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School of Informatics
Undergraduate 2000-2002
Academic Bulletin

IU Informatics Program
School of Informatics 
Indiana University 
901 E. 10th St. 
Bloomington, IN 47408-3912 
Local (812) 856-5754 
Fax (812) 856-4764 
Contact Informatics Office

IU Informatics Program
Informatics and Communications Complex (IT)
535 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
317) 278-7673
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Undergraduate Programs

Undergraduate Programs
Admission
Academic Regulations
Informatics Degree Programs, IUB and IUPUI
New Media Degree Programs, IUPUI

Undergraduate Programs

The School of Informatics offers a Bachelor of Science in Informatics, a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Arts and Science , and an Associate of Science degree in Media Arts and Technology.

The very nature of these degrees, with the changing technologies and applications, requires that the content of each degree be continuously assessed and revised. Therefore, the faculty of the School of Informatics will periodically review and revise the curricula to ensure that students are prepared to meet contemporary workplace and intellectual demands. Please contact the School of Informatics office, or refer to our Web site at www.informatics.indiana.edu, www.informatics.iupui.edu, or newmedia.iupui.edu to confirm current program requirements.

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Admission

Admission to the School of Informatics, IUB
Admission to the School of Informatics, IUPUI
Admission to the New Media Program, IUPUI
Application Materials and Deadlines
Program Planning and Counseling
Transfer Students

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Admission to the School of Informatics, IUB

Students wishing to major in informatics must be admitted to Indiana University and first enter the University Division at IUB. Freshmen should begin to satisfy specific degree requirements in the first year. Undergraduates who wish to be admitted to the School of Informatics must first satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Complete 26 credit hours of course work that can count towards a degree in informatics with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C).
  2. Complete INFO I101, Introduction to Informatics, with a minimum grade of C.
  3. Complete the English composition requirement (ENG W131 or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C.
  4. Complete the fundamental math skills requirement (MATH M118, M119, or equivalent) with a minimum grade of C.
Students meeting these requirements must complete a School of Informatics Application form before being considered for admission to the School of Informatics. Application forms are available in the informatics office. Application deadlines are July 1 for fall semester, December 1 for spring semester, and April 15 for both summer sessions.

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Admission to the School of Informatics, IUPUI

After students have been admitted by the Enrollment Center at IUPUI, the specific school in which they intend to pursue a degree also must admit them. The School of Informatics welcomes nontraditional students and students entering directly from high school if they wish to pursue an informatics degree and meet the school's requirements for admission.

Students who have not yet determined their major area of study or who plan to eventually enroll in a professional school may seek admission through the University College. Students who are contemplating degrees in professional areas can benefit from the advice and counsel of informatics faculty at the outset of their academic careers. The School of Informatics office works individually with undecided students and draws on the expert counsel of IUPUI's Career and Employment Office. The School of Informatics maintains close contact with the University College.

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Admission to the New Media Program, IUPUI

All students entering the School of Informatics' New Media Program must be admitted officially to the university by the Enrollment Center either at IUPUI or enrolled at another Indiana University campus as a degree-seeking student. After students have been admitted to IUPUI, the specific school in which they intend to pursue a degree must also admit them. The New Media Program welcomes nontraditional students and students entering directly from high school if they wish to pursue a new media degree and meet the school's requirements for admission.

Freshman:
For students entering directly from high school, admission depends on the student's subject matter preparation, high school rank, and SAT or ACT scores. Freshmen are expected to rank in the upper half of their high school graduating classes.

High school students should file applications early in their senior year. Students who have been out of high school for two or more years need not provide SAT or ACT scores.

Citizens of other countries and recent immigrants should ask the Enrollment Center for the International Application for Admission.

With all applications for admission, a $35 nonrefundable fee is required. Checks should be payable to IUPUI.

Admission to IUPUI is usually open throughout the year; however, students who are not admitted and have not taken the placement test in time to receive counseling may not be able to register until a later semester. Therefore, applicants are encouraged to complete their applications and testing as soon as possible. Counseling is available.
Direct all questions about admissions to:

Enrollment Center
IUPUI
Cavanaugh Hall
425 University Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5143
Adult Students:
Adult special students who are 21 or older may enroll in a maximum of 15 credit hours before they must apply for admission as degree candidates. Adult special students are subject to the same regulations as degree-seeking students. All credits taken as adult special credits can apply toward a bachelor's or associate degree in accordance with various school requirements.

Visiting Students:
Students seeking degrees at colleges or universities outside Indiana University may enroll at IUPUI. Students must present to the Enrollment Center a letter of good standing or a transcript verifying at least a 2.0 grade point average from the institution at which they are seeking a degree. Students are generally not allowed to register under this status for consecutive semesters.

Students with Disabilities:
Students with a learning, hearing, speech, physical, or mental disability that may affect their ability to fulfill a requirement of the school should contact Adaptive Educational Services prior to registering. Requirements normally will not be waived for students with disabilities, but accommodations may be made within specific courses. The office is located in Cavanaugh Hall 001 E and can be contacted by calling (317) 274-3241 or TDD number (317) 278-2051.

Undecided Students
Students who have not yet determined their major area of study or who plan eventually to enroll in a professional school may wish to seek admission initially to the New Media Program as an undecided student. This alternative to the University College is especially recommended for students whose aspirations depend on a strong new media background, on strong analytical skills, or an in-depth knowledge of computer software.

