical tools used in information sciences, including finite mathematics, automata and computability theory, elementary probability and statistics, and basics of classical information theory. Cross listed with CSCI C251. Credit given for either INFO I201 or CSCI C251 (IUS).

I202 Social Informatics (3 cr.)
P: INFO I101. Introduces the social and behavioral foundations of informatics. Theoretical approaches to how technology is used from psychological and sociotechnical perspectives. Examples of how current and emerging technologies such as games, e-mail, and electronic commerce are affecting daily lives, social relations, work, and leisure time.

I210 Information Infrastructure I (4 cr.)
Recommended prerequisite or concurrent: INFO I101. The software architecture of information systems. Basic concepts of systems and applications programming. Cross listed with CSCI C201. Credit given for only one of the following: INFO I210 or CSCI C201 (IUS).

I211 Information Infrastructure II (4 cr.)
P: INFO I210. The systems architecture of distributed applications. Advanced programming, including an introduction to the programming of graphical systems. Cross listed with CSCI C202. Credit given for only one of the following: INFO I211, CSCI C202 (IUS).

I230 Analytical Foundations of Security (3 cr.)
P: INFO I130. This course will allow students to reevaluate and conceptualize material learned in discrete courses to consider the topics from their perspective of security. For example, computer system basics such as hardware (CPUs, memory) and software are reconsidered from the perspective of how their interactions create vulnerabilities. Vulnerabilities that combine standard hardware and software configurations will be examined because they illuminate both security and computer networks. Operating systems and file systems are examined from the perspective of access control, permissions, and availability of system services.

I250 Photography at a Crime Scene I (3 cr.)
Basics of photography using film, digital and video camera in the recording of a crime scene. Lectures, discussions and practical exercises help students practice each system applying specific photographic principles that will be used to document mock crime scenes. Offered on the IUPUI campus only.

I251 Photography at a Crime Scene II (3 cr.)
P: INFO I250. Documents a crime scene with high quality photographs that fairly and accurately represent what was found at a scene so that the implications can be conveyed to others sitting in judgment. Offered on the IUPUI campus only.

I260 Scientific Digital Imaging I (3 cr.)
Digital imaging technology provides the opportunity for increased efficiency and effectiveness in processing images for legal matters. It is possible to more quickly capture the right images and it is possible to extract more information from images using high-speed computers and advanced software. This course teaches the techniques and processes that can be used. Offered on the IUPUI campus only.

I261 Scientific Digital Imaging II (3 cr.)
Basics of image processing for courtroom purposes. Digital imaging methods, following guidelines of the scientific working group on imaging technology of the FBI will be utilized to produce high quality, valid and reliable images suitable for courtroom applications. Offered on the IUPUI campus only.

I300 Human-Computer Interaction--Design and Programming (3 cr.)
P: INFO I211. The analysis of human factors and the design of computer application interfaces. A survey of current HCI designs with an eye toward what future technologies will allow. The course will emphasize learning HCI based on implementation and testing interfaces.

I303 Organizational Informatics (3 cr.)
P: INFO I101. Examines the various needs, uses, and consequences of information in organizational contexts. Topics include organizational types and characteristics, functional areas and business processes, information-based products and services, the use of and redefining role of information technology, the changing character of work life and organizational practices, sociotechnical structures, and the rise and transformation of information-based industries.

I308 Information Representation (3 cr.)
P: INFO I201 and INFO I210. The basic structure of information representation in social and scientific applications. Representational structures and approaches from many disciplines are introduced: philosophical theories of classification and categorization; information access and representation on the World Wide Web; object-oriented design and relational databases; and AI knowledge representation and discovery.

I310 Multimedia Arts and Technology (3 cr.)
P: INFO I308. The study of the evolution of media arts and underlying principles of communication. Application development paradigms in current practice.

I320 Distributed Systems and Collaborative Computing (3 cr.)
P: INFO I211. An introductory treatment of distributed systems and programming. Topics range from the distributed and object models of computation to advanced concepts, such as remote method invocations, object brokers, object services, open systems, and future trends for distributed information systems.

I330 Legal and Social Informatics of Security (3 cr.)
P: INFO I230, or consent of instructor. This course examines that set of ethical and legal problems most tightly bound to the issues of Information control. The interaction and technology changes, but the core issues have remained: privacy, intellectual property, Internet law, concepts of jurisdiction, speech anonymity versus accountability, and ethical decision making in the network environment.

I391 Internship in Informatics Professional Practice (1-3 cr.)
P: Approval and completion of 100- and 200-level requirements in informatics. Students gain professional work experience in an industry or research organization setting, using skills and knowledge acquired in informatics course work. May be repeated for a maximum of 3 credit hours.

I400 Topics in Informatics (3 cr.)
P: At least junior standing or permission of instructor. Variable topic. Emphasis is on new developments and research in informatics. Can be repeated twice for credit when topics vary, subject to approval.

I400 Career Development for Informatics Majors (1 cr.)
The course develops skills and knowledge that enables students to successfully pursue a career search, both at the time of graduation and beyond. Topics include resume and cover letter writing, interviewing skills, job search strategies and resources, networking, and job search ethics.

I421 Applications of Data Mining (3 cr.)
P: INFO I308. The course explores the use of data mining techniques in different settings, including business and scientific domains. The emphasis will be on using techniques instead of developing new techniques or algorithms. Students will select, prepare, visualize, analyze, and present data that leads to the discovery of novel and actionable information.

