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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

Math Required:


    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).
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 2011-2016 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
1st Semester
ISTA 100 Great Ideas of the Info Age 3
First Semester Second Language 4
ENGL 101 First Year Composition 3
MATH 112 College Algebra 4
2nd Semester
ISTA 116 Statistic Foundations Info Age 3
ISTA 120 Dealing with Data 4
ENGL 102 First Year Composition 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
3rd Semester
ISTA 130 Computational Thinking & Doing 4
ISTA 161 Ethics in a Digital World 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
4th Semester
ISTA Thematic Area 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
5th Semester
Foundations, Representations, and Algorithms Course 3
ISTA Thematic Area 3
Tier II General Education 4
Tier II General Education 3
Minor 3
6th Semester
ISTA 370 Research Methods for Info Age 3
ISTA Elective - Upper Divison 3
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Minor 3
7th Semester
ISTA Indiv Study 3
ISTA Elective - Upper Divison 3
ISTA Elective - Upper Divison 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
8th Semester
ISTA Senior Project 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
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

  • 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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