Students who are contemplating advanced degrees in professional areas can benefit from the advice and counsel of new media faculty at the outset of their academic careers. The New Media Program Office works individually with undecided students and draws on the expert counsel of IUPUI's Career Center. Moreover, undecided students can take advantage of peer counseling; well-qualified, successful undergraduates in new media are available to share their perspectives on a more informal and immediate basis. The New Media Program maintains close contact with University College, and undecided students can take advantage of the services and expertise of both units regardless of their formal admission to one unit or the other.

Direct Admission to New Media
The New Media Program encourages the direct admission of qualified IUPUI freshmen and transfer students into the program. Students who know which area they wish to pursue may be admitted to the program, while undecided applicants are admitted to the program as undecided majors.

Undecided students are advised through the New Media Program Office or University College, which works with students individually to select courses and, eventually, majors.

To be eligible for direct admission, applicants must meet the general university and campus requirements. Additionally, freshmen must have a combined SAT I (or equivalent) test score of 800. Applicants who have been out of high school two or more years are not required to submit test scores, although the standardized tests are highly recommended. Evaluation of students who request admission without presenting test scores will be made on an individual basis.

Applicants who do not qualify for direct admission may be considered for probationary admission to the University College. Students who qualify for probationary admission according to campus guidelines may be admitted directly to the New Media Program on a probationary status according to the procedures described in the following section.

Probationary Admission to New Media
Individuals who do not qualify for a direct admission or whose college grade point average is lower than 2.0 (C) may petition the New Media Program for probationary admission. Special consideration is given to adult learners and students returning after five or more years. Petitions are available from the New Media Program Office, SI 117, (317) 278-7666.

Deadline to enroll for the
fall semester:
July 15
Deadline to enroll for
spring semester:
November 15
Deadline to enroll for
summer session:
April 15

At the discretion of the dean, the New Media Program may admit on a probationary basis those students who do not meet the minimum requirements for direct admission. To be considered for probationary admission, students must be in the upper two-thirds of their high school graduating class and have combined SAT I scores of at least 650. Such students are counseled through the New Media Program Office and remain on probation until they have successfully raised their cumulative grade point average to 2.0 (C) and satisfied any other limitations set. Students admitted on probationary status become eligible for dismissal if they fail to achieve a minimum GPA of 2.3 during each semester until they have reached a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 (C). Students who do not achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) after two semesters, or 24 credit hours, will be dismissed.

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Application Materials and Deadlines

Application materials and additional information are available from:

Bloomington:

Office of Admissions
Indiana University
300 N. Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-1106
(812) 855-0661
E-mail: iuadmit@indiana.edu
Web: www.indiana.edu/~iuadmit

Indianapolis:

Office of Admissions
IUPUI
Cavanaugh Hall 129
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5143
(317) 274-4591
E-mail: apply@iupui.edu
Web: www.iupui.edu/admissions.htm

International students should request the International Application for Admission from:

International Admissions
Indiana University
300 N. Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405-1106
(812) 855-4306
E-mail: intladm@indiana.edu
Web: www.indiana.edu/~iuadmit
Office of International Affairs
IUPUI
620 N. Union Drive, 207
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5167
(317) 274-7294
E-mail: oia@iupui.edu
Web: www.iupui.edu/~oia/admissions/

Students also may contact the School of Informatics for additional information:

School of Informatics
Indiana University
Sycamore Hall 339
Bloomington, IN 47405
(812) 856-5754
E-mail: informat@indiana.edu
Web: informatics.indiana.edu
School of Informatics, New Media Program
IUPUI
Mary Cable Building, (SI) Room 117
Indianapolis, IN 46202-5167
(317) 278-7666
E-mail: info@informatics.iupui.edu
Web: informatics.iupui.edu

Priority Dates for Application for Admission to Indiana University Bloomington

August (Fall)
January (Spring)
May (Summer I)
June (Summer II)
International
Students

February 1
September 15
February 1
March 1
U.S. Citizens and
Permanent Residents

February 1
November 1
April 1
April 15

Priority Dates for Application for Admission to Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

August (Fall)
January (Spring)
May (Summer I)
June (Summer II)
International
Students

March 15
October 15
March 15
March 15
U.S. Citizens and
Permanent Residents

June 1
October 1
March 15
May 1

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Program Planning and Counseling

The School of Informatics and New Media Program provides counseling services to assist students in planning their study. Students who have chosen a major are assigned an advisor and should make an appointment with that advisor prior to each registration period to discuss long-term goals as well as specific course work for the upcoming semester. Consulting an advisor is a semester-by-semester obligation of students to ensure ongoing progress toward a degree.

Students, however, are responsible for their progress. They should be thoroughly familiar with the general requirements for an informatics degree or a new media degree. Students are urged to complete most of their general education requirements during the freshman and sophomore years.

In planning a program, students should refer to both the Schedule of Classes and this bulletin. Special attention should be paid to course descriptions and prerequisites. This bulletin identifies prerequisites with a "P"; corequisites with a "C"; and recommended courses with an "R." Students should not enroll in courses for which they do not have the prerequisites. Instructors may require a student to drop a class if the student has not fulfilled the prerequisites.

