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2018-2019 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin 
  May 23, 2024
2018-2019 Undergraduate Studies Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Information Science, B.S.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Students will describe the techniques and principles for creating, storing, organizing, transforming, and communicating information to various information seekers. 
  • Students will demonstrate practical skills of information science and the use of information systems. 
  • Students will demonstrate the comprehension of the valuable role of information and information technology in society as well as the diversity of needs and uses for information.  

Degree Requirements (121 hours)

See School of Library and Information Science  for admission and progression requirements.

  1. Carolina Core Requirements (31-43 hours)
  2. Program Requirements (42-54 hours)
  3. Major Requirements (36 hours)

Carolina Core Requirements (31-43 hours)

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

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

SCI: Scientific Literacy (7-8 hours)

  • Two approved Carolina Core SCI courses including one laboratory course

GFL: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-6 hours, depending on placement test)

  • Students in the College of Information and Communications are required to demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language equivalent to the 122 course through course credit or the corresponding foreign language placement score.

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

  • Any approved Carolina Core GHS course.

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

  • Any approved Carolina Core GSS course.

AIU: Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 hours)

  • Any approved Carolina Core AIU course.

CMS: Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication (0-3 hours*)

INF: Information Literacy (0-3 hours*)

SLIS 202 may not be used to fulfill the INF Carolina Core requirement

VSR: Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (0-3 hours*)

  • Any approved overlay or stand-alone Carolina Core VSR course.
  • SLIS recommends SAEL 200  


* The combined CMS, INF, and VSR requirements must include at least three hours not being used to satisfy Carolina Core requirements outside those three areas.

Program Requirements (42-54 hours)

Complete the required credit hours for each category below and choose two additional courses from any category.

Professional Courses (30 hours)

Minor or Cognate (12-18 hours)

  • A minor is eighteen credit hours or more. BSIS students are encouraged to pursue one of the sanctioned USC minors in over a hundred different subject areas. BSIS students, with an approval from the BSIS committee, may choose to a cognate instead of a minor. The cognate is usually twelve hours of course work and two approved electives for a total of eighteen hours. Only six hours of lower division class credits can be applied to the cognate or approved electives. All cognates and electives will be approved by the BSIS sub-committee usually by the second semester of the Junior year of a BSIS student if not earlier.

Approved Electives (0-12 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 fulfill Approved Electives.


** SPCH 140  may not be selected if it was used to satisfy the CMS requirement in the Carolina Core.

Information Science Major Requirements (36 hours)

Major Required Courses (30 hours)

Major Electives (6 hours)

All students majoring in information science must satisfactorily complete, with a grade of C or better, the following courses:

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