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KU looking to add new computer science degree program

December 6, 2010


Kansas University is seeking approval of a new computer science degree program.

The issue will be considered by the Kansas Board of Regents during its Dec. 15-16 meeting.

The proposed bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary computing is in response to the need for students who can integrate computing with other subjects.

The program will offer five areas of specialization: astronomy, chemistry, biology, geography and physics.

“This is a program where students can excel in two fields, computing and another field,” said Arvan Agah, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science.

KU officials say the program can be established at no additional cost because current faculty, academic support services, facilities and equipment already are in place.

Regents members on the Academic Affairs Committee said they liked what they heard about the proposal.

“This is responding to student needs,” said Regent Dick Hedges of Fort Scott.


akuna 7 years, 4 months ago

An still no specialization for the largest computer science field in existence today, web application development. Way to stay with the times KU.

drewnon 7 years, 4 months ago

Web dev isn't something that takes 4 or 5 years to learn.

MyName 7 years, 4 months ago

I agree with drewnon, though it would be nice if they had at least a course that covered the whole XML/XHTML+PHP+Scripting type stuff.

MyName 7 years, 4 months ago

ugh, I mean SQL not php as php is scripting.

AtHomeInLawrence 7 years, 4 months ago

Web application development is a field within computer science, not a separate field (which is the focus of this article), and is represented within the standard computer science curriculum.

somemisfits 7 years, 4 months ago

Web application development is something you can learn in 24 hours from a $19.95 book at Borders. No need for a degree in it.

ClaroAtaxia 7 years, 4 months ago

You might be able to learn it in 24 hours IF you are already familiar with a programming language and understand the basic concepts of markup. Then you'll spend the next 5 years trying to figure out why Internet Explorer does it just a little different, lol.

Agreed though, KU has zero need for a web design program, that's more the territory of JCCC and other certificate/trade school type of places. Good luck convincing a CS grad that he has to do XHTML, JavaScript, and CSS all day, rofl.

akuna 7 years, 4 months ago

Uh, actually web development is a whole lot bigger than just xhmtl, javascript, and css. There are seriously hard problems to solve many of which are directly related to CS and most of which are indirectly related to CS. If you don't believe it take look at Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and thousands of other businesses. The industry is throwing billions of dollars at the field.

KU should be providing education that is relevant to the market place. I guarantee you that the relevancy of web development is far greater than all of the fields mentioned in the article combined. Many of the kids that graduate with some form of IT degree (especially the CS grads) will end up in web development. Why not give them a leg up over their competition by making a specialization?

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