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Transfer Students

Transfers from Other Undergraduate Schools on the IUB Campus
Students transferring to the School of Informatics at IUB from other undergraduate schools of the university-such as the College of Arts and Sciences or the Schools of Business, Education, Public and Environmental Affairs, or Music-must have completed at least 26 credit hours of course work that can count towards a degree in Informatics, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C). Students also must complete INFO I101, Introduction to Informatics, the English composition requirement, the mathematics requirement, and receive a grade of C or higher in all three courses before entering the School of Informatics. Requests for transfer must be completed by July 1 for the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester, or April 15 for the summer sessions.

Transfers from Other Undergraduate Schools on the IUPUI Campus
Students with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C) who wish to transfer from another IUPUI school to the School of Informatics may do so by filing a Change of Record form. For details, check with the Informatics office, Mary Cable Building 117, (317) 278-7666.

Transfers within the School of Informatics on the IUB and IUPUI Campuses
Transfer students admitted to the School of Informatics on the IUB campus transferring to the School of Informatics on the IUPUI campus, or visa versa, should file an Inter-Campus Transfer Form. Inter-Campus Transfer Forms will be accepted throughout the year.

Transfers from Other Indiana University Campuses
Please consult "Transfer to Other Indiana University Campuses" at the back of this bulletin for information on transfers between Indiana University campuses.

Transfers from Other Colleges and Universities to IUB
Students who have completed at least 26 credit hours that can count towards a degree in the School of Informatics-including the English composition and the fundamental math skills requirements-may apply for admission to the School of Informatics at IUB. Upon acceptance, students must enroll in INFO I101, Introduction to Informatics, during their first semester and complete the course with a minimum grade of C.

The Office of Admissions at IUB will determine acceptance of credit from other institutions. The dean of the School of Informatics will determine the applicability of credit toward degree requirements. Please consult "Undergraduate Admissions Policy" at the back of this bulletin for more information about transfers from other colleges and universities.

Transfers from other College and Universities to IUPUI
Students with transfer credit from other colleges or universities may be considered for admission to the School of Informatics or the New Media Program. Transcripts of credits and grades earned in all subjects at previous institutions should be presented to the Enrollment Center where credits will be evaluated.

The Enrollment Center at IUPUI will determine acceptance of credit from other institutions. The dean of the School of Informatics, or the New Media Program Office, will determine the applicability of credits toward degree requirements. Please consult "Undergraduate Admissions Policy" at the back of this bulletin for more information about transfers from other colleges and universities.

Transfer Credit Rules
Credits transferred to the IUB or IUPUI campuses are generally evaluated according to the following rules:

  1. Courses taken at other institutions in which the student earned a grade below C do not transfer.
  2. Courses taken at other institutions on a quarter system rather than a semester system will be evaluated as carrying fewer credit hours (e.g., a 3 credit hour course taken on a quarter system will transfer as 2.5 credits).
  3. Courses taken at other institutions for which there is an equivalent IU course (in terms of course description, level, and prerequisites) generally will be evaluated as credit in the equivalent IU courses.
  4. Courses taken at other institutions for which there is no equivalent IU course (in terms of course description, level, and prerequisites) generally will be evaluated as "undistributed" credit (marked UNDI on the IU transcript). Undistributed (UNDI) credits generally count toward the student's degree requirements, but the School of Informatics determines how the credits apply (either toward a requirement or as an elective).
  5. Transfer students who have questions about how their previous course work will apply to their degree or who encounter difficulties in the process of transferring credit should contact the School of Informatics or the New Media Program Office.
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Academic Regulations

Absences
Credit for Correspondence Courses
Degree Application
Statute of Limitations
Grading Policies
Academic Standing
Semester Load
Academic Probation
Dismissal
Readmission
Academic Misconduct
Student Grievance Procedures

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Absences

From Final Examinations
Students are required to adhere to the policies regarding final examinations as published in the Schedule of Classes.

From Scheduled Classes
Illness is usually the only acceptable excuse for absence from class. Other absences must be explained to the satisfaction of the instructor, who will decide whether omitted work may be made up.

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Credit for Correspondence Courses

With prior approval, the School of Informatics will accept a maximum of two courses (6 credit hours total) by correspondence study to count toward the degree requirements. Only General Elective courses may be taken by correspondence. Distance learning courses and courses conducted on-line are not considered correspondence courses, and they do not have a credit hour limit associated with them.

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Degree Application

Candidates for graduation must file an application with the school by March 1 for December graduation and October 1 for May, June, or August graduation. Credits for all course work, except that of the current semester, must be recorded on the candidate's Indiana University transcript at least one month prior to the date of graduation.

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Statute of Limitations

Candidates for the bachelor's degree in informatics have the right to complete the degree requirements specified by the bulletin in effect at the time they entered Indiana University, provided that the required courses are available and that no more than eight calendar years have elapsed since the date of entry.

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Grading Policies

The School of Informatics follows the official grading system of Indiana University, which is as follows:

A+, A = 4.00 C = 2.00
A– = 3.70 C– = 1.70
B+ = 3.30 D+ = 1.30
B = 3.00 D = 1.00
B– = 2.70 D– = 0.70
C+ = 2.30 F = 0.00
The following grades carry no grade points: I (Incomplete), NC (No Credit), NR (No Report Filed by Instructor), P (Passing), R (Deferred), S (Satisfactory), W (Withdrawn).

