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 prerequisite requirements prior to admission into the major:


  • MATH 115, - Reasoning with Data: Navigating a Quantitative World - Quantitative Reasoning (QR).
    • Cross listed as BIOL 115, PSYC 115, and STOR 115.
    • Please note, MATH 115 is required for students starting at UNC in Fall 2022. Students who enrolled at UNC prior to Fall 2022 may use either MATH 115 or PSYC 101. 
  • 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.

Undergraduate Program Assessment

  • Students enrolled in INLS 697 will be required to complete a learning outcome assessment. The assessment will be administered by the SILS Undergraduate Committee and will be due prior to the end of each semester. Please refer to the Undergraduate Program Assessment webpage for further information and instructions.

Undergraduate Program Assessment

Additional Opportunities

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 Coordinator for further information

External Transfer Students

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