Mercer University to Offer Bachelor of Science in Informatics at Douglas County RAC

November 7, 2013

LITHIA SPRINGS, Ga. – Mercer University's College of Continuing and Professional Studies will offer its Bachelor of Science in Informatics program at the Douglas County Regional Academic Center, beginning in January 2014.

Informatics is a broad academic field, which combines solid grounding in computer programming, mathematics and statistics with study of the ethical and social science aspects of complex information systems. Students in this program develop the skills to design, implement and evaluate the next generation of information technology tools for different disciplines.

"This expansion of our very fine, contemporary, 21st century information technology and systems degree demonstrates Mercer's continuing commitment to Douglas and its surrounding counties," said Priscilla Danheiser, dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies.

In addition to general education and elective coursework, the Bachelor of Science in Informatics requires 33 semester hours in program core courses, plus 15 semester hours from one of three tracks: health information technology; web development and human-computer interaction; and general informatics. A total of 120 semester hours are required for degree completion. The College also offers a minor in informatics and a minor in digital forensics.

Serving more than 1,000 students, the College of Continuing and Professional Studies offers undergraduate and graduate academic programs and lifelong learning opportunities for adults who seek leadership roles in their communities and beyond, professional transition and advancement, and lives that have meaning and purpose.

The Bachelor of Science in Informatics program offers classes in a traditional classroom setting one night per week during an eight-week session. Students can comfortably enroll in two classes per week, and some courses are offered online, providing additional flexibility. The program also offers excellent faculty, small class sizes and individualized advising and program planning.

An information session for the new program will be offered at the Regional Academic Center at 975 Blairs Bridge Road in Lithia Springs, conveniently located off of Interstate 20, on Nov. 21, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

For more information on the Bachelor of Science in Informatics program at the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, visit

About the College of Continuing and Professional Studies

The College of Continuing and Professional Studies, established in 2003, is committed to serving non-traditional students and currently enrolls more than 1,300 students. Undergraduate, graduate and certificate programs are offered to working adult learners seeking professional advancement into leadership roles in and beyond their communities. Educational programs provide students with distinctive, multidisciplinary programs that integrate theory and practice. The College offers general education and elective courses for various colleges and schools at Mercer. Another initiative called the Bridge program is a transition program for students enrolled in Mercer's English Language Institute and other international students who desire to transition to undergraduate programs throughout the University. Areas of study include organizational leadership, counseling, school counseling, human services, human resources, informatics, public safety leadership, nursing preparation and liberal studies. Programs are offered on Mercer's campuses in Atlanta and Macon, as well as multiple regional academic centers in Douglas County, Henry County, Newnan and Eastman. To learn more, visit

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