Grade Point Average
The cumulative grade point average is computed by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of credit hours completed in which grades of A through F are assigned. Credit earned at another institution may be applied toward degree requirements, but the grades earned at other institutions will not be calculated in the Indiana University cumulative grade point average.

Change of Grade
A student desiring a change of grade should discuss the situation with the instructor. A change of grade must be justified. If the instructor agrees, the faculty member will file a Grade Change Authorization Form. If the instructor and student do not agree on a changed grade or if the instructor cannot be located, the student should discuss the matter with the chairperson or director of the department offering the course. Appeals unresolved at this level may be referred to the academic deans. Appeals of grades or requests for other actions normally will not be considered after one calendar year from the end of the semester in which the course in question was taken.

Incomplete Courses
A temporary grade of Incomplete (I) on the transcript indicates that the course work is mostly completed, generally 75 to 80 percent, and of passing quality.

It is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor to have a grade of Incomplete assigned. The instructor specifies the work to be done to remove the grade of Incomplete and the period of time allowed for completion. If the student fails to remove the Incomplete within one calendar year, the Office of the Registrar will change the grade to an F. The dean (or instructor) authorizes adjustments of this period in exceptional circumstances. A student who has received a grade of Incomplete should not register for the course a second time but should arrange with the instructor to have the grade changed to a letter grade upon completion of requirements, provided that it is done within the year.

Pass/Fail Option
Students in the School of Informatics may elect to take a maximum of 12 credit (4 courses) hours total under the Pass/Fail option. The procedure for declaring this option may be found in the Schedule of Classes. Special regulations affecting the Pass/Fail option for School of Informatics students are as follows:

  1. Only one course per semester or one course per summer session may be taken under the Pass/Fail option.
  2. School of Informatics students may not take any informatics course Pass/Fail. In addition, the Pass/Fail option may not be used for any course that satisfies an admission or general-education electives requirements or the student's cognate area. Only university elective courses may be taken on a Pass/Fail basis.
  3. A grade of P is not counted in the grade point average; a grade of F is included. Grades of P cannot be changed to any other letter grade.
  4. Pass/Fail forms are available in the school of informatics office and the new media program office.
R Grade
The R grade (Deferred) on the final report indicates that the nature of the course is such that the work of the student can be evaluated only after two or more terms. Courses in which an R grade is assigned will be announced as deferred grade courses in the Schedule of Classes.

FX Option
FX denotes an undergraduate level course originally failed and subsequently retaken.

The School of Informatics will calculate FX grades as grades of F for internal purposes and degree requirements. This calculation will apply to all categories of academic standing: good standing, probation and dismissal, class rank, and all grade point average requirements in the degree, including cumulative, semester, and major concentrations.

A student may use the FX option for purposes of the university transcript. An undergraduate student who has repeated a course previously failed may request to have only the second grade in that course counted in the student's grade point average as entered on the student's transcript. A student may exercise this FX option for no more than three courses, totaling no more than 10 credit hours. A student may use the FX option on the transcript only once for a given course. Requests for approval of FX courses should be made in consultation with the student's advisor or the New Media Program recorder.

Withdrawals
A grade of W (Withdrawn) is given automatically to the student who withdraws from courses during the automatic withdraw period as specified in the Schedule of Classes. After the automatic withdrawal period a student may withdraw only with the permission of the dean. This approval is given only for urgent reasons related to extended illness or equivalent distress. The desire to avoid a low grade is not an acceptable reason for withdrawal from a course.

A grade of W does not affect the overall grade point average. A grade of F will be recorded on the official transcript if a student stops attending but does not officially withdraw from class. Students who alter their schedules, whether at their own initiative or by departmental directive, must follow withdrawal procedures. Students who do not assume this responsibility are jeopardizing their records because they will incur a failing grade in a course not properly dropped and will not receive credit for work done in a course not properly added.

IUB
Students who wish to cancel their Bloomington Campus registrations for a future semester must notify the Office of the Registrar in writing prior to the first day of classes.

Students who are forced to discontinue all studies during the semester (even if enrolled in only one course) and withdraw from the University must contact the Student Advocates Office in Franklin Hall 206 in order to complete the withdrawal process.

At IUB, if a student withdraws after the first week of classes, the courses in which the student was enrolled will be retained on the student's record with a grade of W or F (as appropriate) and a notation of the date of withdrawal. To qualify for a grade of W after the deadline, a student must be passing the course(s) on the date of withdrawal. If the student is failing, the grade on the date of withdrawal will be F.

IUPUI
To withdraw from any or all courses, students must submit to the registrar's office a Schedule Adjustment form that has been signed by the advisor. If forms are turned in no later than the beginning of classes, the course will be deleted from student records, except for complete withdrawals, which result in the grade of W (Withdrawal) on student records. If withdrawals are turned in by the end of the first half of the semester or summer session, the grade of W is automatically given and recorded on official transcript. Thereafter, but prior to the end of the third quarter of classes, both the advisor's and the instructor's signatures are required for withdrawal, and the instructor designates the grade of W or F.

