The Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) can prepare you for an exciting career in a rapidly-expanding field. As an information science major, you’ll study the creation and management of information content, the characteristics and needs of people who create, consume, and utilize information, and the technologies that support the creation, management, preservation, and dissemination of information.

BSIS Graduates:

  • Understand the many ways in which information can be created, communicated, stored, and/or transformed, in order to benefit individuals, organizations, and society.
  • Possess practical skills for analyzing, processing, and managing information and developing and managing information systems in our knowledge-based society.  
  • Can apply problem-solving and decision-making skills to effectively utilize information tools and take leadership roles in our information economy.
  • Are prepared to evaluate the role of information for a variety of industries, organizational settings, populations, and purposes.
  • Comprehend the value of information and information tools, their current role in society and the economy, as well as their historical significance and potential impact on the future.


SILS graduates go to work for top companies, including Google, Credit Suisse, LinkedIn, Twitter, SAS, Atlantic BT, Nielsen-Norman, Red Hat, and Capital One, as well as government organizations and non-profits.

Recent BSIS Graduate Job Titles:

  • Business Analyst
  • UX (User Experience) Architect
  • Database Designer
  • Information Security Specialist
  • Software Engineer
  • Systems Manager
  • Web Developer
  • Technology Consultant

The SILS Career Development Office can provide one-on-one guidance as you launch your job search, and works with University Career Services and other campus partners to offer opportunities for networking with alumni and connecting face-to-face with employers.

Study Abroad

SILS has formal study abroad agreements with iSchools throughout the world. SILS also offers summer faculty-led programs in London, Prague, and Dublin/Berlin lasting two weeks. The SILS international programs coordinator can help you find opportunities to study abroad in a variety of other locations all around the globe, enabling you to develop a deeper understanding of the world’s diversity, as well as a broader perspective on the growing importance of information science internationally.

Is information science right for you?

One of the best ways to learn more about information science is by taking one of our introductory courses, such as INLS 261 Tools for Information Literacy. If you decide you want to major in information science, you’ll need to complete a set of prerequisite courses and apply for admission. Criteria for acceptance include academic record, work and extra-curricular experience, and substantive thinking about the role of information in society.

To view instructions for application, please refer to the Undergraduate Admissions page.