Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

4 years
Credit Hours:

Create and organize easily accessible information systems and empower people to make the best use of knowledge.
The Information Science degree with a concentration in Information Science and Knowledge Organization provides graduates with the necessary skills and competencies associated with the collection, classification, storage, retrieval, manipulation, packaging and dissemination of information. It prepares graduates to work with information in a variety of formats and in various organizational settings.

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Why Earn an Information Science Degree With a Concentration in Information Science and Knowledge Organization?

The Bachelor of Science with a major in Information Science and Knowledge Organization is a flexible program offering a wide range of concentrations, including technological fields, making you more marketable. Concentrations or minors chosen by students in this program often become an area of specialization for graduate study.

The degree is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge needed to build competencies in important and emerging areas such as information organization, information architecture, information seeking and use, health informatics, knowledge management, digital content and digital curation, and information systems.

The bachelor’s program provides general educational preparation for students planning to enter the information profession. Its objectives are for students to demonstrate knowledge and skills related to:

  • The roles and impact of information policies, practices, and information itself on diverse populations in a rapidly changing technological and global information society
  • Human information needs and behavior in order to develop and implement information systems and services that meet user needs
  • Professional practices necessary to succeed in information-related occupations and to pursue the professional master's degree
  • The philosophy, principles and legal and ethical responsibilities of the field

While pursuing your degree, you will hone the skills required to:

  • Aid information seekers
  • Add value to information products
  • Apply the latest tools and technologies to the ever-increasing volume of information

The flexibility built into the program prepares graduates for the varying career options available in the information profession. Students can customize their program by developing focused areas of studies (concentrations) or by choosing a minor or certificate in another field.

Marketable Skills
  • Information analysis
  • Project management
  • Database design and application development
  • Information architecture and website design
  • Oral and written communication

Information Science Degree With a Concentration in Information Science and Knowledge Organization Highlights

Special lectures hosted by the College of Information and the department feature renowned scholars who provide different perspectives and insights into the information science field.
Our students and faculty are active members of different professional associations and learned societies, such as the iSchools consortium, the American Library Association, the Association for Information Science and Technology, and the Knowledge and Information Professional Association.
Proactive students can choose accelerated options, such as the “degree in three” program or grad track option to accelerate their education.
The Department of Information Science offers financial support and scholarships to its students to recognize exceptional academic and creative accomplishments.
The Career Center is one of 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.
Instruction is offered in a variety of formats, including face-to-face, online and blended, which allows you to balance classes with full-time or part-time employment.

What Can You Do With an Information Science Degree With a Concentration in Information Science and Knowledge Organization?

A bachelor's degree in Information Science is the entry point for many information-related careers in the public and private sector, such as:

  • Corporate researcher — working in management, software engineering, usability, intelligence analysis, web development and other areas
  • Data scientist — preserving and disseminating information in a timely manner to decision-makers
  • Information analyst —finding, using, analyzing and synthesizing information from various sources
  • Information specialist — helping people find information and use it effectively
  • Knowledge manager —organizing information from multiple areas in a business to facilitate internal and external procedures

Information Science Degree With a Concentration in Information Science and Knowledge Organization Courses You Could Take

Information Retrieval Systems (3 hrs)
Topics include computer-based storage and retrieval of textual, pictorial, graphic and voice data. The course addresses questions about how users interact with information retrieval (IR) systems, their components, evaluation and their impact in society, and the issues of representation, the nature of the query and other aspects of the system.
Introduction to Metadata for Information Organization (3 hrs)
This course is an introduction to representation and organization of different kinds of information resources using various forms of metadata; examination and use of key metadata schemes, data and content standards; and tools for representing and organizing information resources in the digital environment.
Information Technology Management (3 hrs)
Students will learn basic concepts of information and its role in an information society including mechanisms of information processing, information transfer and applications of computers and other information tools in various disciplines and fields.
Managing Automation Projects (3 hrs)
This course covers initiating, planning and managing projects to select, acquire, develop and install new, replacement and upgraded computer-based systems in libraries/information agencies of all types and sizes, oriented around activities necessary for effective automation projects.
Data Modeling and Data Warehousing (3 hrs)
This course is an introduction to traditional linear and relational database theory and practice. The main focus is on modern approaches that include SQL and NoSQL, graph-based databases for structured and unstructured datasets, and standards for data representation and exchange (RDA, XML, JSON, etc.).
Information Indexing and Organizing (3 hrs)
Students learn applications in different types of information systems of text documents, images or audio files; use of database retrieval software to store and represent information; indexing formulation, automatic programming and design for user support; and planning and implementing multimedia documents.

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