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Informatics certificate or BIS concentration


The certificate (or BIS concentration) in informatics trains students to use computer technology to gather, synthesize, store, visualize and interpret information.  These skills are critical to a broad range of disciplines. This certificate provides students with an understanding of the capabilities and technologies of informatics as it applies to domain specific problems in their field of study.

Students completing this certificate/concentration are able to use methods for and understand the basic computational principles behind the operation of:

  • Communication, networking and interaction
  • Decision-making and problem-solving
  • Modeling, inference and visualization
  • Representing, creating and running routine activities
  • Storing, indexing and retrieving information

Graduates of this program should be in high demand within the software industry, but also in government, education, science, medicine and other fields that make use of computer technology. Students with the applied and user-oriented focus of the certificate will be attractive to such employers.

Program requirements

This program requires 21 credit hours of course work. Students will take 12 credit hours of required CPI-prefix courses, 3 credit hours of statistics, and 6 credit hours of elective course work.

*Note: Some of the required courses have additional prerequisites. It may take up to two years to complete this certificate.

Core courses:

CPI 101: Introduction to Informatics 
CPI 200: Mathematical Foundations of Informatics – Offered spring only (Prereq: MAT 242, 342, or 343 with C or better; 243 with C or better)
CPI 220: Applied Data Structures and Algorithms –  Offered fall only (Prereq: CSE 205 with C or better)


CSE 310: Data Structures and Algorithms – (Prereq: Computational Math Sci, Computer Sci, Computer Sys Engr, Dig Culture (Media Processing) BA or BS, Engr Mgmt, Geo Info Sci, or Informatics major; CSE 220 or 240 with C or better; MAT 243 or 300 with C or better)
CPI 350: Evaluation of Informatics Systems – Offered spring only (Prereq: GIS 470, IEE 380, STP 226, STP 231, or STP 420 with C or better

Statistics Course Requirement*:

IEE 380 Probability and Statistics for Engineering Problem Solving – (Prereq: Fulton Engineering undergraduate student, Engineering Management minor, or Mathematical Concepts of Engineering certificate student; MAT 266 or 271 with C or better)
STP 420 Introductory Applied Statistics – (Prereq: MAT 210, 251, 265, or 270 with C or better)
* Students may need to contact a CIDSE Advisor to review alternative stats courses for this requirement and to make adjustments to DARS.

Electives* (select two):

AME 394: Philosophies of Technology
AME 394: Programming the Internet of Things
ART 345: Visualization and Prototyping
ART 346: 3D Digital Imaging and Animation
BIO 355: Introduction to Computational Molecular Biology
BMI 102: Introduction to Public Health Informatics
BMI 201: Intro to Clinical Informatics
CIS 300: Web Design and Development
CIS 308: Advanced Excel in Business
CIS 365: Business Database Systems
CPI 310: Web-Based Information Management Systems (offered fall only) – elective for students in 15-16 and later catalog years
CPI 360: Decision Making and Problem Solving (offered fall only) – elective for students in 15-16 and later catalog years
CPI 460: Intelligent Interactive Instructional Systems (offerings vary)
CPI 394/494: Special Topics
CSE 220: Programming for Computer Engineers
CSE 240: Introduction to Programming Languages
CSE 259: Logic for Computer Science
ENG 374: Technical Editing
GIT 135: Graphic Communications
GIT 215: Introduction to Web Authoring
GIT 230: Digital Illustration in Publishing
GIT  335: Computer Systems Technology
HSE 101: Human Systems Engineering
MAT 267: Calculus For Engineers III
MAT 275: Differential Equations
MAT 300: Mathematical Structures
MAT 421: Applied Computational Methods
SER 216: Software Enterprise, Testing and Quality
SER 334: Operating Systems and Networks
SOC 334: Technology and Society
SOS 424: Dynamic Modeling in Social and Ecological Systems
STS 304: Science, Technology, and Society
STS 306: Social Effects of Science and Technology
TEL 313: Educational Technology in K-12 Curriculum
TWC 414: Visualizing Data and Information
TWC 444: User Experience

Enrollment requirements

The undergraduate certificate in Informatics is available to students who are in good standing at ASU, and may be used by BIS students as part of their degree program. Students need to submit an Undergraduate Certificate form to the School of Computing, Informatics, and Decision Systems Engineering Advising Center located at Centerpoint, Suite 105. This form is available on the registrar’s website.  BIS students need to contact their BIS advisor to add the Informatics concentration to their degree program.