Choosing a major? Think information science! And you may qualify for a $1,000 scholarship

February 8, 2010

photo of students gathered around computerFeb. 8, 2010 — Be part of one of the fastest growing fields in the nation. Apply for the Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) program at the School of Information and Library Science at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill today!

Applications for North Carolina's only BSIS program and the minor in Information Systems are now being accepted for the Fall 2010 semester. The application deadline is March 3, 2010.

Information science (IS) combines working with people, designing technology and developing information content.

For example, as an IS major, a student might be involved in designing/developing the Web site that reports the scores of the Tar Heel teams. The student would be concerned with the people trying to view the site (True Blue Fans), the technology used to support the site (the Web and perhaps a database behind the site) and the game scores (along with relevant quotes from the players, news items, etc.).

The BSIS program draws on our award-winning faculty's strengths such as usability human-computer interaction, open source development, database design, information retrieval and human-information behavior and is designed to prepare graduates for a variety of careers in the information industry. Our graduates go into positions of:

  • Project Managers
  • Social Media Managers
  • Web Masters
  • Knowledge Management Analysts
  • Information Technology Analysts
  • Software Quality Engineers
  • Risk Management: Vulnerability Analysis, Disaster Recovery and Business Continuation
  • Research Assistants
  • And many more!

They work at organizations such as Progress Energy, SAS, CISCO, the Department of Homeland Security, Aetna, Lulu Enterprises and the United States Census Bureau, to name just a few.

According to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 30 fastest-growing occupations from now until 2016 include a number of information science occupations. Network systems and data communications is listed as the number one fastest growing occupation in the nation. Computer software engineers, systems software developers and database administrators are included on the list that require a bachelor's degree.

Some of the exciting, emerging and growing fields of information science that students may wish to explore include:

  • Social Networking (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • Open Culture: Open Source Software, Open Access
  • Intelligence: market intelligence, business and competitive intelligence
  • Search Engine Marketing or Search Engine Optimization
  • Cyber and Internet Security
  • Data Forensics: e-discovery, data recovery
  • Scientific Informatics

Undergraduate students who have completed at least the first semester of their sophomore year may apply for admission to either the major or minor program.

Two scholarships for $1,000 each will be awarded to newly admitted students into the BSIS major who meet the criteria of high scholastic achievement and a stellar essay.

To apply for the fall program, please visit the Web site.

For more information about our programs, contact us by calling 919-962-8366 or sending e-mail to


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