Informatics, B.S.

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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 B.S. in Informatics program is offered fully online and at Mercer's Atlanta Campus, Macon Campus, Douglas County Regional Academic Center and Henry County Regional Academic Center.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to:

  • Utilize skills in programming and scripting, database, networking, software engineering, web application development, technology and organization, and information management
  • Assume professional 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

Individuals who successfully complete the program can go on to work as professionals in positions including: business analyst, clinical information systems analyst, data analyst, healthcare data analyst, human-computer interaction designer, IT analyst, mobile quality assurance analyst or systems engineer.

A student needs only one track to complete the major. However, more than one track may be taken, but this option will significantly reduce the number of elective courses. Students in the following tracks will learn the following:

 
Health Information Technology (HIT) Track
  • Make decisions relevant to the health professions
  • Employ techniques useful in the management of medical data
  • Communicate effectively to implement technical knowledge
 
Web Development and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Track
  • Employ user-centered system interface design principles
  • Develop platform independent informatics applications
  • Analyze human-computer interactions to create optimally usable software packages
 
General Informatics Track
  • Employ informatics operations using computer technology
  • Apply basic informatics principles in a variety of disciplines
  • Demonstrate interdisciplinary perspective embracing different aspects of the university curriculum

The Bachelor of Science in Informatics requires a total of 120 semester hours to complete including general education studies. Many students transfer in credits. If you have an associate degree or course credits from a regionally-accredited community or technical college, you may transfer qualifying credits toward a degree at Mercer University where we offer a comprehensive credit transfer policy.

Students also have the option to minor in Digital Forensics or Informatics.

View the Bachelor of Science in Informatics Program Plan >

Applicants for the B.S. Informatics program should have a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale and must be in good standing with the most recent regionally accredited college or university attended.

Application Checklist

Submit all of the following items to complete your application to the program:

  • Application for Admission. Begin application now.
  • $25 Non-refundable Application Fee ($100 for International Applicants)
    Submit the required fee in the form of a check or money order made payable to Mercer University. Do not sent cash. The application fee is nonrefundable and cannot apply toward tuition.
  • College Transcripts 

    Applicants must submit one official transcript from every postsecondary institution previously attended, regardless of length of stay or if the grades are listed on another school's transcript. Official electronic transcripts should be submitted to enroll@mercer.edu.

    If you are transferring from another institution, you may use the Transfer Equivalency Estimator to measure how your coursework will be credited towards your degree. Mercer will accept 64 credits from a two-year institution and 96 credits from a four-year institution. This tool provides an unofficial report of transferable courses. Upon submission of official college transcripts and acceptance, an official report will be completed by the University Registrar.

  • High School or General Educational Development (GED) Transcript
    An official high school or GED transcript for applicants who have not attempted or have earned less than 30 hours of college credit.
  • Joint Services Transcrip

    An official Joint Services Transcript is suggested, but not required, for individuals who have military experience.  Additional information regarding how to request a transcript is available at https://jst.doded.mil/official.html.

 

Submit all application supporting materials to:

Mercer University
Henry County Regional Academic Center
Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 2140
McDonough, GA 30253

 

Admission decisions cannot be made until all application materials have been received.
 

Priority Deadlines

Submit your application with all supporting materials by the following deadlines:

Fall Session I (August): July 15
Fall Session II (October): October 1
Spring Session I (January): November 15
Spring Session II (March): March 1
Summer (May): April 15
 

Instructions for Undergraduate Transient Applicants

To enroll as an undergraduate transient student, applicants need only submit the following as a complete application packet:

  • Application
  • $25 non-refundable application fee
  • Letter of authorization completed by the home institution that certifies good standing, grants permission to take Mercer University courses, and specifies which course(s) may be taken.

The Preferred Provider Partnership Program provides affordable opportunities for employees of partner companies to attend an approved degree program of study at Mercer University. This unique program allows Mercer to establish relationships with corporations, government agencies, and organizations that are committed to supporting their employees' educational goals and ongoing professional development. Incentives include tuition benefits, military benefits, waived application fees, convenient credit transfer policy, and a streamlined process to learn more about an employee’s program of interest.

Employees of the following Mercer partners are able to use these benefits when enrolled in the B.S. Informatics program:

AT&T Greystone Power Corporation
City of Atlanta Fire Rescue Department The Kroger Company 
Douglas County Sheriff's Office Piedmont Healthcare
GEICO  Robins Air Force Base
Georgia Department of Corrections 

WellStar Health System

 

Learn more about Mercer’s Preferred Provider Partnership Program > 

We understand that you may have questions about your educational journey with Mercer University. Browse our FAQs and get answers to some of our commonly asked questions.

PROGRAM NAME 1 credit  3 credits  6 credits  9 credits 
B.S. Informatics $448 $1,344 $2,688 $4,032

Facilities/Tech Fees: 

Undergraduate Students

1-11 Hours - $12.50/hr

12-99 Hours – $150/semester

 

Graduate & Professional Students

1-8 Hours - $17.00/hr 

9-99 Hours - $150/semester

Student Insurance: 

$863/Semester

Facilities/Tech Fees
Undergraduate Students:
1-11 Hours - $12.50/hour
12-99 Hours - $150/semester
 
Graduate & Professional Students:
1-8 Hours - $17.00/hour
9-99 Hours - $150/semester
 
Miscellaneous Fees (subject to change based on individual course requirements)
Internship/Practica - $200
Fieldwork - $150
Leadership Academy - $60
Lab Fee - $100 - 150/per course
Transcript Fee - $25
Transcript Fax Fee - $5
 
Student Insurance
$822/semester
                                                                    
For tuition and fee information for Macon undergraduate traditional, day programs, click here >

A. Evaluation of Foreign Credentials Applicants who completed all or part of their education abroad are required to have their foreign educational credentials evaluated by an independent evaluation service. A Course-by-Course and Grade Point Average Equivalent Evaluation is required for undergraduate admission. Contact the Office of Admissions for information about evaluation services if your foreign credentials have not been evaluated. If an evaluation has been done, you must submit an official sealed copy with your application.


B. Official Translations Documents submitted in a language other than English must be accompanied by official translations.

 

C. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) The TOEFL or IELTS is required for international applicants whose primary language is not English. The scores may not be more than two years old. Official score reports must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the Educational Testing Service. The Educational Testing Service institution code for submission of official score reports is 5025. Unofficial copies of the score report may be included with the application for initial review and evaluation. This does not replace the requirement of an official score report for those applicants who are offered admission.

 

Exception: The TOEFL is not required of international applicants who have attended another U.S. institution and completed freshman English Composition I and II with grades of "C" or higher.

 

D. Financial Guarantee International applicants who wish to obtain an I-20 for F-1 visa must include financial documentation showing ability to finance tuition and living expenses for one year. Financial documents must have a current date and indicate available funds of US $25,000.

 

E. Visa Status International Applicants Who are Currently in the United States - Documentation of your current visa status must be submitted with the self-managed application. (Copy of I-20 and I-94 if on an F-1 visa; copy of visa stamp and I-94 if on another type of visa; or copy of Resident Alien card [front and back] if classified as a Resident Alien.)