Upon notification from the IUPUI registrar's office that a student has accumulated eight (8) or more W's, the School of Informatics will send a letter of concern to the student, requesting an explanation. This notification will likewise remind students that their record of withdrawals from courses may jeopardize financial aid. Students with 10 W's may be regarded as not making the "reasonable academic progress" required to maintain eligibility for financial aid, and lack of such progress constitutes grounds for denying further financial aid.

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Academic Standing

A student is in good academic standing for an Indiana University bachelor's degree when his or her semester grade point average is a minimum of 2.0 (C) for the last semester's course work and when his or her cumulative grade point averages is at least 2.0 (C). Students must be in good academic standing to graduate.

Class Standing
Class standing is based on the number of credit hours completed:

Freshman, fewer than 26 credits
Sophomore, 26 to 55 credits
Junior, 56 to 85 credits
Senior, 86 or more credits
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Semester Load

A typical full-time academic load is 12 to 17 credit hours per semester, with the average load being approximately 15 credit hours. Students who expect to carry more than 17 credit hours a semester should have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (B), and have the approval from an academic advisor or dean.

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Academic Probation

Students will be placed on academic probation if their cumulative or semester grade point average (semester grade index) is below 2.0. After one semester on probation, students who fail to return to good academic standing will be placed on critical probation. At the discretion of the dean, these students can be dismissed. If a student is given the opportunity to enroll under critical probation, the School of Informatics will establish strict conditions that must be met before that student will be allowed to register for future classes.

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Dismissal

Students can be dismissed if they fail to return to good academic standing after one semester on critical probation. Students may also be dismissed if, in the opinion of the dean, they are not making satisfactory progress toward their degree.

Students eligible for dismissal will be notified in writing that they have been dismissed and will be withdrawn from classes for which they have registered.

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Readmission

Dismissed students must petition the dean of the School of Informatics for readmission. A Petition for Readmission form must be filed by July 15 for fall, November 15 for spring, and April 15 for summer readmission. A student who has been dismissed for the second time is eligible to return to school only after being out of school for one regular semester and having petitioned successfully. A third dismissal is final. Dismissed students whose petitions are denied will not be allowed to register.

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Academic Misconduct

Cheating
Cheating is dishonesty of any kind with respect to course assignments, alteration of records, or examinations. It is the student's responsibility not only to abstain from cheating, but also to avoid the appearance of cheating and to guard against making it possible for others to cheat. Any student who helps another student cheat is as guilty of cheating as the student assisted. The student also should do everything possible to induce respect for the examining process and for honesty in the performance of assigned tasks in or out of class.

Plagiarism
Plagiarism is assuming credit for someone else's work, words, or ideas - whether or not the ideas are expressed in the borrower's own words. Honesty requires that any ideas or materials taken from another source for either written or oral use must be fully acknowledged. Plagiarism includes language or ideas taken from isolated formulas, sentences, or paragraphs; entire articles copied from books, periodicals, speeches; the writings or created works of other students; and materials assembled or collected by others in projects or collections without acknowledgement.

A faculty member who has evidence that a student is guilty of cheating or plagiarism will initiate the process of determining the student's guilt or innocence. No penalty will be imposed until the student has been informed of the charge and of the evidence on which it is based and has been given an opportunity to present a defense. If the faculty member finds the student guilty, the faculty member assesses a penalty within the course and promptly reports the case in writing to the dean of the school or comparable head of the academic unit. The report should include the names of any other students who may be involved in the incident and recommendations for further action. The dean, in consultation with the faculty member if the latter so desires, will initiate any further disciplinary proceedings and inform the faculty member of any action taken. In every case, a record of the offenses remains on file.

For further regulations, please refer to the IU Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

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Student Grievance Procedures

All academic personnel (faculty, part-time instructors, and advisors) are expected to conform to the Code of Academic Ethics published in the Indiana University Academic Handbook. Students who feel that they have been treated unfairly by a faculty member may lodge a complaint by following these steps: (1) Discuss the matter with the faculty member or instructor. (2) If step 1 fails to resolve the situation, discuss the matter with the chairperson of the department or the coordinator of the program in which the faculty member is employed. The departmental chairperson will discuss it with the faculty member and seek some resolution. (3) If step 2 fails, the student may discuss the matter or file a written, signed complaint with the dean. Anonymous complaints will not be entertained. A copy of any written complaint will be forwarded to the faculty member, who may respond in writing. (4) When warranted, the dean may refer a written complaint and the faculty member's response to the Faculty Affairs Committee for further investigation and review. (5) The Faculty Affairs Committee will evaluate the complaint on the basis of university policy and may recommend to the dean that the instructor be sanctioned. If the committee finds the complaint to be unfounded, a letter to that effect may be placed in the student's file.

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Informatics Degree Programs, IUB and IUPUI

Academic counseling for each student in the School of Informatics is provided by a faculty member or an academic advisor prior to each semester's enrollment. Although academic counseling is intended to provide effective guidance, students are responsible for planning their own programs and for meeting the following degree requirements for graduation. Students are advised to read bulletin descriptions of all courses selected, paying careful attention to conditions concerning awarding of credit.

The Indiana University Course Analysis and Record Evaluation (IUCARE), a computerized degree-audit system, is available to all students. Students may use IUCARE to monitor their completed and remaining requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in Informatics. Every fall and spring semester, printed copies of the advising report are distributed to students along with their registration tickets.

