The School of Informatics offers a Bachelor of Science in Informatics, a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Arts and Science, and an Associate of Science degree in Media Arts and Technology.
The very nature of these degrees, with the changing technologies and applications, requires that the content of each degree be continuously assessed and revised. Therefore, the faculty of the School of Informatics will periodically review and revise the curricula to ensure that students are prepared to meet contemporary workplace and intellectual demands. Please contact the School of Informatics office, or refer to our Web site at www.informatics.indiana.edu, www.informatics.iupui.edu, or newmedia.iupui.edu to confirm current program requirements.
Students wishing to major in informatics must be admitted to Indiana University and first enter the University Division at IUB. Freshmen should begin to satisfy specific degree requirements in the first year. Undergraduates who wish to be admitted to the School of Informatics must first satisfy the following requirements:
After students have been admitted by the Enrollment Center at IUPUI, the specific school in which they intend to pursue a degree also must admit them. The School of Informatics welcomes nontraditional students and students entering directly from high school if they wish to pursue an informatics degree and meet the school's requirements for admission.
Students who have not yet determined their major area of study or who plan to eventually enroll in a professional school may seek admission through the University College.
Students who are contemplating degrees in professional areas can benefit from the advice and counsel of informatics faculty at the outset of their academic careers. The School of Informatics office works individually with undecided students and draws on the expert counsel of IUPUI's Career and Employment Office. The School of Informatics maintains close contact with the University College.
All students entering the School of Informatics' New Media Program must be admitted officially to the university by the Enrollment Center either at IUPUI or enrolled at another Indiana University campus as a degree-seeking student. After students have been admitted to IUPUI, the specific school in which they intend to pursue a degree must also admit them. The New Media Program welcomes nontraditional students and students entering directly from high school if they wish to pursue a new media degree and meet the school's requirements for admission.
High school students should file applications early in their senior year. Students who have been out of high school for two or more years need not provide SAT or ACT scores.
Citizens of other countries and recent immigrants should ask the Enrollment Center for the International Application for Admission.
With all applications for admission, a $35 nonrefundable fee is required. Checks should be payable to IUPUI.
Admission to IUPUI is usually open throughout the year; however, students who are not admitted and have not taken the placement test in time to receive counseling may not be able to register until a later semester. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to complete their applications and testing as soon as possible. Counseling is available. Direct all questions about admissions to:
Students with Disabilities
Students who are contemplating advanced degrees in professional areas can benefit from the advice and counsel of new media faculty at the outset of their academic careers. The New Media Program Office works individually with undecided students and draws on the expert counsel of IUPUI's Career Center. Moreover, undecided students can take advantage of peer counseling; well-qualified, successful undergraduates in new media are available to share their perspectives on a more informal and immediate basis. The New Media Program maintains close contact with University College, and undecided students can take advantage of the services and expertise of both units regardless of their formal admission to one unit or the other.
Direct Admission to New Media
Undecided students are advised through the New Media Program Office or University College, which works with students individually to select courses and, eventually, majors.
To be eligible for direct admission, applicants must meet the general university and campus requirements. Additionally, freshmen must have a combined SAT I (or equivalent) test score of 800. Applicants who have been out of high school two or more years are not required to submit test scores, although the standardized tests are highly recommended. Evaluation of students who request admission without presenting test scores will be made on an individual basis.
Applicants who do not qualify for direct admission may be considered for probationary admission to the University College. Students who qualify for probationary admission according to campus guidelines may be admitted directly to the New Media Program on a probationary status according to the procedures described in the following section.
Probationary Admission to New Media
At the discretion of the dean, the New Media Program may admit on a probationary basis those students who do not meet the minimum requirements for direct admission. To be considered for probationary admission, students must be in the upper two-thirds of their high school graduating class and have combined SAT I scores of at least 650. Such students are counseled through the New Media Program Office and remain on probation until they have successfully raised their cumulative grade point average to 2.0 (C) and satisfied any other limitations set. Students admitted on probationary status become eligible for dismissal if they fail to achieve a minimum GPA of 2.3 during each semester until they have reached a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C). Students who do not achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) after two semesters, or 24 credit hours, will be dismissed.
