School of Interdisciplinary Informatics (Si2)

Description/mission/vision/accreditation info

The mission of the School of Interdisciplinary Informatics is to provide students and faculty the opportunities to pursue their passions, to use technology in all its facets, and be transformative. We collaborate to deliver individualized education, world class research, and immersive experiences to create and harmonize knowledge from multiple disciplines.

 

Degrees Offered

The three degrees that are offered by the School:

  1. Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics
  2. Bachelor of Science in Information Assurance
  3. Bachelor of Science in  IT Innovation

The above three degrees all have two very important common characteristics.

 

First, they each have interdisciplinary components in their curriculum.

 

Second, they rely on working collaboratively with other disciplines and the community. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, all of these career areas have tremendous growth potential over the next ten years.

 

The new school is a key driver in taking the College of IS&T to the next level. The school is a hub for technology innovation for undergraduate and graduate students. It provides opportunities for collaboration with other disciplines through sharing curriculum and collaborative applied research.

 

The school is an "IT solution finding" resource for our community partners in the areas of information assurance, healthcare, bioinformatics, public health informatics, business and government.

 

The school provides a unique opportunity for undergraduate students to integrate education, research and outreach in their college experience. For example, many students have been involved in a public health informatics project that focuses on providing an emergency response system for public health laboratories. Students are able to earn academic credit working on this project as well as have opportunities to do research and publish papers.

 

Faculty also engage students with community partners through our service learning initiatives. Students have worked with the Douglas County Correctional Center, KIDS Can! Alegent Health, Douglas County Health Services, and Nebraska Family and Children Services to name a few.

 

These initiatives are a win/win for everyone involved-- for the students, for the community partners and for the schools, and ultimately they have a positive economic impact that flows throughout the Community and the State.

 

The School of Interdisciplinary Informatics reflects the role and mission of UNO's College of Information Science & Technology, The Peter Kiewit Institute, and the University of Nebraska at Omaha in a number of ways. It is a direct response to the opportunities and challenges presented by information technology as it relates to economic growth for the state and region in applied IT areas such as medical informatics and information assurance. The school allows the enhancement and fostering of new educational, research and creative activities by bringing together practitioners, researchers and students in interdisciplinary fields of importance to the state and the University. The school is unique in the country and leads to increased national visibility of the University of Nebraska in the area of interdisciplinary applications of information technology.

 

The School of Interdisciplinary Informatics addresses the following needs and demands for our academic, business, and community stakeholders:

  1. promote growth of interdisciplinary areas;
  2. facilitate innovative partnerships with external constituents, including leveraging the expertise of the local community;
  3. legitimize diversity of personnel;
  4. reduce barriers to collaboration;
  5. provide a flexible and agile structure for quick response to opportunities;
  6. solidify regional and national recognition as an important resource for the study and advancement of IT in the domain of healthcare, biosciences, and information security;
  7. promote visibility of the college and its interdisciplinary focus;
  8. provide a magnet for collaborative external funding;
  9. help to develop the next generation workforce to address local, regional and national needs in exciting new interdisciplinary domains.

Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Track (IUG) in Information Assurance and IT Innovation.  The College of IS&T’s  School of Interdisciplinary Informatics  offers an IUG track for the Information Assurance and IT Innovation programs. Students majoring in Information Assurance can complete the BS in IA undergraduate degree and MS in IA graduate degree in five years.  Students pursuing the undergraduate degrees in MIS or CS with an Information Assurance concentration may also be eligible for this track option.

 

The College of IS&T has partnered with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health in enabling ITIN majors to complete the BS in ITIN and MS in Public Health with a concentration in Biostatics in five years. 

 

Second Baccalaureate Degree for Bioinformatics

 

General Requirements

Students, who have satisfied the requirements for their first baccalaureate degree other than Bioinformatics at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, must complete a minimum of 30 additional semester hours at the University for a second bachelor's degree. 

Bioinformatics Requirements (92 hours)

To obtain Bioinformatics as a second bachelor’s degree, students must complete academic requirements for the degree which include 24 credit hours of IS&T courses, 11 credit hours of Math courses, 16 credit hours of Biology courses, 17 credit hours of Chemistry courses, and 24 credit hours of Bioinformatics courses. Students must consult an academic adviser prior to starting this program.  Some transfer coursework may apply; however, 30 of the last 36 hours for the degree must be registered for and carried at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

 

Second Baccalaureate Degree for Information Assurance

General Requirements

Students, who have satisfied the requirements for their first baccalaureate degree other than Information Assurance at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, must complete a minimum of 30 additional semester hours at the University for a Second Baccalaureate Degree. 