Bachelor of Science in Informatics, IUB and IUPUI
Dual Baccalaureate Degree
Second Baccalaureate Degree
Minor and Certificate in Informatics
Certificate in Informatics
Minor in Informatics
Minor in Business, IUB
Minor in Business, IUPUI
Minor in Computer Science, IUB
Minor in Information Technology, IUB
Undergraduate Courses in the School of Informatics, IUB and IUPUI

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Batchelor of Science in Informatics, IUB and IUPUI

General Requirements
Students must successfully complete a minimum of 122 credit hours for the Bachelor of Science degree. The campus at which a student is admitted will award the degree. Students may transfer no more than 60 credit hours toward a Bachelor of Science degree. Students must complete the specific degree requirements of the School of Informatics as listed below.

  1. Students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours in courses at the 300-400 (junior-senior) level.
  2. Students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C). Any course taken to satisfy the requirements of the major must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.
  3. Students are expected to complete the requirements for their undergraduate degree within eight years of admission to the School of Informatics. Students are allowed to continue beyond this time period only at the discretion of the dean. If a student has not taken classes for three years or more, that student must satisfy program requirements of the School of Informatics in effect at the time of reactivation. Requests for deviation from requirements listed in the bulletin must be approved in writing by the dean, whose decision is final.
  4. Courses that fulfill the requirements for a cognate area also may meet the general education distribution requirements.
  5. Cognate area courses cannot count as informatics core courses or informatics elective courses.
  6. If cognate area courses are equivalent to informatics core courses, students should substitute additional informatics elective courses in place of informatics core courses to meet the 30 credit hour requirement.
  7. Courses that fulfill the requirements for a bachelor's degree in informatics also may apply to a minor outside of the School of Informatics.
  8. Students must file a degree application with the School of Informatics office by March 1 for December graduation and October 1 for May, June, or August graduation. Failure to file by the deadline may delay the official date of graduation.

Course Requirements

The course work required for the B.S. in Informatics consists of five parts:

Required Informatics Core courses (30 cr.)
INFO I101 Introduction to Informatics (3 cr.)
INFO I200 Information Representation (3 cr.)
INFO I201 Mathematical Foundations of Informatics (4 cr.)
INFO I202 Social Informatics (3 cr.)
INFO I210 Information Infrastructure I (4 cr.)
INFO I211 Information Infrastructure II (4 cr.)
INFO I303 Organizational Informatics (3 cr.)

Capstone Project:
INFO I450/I451 Design and Development of an Information System (3-3 cr.) (senior standing), two semesters or
INFO I460/I461 Thesis (3-3 cr.) (senior standing; capstone experience) two semesters.

With prior approval from the dean, a student may substitute INFO I450/I451 and INFO I460/I461 with an equivalent capstone experience in another department, or complete 6 credit hours of INFO I420, Internship in Informatics Professional Practice, to fulfill the capstone experience. Internships require students to be at a junior or senior standing. A project or report must be submitted after the internship is completed.

Recommended Courses
The following courses are recommended for students who lack a strong computing background. These courses are considered general elective courses.
INFO I110 Basic Tools of Informatics-Programming Concepts (1.5 cr.) IUB only
INFO I111 Basic Tools of Informatics-Introduction to Databases (1.5 cr.) IUB only
INFO I112 Basic Tools of Informatics-Programming and Database Concepts (3 cr.) IUPUI only IUB students who wish to pursue a concentration in computer science may substitute CSCI C211 for INFO I210, CSCI C212 for INFO I211, and CSCI C241 for INFO I201. For students in this concentration, any informatics elective course can be taken in place of INFO I210, INFO I211, and INFO I201 to meet the 30 credit hour informatics core requirement.

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Informatics Electives (9 cr.)
BUS S302 Management Information Systems (3 cr.)
BUS S305 Business Telecommunications (3 cr.)
BUS S307 Data Management (3 cr.)
BUS S310 Systems Analysis and Design (3 cr.)
BUS S405 Alternative Development Methods and Systems (3 cr.)
BUS S410 Systems Implementation (3 cr.)
COGS Q351/CSCI B351 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Computer Simulation (3 cr.)
INFO I300 Human Computer Interaction (3 cr.)
INFO I310 Multimedia Arts and Technology (3 cr.)
INFO I320 Distributed Systems and Collaborative Computing (3 cr.)
INFO I400 Topics in Informatics (3 cr.)
JOUR J300 Journalism/Communications Law (3 cr.)
JOUR J414 Globalization of Information (also International Newsgathering Systems) (3 cr.)
SOC S319 Science, Technology, and Society (3 cr.)
TEL T321 Telecommunications Policymaking (3 cr.)
TEL T421 Economics of Communications (3 cr.)
TEL T427 International Telecommunications (3 cr.)

The selection of informatics electives will vary between the IUB and IUPUI campuses. Any course at the 300 level or above in computer science (IUB), computer technology (IUPUI), computer and information science (IUPUI), or new media (IUPUI), can count as an elective.

Note: All of the above courses are subject to the successful completion of prerequisites or approval of the instructor. This list is expanding. Students should consult the School of Informatics office or refer to our Web site at informatics.indiana.edu or informatics.iupui.edu for the most current list of informatics electives. Students also may count other courses with informatics content as informatics electives upon approval of the dean.

