Information Science Major

The major in information science may be taken toward either the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree awards. The B.A. requires 13 courses and the B.S. requires two additional courses.

Course Title Credits
Required Courses (both B.A. and B.S.)
CISC 1100Structures of Computer Science3 to 4
or CISC 1400 Discrete Structures
CISC 1600
CISC 1610
Computer Science I
and Computer Science I Lab 1
CISC 2201Systems Analysis4
CISC 2350Information and Web Programming4
CISC 2500Information and Data Management4
CISC 2850Computer and Data Analysis4
CISC 3500Database Systems4
CISC 3850Information Retrieval Systems4
CISC 4020Bioinformatics4
CISC 4615Data Communications and Networks4
CISC 4631Data Mining4
Select two electives 2
Additional courses required for the Bachelor of Science
CISC 3300Internet and Web Programming4
One cybersecurity course
Cybersecurity and Applications
Secure Cyber Networks
Forensic Computing
Computer Security Systems

Students who take CISC 1600 during Fordham's Summer Session do not take CISC 1610, as the summer lecture and lab are offered in a combined format.


Elective courses are selected from department courses in consultation with a department adviser. One of the electives must be numbered 2000 or above, while the other must be 3000 or above, excluding CISC 4001 Computers and Robots in Film, CISC 4650 Cyberspace: Issues and Ethics, and CISC 4660 Minds, Machines, and Society.


The major in information science is available at Fordham College at Rose Hill and Fordham College at Lincoln Center. Students in Fordham's School of Professional and Continuing Studies may major in information science only if their schedules are sufficiently flexible to permit them to take day courses at the Rose Hill or Lincoln Center campuses. Effective Spring 2020, the major in Information Science has been suspended, and is not accepting new major declarations.

Fordham College at Rose Hill students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Fordham College at Lincoln Center students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the Core Curriculum.

Professional and Continuing Studies students: The requirements above are in addition to those of the PCS Core Curriculum and any additional electives that may be required to earn a minimum of 124 credits.

CIP Code

11.0101 - Computer and Information Sciences, General.

You can use the CIP code to learn more about career paths associated with this field of study and, for international students, possible post-graduation visa extensions. Learn more about CIP codes and other information resources.