Introducing the University of Tennessee Bachelor’s in Information Sciences! Our BSIS prepares students to effectively manage, navigate, analyze, and turn information into action in the public and private sector. Organizations produce enormous amounts of data, and individuals with an IS skill-set are in high demand to analyze this data, turn it into information, and use it to advise about the future. From corporate data analysis to app interface design, our degree can prepare you for an enriching IS career in a variety of settings and positions.
Explore Our Concentrations & Courses
BSIS majors can choose from three concentrations: a User Experience Design (UXD) concentration; a Data, Information Management, and Analytics (DIMA) concentration; or a General concentration, which is a customized course plan not in either of the concentrations.
Concentration & Required Courses
The Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences (BSIS) consists of 30 total credit hours within the School of Information Sciences, which includes five core and five elective INSC courses. Students must also fulfill university requirements for additional credit hours leading up to the degree. A full list of all course requirements for the BSIS can be found in the UTK Catalog.
Our Core Required BSIS Courses include:
User eXperience Design (UXD) Concentration
Our UX Design concentration prepares you for a career as a UX professional! Courses include topics like UX foundations; interface and interaction design; usability testing; and UX analytics. The concentration consists of the five core BSIS courses, the following four concentration courses, and one capstone project. A full list of all course requirements for the BSIS, UXD concentration can be found in the UTK Catalog.
Data, Information Management, and Analytics (DIMA) Concentration
Pursue a career in story telling with data. Courses featured include data analysis/visualization, database management, and more! This concentration consists of the five core BSIS courses, the following four concentration courses, and one capstone project. A full list of all course requirements for the BSIS, DIMA concentration can be found in the UTK Catalog.
- INSC 384 – Database Design
- INSC 484 – Database Implementation
- INSC 486 – Data Analytics
- INSC 489 – Data Visualization
There are a wide variety of jobs that can be pursued with the degree, which include UX Designer/Researcher, Data Analyst, Metadata Specialist, IT Analyst, Information Manager, Web Content Analyst, and more! Information science is a broad field which can be taken in a variety of directions and settings; often the only limit is your imagination and willingness to try out a new role.
Salaries & Job Growth
Many information science careers have above-average salaries due to the need for skilled individuals that use information to investigate complex issues, connect people and data, track down and solve problems, and help organizations make better decisions. Information sciences related careers also can expect a job growth rate much faster than the national average.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
Through our practicum program, our BSIS offers real-world work experiences for college credit. These experiences connect the dots between coursework and workplace applications to ensure students become more appealing to employers after graduation.
What Will You Learn?
BSIS Program Outcomes
Upon satisfactory completion of the Bachelor of Science in Information Sciences program, the student will:
Understand and communicate information ethics and interdisciplinary approaches to information.
Demonstrate a combination of technical and professional skills for a variety of application domains.
Apply socio-technical and humanistic perspectives to create and/or implement information science artifacts for diverse settings.
Evaluate, implement and manage information technologies, systems, sources and services to enhance user experiences.
Plan life-long learning skills to respond to challenges facing information professionals in a culturally diverse and dynamic global society.
Add Professional Polish with our Information Sciences Minor
SIS also offers an undergraduate minor in information sciences. Employers seek information savvy individuals, and an IS minor equips students with the skills to connect people, information, and technology in many settings. The minor can provide a competitive edge when job seeking after graduation. Learn more about our information sciences minor.
Interested in Learning More?
Use the form below to request a phone, online, or face-to-face meeting with Dr. Carolyn Hank to discuss whether the program would be a good fit for you and your career goals.