Undergraduate Minors

Minor in animal-computer interaction

The ways animals use and benefit from technology are the focus of our minor in animal-computer interaction. Students can learn how technology can improve the lives and health of animals in the wild, in zoos, on farms, in shelters, or in our homes. This minor will teach you how to put cutting-edge technology to use for core areas of research on animal cognition, wildlife and poacher tracking and monitoring, maker applications for animals, and more.

This minor requires five courses:

  • ABEH-A 101 Introduction to Animal Behavior
  • INFO-I 216 Human, Animals, and Artificial Intelligence
  • INFO-I 411 Animal-Computer Interaction Methods
  • INFO-I 414 Seminar in Animal-Computer Interaction
  • A selective from a list in the Luddy academic bulletin 

Visit the complete degree requirements in Luddy's academic bulletin.

If you are an informatics major, this minor fulfills the requirement for the animal-computer interaction cognate.

Learn more about the animal-computer interaction minor.

Minor in human-centered computing

People develop and change technology, which in turn changes people. With this minor, you’ll have a chance to explore:

  • The role of design in the creation of new technology
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Multimedia technology
  • Legal, ethical, and organizational implications of technology

Learn more about the classes required for this minor in Luddy's academic bulletin.

If you’re an informatics major, this minor fulfills the requirements for the human-centered computing cognate.

Minor in human-computer interaction/design

With a focus on conceptual knowledge and hands-on experience in human-computer interaction/design, this minor will give students an opportunity to build a skillset that will allow them to build on majors in the social sciences, humanities, and business. Students aren’t required to know how to program before entering the minor, but they will learn how to design and develop technology with the user in mind.

Explore this minor by taking one of the required courses:

  • INFO-I 245 Interaction Design Thinking
  • INFO-I 246 Use and Usability
  • INFO-I 345 Interaction Design Research
  • INFO-I 346 Prototyping and Evaluation

Visit the Luddy academic bulletin for detailed requirements.

Minor in informatics

Having a working knowledge of the application of technology (a.k.a. informatics) will come in handy in no matter what career you pursue. You can choose from a long list of informatics courses that will let you tailor this minor to your own career goals and interests.

Students must take a minimum of 17 credit hours, including INFO-I101 Introduction to Informatics. Learn more about the requirements in the Luddy academic bulletin.

Looking for something more in depth than a minor? Explore our certificate in informatics.

Minor in security informatics

Learn the basics of programming and study the challenges of cybersecurity with this minor. You’ll get a good background in information security techniques while you learn about the effects that cybersecurity—and the tactics used to subvert it—have on humanity.

Students must complete 16 credit hours for this minor, including:

  • CSCI-C 291 System Programming with C and Unix
  • INFO-I 130 Introduction to Cybersecurity
  • INFO-I 230 Analytical Foundation of Security
  • INFO-I 231/CSCI-C 231 Introduction to the Mathematics of Cybersecurity
  • INFO-I 430/CSCI-B 430 Security for Networked Systems
  • INFO-I 433/CSCI-B 433 Systems & Protocol Security & Information Assurance

Visit the Luddy academic bulletin for more details.

If you’re an informatics major, this minor fulfills the requirements for the security cognate.

Minor in virtual reality

Virtual Reality (VR) is a powerful technology for creating simulated experiences. These experiences can range from highly realistic (visiting a museum) to abstract (visualizing molecular phenomena). VR can also be used to create augmented realities in which digital objects appear to mix with the real world. VR technology is now used in a diverse array of fields, including education, research, medicine, law enforcement training, digital heritage, diversity and inclusion training, and more. VR is also widely used in the current generation of artificial intelligence research, allowing researchers to embody artificial agents in life-like physical environments.

This 15-credit minor will teach students how to make VR applications and enter a rapidly growing marketplace focused on building immersive experiences. The minor requires five courses:

  • INFO-I 304 Introduction to Virtual Reality
  • INFO-I 442 Creating Virtual Assets
  • INFO-I 443 Building Virtual Worlds
  • INFO-I 444 Artificial Life in VR
  • A selective from a list in the Luddy academic bulletin

Visit the complete degree requirements in Luddy's academic bulletin.

If you are an informatics major, this minor fulfills the requirement for the virtual reality cognate.

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