Information Science, B.S.

Entrance Requirements

New freshmen who meet University admissions standards are eligible for admission to degree programs offered by the School of Information Science.

A student who wishes to enter the School of Information Science from another college on the Columbia campus must be in good standing and have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher. A student who wishes to enter the School of Information Science from another USC campus must fulfill one of the following requirements:

  1. Be in good standing, meet the admission requirements for a baccalaureate degree on the Columbia campus, and have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher.
  2. Be in good standing and have completed 30 semester hours with a GPA of 2.00 or higher on a USC campus.

A student who wishes to enter the School of Information Science from another institution must have a cumulative GPA of 2.25. 

Degree Requirements (120 hours)

Program of Study

Requirements Credit Hours
1. Carolina Core 31-44
2. College Requirements 0
3. Program Requirements 40-53
4. Major Requirements 36

Founding Documents Requirement

All undergraduate students must take a 3-credit course or its equivalent with a passing grade in the subject areas of History, Political Science, or African American Studies that covers the founding documents including the United State Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Emancipation Proclamation and one or more documents that are foundational to the African American Freedom struggle, and a minimum of five essays from the Federalist papers.  This course may count as a requirement in any part of the program of study including the Carolina Core, the major, minor or cognate, or as a general elective.  Courses that meet this requirement are listed here.

1. Carolina Core Requirements (31-44 hours)

CMW – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Written (6 hours)

must be passed with a grade of C or higher​

ARP – Analytical Reasoning and Problem Solving (6-7 hours) 

SCI – Scientific Literacy (7 hours)

GFL – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language  (0-6 hours)

Students in the School of Information Science are required to demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to the 110 or 121 course through course credit or the corresponding foreign language placement score.

GHS – ​Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 hours) 

GSS – Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 hours) 

AIU – Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)

CMS – Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component1 (0-3 hours)

INF – Information Literacy1 (0-3 hours)

  • ENGL 102 - must be passed with a grade of C or higher

Note: ISCI 202 may not be used to fulfill the INF Carolina Core requirement

VSR – Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility1 (0-3 hours)


Carolina Core Stand Alone or Overlay Eligible Requirements — Overlay-approved courses offer students the option of meeting two Carolina Core components in a single course. A maximum of two overlays is allowed. The total Carolina Core credit hours must add up to a minimum of 31 hours. Some programs may have a higher number of minimum Carolina Core hours due to specified requirements.

2. College Requirements (0 hours)

No college-required courses for this program.

3. Program Requirements (40-53 hours)

Supporting Courses (15 hours)

Complete the required credit hours for each category below.

Course Title Credits
Select three hours of the following:3
Introduction to Computer Concepts
General Applications Programming
Computer Information Systems in Business
Geographic Information Systems
Introduction to Human Computer Interaction
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Select three hours of the Diversity and Social Advocacy track of GLD3
Select three hours of the following:3
Survey of Accounting
Introduction to Financial Accounting
Introduction to Economics
Principles of Marketing
Principles of Management
Management in Data Driven Organizations
Additional Professional Courses
Select two from any of the courses listed in the categories above 16
Total Credit Hours15

Electives (25-38 hours) 

Choose any course with approval of an academic advisor to reach hours to graduate.

Note: Courses used to satisfy Carolina Core requirements may not also count as electives.

4. Major Requirements (36 hours)

a minimum grade of C is required in all major courses

Major Courses (24 hours)

Course Title Credits
ISCI 201Data, Information & Society3
ISCI 202Information Literacy and Technology3
or ISCI 310 Information Science Data Analysis and Evaluation
ISCI 250Information Design3
ISCI 301Text Mining in Big Data Analytics3
ISCI 410Knowledge Work as an Organizational Asset3
or ISCI 415 Social Issues in Information and Communications Technologies
ISCI 434Introduction to Knowledge Discovery3
ISCI 560Data Visualization3
ISCI 494Independent Study in Information Science3
or ISCI 496 Internship in Information Science
Total Credit Hours24

Major Electives (12 hours)

Course Title Credits
Select 12 hours from ISCI 100-level and above and the JOUR courses listed below. No more than 6 hours maybe selected from JOUR courses.12
Principles of Visual Communications
Special Topics in Mass Communications
Special Topics in Sports Media
Journalism Trends
Social Media for Sports Media
Graphics for Visual Communications
Photography for Visual Communications
Total Credit Hours12

Major Map

A major map is a layout of required courses in a given program of study, including critical courses and suggested course sequences to ensure a clear path to graduation.

Major maps are only a suggested or recommended sequence of courses required in a program of study. Please contact your academic advisor for assistance in the application of specific coursework to a program of study and course selection and planning for upcoming semesters.

Information Science, B.S.