Information Science

Consider this opportunity if:

You want to understand the ways people engage with and use information and technology in various settings, and you eagerly anticipate enhancing these technologies to more effectively meet the needs of users.

Available to:

First-year students

The Bachelor of Science in Information Science program is an undergraduate degree offered through the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) that explores one of the fastest growing areas of study, and one in which graduates are in high demand. UNC-Chapel Hill is the only university in the state offering a bachelor’s degree in information science and is one of only a handful of schools nationwide offering such a program.

Program includes:

  • A guaranteed seat in a special first-year seminar during the fall semester.
  • Membership in Issue, the Information Sciences student organization.
  • Faculty mentoring, including opportunities to visit labs (Interaction Design Lab, Informatics and Visualization Lab) and learn about special ongoing SILS projects such as Ibiblio and WiderNet. Assured admission students are also matched with an advisor who has similar research interests.
  • Invitations to seminars on information science research topics, lectures with notable figures in information science, and informal discussions to learn more about the field.
  • Early access to Career Services in SILS. Normally, students don’t meet with their SILS Career Services Advisor until their last semester. Developing this relationship early prepares you for building your resume and your web presence for future job searches.

First-year students who take advantage of this program are under no obligation to pursue a degree in information science if their interests lead them elsewhere.