Information Assurance Requirements (85 hours)

To obtain Information Assurance as a second Bachelor’s degree, students must complete academic requirements for the degree, which include 9 credit hours of courses from the College of IS & T,  21 credit hours of Computer Science required courses, 27 credit hours of Information Assurance required courses, and 8 hours of Mathematics courses.  The student must also complete 8 credit hours of required Information Assurance electives and 12 credit hours of co-requisite courses from Criminal Justice, Database Management & Sociology provided that the first baccalaureate degree is not in Information Assurance.  Students must consult an academic adviser prior to starting this program.  Some transfer coursework may apply; however, 30 of the last 36 hours for the degree must be registered for and carried at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Second Baccalaureate Degree for IT Innovation

General Requirements

Students, who have satisfied the requirements for their first baccalaureate degree other than IT Innovation at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, must complete a minimum of 30 additional semester hours at the University for a Second Baccalaureate Degree. 

IT Innovation Requirements (84 hours)

To obtain IT Innovation as a second Bachelor’s degree, students must complete academic requirements for the degree which include 6 credit hours from Mathematics courses, 45 credit hours of IT required courses, and 33 hours of area of focus courses (approval of undergraduate program committee is required prior to course enrollment.   Students must consult an academic adviser prior to starting this program.  Some transfer coursework may apply; however, 30 of the last 36 hours for the degree must be registered for and carried at the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

 

Minors Offered

IT Innovation Minor:

The objective of the ITIN Minor is to provide students with a substantive qualification in information technology to augment their respective major and allows them to be even more innovative as to the application of IT to their learning and career choices.

 

The ITIN Minor will serve all students that have a desire to pursue their academic major and wish to supplement it with an innovative approach of IT to that major.

 

 

Other information

Admissions

Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Track (IUG) in Information Assurance

The primary purpose of this program is to provide outstanding undergraduate students in the College of IS&T an option to complete the undergraduate degree in Information Assurance (BS in IASC) and the MS in IASC graduate degree in five years (141 hours). Students pursuing undergraduate degrees in MIS or Computer Science (CSCI) with an IASC concentration may also be eligible for this track option. The IUG program is designed for dedicated students who are motivated and willing to take on early the challenges relating to graduate education.  As such, the program involves both intensive study and preparation in the IASC field.

IUG in Information Assurance Program of Study

The IUG track is a 141-hour undergraduate-graduate option that allows eligible students to work towards MS in IASC degree requirements while completing their undergraduate degree. Students interested in this option will work closely with an advisor and a faculty mentor to develop an integrated plan of study. A potential sequence of courses (plan of study) is provided in Attachment I.

General guidelines:

Time of admission to the program: Students will be eligible for admission to the integrated degree program when they have completed their junior year in the College of IS&T. Students can apply for consideration in the last part of their junior year. Students will start taking courses in the graduate program in their senior year.

Joint admission: Students must apply to and meet admission requirements of the Master’s Degree in Information Assurance.

Plan of study: In consultation with an advisor and a faculty mentor, students will be required to prepare a plan of study. The plan will cover the entire time period of the program and it will be periodically reviewed with an advisor. Students admitted to the integrated degree program will be required to complete any applicable graduate foundation courses or their equivalent undergraduate courses during their Junior/Senior years.

Advising: Students will present their plan of study in person to the Graduate Program Committee for the IA Master’s Degree program prior to being admitted to the program.

Tuition charges: Students will be required to pay graduate tuition rates when taking graduate courses.

