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Information Science & Arts

Bachelor of Arts

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We live in the Information Age. The new leaders of the 21st century will be those who can access and manage information and extract meaning from the stream of digital data coming at us 24/7. The opportunities to ride the wave of information now belong to students in every discipline. The School of Information: Science, Technology, and Arts (SISTA) teaches students to understand the computational aspects of any discipline and provides expertise and promotes research in computational methods and thinking across disciplines. SISTA will teach you to recognize and understand the computational needs of a discipline and to work with the practitioners of that discipline to develop novel solutions to emerging problems. Our degrees provide students with the broad interdisciplinary knowledge and skills necessary to function effectively and flexibly as part of an information-based workforce. We are in the midst of an information revolution. If you can dream it, SISTA can help you get there!

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Website: http://sista.arizona.edu/
Math Required:

Moderate

    The M-strand is for students who require mathematical facility at the level of at least MATH 110 (Collegiate Algebra). This strand involves reasonable facility with algebra and algebraic functions, graphs, and simple modeling. Students who choose the M-strand are prepared for further mathematical work. This work may include LING 178 (The Mathematics of Language and Linguistics), MATH 114 (Finite Mathematics), MATH 113 (Elements of Calculus), or a statistics class from outside the Mathematics Department, such as ISTA 116 (Statistical Foundations for the Information Age) or SBS 200 (Statistics for the Social Sciences).
Moderate
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2017 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
1st Semester
ENGL 101 First-Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Math 3
2nd Semester
ENGL 102 First-Year Composition 3
Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
ISTA 100 Great Ideas of the Information Age 3
3rd Semester
Tier I General Education 3
Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
ISTA 130 Computational Thinking and Doing 4
4th Semester
Tier II General Education 3
Second Language 4
Tier II General Education 3
ISTA 116 Statistical Foundations for the Information Age 3
ISTA 161 Ethics in a Digital World 3
5th Semester
ISTA 131 Dealing with Data 4
Society 3
Research Methods and Data Analysis 3
Computantial Arts and Media 3
Minor Course 3
6th Semester
Computantial Arts and Media 3
Computantial Arts and Media 3
Minor Course 3
Intensive Computing 3
Minor Course 3
7th Semester
Computantial Arts and Media 3
Upper Division Elective 3
Independent Study, Directed Research, or Internship 3
Minor Course 3
8th Semester
ISTA 498 Senior Capstone 3
Minor Course 3
Minor Course 3
Upper Division Elective 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 aztransfer.com

  • 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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