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IU Kokomo introduces new degree
programs
Biochemistry, health sciences join eight others
as Bachelor of Science options for students
Posted: Monday, J une 27, 2011 9:19 am
Indiana University Kokomo has been transitioning itself into a force
to be reckoned with in the regional campus scene, and with the
addition of 10 new degrees, other regional campuses had better
watch out.
IU Kokomo has always focused on giving students a well-rounded
education in the liberal arts, but that has been a detriment to some of the students focusing in the hard
sciences. When Chancellor Michael Harris came to the campus, it was one of the first things he
recognized. He felt the university needed to offer more Bachelor of Science degrees to go with their
Bachelor of Arts degrees. Students with B.S. degrees spend more time taking classes in their major.
"When Chancellor Harris came to
campus, that was obviously one thing that
he really noticed was that we had a whole
complement of B.A. degrees, but really not a complement
of B.S. degrees," said Susan Sciame-Giesecke, executive
vice chancellor of academic affairs. "He urged all of us to
really take a look at that because he felt it was really
important that we have a full menu of options to offer our
students."
After the proposals went out, it was a matter of waiting
for approval from the Indiana University Board of
Trustees and the Indiana Commission on Higher
Education.
"I am delighted that the Commission for Higher
Education has approved our request for additional degree
programs, which will help Indiana University Kokomo
meet the needs of the region," said Harris. "With the
addition of these new programs, we will continue to
provide academic excellence and student success,
contributing to the economic well-being and quality of
life in north-central Indiana."
Harris noted that providing these additional majors is
necessary to the growth of north-central Indiana with the
changing economy.
"We are moving from a traditional manufacturing and
agricultural society to a global economy, which is based
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on knowledge, innovation and entrepreneurship," he said.
"We have to change the way we compete in order to
continue to allow for the American dream to go on."
Two of the new degrees, biochemistry and health sciences, never before have been offered at Indiana University
Kokomo.
The additional eight programs, currently offered as B.A. degrees, now will be offered as B.S. degrees as well. They
include biological and physical sciences, chemistry, biology, psychology, mathematics, sociology, new media and
communication.
Sciame-Giesecke discussed the importance of offering several of the new programs:
"The B.S. in biology and chemistry is really important for many students when they are thinking about professional
schools like medical school or dental school.
"The B.S. in new media really allows students to do more of the practical kinds of courses that they want to take,
like writing for the web and graphic arts, where they have time to concentrate on that and really develop their
portfolio of skills.
"The B.S. in sociology really was directed towards a concentration in applied sociology and human services. It
allows students who really are interested in doing more social work kinds of activities to really focus on that. When
you major in that, you have to do a lot of interning -- a lot of practicums -- because you obviously want to be
learning those skills with the different populations."
Sciame-Giesecke said the university still will produce well-rounded students under the new degree programs, and
their liberal arts education will not suffer.
"I think we see it more as an opportunity to really educate students when they come in and talk to themabout the
advantages of both," said Sciame-Giesecke. "Don't get me wrong; there still is a nice compliment of general
education and rounding in the B.S. program. Students still have to meet the general education requirements.
"They are still getting a little piece of some things. They are probably not getting as much depth in some of the
areas they would have gotten."
She also feels that IU Kokomo's small size will contribute to attracting B.S. students.
"We do believe a lot of students are overlooking the advantage of being in a small school with faculty who will
really help you know that you are well-trained and well-versed in what you want to do," said Sciame-Giesecke.
She shared a quote that Harris likes to make.
"Chancellor Harris always says you get a private school experience at a public school price," said Sciame-Giesecke.
Students can start enrolling in the new programs now.
Posted in Local news on Monday, June 27, 2011 9:19 am.
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