BSIS Curriculum

The UNC School of Information and Library Science (SILS) offers the Bachelor of Science in Information Science (BSIS), the only program of its kind in North Carolina and one of a few in the nation. The BSIS program prepares its graduates for a variety of careers in the information field, as well as for graduate study.

First-year students and sophomores in the UNC General College who plan to apply for the BSIS must complete the following requirements prior to admission into the major:


  • PSYC 101, General Psychology - Physical and Life Sciences (PL/PX)
  • INLS 201, Foundations of Information Science - Social and Behavioral Sciences (SS/HS)
  • COMP 110, Introduction to Programming, OR COMP 116, Introduction to Scientific Programming - Quantitative Reasoning (QR)
  • INLS 161, Information Tools

Core Requirements

The information science major consists of 10 courses (30 credits).  The courses required for completion of the BSIS are as follows:

  • INLS 382, Information Systems Analysis and Design
  • INLS 385, Information Use for Organizational Effectiveness
  • INLS 523, Database Concepts and Applications
  • INLS 697, Emerging Topics in Information Science (taken in the senior year)

Six Electives

  • 6 electives (18 credit hours), chosen in consultation with the student's faculty advisor, that will meet the student's objectives/interests/career goals.

For a list of internal electives and approved courses outside of SILS, please refer to our Electives page.  For students needing inspiration on elective courses based on interests, please refer to our Suggested Concentrations page.

Topics not discussed in courses may be addressed through a variety of courses at SILS, including Independent Study (INLS 396), Field Experience (INLS 393), and Honors Thesis (INLS 691H, INLS 692H).  These courses require special permission; please speak with the Undergraduate Student Services Manager for further information

External Transfer Students

Any pre-requisite courses not completed prior to applying must be completed during your first semester at UNC.