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History

  • Policy Number: SP.04.013
  • Version: Original
  • Drafted By: Ivona Grzegorczyk, Jorge Garcia, Jesse Elliot, Peter Smith, William Wolfe, Geoff Dougherty
  • Approved By: Richard R. Rush
  • Approval Date:
  • Effective Date:
  • Supersedes:

Purpose

General Objectives:

  1. Provide students with the opportunity to earn a Master degree in Computer Science or Mathematics from the California State University.
  2. Prepare students for employment in a variety of highly sophisticated and complex high-tech and bio-tech industries, businesses, education systems, military and local and federal government
  3. Prepare students for further study in graduate or professional schools.
  4. Equip students with the depth, flexibility and mathematical skills that apply to variety of fields and offer various career opportunities, including consulting, scientific and technical positions in business and industry, research and development, national and industrial security or teaching positions.
  5. Offer all CSUCI students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and learn mathematical skills and computer technology that can be applied to various professional and personal situations.

Learning Objectives:

Students will:

  1. Demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, and advanced mathematical skills by identifying, evaluating, analyzing, synthesizing and presenting fundamental and advanced mathematical and computer science issues and their applications.
  2. Demonstrate the knowledge of current mathematical theories and broad technology use in industry, including a working knowledge of software development techniques in an industrial setting.
  3. Be knowledgeable of emerging new technologies and industrial practices connected to the computer industry and demonstrate understanding of computing technologies in society.
  4. Demonstrate cooperation skills by working effectively with others in interdisciplinary group settings – both inside and outside the classroom.
  5. Demonstrate independent working and thinking skills by completing a graduate project and/or master thesis.
  6. Demonstrate a sense of exploration that enables them to pursue rewarding      careers in high-tech industries, bio-tech industries, businesses, education systems, military and local and federal government
  7. Demonstrate flexibility, transferability and adaptability of their life-learning skills that are so important n fast changing national and international economy. 
  • Total number of units required for the major.  List of all courses, by catalog number, title, and units of credit, to be specifically required for a major under the proposed degree program.  Identify those new courses that are (1) needed to initiate the program and (2) needed during the first two years after implementation.  Include proposed catalog descriptions of all new courses. 
    • 32 Semester units required for the major. Since CSUCI will begin admitting graduate students in Fall 2004, all courses are new and will be needed to initiate the program. These courses will be offered during the first two years (and subsequent years) after program implementation. See the following pages for Courses and Catalog Descriptions. 

Background

With the rapid development of high-tech and computational sciences in the entire world, the need for graduate programs in computational sciences is acute. There is a global shortage of people with advanced mathematical, computational, and computer skills throughout the industry, especially in the greater Los Angeles area, and Ventura county.  The MS program in Mathematics is broad in scope (applications include, Bioinformatics, Actuarial Sciences, Cryptography, Security, Image Recognition, Artificial Intelligence, Mathematics Education).

The Program will be of interest to students with undergraduate degrees in mathematical sciences, computer science, engineering, and others with strong computational background. MS  degree in Mathematics is on the CSUCI Curriculum Plan as self–supporting programs scheduled to start in the Fall 2005. There is a waiting lists of students committed to apply.  The program will be of service to graduates holding computational degrees, especially for professional working in local high-tech and computational industries, as well as the military personnel. We have letters from local industries in support of the program.

Our graduates will find the employment in local high-tech, information systems, and computational industries, businesses, educational institutions, military and local and federal government. Some students may elect to continue their education in various at graduate schools.

Since we are expecting a quite broad interest in our program, we propose that the program will start in the Fall 2005 as a self-supporting program, and when the university budgetary situation improves, we will offer also a state supported version.

Policy

Accountability

This degree program is a result of cooperation between Mathematics and Computer Science faculty.  The program will offer MS degree in Mathematics.  All of the courses are shared between MS in Mathematics and MS in Computer Science programs, and students' specializations depend on the final project/ thesis and the electives chosen under the supervision of their Mathematics advisors. 

MS in Mathematics Program would offer the program initially through the Open University (the Extended Education Program).

Applicability

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