In addition to the core requirements, each Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS) student should select a coherent set of six electives (18 credits total) that will meet the student's objectives. Minors in Information Systems should choose one elective (3 credits total) to meet their objectives. Below is a list of UNC courses that have been approved by the SILS Undergraduate Committee as electives for the undergraduate program:

  • Any INLS course above 200 that is not a core requirement or prerequisite
  • BIOS 511, Introduction to Statistical Computing and Data Management
  • COMM 140, Introduction to Media History, Theory, and Criticism
  • COMM 150, Introduction to New Media
  • COMM 431, Advanced Audio Production
  • COMM 450, Media and Popular Culture
  • COMM 544, Electronically Mediated Communication and Information Machines
  • COMM 636, Interactive Media
  • COMP 380, Computers and Society
  • COMP 301 (401), Foundation of Programming
  • COMP 210 (410), Data Structures
  • COMP 211, Systems Fundamentals
  • COMP 311 (411), Computer Organization
  • COMP 416, Intro to WWW Programming
  • COMP 426, Advanced WWW Programming
  • COMP 431, Internet Services and Protocols
  • COMP 521, Files and Databases
  • GEOG 477, Introduction to Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing
  • GEOG 491, Introduction to GIS
  • GEOG 591, Applied Issues in Geographic Information Systems
  • MEJO 182, Foundations of Graphic Design
  • MEJO 187, Foundations of Interactive Media
  • MEJO 445, Media Effects on Audiences
  • MEJO 482, Media Design
  • MEJO 484, Information Graphics
  • MEJO 487: Intermediate Interactive Media
  • MEJO 581, User Experience Design and Usability
  • MEJO 582, Advanced Documentary Video Storytelling
  • MEJO 583, Advanced Interactive Media
  • MEJO 585, 3D Design Studio
  • MUSC 239, Introduction to Music Technology
  • PHYS 633, Scientific Programming
  • PSYC 210, Statistical Principles of Psychological Research
  • PSYC 230, Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 330, Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • STOR 305, Decision Making Using Spreadsheet Models
  • STOR 215, Foundations of Decision Analytics
  • STOR 155, Introduction to Data Models and Inference
  • STOR 435, Introduction to Probability
  • STOR 565, Machine Learning
  • STOR 455, Methods of Data Analysis
  • STOR 320, Untroduction to Data Science
  • BUSI 520, Advanced Spreadsheet Modeling for Business
  • ECON 400, Introduction to Statistics and Econometrics

BSIS students are encouraged to acquire a broad education in the liberal arts and sciences.

Elective Petition 
The above electives have already been approved by the SILS Undergraduate Committee. Any course offering in any department related to the study of information science can be considered as a potential elective subject to be reviewed by the SILS Undergraduate Committee. If you would like to petition for an elective, please fill out the elective petition.


For a list of suggested concentrations, please visit our Suggested Concentrations page.