The information science program at Elon teaches students to apply state-of-the-art tools and techniques for transforming a barrage of data to consistent, trusted, and relevant information that can provide insight and support decision making. The hands-on program provides a solid foundation in programming, data, interface design, and statistics. Because of its interdisciplinary nature, information science complements a variety of majors and minors.
The information science discipline centers on using technology to solve a wide-range of complex problems that involve capturing, analyzing, visualizing, and managing large sets of data. Every day more than 15 petabytes (15 quadrillion bytes) of data are generated around the world.
Information scientists are concerned with creating intelligence from the data that can be used to solve complex problems like mapping the shrinking polar ice sheets, tracking the spread of infectious disease, understanding customer buying patterns, and helping people manage their health.