I427 Search Informatics (3 cr.)
Techniques and tools to automatically crawl, parse, index, store, and search Web information, organizing knowledge that can help meet the needs of organizations, communities and individual users. Social and business impact of search engine technology. As a project, students will build a real search engine and compare it with Google.

I430 Security for Networked Systems (3 cr.)
P: INFO I230, or permission of instructor. This course is an extensive survey of network security. The course materials cover threats to information confidentiality, integrity, and availability in different Internet layers, and defense mechanisms that control these threats. The course also provides a necessary foundation on network security, such as cryptographic, primitives/protocols, authentication, authorization and access control technologies; and hands-on experiences through programming assignments and course projects.

I441 Human-Computer Interaction Design I (3 cr.)
Human-computer interaction design (HCID) describes the way a person or group accomplishes tasks with a computer—what the individual or group does and how the computer responds; what the computer does and how the individual or group responds. This course is organized around a collection of readings and three design projects applying human-computer interaction principles to the design, selection, and evaluation of interactive systems.

I453 Computer and Information Ethics (3 cr.)
Ethical and professionalization issues that arise in the context of designing and using networked information technologies and information resources. Examines frameworks for making ethical decisions, emergent technologies and their ethical implications, information/computer professionalism. Topics include privacy, intellectual property, cybercrime, games, social justice, and codes of professional ethics.

I460/461 Senior Thesis (3/3 cr.)
P: Senior standing and approval. The senior student prepares and presents a thesis: a substantial, typically multichapter paper based on a well-planned research or scholarly project, as determined by the student and a sponsoring faculty member.

I491 Capstone Project Internship (3-6 cr.)
P: Approval and completion of all required core informatics courses. Students put their informatics education to practice through the development of a substantial project while working in a professional information technology environment. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

I494/I495 Design and Development of an Information System (3/3 cr.)
P: Senior standing and approval. System design and development present both technical and managerial problems with which students will be familiar from their undergraduate course work. This course puts these lessons into practice as students work in teams to develop an information system. Examples of course projects include design and development of a database for a business or academic application, preparation and presentation of an interactive media performance or exhibit, or design and implementation of a simulated environment (virtual reality).

I499 Readings and Research in Informatics (1-3 cr.)
P: Consent of instructor and completion of 100- and 200-level requirements in informatics. Independent readings and research related to a topic of special interest to the student. Written report required. Can be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.

Due to the interdisciplinary nature of this program, students majoring in Informatics at all campuses will be required to take a set of core courses in Informatics, and then proceed to choose a cognate discipline.

Each student’s degree program is strongly flavored by the associated “cognate,” or area of specialty. Thus a graduate with a cognate in chemistry might work in a chemical or pharmaceutical firm. A cognate in geography naturally leads to a career relating to geographic information systems (GIS).

The synergy achieved by combining the study of information science with other application areas creates an exciting academic program well suited for the careers that have emerged from our growing information society. The table below demonstrates some potential employment opportunities for graduates of this program.

Cognate Discipline Career Options
Biology Bio-informatics
Business & Pre-M.B.A. Technical Management
Chemistry Computational Chemistry
Chemical Database Manager
Genome Database Manager
Criminal Justice

Criminal Forensics
Law Enforcement

Computer Networking Programmer
Game Developer
Network Administrator
Database Administrator
Digital Media Graphic Design
Web Page Design
Video Game Design
Geosciences Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst
Health Science Medical Informatics
Nursing Informatics
Journalism Social Media Marketing
Web Designer & Developer
Psychology Survey Research and Design
Human Computer Interaction Specialist
Sociology Survey Research and Design
Social Informatics

In addition to the above careers, an Informatics graduate also might be suited for general information technology jobs, such as:

  • Systems analysts
  • Information technology managers
  • Web designers
  • Database managers
  • Interface designers and evaluators
  • Network managers
  • Information technology consultants Information architects/digital designers

Informatics currently has two facilities

The BioInformatics Research Group Lab (BiRG Lab)
Location: LF 101

Description: BiRG primarily serves as the introductory research space for almost all Informatics cognate majors who use the lab to collaborate and work on their individual research projects. Informatics Undergraduate Research Fellowship students and Independent study/research students are also housed here. BiRG research machines have specialty hardware, high resolution multi paneled monitors with dedicated informatics software preinstalled for research use by the students. BiRG also doubles up as a repair/assembly/work space available to freshman and sophomores students who want to get hands‐on Informatics technical experience.

Informatics of Scientific Computing Lab (iSci Lab)
Location: LF 165

Description: iSci contains high performance computing (HPC) workstations, visualization (viz) hardware, and other specialized human computer interaction (HCI) hardware, such as Microsoft Kinect devices. It also houses 3 workstation clusters with high-end graphics used for HPC and viz, capable of driving 4 displays which can be arrayed in a variety of configurations. The iSci also houses highly-configurable information system for use in upper level informatics courses.



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Christopher J. Kimmer
Assistant Professor of Informatics
Phone: (812) 941-2009
Office Location: LF 106
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Sridhar Ramachandran
Tenured Associate Professor of Informatics
Phone: (812) 941-2193
Office Location: LF 120
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