- understanding the impact of technology and information on people.
- the development of new uses for technology.
- the application of information technology in the context of another field.
Information technology (IT) is rapidly changing the world, creating new challenges and opportunities every day. Informatics equips students to study IT, consider its social impact, and find ways to use technology to solve problems. The aim is to produce qualified information technology professionals who understand the ways people work with and use information, and who can develop solutions that are effective and easy-to-use. Usually, informatics is combined with another field of study or cognate. A number of cognates have been identified, such as bioinformatics, social informatics, business, new media, and health care informatics.
Informatics develops new uses for information technology and in order
to solve specific problems in areas as diverse as biology, fine arts,
health care, and economics. Informatics is also interested in how
people transform technology, and how technology transforms us.
School of Informatics we emphasize problem solving, innovation,
communications, and teamwork along with technical skills and
knowledge. Our mission is to train students in state-of-the-art
information technology and science with an emphasis on creative human
applications, offering B.S. degrees in Informatics.
In many ways, informatics is a bridge connecting IT to a particular
field of study such as biology, chemistry, fine arts,
telecommunications, geography, business, economics, journalism,
etc. Because of this, all undergraduate Informatics students choose a
field or discipline that interests them (which we call a cognate). The
cognate allows them to follow their own personal interests, and take
courses in other programs at Indiana University.
Some cognates lead to recently recognized disciplines, such as biology
leading to bioinformatics. Others lead to well-understood careers
perhaps just emerging as disciplines, such as fine arts leading to top
quality Web design, animations, and interactive art. For those
interested in computers and programming, the computer science cognate
adds further technology strength to our human-centered, problem