What is informatics?
Informatics is the process of developing human-centered and data-driven solutions to a variety of organizational, community, and personal problems by utilizing modern technologies. By studying informatics, students learn key computing, information technology, and information science skills to go further and design creative solutions for various stakeholders.
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. With concentration options including Health Information Technology, Web Development and Human-Computer Interaction, the B.S. in Informatics program prepares students to enter many different roles in a prominent industry.
The B.S. in Informatics program is offered fully online and at Mercer's Atlanta, Douglas County, Henry County, and Macon locations. Students are admitted five times per year in August, October, January, March, and May.
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 a variety of areas:
- Health information technology roles, such as clinical information systems analyst, healthcare data analyst, health informatics specialist, health data architect
- Human-computer interaction roles, such as Computer Interaction Designer, IT analyst, user experience designer, usability analyst, systems engineer
- Web development roles, such as mobile quality assurance analyst, web developer, IT programmer, front-end web developer, e-commerce analyst
- General informatics roles, such as data base administrator, systems analyst, software engineer, informatics specialist
A student needs only one concentration to complete the major. However, more than one concentration may be taken, but this option will significantly reduce the number of elective courses. Students in the following concentrations will learn the following:
Make decisions relevant to the health professions
Employ techniques useful in the management of medical data
Communicate effectively to implement technical knowledge
Employ user-centered system interface design principles
Develop platform independent informatics applications
Analyze human-computer interactions to create optimally usable software packages
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 2.25 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.
Submit all of the following items to complete your application to the program:
- Application for Admission. Begin application now>
- $25 Non-refundable Application Fee ($50 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Transcript
An official Joint Services Transcript is suggested, but not required, for individuals who have military experience.
Submit all application supporting materials to:
Admission decisions cannot be made until all application materials have been received.
Fall Session I (August): July 15
Instructions for Undergraduate Transient Applicants
To enroll as an undergraduate transient student, applicants need only submit the following as a complete application packet:
- $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 Enterprise Learning Partnership program (formerly known as 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|
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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.)