Informatics

In addition to a computer-based core, informatics majors complete additional courses in a cognate area to obtain some expertise in an area of application.

A minor in informatics may be combined with any major or minor except computer science or information technology. See also majors and minors in computer science and information technology.

Major in informatics

59-65 credit hours (core courses and one cognate area)

Core courses (38 credit hours)

  • Info 200, Problem Solving with Computers 3
  • Info 230, Programming I 4
  • Info 330, Programming II 4
  • Info 340, Database Design 3
  • Info 350, Computer Networking & Security 3
  • Info 355, Systems Analysis 3
  • Info 405, Project Management 3
  • Info 409, Internship 3
  • One statistics/research methods course below 3
    Comm 240, Communication Research
    Econ/Psyc 380, Statistics in Research
    Math 323, Probability and Statistics
    Soc 391, Methods of Social Research
  • Electives (may not duplicate cognate courses) 9
    Acc 210, Accounting Information Systems
    Bus 220, Office Software Productivity
    Comm 326, Creating for the Web
    CoSc 360, Operating Systems
    CoSc 365, Analysis of Algorithms
    CoSc 375, Topics in Computer Science
    Info 346, Human Computer Interaction
    Phys 304, Electronics

Biology Cognate (27 credit hours)

Faculty contact person: Andrew Ammons

  • Biol 115, Ecology and Evolution 4
  • Biol 120, Cell Biology and Genetics 4
  • Biol 130, Organismal Biology 4
  • One of the following 4
    Biol 311, Advanced Molecular Genetics
    Biol 341, Advanced Cell Biology
  • Biol 331, Junior Research Seminar 2
  • Biol 410, Senior Seminar 1
  • Chem 111-112, General Chemistry 8

Business Cognate (21 credit hours)

Faculty contact person: Phil Mason

  • Acc 201, Principles of Financial Accounting 3
  • Acc 202, Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
  • Bus 316, Principles of Marketing 3
  • Bus 318, Production/Operations Management 3
  • Bus 403, Management Strategy 3
  • Bus 409, Business Internship 3
  • Bus 410, Business Capstone Seminar 3

Communication and Media Cognate (21 credit hours)

Faculty contact person: Patricia Lehman

  • Art 107, Design 3
  • Art/Comm 108, Digital Design 3
  • Art 208, Typography 3
  • Comm 250, Writing for Media 3
  • Comm 375, Animation 3
  • Comm 410, Senior Seminar 3
  • Info 346, Human Computer Interaction 3

Mathematics Cognate (23 credit hours)

Faculty contact person: David Housman

  • Math 205, Discrete Mathematics 3
  • Math 211, Calculus I 4
  • Math 212, Calculus II 4
  • Math 301, Linear Algebra 3
  • Math 321, Differential Equations 3
  • Math 351, Mathematical Modeling 3
  • Math 411, Seminar: History 1
  • Math 412, Seminar: Connections 1
  • Math 413, Seminar: Discoveries 1

Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies (PJCS) Cognate (22 credit hours)

Faculty contact person: Joe Liechty

  • Bibl 321, Biblical Themes of Peace 3
  • PJCS 325, Mediation 3
  • PJCS 350, Dynamics & Theology of Reconciliation 3
  • PJCS 370, Personal Violence & Healing 3
  • PJCS 410, Senior Advanced Work 1
  • Any three additional PJCS courses 9

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in informatics will:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of programming, database design, networking, statistics, and systems analysis.
  2. Demonstrate expertise in a discipline to which informatics principles can be applied.
  3. Effectively communicate complex computing concepts orally, visually and in writing.
  4. Function effectively in teams to accomplish common goals.
  5. Design, implement, and evaluate systems and software to meet the needs of organizations.
  6. Analyze the local and global impact of computing technology on individuals, organizations, and society.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to learn new technologies from published literature and engage in lifelong learning in informatics.

Planning guide

First year Goshen Core
Info 200, Problem Solving with Computers
Info 230, Programming I
Introductory cognate courses
Second and
Third years
Goshen Core
Upper level Informatics courses
Cognate area courses
Statistics or research methods course
SST
Fourth year Goshen Core
Remaining Informatics courses
Cognate area courses
Info 409, Internship
Senior Seminar (in cognate area)

Minor in informatics

19 credit hours

  • Info 200, Problem Solving with Computers 3
  • Info 230, Programming I 4
  • Info 409, Internship 3
  • Any upper level computer science or informatics courses 9