Application materials and additional information are available from:
International students should request the International Application for Admission from:
Students also may contact the School of Informatics for additional information:
Priority Dates for Application for Admission to Indiana University Bloomington
Priority Dates for Application for Admission to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
The School of Informatics and New Media Program provides counseling services to assist students in planning their study. Students who have chosen a major are assigned an advisor and should make an appointment with that advisor prior to each registration period to discuss long-term goals as well as specific course work for the upcoming semester. Consulting an advisor is a semester-by-semester obligation of students to ensure ongoing progress toward a degree.
Students, however, are responsible for their progress. They should be thoroughly familiar with the general requirements for an informatics degree or a new media degree. Students are urged to complete most of their general education requirements during the freshman and sophomore years.
In planning a program, students should refer to both the Schedule of Classes and this bulletin. Special attention should be paid to course descriptions and prerequisites. This bulletin identifies prerequisites with a "P"; corequisites with a "C"; and recommended courses with an "R". Students should not enroll in courses for which they do not have the prerequisites. Instructors may require a student to drop a class if the student has not fulfilled the prerequisites.
Transfers from Other Undergraduate Schools on the IUB Campus
Transfers from Other Undergraduate Schools on the IUPUI Campus
Transfers within the School of Informatics on the IUB and IUPUI Campuses
Transfers from Other Indiana University Campuses
Transfers from Other Colleges and Universities to IUB
The Office of Admissions at IUB will determine acceptance of credit from other institutions. The dean of the School of Informatics will determine the applicability of credit toward degree requirements. Please consult "Undergraduate Admissions Policy" in the Indiana University General Policy and Fee Information section of this bulletin for more information about transfers from other colleges and universities.
Transfers from other College and Universities to IUPUI
The Enrollment Center at IUPUI will determine acceptance of credit from other institutions. The dean of the School of Informatics, or the New Media Program Office, will determine the applicability of credits toward degree requirements. Please consult "Undergraduate Admissions Policy" in the Indiana University General Policy and Fee Information section of this bulletin for more information about transfers from other colleges and universities.
Transfer Credit Rules
From Final Examinations
From Scheduled Classes
With prior approval, the School of Informatics will accept a maximum of two courses (6 credit hours total) by correspondence study to count toward the degree requirements. Only General Elective courses may be taken by correspondence.
Candidates for graduation must file an application with the school by March 1 for December graduation and October 1 for May, June, or August graduation. Credits for all course work, except that of the current semester, must be recorded on the candidate's Indiana University transcript at least one month prior to the date of graduation.
Candidates for the bachelor's degree in informatics have the right to complete the degree requirements specified by the bulletin in effect at the time they entered Indiana University, provided that the required courses are available and that no more than eight calendar years have elapsed since the date of entry.
The following grades carry no grade points: I (Incomplete), NC (No Credit), NR (No Report Filed by Instructor), P (Passing), R (Deferred), S (Satisfactory), W (Withdrawn).
Grade Point Average
Change of Grade
It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor to have a grade of Incomplete assigned. The instructor specifies the work to be done to remove the grade of Incomplete and the period of time allowed for completion. If the student fails to remove the Incomplete within one calendar year, the Office of the Registrar will change the grade to an F. The dean (or instructor) authorizes adjustments of this period in exceptional circumstances. A student who has received a grade of Incomplete should not register for the course a second time but should arrange with the instructor to have the grade changed to a letter grade upon completion of requirements, provided that it is done within the year.
The School of Informatics will calculate FX grades as grades of F for internal purposes and degree requirements. This calculation will apply to all categories of academic standing (good standing, probation and dismissal), class rank, and all grade point average requirements in the degree, including cumulative, semester, and major concentrations.
A student may use the FX option for purposes of the university transcript. An undergraduate student who has repeated a course previously failed may request to have only the second grade in that course counted in the student's grade point average as entered on the student's transcript. A student may exercise this FX option for no more than three courses, totaling no more than 10 credit hours. A student may use the FX option on the transcript only once for a given course. Requests for approval of FX courses should be made in consultation with the student's advisor or the New Media Program recorder.
A student may retake a course for which he or she receives a grade below an A during the first 45 hours of coursework. A student may exercise this option for no more than three courses, totaling no more than 10 credit hours. A student may use the Extended X option on the transcript only once for a given course.
Only courses attempted during or after the fall 2001 term will be eligible for replacement under the Extended-X policy. Students enrolled at IU prior to fall 2001 may replace courses under the Extended-X policy or under the FX policy. The following grades cannot be replaced under the Extended-X policy: S, P, W, I, R, NC.
