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Applied Science: Informatics Emphasis: Software Development Track

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Applied Science: Informatics Emphasis: Software Development Track

Bachelor of Applied Science

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The term Informatics is broadly used to describe the study and practice of creating, storing, finding, manipulating and sharing information. It uses computation as a universal tool to solve problems in other fields, to communicate, and to express ideas. Informatics is not equivalent to general Computer Science (CS) but concentrates instead on the upper layers of the CS discipline and moves away from a focus on computers alone to a focus on computing in context. Informatics students develop a strong base of theoretical and practical interdisciplinary experiences. Students working towards a BAS degree in Informatics will learn the core ideas of Informatics in a discipline-independent form, then in the context of specific focus areas including system administration, software development, information management, and educational technology.

Major Details

College: University of Arizona South
Admissions Requirements:

As a 2+2 program partnering with community colleges and offering the second two years of the degree program only, this major has additional admission criteria. Please see the UA South website for more information.

Math Required:


    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
Second Language Required:

2 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of second-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion with a C or better of a second semester course at the post-secondary level.
  • An AP (Advanced Placement), IB (International Baccalaureate) or CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) language score determined by the individual language department.
  • In the College of Engineering by a method determined within the College; however, all students in the college must also take a language placement examination on entrance to the University.
2 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • UA Online
  • UA Douglas
  • UA South Online
  • UA Pinal
  • UA Pima
  • UA Santa Cruz
  • UA Sierra Vista
  • UA South Yuma

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
4th Semester
Student needs 60 completed units to begin BAS sequence 60
ENGL 101 3
ENGL 102 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
Community College Math 3
5th Semester
ENGV 308 3
BASV 314 3
INFV 401 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
6th Semester
BASV 319 3
BASV 316 3
INFV 310 3
CSCV 381 or 352 3
INFV 320 3
Tier II General Education 3
7th Semester
INFV 302 3
CSCV 337 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
8th Semester
CSCV 335 3
INFV 498 3
Critical Thinking Course 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

The knowledge of analysis, applied mathematics, statistics, human user interaction, and system and web programming, gained from a major in Informatics with a concentration in Software Development, provides graduates a solid career foundation. Graduates are well prepared to work in computer programming, computer operation and support, web design, and information literacy instructional service. Some of the job titles listed below may require an advanced degree.    

Potential Career Areas

  • Editorial/Media
  • Consulting and advising
  • Information and technology management
  • Software development
  • System programming
  • Web design
  • Data processing and update

Sample Employers

  • Web design companies
  • Information technology consulting firms
  • Software development companies
  • Software localization service companies
  • Online business companies
  • Online publishing companies
  • Computer and application service providers

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Software Developer, Applications $55,190 - $90,060
Software Developer, Systems Software $55,190 - $85,500
Web Developer $33,550 - $62,500
Software Quality Assurance Engineer and Tester $37,699 - $49,690
Software Engineer $53,720 - $85,430
Computer User Support Specialist $27,780 - $46,620
Desktop Publisher $19,740 - $37,040
Computer Operator $22,820 - $38,870
Help Desk Analyst $34,930 - $59,090
Educational Software Developer $55,190 - $90,060
Video Game Softvware Test Engineer $45,000 - $79,980
Instructional Designer and Technologist $27,830 - $82,690
Computer Trainer $32,190 - $56,850
Online/Web Project Manager $85,000 - $155,000
Internet Advertising Designer $40,000 - $60,000
Internet Applications Programmer $42,850 - $74,280