This page is used to keep track of currently proposed curriculum changes for computer science. The page was last updated in the fall of 2021.
Status: already approved
Math asked if we would count Math 320 as a prereq in place of CS 303 for CS courses they are including in their proposed Data Science BS. We approved updating CS 457&L, CS 475&L, CS 557, CS 575 to allow Math 320 as a prereq in place of CS 303. Those are already approved and will be in effect for fall 2022. The proposed Data Science BS in curriculog: https://indstate.curriculog.com/proposal:3970/form
High Impact Practice
Status: approved by department, being considered by foundational studies
We have proposed to add CS 499 to the new High Impact Practice (HIP) category. The proposal in curriculog: https://indstate.curriculog.com/proposal:5688/form
Status: needs department vote
Proposed change is to require Math 241 for the CS BS. Currently the CS BS requires either Math 241 or Math 341. Since Math 241 is a prereq for Math 341, it is simpler to just require Math 241.
Status: needs department vote and vote from Crim
Proposal to create new courses CS 210, CS 211, CS 331 that are cross-listed with the CSS versions. This would allow us to schedule our own sections of these classes without needing to wait on the School of Criminology to schedule them for us. Note that the rules for cross-listed courses (at https://www.indstate.edu/academic-affairs/curriculum/caps2013/policies-rules-guidelines) - both departments would need to approve the proposal and then any changes to the courses later on.
CS 470, UDIE
Status: being worked on in the department
R.B. Abhyankar is working on potentially submittting CS 470 as an Upper Division Integrative Elective. Information on UDIE's is here - https://www.indstate.edu/foundational-studies/upper-division-integrative-electives and information about proposing Foundational Studies courses is here - https://www.indstate.edu/academics/foundational-studies/advisors/propose-a-course
CS 151, prereq
Status: needs some data, needs discussion
Look at data from those who did the CS placement test for the fall and those who didn't, and how they performed in CS 151. Then decide on whether to formalize this as a prereq for CS 151.
CS BS, Core Sequence
Status: needs discussion
Discuss and reevaluate what goes in each of the courses in the core CS sequence (CS 101, 151, 201, 202, 303, 351). Starting point for discussion...
- CS 101 Fundamentals of Computing - 1/3 python, 2/3 other (linux, base systems, number formats, computing vocab)
- CS 151 Introduction to Computer Science - 2/3 python, 1/3 other (linux, base systems, number formats, searching (linear/binary), sorting)
- CS 201 Programming Structures - 2/3 python (with focus on object-oriented), 1/3 other (searching/sorting, theoretical understanding of python data structures)
- CS 202 Data Structures and Algorithms - little to no programming, 1/2 good understanding of how various DS & algs work, 1/2 "theory" (proofs of correctness / run-time, big O analysis, correct use of asymptotic notation)
- CS 303 Discrete Structures and Computing Theory - 1/2 structures (integers, integers mod p, graphs, automata/ regular expressions, matrices, grammars), 1/2 "theory" (proofs of all of these, some overlap with CS 202)
- CS 351 Computer Organization - 1/2 assembly/C, 1/2 ?
MS Data Science
Status: needs discussion
Data science concentration: CS 501, 557, 575, MATH 503, 540. Half of credits have to be 600 level, currently 33 credits. No room for any 500-level electives, but want them to take CS 500 as well.
Solutions: (a) they don't have to take CS 500, (b) they have to take CS 500 and will end up taking 36 credits, (c) drop one of the required 500 level courses, (d) change degree to be 30 credits, so 15 credits of 600 is enough, they ed up taking 33 credits.
Discussion of requiring CS 500 - yes, they should all take it.
Make a proposal for what it would look like.
Other option - change MATH 503, 540, make them 600 level or not required. Check with Math.
Or, drop CS 575, make CS 601 a two semester sequence.
Status: needs discussion
The thought is to have a graduate CS certificate for those who want to do some CS coursework but don't need a whole degree. The university suggests 12-18 credits, the cert must be distinguished somehow from the MS itself, can use 12 credits shared with the MS. The rules are at https://www.indstate.edu/academic-affairs/curriculum/caps2013/policies-rules-guidelines
A starting point for discussion...
- Applied Computer Science: CS 501, some combination of 500-level/600-level courses from the information science concentration of the BS, professional concentration of the MS
Status: needs discussion, need to put some initial thoughts here
Training for people to get ready for our MS, and/or brush up on some skills, and/or just to get a mini-credential in something useful.