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Cognate Area Courses (15-18 cr.)
Departments offering informatics cognate courses are listed in the appendix. Students should, in consultation with their academic advisors, chose cognate areas before their sophomore years. Students should contact the School of Informatics office or refer to our Web site at informatics.indiana.edu or informatics.iupui.edu for the most current list of cognate areas.

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General-Education Requirements (38-41 cr.)

English Composition (3 cr.)
This writing requirement may be fulfilled in any one of the following ways:

IUB:

  1. Exemption without credit. Students scoring 670 or above on the SAT Verbal Examination, or 32 or above on the ACT English Composition section, or 4 to 5 on the Advanced Placement English Composition section, are exempt from English composition.
  2. Exemption with credit. A student will be granted 2 credit hours of English W143 if the student has
    1. a score of 670 or above on the SAT Verbal Examination, 32 or above on the ACT English Composition section, or 4 to 5 on the Advanced Placement English Composition section, plus
    2. a score of 660 or better on the SAT II English Writing Test, AND if the student applies to the Department of English.
  3. Completion of any of the following options with a minimum grade of C (2.0):
    1. ENG W110 Writing Across the Curriculum (3 cr.)
    2. ENG W131 Elementary Composition (3 cr.)
    3. ENG W170 Projects in Reading and Writing (3 cr.)
    4. ENG L141 and L142 Introduction to Writing and the Study of Literature I-II (4-4 cr.)
    5. AFRO A141-A142 Introduction to Writing and the Study of Black Literature I-II (4-4 cr.)
    6. Two semesters of ENG W143 Interdisciplinary Study of Expository Writing (1 cr.), combined with two introductory courses (3 cr.) from the following: CMLT C145 Major Characters in Literature, C146 Major Themes in Literature.
    7. A combination of any two courses from d, e, and f above.

    Note: Courses taken under these options, except for ENG W110, W131, W143, and W170, may, if they are so designated, be applied toward distribution requirements.
IUPUI:
ENG W131 Elementary Composition I (3 cr.) with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

Writing (3 cr.)
ENG W231 Professional Writing Skills, an approved substitute (3 cr.), or completion of one intensive writing course at the 200 level or above after completing the English composition requirement. Intensive writing courses at IUB are defined by the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS); at IUPUI they are defined by the "writing throughout the curriculum" requirements.

Students must check the listings for courses in the Schedule of Classes each semester to make certain the course section they have chosen fulfills the requirement.

Oral Communication (3 cr.)
IUB: CMCL S121 Public Speaking, or approved substitute (3 cr.).
IUPUI: COMM R110 Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3 cr.).

Quantitative and Analytical Skills (6 cr.)
IUB:

  1. Select one of the following: MATH D116-117 Introduction to Finite Mathematics I-II; MATH A118 Finite Mathematics for the Social and Biological Sciences, M118 Finite Mathematics, or S118 Honors Finite Mathematics; MATH M119 Brief Survey of Calculus I; MATH M211 Calculus I; MATH M212 Calculus II or S212 Honors Calculus II; MATH M213 Accelerated Calculus. Credit not given for both M119 and M211, or M212 and M213.
  2. Required: MATH M368, Statistics for Informatics, or another approved course in research methods or statistics (3 cr.).
    Credit will be given for only one of the following MATH M368, M365 Introduction to Probability and Statistics; MATH/PSY K300 Statistical Techniques, K310 Statistical Techniques; CJUS K300 Techniques for Data Analysis; SPEA K300; ECON E370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics, S370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics: Honors; or SOC S371 Statistics for Sociology.
IUPUI:
  1. Select one of the following: MATH M118 Finite Mathematics, M119 Brief Survey of Calculus I, M163 Integrated Calculus and Analytic Geometry I, or M164 Integrated Calculus.
  2. Required: STAT 311 Introductory Probability (3 cr.) or MATH M368 Statistics for Informatics (3 cr.).
Natural Sciences (8 cr.)
IUB:
Three natural science courses, identified by the College of Arts and Sciences (COAS) as NMNS courses, of more than 1 credit each. One of the courses must have an associated laboratory.

IUPUI:
A minimum of 8 credit hours selected from the following:
ANTH A103 Human Origins and Prehistory (3 cr.).

AST A100 The Solar System (3 cr.), A105 Stellar Astronomy (3 cr).

BIOL K101 Concepts of Biology I-Plants (5 cr.), K103 Concepts of Biology II-Animals (5 cr.), N100 Contemporary Biology (3 cr.), N107 Introduction to Zoology (4 cr.), N200 The Biology of Women (3 cr.), N212 Human Biology (2 cr.), N213 Human Biology Laboratory (1 cr.), N214 Human Biology (2 cr.), N215 Human Biology Laboratory (1 cr.), N217 Human Physiology (5 cr.), N251 Introduction to Microbiology (3 cr.), N322 Introductory Principles of Genetics (3 cr.).

CHEM C100 The World of Chemistry (3 cr.), C101 Elementary Chemistry I (5 cr.), C102 Elementary Chemistry II (5 cr.), C105 Principles of Chemistry I (3 cr.), C106 Principles of Chemistry I (3 cr.).

