Applied Data and Information Science

About the Major

Your car—like your phone, and even that new fridge—collects information nonstop. As corporations, nonprofits, and other institutions seek to realize the potential of data at extreme scale, highly skilled data professionals are turning this information into usable knowledge. If you’re interested in the growing and evolving field of data work and information science, the Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Data and Information Science is designed for you.  This major prepares you to meet the developing information needs of businesses, hospitals, and other employers.  Students have the opportunity to specialize in Applied Data Science or Applied Information Science in this major.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: data curation, data management, data ethics, analyze complex data, data visualization, legal aspects of data practices, and data dissemination.

Engaged Learning Experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes.  Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IUPUI’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Data Fluency
  • Mathematical Foundations of Informatics
  • Visualizing Information
  • Data Policy and Governance
  • Applied Cloud Computing for Data Intensive Sciences
  • Information Infrastructure
  • Applications of Data Mining

Possible Careers

  • Data Analyst
  • Data Curator
  • Logistics manager
  • Information Architect
  • Software Developer
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Survey Researcher


Where could I work?

  • Regenstrief Institute
  • Salesforce
  • Eli Lilly
  • Cummins
  • Roche
  • State of Indiana
  • IU Health

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Cluster

This major belongs to the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) cluster. The STEM cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing majors in the sciences, technology, engineering, informatics, and computing. The STEM cluster partners with students on their academic advising and career plans to guide them into their degree-granting schools.

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