Information Science


Your Future in Information Science

Do you enjoy conducting research? Are you computer-savvy and organized? If so, you should pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Science at the University of North Texas.

A bachelorís degree is the first step to a future career as a(n):

  • Government documents librarian — preserving and disseminating documents associated with a historical government action
  • Information specialist — helping people find information and use it effectively
  • Law librarian — helping legal aides and lawyers find information
  • Medical librarian — providing information to health professionals about new medical treatments or standard procedures
  • Corporate researcher — working in management, software engineering, usability, intelligence analysts, web development and other areas

What we offer

Our bachelorís degree program is the portal to a masterís degree, which is necessary for most librarian positions. While pursuing your degree, you will hone the skills required to:

  • Aid information seekers
  • Add value to information products
  • Apply the latest tools for information organization and access

A key component of the program is its flexibility. Course work is offered in onsite, online and blended formats so you can balance classes with full-time or part-time employment. You can also choose from a wide range of minors, which often become a specialization for graduate study. A minor in a technological field makes you more marketable to information agencies.

Scholarships funded by the Department of Library and Information Sciences are available to help you pursue your education.

The College of Information is constantly evolving to meet the fast-changing needs and the technological advances associated with information-retrieval services and instructional technologies. Its accolades include:

  • The nationís first online school library preparation program
  • American Library Association accreditation for our Library and Information Science masterís degree program
  • One of the nationís best Medical Informatics graduate programs, according to U.S. News and World Report (No. 6 nationally and No. 1 in Texas)
  • One of the nationís best masterís programs in Library and Information Sciences, according to U.S. News and World Report (No. 21 nationally)
  • The nationís largest interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Information Science

Additional learning opportunities

Special lectures hosted by the college feature renowned scholars who provide different insights into information science. You can meet other information science students and attend workshops through our Library and Information Science Student Association or the local chapter of the Association for Information Science and Technology.

The college is also a member of the iSchools organization, a collection of information schools dedicated to advancing the information field and that share a fundamental interest in the relationship among information, people and technology. This partnership opens many opportunities for you to be trained by world renowned scholars.

The Department of Library and Information Sciencesí membership in the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium provides students an array of special topics courses, broadening their educational experience.

What to expect

You will need to achieve sophomore status with a cumulative 2.5 GPA before becoming an Information Science major. The necessary course work includes:

  • 24 credit hours of courses required by the college
  • 9 credit hours of required information science courses
  • 15 credit hours of additional courses approved by the department
  • 18 to 21 credit hours in an approved field outside of the department

The information science courses will provide an overview of information professions, information organization, and information access and retrieval. Practicum and field experience are available.

Our Career Center, Learning Center and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources available to you at UNT. The Career Center can provide advice about internships, future employment opportunities and getting hands-on experience in your major. The Learning Center offers workshops on speed reading, study skills and time management. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.

How to enroll at UNT

High school students

We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the distinguished level of achievement under the Texas Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished Achievement high school program or the equivalent.

In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.

In your senior year, apply for admission at ApplyTexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT.

Transfer students

If you're attending a Texas community college, you should consult our online transfer guides, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor or advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will allow you to receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.

Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. Each year, 3,900 students transfer to UNT. More information about the center is at transition.unt.edu.