IU Board of Trustees approves new degrees

Aug. 12, 2016

The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved new degrees that are designed to meet the growing needs of students as well as Hoosiers who live in communities around the state served by its core and regional campuses. 

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The degrees approved by the trustees still await final approval by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. | Photo By INDIANA UNIVERSITY

The degrees approved by the trustees still await final approval by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.

For example, six degrees being offered at IU Bloomington, IU Northwest and IU South Bend and through IU Online will help address shortages of health and wellness professionals, including biochemistry, which is increasingly becoming an important discipline for medicine, and medical imaging.

The Kelley School of Business, the Maurer School of Law and the School of Informatics and Computing at IU Bloomington will together offer a new Master of Science degree in cybersecurity risk management, which is becoming increasingly essential to executives and leaders across an array of industries, sectors and nations.

The School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI will expand its expertise and offerings in applied linguistics and English as a Second Language through a new Master of Science degree.

A new Bachelor of Arts in international studies at IU East will provide students in East Central Indiana with an opportunity to better understand global dynamics and how their region is connected to a global web of cultures, businesses and ideas.

“The regional campuses are continuing to actively develop and collaborate together on degree programs that respond to regional needs, including online degrees which also provide flexibility for Hoosier students,” said John S. Applegate, IU executive vice president for university academic affairs.

For example, the new degree offerings at IU Northwest will effectively leverage resources in medical education that have been developed on that campus in response to area needs, Applegate said. At IU South Bend, the Vera Z. Dwyer College of Health Sciences similarly has been working to address shortages in qualified clinical laboratory scientists.

A new Master of Science degree in health physics will complement and expand what is currently being offered at IU Bloomington by the Department of Physics in the College of Arts and Sciences. The School of Public Health-Bloomington has developed a unique Bachelor of Science in public health, fitness and wellness.

“The new cybersecurity risk management degree draws upon our historic strengths in informatics, business and law, and positions us to better prepare returning students for the careers of the future,” IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel said. “Other proposed new degrees in health fields reflect an increasing demand for professionals in the rapidly expanding areas of health physics and public health and wellness.”

Here is a more detailed summary of the degrees approved by IU trustees:

  • Master of Science in cybersecurity risk management, IU Bloomington, which will have an interdisciplinary approach that will incorporate coursework in secure computing and partnerships with various units across the campus, including the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research.
  • Master of Science in health physics, IU Bloomington, which is designed for students with professional interests in radiation protection and preventing accidental exposure to humans.
  • Bachelor of Science in public health, fitness and wellness, IU Bloomington, which will prepare students to develop physical activity and exercise programs for healthy people and those who have medically controlled diseases.
  • Master of Arts in teaching English to speakers of other languages, IUPUI, which builds on coursework that has been in place since 1985 to address an expected need for those with TESOL degrees, because of language proficiencies among a growing U.S. immigrant population.
  • Bachelor of Arts in international studies, IU East, which is expected to help graduates compete in a local job market driven by an increasing number of employers with international ties.
  • Bachelor of Science in applied health science, which is delivered online by IU East, IU Northwest, IU Southeast, IU South Bend and IU Kokomo and is designed for those with an Associate of Science or an Associate of Arts degree in health science.
  • Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry and Bachelor of Science in biochemistry, IU Northwest, which will build on the strengths of the campus’s life-science program, including the departments of chemistry, biology and psychology and the medical school.
  • Bachelor of Science in medical imaging technology, which delivered online by IU Northwest and provides a more affordable option for those seeking online completion programs for radiologic technology professionals.
  • Bachelor of Science in clinical laboratory science, IU South Bend, which will prepare graduates to work in various departments in clinical laboratories, including hematology, immunology, phlebotomy and molecular diagnostics.

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