The term informatics is broadly used to describe the study and practice of creating, storing, finding, manipulating, and sharing information. It uses computation as a universal tool to solve problems in other fields, to communicate, and to express ideas. Informatics is not a computer science minor; rather, it focuses on computing in the interdisciplinary context of system administration, software development, information management and educational technology.
Courses in the Informatics minor are primarily offered online. Some of the CSCV courses are offered in-person in Cochise County; however, the Computer Science Department at main campus may offer the same-numbered course in an in-person format (see CSC) to satisfy some of the elective course requirements in the minor.