Mercer's Bachelor of Science in Informatics degree is designed for students interested in the growing career field of informatics. This program combines solid grounding in computer programming and statistics with study of human factors, and the ethical and social science aspects of complex information systems. Students will gain a strong foundation of the knowledge necessary to design and develop data-driven and human-centered systems, and to evaluate the next generation of information technology tools for different disciplines. Students in the program will also develop effective decision theory and project management skills through coursework and project-based capstone experiences.
The degree program offers three tracks:
- Health Information Technology (HIT)
- Web Development and Human Computer Interaction (HCI)
- General Informatics
Informatics is in DemandThe U.S. Bureau of Labor forecasts that various information technology occupations will see up to a 37% job growth increase between the years 2012 and 2022. Mercer's informatics program helps students develop the skills to design, implement, and evaluate the next generation of information technology tools for different disciplines, preparing them for these high growth jobs.
OutcomesGraduates of the B.S. in Informatics program will possess skills in programming and scripting, database, networking, software engineering, web application development, technology and organization, and information management. They will be prepared for roles in business, research, government, and non-profit organizations, and for graduate study in many fields including computer science, business, education, information technology, statistics, law, medicine, public health, and the natural and social sciences. Our graduates are employed in careers such as:
- Systems engineer
- Data analyst
- Mobile quality assurance analyst
- Clinical information systems analyst
- IT analyst
- Business analyst
- Healthcare data analyst
- Human-computer interaction designer
Locations where the program is offered include:
Delivery FormatThe Bachelor of Science in Informatics is a 120-semester hour degree program offered in Atlanta, Macon, Douglas County and Henry County. The program offers classes in a classroom setting, delivered one night per week, during an eight-week session. Students can comfortably take two classes per week, while maintaining a work-life balance. The program format is primarily face-to-face with approximately 40% of the core and track courses available online or through a hybrid format. Students may have the option to join the class via online learning in a synchronized format.
Many students in the program are currently employed and find that the convenient evening class format works well with their busy schedules.