Admission Requirements and Procedures 

  1. Students with junior standing and at least 85-90 hours of completed coursework in their undergraduate degree program may apply for admission consideration into the integrated undergraduate/graduate (IUG) track. Students pursuing undergraduate degrees in IASC are automatically eligible to apply. Students pursuing undergraduate degrees in MIS or Computer Science (CSCI) with an IASC concentration may also be eligible for this track option and can apply to the IASC GPC for permission to apply.
  2. Interested students will be required to present a “portfolio” of the following credentials. Whenever possible, candidate students will be required to present their “portfolio” in a presentation to the IUG Selection Committee
    1. Three letters of recommendations, at least two from faculty.
    2. Statement of intent—a personal statement about why the student wishes to apply for the IUG track.
    3. Undergraduate transcripts.
    4. Other supporting documents (e.g., resume, projects and papers, software, work experience, etc.) should be included where possible.
  3. Students are highly encouraged to identify and work with a faculty mentor who knows their background and can champion their application to the IUG track.
  4. All applicants will need to meet any other admission requirements established for the MS in IASC program.

Other Requirements: 

  • The application to the IUG track will be considered as a complete package and therefore obtaining a high UGPA and/or GMAT/GRE score is not a guarantee of admission.
  • Students are allowed to use a maximum of 12 hours of IASC/CSCI/CIST 8xx5 or IASC/CSCI/CIST 8xx6 courses towards the undergraduate degree. 

Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate Track (IUG) in IT Innovation

The IUG in IT Innovation from UNO and the Masters in Public Health in Biostatistics from University of Nebraska Medical Center can be completed in five years.

 

The ITIN & MHP Program of Study

THE IUG track is 144- hour undergraduate-graduate option that allows eligible students to work towards a MPH degree requirements while completing their undergraduate degree in IT Innovation.

 

Students interested in this option will work closely with an adviser and a faculty mentor to develop an integrated plan of study. 

 

General Guidelines

Time of admission to the program: Students will be eligible for admission to the integrated degree program during their sophomore year in the college of IS&T.  Student can apply for the consideration after completing at least 48 hours of coursework in their undergraduate degree. Students will start taking courses in the graduate program in their junior year. 

Joint Admission

Students must apply to and meet admission requirements of the MPH graduate program. 

Plan of Study

In consultation with an adviser and a faculty mentor, students will be required to prepare a plan of study.  The plan will cover the entire time period of the program and it will be periodically reviewed with an adviser.

Admissions

Upon acceptance in the Integrated Undergraduate/Professional B.S in IT Innovation and Master of Public Health with a concentration in Biostatistics, students advising will be done collaboratively by an adviser from UNO college of Information Science & Technology and an adviser from UNMC college of Public Health. 

Tuition Charges
Students will be required to pay graduate tuition rates when taking graduate courses.

 

Admission Requirements and Procedures

Official transcripts with a 3.5 or higher grade point average for a minimum of 48 undergraduate hours completed.

MPH Program Requirements for Admissions

  • Completion of the UNMC MPH degree application.
  • Three letters of the recommendation from academic or professional references.
  • A resume reflecting one or more years of work/volunteer history related to health and/or human services.
  • A one page personal statement describing the applicant’s interest in and potential for contributing to the field of public health and career objectives.
  • Self-assessment of the applicant’s computer, quantitative analysis and personal skills and general preparation for succeeding in a program of professional studies in public health. 

Biostatistics Concentration Prerequisites:

  • The student must have received the equivalent of at least a B (i.e. 3.00 or higher on the University of Nebraska grade scale) in a statistics course taken within 5 years of program application. 
  • In addition, differential and integral calculus as well as linear algebra, taken within the 10 years of program application with at least a B (i.e. 3.00 or higher on the University of Nebraska grade scale) grade required.
  • Admissions to the MPH program are limited to the number that can best be handled to the advantage of the students and program operations.  Preference is given to the residents of Nebraska, to individuals who wish to pursue study that can be adequately supported by MPH program resources, and to those who have adequate preparation and time for their proposed program.  The program is projected to admit up to 10 students each year. 
  • The GRE will be waived for students in the Integrated Undergraduate/Professional BS IT Innovation and MPH with a concentration in Biostatistics. 
  • Students are highly encouraged to identify and work with a faculty mentor who knows their background and can champion their application to the IUG track. 
  • All applicants will need to meet any other admission requirements established for the MPH. 

Other Requirements

  • The application to the IUG track will be considered as a complete package and therefore obtaining a high UGPA is not guarantee of admission.
  • Students are allowed to use up to 21 credit hours of graduate courses towards the undergraduate degree’s area of focus.

Contact 

For more information, contact the academic advising office at 402-554-3819.

 

Website:

http://si2.ist.unomaha.edu/?p=index