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2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Information Science and Data Analytics, BS

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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

ISDA courses are delivered completely online via Canvas. Classes are delivered asynchronously. Where needed, virtual labs are used. The BS ISDA can be completed as a fully online program by taking online courses to fulfill General Education and University Graduation Requirements.  However, the program can also be completed as hybrid program by fulfilling General Education and University Graduation Requirements in person and ISDA courses online.

Summary of Degree Units  
University Graduation Requirements    53
Major Preparation      5
Major Requirements     48
University Electives     14
Total   120

Program Roadmaps

The 4-Year Roadmap is 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.

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 (33 units)

Of the 39 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below and General Education waivers. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3, B4, or F must be passed with a “C-” or better to meet the requirement. Consult with a major advisor for details.

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 (6 units)

Complete one 6-unit sequence of American Institutions (US123) courses, which also satisfies GE Area D. Students may also satisfy the American Institutions Requirement  with other courses, but these may not satisfy other GE areas.

The American Studies sequence (AMS 1A /AMS 1B ; 12 units) or Humanities Honors course (HUM 2B ; 6 units) satisfies the American Institutions Requirement and additional GE Areas (see course descriptions for details).

Consult with a major advisor to select the appropriate sequence.

Physical Education (2 units)

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 a Writing in the Disciplines (100W) course with a grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirements. Exceptions to the GWAR may be found in the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)  section.

Major Preparation (5 units)

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.

University Electives (14 units)

Total Units Required (120 units)

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