The Information School

Major category: Capacity-constrained

Curricular options: Human-Computer Interaction, Information Architecture, Information Assurance & Cybersecurity, Biomedical & Health Informatics, Data Science

Topic: Arts, Business, Computing, Engineering-option

Informatics is the study of people, information, and technology. Students are prepared to design, build, manage, and secure information systems that make a difference in society, organizations, and individual lives. The curriculum uses an experiential learning approach that emphasizes problem solving, group work, research, writing, oral presentations, and technology. Degree options in Human-Computer Interaction, Information Assurance and Cybersecurity, Data Science, and Information Architecture are available.

* A small percentage of students are admitted to this major directly as freshmen. The majority will be admitted through the standard admission process after enrolling at the UW.

website   Degree requirements


Freshmen can apply to the UW to begin autumn quarter or winter quarter (U.S. applicants only)

Read more about applying to the UW as a freshman, including details for programs that provide high school student with college credit (like Running Start).


Quarters of general admisson to UW: autumn / winter (U.S. applicants only) / spring / summer

Preparation for the major is a factor in transfer admission.

  • Use MyMajor to help you prepare for this degree.
  • Visit MyPlan to run a degree audit.
  • Use the UW Equivalency Guide to find out how courses taken at a Washington state community or technical college will transfer to the UW.

Read more about applying to the UW as a transfer student.

Career outcomes