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