Trustees approve new degrees
Dec. 1, 2016
The Indiana University Board of Trustees approved three new degrees, including one that will help meet the demand for computer science graduates in north-central Indiana and another that will provide students in southeastern Indiana with a multidisciplinary approach to arts and humanities.
The board also approved a Master of Science in Dentistry in cariology and operative dentistry in the IU School of Dentistry.
The degrees approved by the trustees still await final approval by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education.
IU Kokomo will offer a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, reflecting the priorities of that campus' strategic plan: prepare students for a 21st-century global economy by delivering innovative and relevant academic programs.
A survey conducted by IU Kokomo shows 60 percent of business owners and technology workers believe there is a need for more computer science graduates in north-central Indiana. The new program will meet economic and job-development needs in the region.
A Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies in arts and humanities will be offered at IU Southeast. Students in the program will not only complete coursework in multiple areas of study but develop an understanding of how those fields can work together. Such interdisciplinary thinking is rapidly gaining value in many fields of study as well as in the job market, where people are constantly required to find new solutions to problems.
The degree has the advantage of serving as a flexible 2+2 program for students coming out of local community or technical colleges and will help many undergraduates at the campus complete their degrees on time, without taking on additional debt or delaying employment.
Dental caries (cavities) is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the world, with 90 percent of adults experiencing the disease at some point in their lifetime. Although largely preventable, treatment of this disease has long centered on the post-affliction “drilling and filling” of cavities. The new graduate program in the IU School of Dentistry seeks to use scientific knowledge regarding dental caries to shift from a restorative model of treatment to a preventive model of disease management for patients and their communities.The program will contribute to the dental school's mission of advancing the oral and general overall health of Hoosiers and others worldwide through excellence in teaching, learning and research.