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Medical Informatics BS
Effective fall 2014, the bachelor's degree in medical informatics will be discontinued. The program is no longer accepting new students.
The BS degree in medical informatics is one of only a few majors in the United States that responds to the increasing use of computers in every aspect of health care, biomedical research, and education. Developed by the college’s departments of computer science and information technology in partnership with the College of Science, the major provides training in the medical sciences, computer science, and information technology, with an emphasis on clinical applications. Students learn to develop computer applications for the solution of clinical problems and to provide computing support to medical practice, medical research, and education.
The major offers students two tracks: computer science, for those interested primarily in developing computer software for medicine; or information technology, for those interested in providing computer support for clinical information systems, databases, networks, and Web applications.
Students consult with faculty advisers to tailor their academic programs to individual career goals. Upper-level electives prepare graduates for specialized employment opportunities within medical informatics, for graduate school in the sciences or computer science/information technology, or for postgraduate professional school.
A minimum of two semesters of cooperative education are required after the completion of the second year of study. Co-op allows students to gain relevant, hands-on work experience in the medical informatics field, provides the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge in real-life situations, and offers networking opportunities with professionals in the field. These experiences enhance students’ education and make them more valuable to prospective employers.
Optional premedical track
Medical informatics also offers a premedical track. Students interested in applying to medical, dental, or veterinary school should consult the program director and/or an academic adviser on the selection of courses to enhance their academic credentials for medical school.
Medical informatics, BS degree, typical course sequence (semesters), effective fall 2013
|Course||Sem. Cr. Hrs.|
|ISTE-120||Computer Problem Solving: Information Domain I||4|
|ISTE-190||Foundation of Modern Information Processing||3|
|MATH-131||LAS Perspective 7A: Discrete Mathematics||4|
|LAS Foundation 1: First Year Seminar†||3|
|LAS Foundation 2: First Year Writing|
|LAS Perspective 2, 3||6|
|ISTE-121||Computer Problem Solving: Information Domain II||4|
|MATH-161||LAS Perspective 7B: Applied Calculus||4|
|ISTE-110||Ethics in Computing (WI)||3|
|ISTE-230||Introduction to Database and Data Modeling||3|
|ISTE-260||Designing the User Experience||3|
|STAT-145||Introduction to Statistics I||3|
|LAS Perspective 4, 6||6|
|ISTE-270||Data Exploration and Knowledge Discovery||3|
|ISTE-330||Database Connectivity and Access||3|
|NSSA-290||Networking Essentials for Developers||3|
|Cooperative Education (summer)||Co-op|
|ISTE-430||Information Requirements Modeling||3|
|STAT-146||Introduction to Statistics II||4|
|SWEN-383||Software Design Principles and Patterns||3|
|LAS Perspective 1||3|
|ISTE Concentration Course||3|
|LAS Immersion 1||3|
|Cooperative Education (summer)||Co-op|
|ISTE-500||Senior Development Project I (WI)||3|
|ISTE Concentration Courses||6|
|LAS Immersion 2, 3||6|
|LAS Perspective 5‡||4|
|ISTE-501||Senior Development Project II||3|
|Total Semester Credit Hours||126|
Please see New General Education Curriculum–Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) for more information.
(WI) Refers to a writing intensive course within the major.
* Please see Wellness Education Requirement for more information.
† The First Year Seminar requirement is replaced by an LAS Elective for the 2013-14 academic year.
‡ Students will satisfy this requirement by selecting one of the following four credit options: General Biology (BIOL-101) and General Biology Lab (BIOL-103); General and Analytical Chemistry (CHMG-141) and General and Analytical Chemistry (CHMG-145); or College Physics (PHYS-111).