A grade of W does not affect the overall grade point average. A grade of F will be recorded on the official transcript if a student stops attending but does not officially withdraw from class. Students who alter their schedules, whether at their own initiative or by departmental directive, must follow withdrawal procedures. Students who do not assume this responsibility are jeopardizing their records because they will incur a failing grade in a course not properly dropped and will not receive credit for work done in a course not properly added.
Students who are forced to discontinue all studies during the semester (even if enrolled in only one course) and withdraw from the University must contact the Student Advocates Office in Franklin Hall 206 in order to complete the withdrawal process.
At IUB, if a student withdraws after the first week of classes, the courses in which the student was enrolled will be retained on the student's record with a grade of W or F (as appropriate) and a notation of the date of withdrawal. To qualify for a grade of W after the deadline, a student must be passing the course(s) on the date of withdrawal. If the student is failing, the grade on the date of withdrawal will be F.
Upon notification from the IUPUI registrar's office that a student has accumulated eight (8) or more W's, the School of Informatics will send a letter of concern to the student, requesting an explanation. This notification will likewise remind students that their record of withdrawals from courses may jeopardize financial aid. Students with 10 W's may be regarded as not making the "reasonable academic progress" required to maintain eligibility for financial aid, and lack of such progress constitutes grounds for denying further financial aid.
A student is in good academic standing for an Indiana University bachelor's degree when his or her semester grade point average is a minimum of 2.0 (C) for the last semester's course work and when his or her cumulative grade point average is at least 2.0 (C). Students must be in good academic standing to graduate.
Freshman, fewer than 26 credits
A typical full-time academic load is 12 to 17 credit hours per semester, with the average load being approximately 15 credit hours. Students who expect to carry more than 17 credit hours a semester should have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (B), and have approval from an academic advisor or dean.
Students will be placed on academic probation if their cumulative or semester grade point average (semester grade index) is below 2.0. After one semester on probation, students who fail to return to good academic standing will be placed on critical probation. At the discretion of the dean, these students can be dismissed. If a student is given the opportunity to enroll under critical probation, the School of Informatics will establish strict conditions that must be met before that student will be allowed to register for future classes.
Students can be dismissed if they fail to return to good academic standing after one semester on critical probation. Students may also be dismissed if, in the opinion of the dean, they are not making satisfactory progress toward their degree.
Students eligible for dismissal will be notified in writing that they have been dismissed and will be withdrawn from classes for which they have registered.
Dismissed students must petition the dean of the School of Informatics for readmission. A Petition for Readmission form must be filed by July 15 for fall, November 15 for spring, and April 15 for summer readmission. A student who has been dismissed for the second time is eligible to return to school only after being out of school for one regular semester and having petitioned successfully. A third dismissal is final. Dismissed students whose petitions are denied will not be allowed to register.
A faculty member who has evidence that a student is guilty of cheating or plagiarism will initiate the process of determining the student's guilt or innocence. No penalty will be imposed until the student has been informed of the charge and of the evidence on which it is based and has been given an opportunity to present a defense. If the faculty member finds the student guilty, the faculty member assesses a penalty within the course and promptly reports the case in writing to the dean of the school or comparable head of the academic unit. The report should include the names of any other students who may be involved in the incident and recommendations for further action. The dean, in consultation with the faculty member if the latter so desires, will initiate any further disciplinary proceedings and inform the faculty member of any action taken. In every case, a record of the offenses remains on file.
For further regulations, please refer to the IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.
All academic personnel (faculty, part-time instructors, and advisors) are expected to conform to the Code of Academic Ethics published in the Indiana University Academic Handbook. Students who feel that they have been treated unfairly by a faculty member may lodge a complaint by following these steps: (1) Discuss the matter with the faculty member or instructor. (2) If step 1 fails to resolve the situation, discuss the matter with the chairperson of the department or the coordinator of the program in which the faculty member is employed. The departmental chairperson will discuss it with the faculty member and seek some resolution. (3) If step 2 fails, the student may discuss the matter or file a written, signed complaint with the dean. Anonymous complaints will not be entertained. A copy of any written complaint will be forwarded to the faculty member, who may respond in writing. (4) When warranted, the dean may refer a written complaint and the faculty member's response to the Faculty Affairs Committee for further investigation and review. (5) The Faculty Affairs Committee will evaluate the complaint on the basis of university policy and may recommend to the dean that the instructor be sanctioned. If the committee finds the complaint to be unfounded, a letter to that effect may be placed in the student's file.