Jul 16, 2024  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Science and Data Analytics, BS (SJSU Online)

Fully Online Degree Completion Program

The Bachelor of Science Information Science and Data Analytics (BS ISDA), offered by the School of Information, prepares students to work with data, technology, and people. BS ISDA majors attain skills that are applicable to a variety of careers involving analytics, visualization, big data, digital curation, digital assets management, knowledge management, information architecture, documents and records management, health care, education, and emerging technologies-all geared toward the information needs of users. Information Science and Data Analytics graduates are utilized by organizations to organize data and interpret the significance of data in a way that can be easily understood and used by others. They focus on what a person can do with an app rather than what an app does.

Program Delivery

The program is delivered completely online via Canvas. Classes will be delivered asynchronously. Where needed, virtual labs will be used.

Summary of Degree Units

Units completed before admission including lower division GE and PE 60
SJSU Studies (Upper Division GE and Writing)  12
Major Requirements 48
Total 120

Program Roadmaps

The 2-Year and 3-Year Roadmaps are available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Degrees (ADT) Pathways are also available online. 

Transfer Units (60 units)

All applicants are required to have completed at least 60 transferable semester or 90 quarter units with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better. Applicants should also have completed all four CSU-approved Basics Skills courses, each with a C- or better:

(A1) Oral Communication/Speech
(A2) Written English Composition
(A3) Critical Thinking/Logic
(B4) Math/Quantitative Reasoning (above the level of intermediate algebra)

It is recommended that students complete all lower division General Education and the Physical Education requirement before applying for admissions.

University Requirements

Students must satisfy all of the major and Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements , which includes unit, GPA, and residency requirements as well as the below identified General Education , American Institutions, Graduation Writing Assessment, and Physical Education requirements. Courses that meet Undergraduate University Graduation Requirements are noted with an area designation (see Course Abbreviations ).

Core Lower Division General Education

Recommend completion before transferring from a community college or any university. 

Upper Division General Education (9 units)

Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.

American Institutions

Recommend completion before transferring from a community college or any university. 

Physical Education

The Physical Education Requirement  (2 units) is recommended to be completed before transferring from a community college or any university. All SJSU undergraduate students, regardless of major, have an opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in physical activities. To accommodate students’ needs and interests, the university offers a diverse selection of activity courses

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (3 units)

At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a Writing in the Disciplines (100W) course. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found in the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)  section. A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirements.

Major Preparation (5 units)

Courses may be transferred from community colleges or any university. Courses must be passed with a grade of C- or better.

Major Requirements (48 units)

Core Courses (36 units)

All classes are infused with hands-on, real-world, collaborative projects to support students developing portfolios that demonstrate their knowledge and skills. Where necessary, students will have access to virtual labs such as INFOSEC, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Computing.

Major Electives (12 units)

Electives can be selected from upper or lower division courses or from approved graduate courses in the School of Information  in areas such as Health Data Analytics, Enterprise Content Management and Digital Preservation, Digital Curation, Digital Assets Management, Digital Forensics, Problem Solving with Data.

If electives from the School of Information  graduate courses are used to meet the elective requirements, the courses can only be used for the bachelor’s degree and cannot be later applied to any graduate degree.

Total Units Required (120 units)