As a student in the Bachelor of Science in Informatics (BSI) program, you will acquire a robust theoretical foundation in core IT fields and extensive practical learning in a range of industry-standard and emerging technologies. You'll also develop the project management, critical thinking and communication skills that are part of the portfolio of qualifications of today’s well-rounded, versatile IT professional.
Strengths of the BSI Program
The BSI combines a robust foundation in the core areas of Informatics with the option to specialize in one of the five most sought-out fields of Information Technology, or compete the degree in Informatics without specialization:
- Computer Networks and Security
- Information Systems
- Application & Game Development
- Computer Science
- Computer Engineering
- Informatics [without specialization]
You’ll benefit from an exceptional set of program features:
- You’ll be taught by a team of impassioned technologists, scientists and expert practitioners.
- Along with the IT competencies you acquire, you’ll also enhance your soft skills such as written and oral communications, project management and critical reasoning
- With faculty mentoring, small-sized classes and hand-on learning in labs, you receive personal attention to your needs and the opportunities to develop your talents and strengths.
- Solid ties to the local IT market and international certifications from vendors such as Cisco and Microsoft, the BSI will equip you with the skills that companies are looking for today.
BSI Career Paths
The program provides a well-rounded education in which you not only acquire professional skills, but also develop character, intellectual breadth, social skills and self-confidence. You’ll acquire the credentials needed to build a career in Informatics. Depending on your specialization, potential career paths include:
- IT administrators
- Support engineers
- Network and system administrators
- Software engineers and application developers
- Web developers
- Database administrators
You’ll also be prepared to continue your studies at the graduate level.
More about the BSI program
You will need to complete a total of 40 courses plus a Capstone Project (121 credits) to earn a Bachelor of Science in Informatics degree. Full-time students may complete the program in 8 semesters, while part-time students will need between 5 to 8 years to complete their degree, depending on the number of courses taken each semester. An academic year includes two semesters, each semester running for 15 weeks. Consult the Hellenic American University website for a detailed list and description of courses in the degree program.
In addition to the courses you take for the major in Informatics you can select courses to earn a minor in one of several fields, as well as courses that will let you earn professional vendor-specific certifications as an IT professional, software [or applications] developer, network specialist and project manager.
BSI Recommended Minors
- Minor in Networking
- Minor in Information Technology
- Minor in Project Management
- Minor in Entrepreneurship
- Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) IT infrastructure Track
- Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Database Track
- Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Developer Track
- Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
On completing your studies for the Informatics degree, you will:
- Have built a solid, broad-based theoretical foundation in each of the main areas of IT (networking, application development and system administration) that will enable you to work anywhere in the life cycle of IT projects, from pre-sales to deployment and technical support.
- Acquired skills and competencies in one or more areas of specialization of your choice, along with the relevant internationally recognized professional certificates.
- Developed a portfolio of work you’ve done for projects during your studies (a smartphone app, for example, or a map-based application) that demonstrates your skills and knowledge to future employers.
- Developed excellent written and spoken communication skills in English, especially in the area of technical communications.
- Be able to anticipate the changing direction of information technology and evaluate and communicate the likely usefulness of new technologies to an individual or organization.
- Have the knowledge and skills to continue for graduate studies in the field.