GEOG G107 Physical Systems of the Environment (3 cr.), G108 Physical Systems of the Environment: Laboratory (2 cr.), G185 Global Environmental Change (3 cr.), G303 Weather and Climate (3 cr.), G307 Biogeography: the Distribution of Life (3 cr.).

GEOL G107 Environmental Geology (3 cr.), G117 Environmental Geology Laboratory (1 cr.), G109 Fundamentals of Earth History (3 cr.), G119 Fundamentals of Earth History Laboratory (1 cr.), G110 Physical Geology (3 cr.), G120 Physical Geology Laboratory (1 cr.), G206 Advanced Physical Geology Laboratory (2 cr.), G115 Introduction to Oceanography (3 cr.), G132 Environmental Problems (3 cr.), G180 Dinosaurs (3 cr.).

PHYS 100 Physics in the Modern World (5 cr.), P152 Mechanics (4 cr.), P200 Our Physical Environment (3 cr.), P218 General Physics (4 cr.), P219 General Physics (4 cr.), P251 Heat, Electricity, and Optics (5 cr.), P201 General Physics I (5 cr.), P202 General Physics II (5 cr.).

PSY B105 Psychology as a Biological Science (3 cr.).

At least one of the above courses must be a laboratory course.

Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (15 cr.)
Informatics students must have basic training in the arts, humanities, and social sciences, which will assist them in their lives and give them a broader perspective from which to approach the applications of information technology. The requirements for each campus are as follows:

IUB:

Five courses in arts and humanities and social and historical studies, as defined by the College of Arts and Sciences (may include Topics courses); at least two courses in each area.

One of these must be a course in ethics:
PHIL P140 Introduction to Ethics (3 cr.)
REL R170 Religion, Ethics, and Public Life (3 cr.)
PHIL P242 Applied Ethics (3 cr.)
PHIL P340 Classics in Ethics (3 cr.)
PHIL P342 Problems of Ethics (3 cr.) or
an approved professional ethics course.

IUPUI:

One arts and humanities course (3 cr.) selected from the following:
AFRO A150 Afro-American Studies (3 cr.)
AMST A103 Topics in American Studies (3 cr.)
CLAS C205 Classical Mythology (3 cr.)
CMLT C190 Introduction to Film (3 cr.)
COMM T130 Introduction to Theatre (3 cr.)
ENG L105 Appreciation of Literature (3 cr.)
ENG L115 Literature for Today (3 cr.)
FLAC F200 World Cultures Through Literature (3 cr.)
FOLK F101 Folklore (3 cr.)
HER H100 Art Appreciation (3 cr.)
HER H101 History of Art I (3 cr.)
HER H102 History of Art II (3 cr.)
HIST H105 American History I (3 cr.)
HIST H106 American History II (3 cr.)
HIST H108 Perspectives on the World to 1800 (3 cr.)
HIST H113 History of Western Civilization I (3 cr.)
HIST H217 The Nature of History (3 cr.)
PHIL P110 Introduction to Philosophy (3 cr.)
PHIL P120 Ethics (3 cr.)
REL R133 Introduction to Religion (3 cr.)
REL R173 American Religion (3 cr.)
REL R180 Introduction to Christianity (3 cr.)
REL R212 Comparative Religions (3 cr.)
MUS M174 Music for the Listener (3 cr.)
WOST W105 Women's Studies (3 cr.)

One social science course (3 cr.) selected from the following:
AFRO A150 Afro-American Studies (3 cr.)
ANTH A104 Culture and Society (3 cr.)
COMM C180 Interpersonal Communication (3 cr.)
ECON E101 Economics (3 cr.), ECON E201, or ECON E202
ENG G104 Language Awareness (3 cr.)
FOLK F101 Introduction to Folklore (3 cr.)
GEOG G110 Introduction to Human Geography (3 cr.)
GEOG G130 World Geography (3 cr.)
HIST H117 Introduction to Historical Analysis (3 cr.)
POLS Y101 Principles of Political Science (3 cr.)
POLS Y103 Introduction to American Polities (3 cr.)
POLS Y213 Introduction to Public Policy (3 cr.) or
  SPEA V170 Introduction to Public Affairs (3 cr.)
POLS Y219 International Relations (3 cr.)
PSY B104 Psychology (3 cr.)
PSY B310 Life Span Development (3 cr.)
SOC R100 Sociology (3 cr.)
SOC R121 Social Problems (3 cr.)
WOST W105 Introduction to Women's Studies (3 cr.)

One comparative world cultures course (3 cr.) selected from the following:
ANTH A104 Culture and Society (3 cr.)
CLAS C205 Classical Mythology (3 cr.)
FLAC F200 World Cultures Through Literature (3 cr.)
GEOG G110 Introduction to Human Geography (3 cr.)
HIST H108 Perspectives on the World to 1800 (3 cr.)
POLS Y217 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 cr.)
REL R133 Introduction to Religion (3 cr.)
REL R212 Comparative Religions (3 cr.)

One junior/senior integrator course (3 cr.) (see academic advisor).
HIST H114 History of Western Civilization II (3 cr.)

One of these must be a course in ethics:
REL R283 Religion, Ethics and Values (3 cr.)
REL R293 Ethics and World Religions (3 cr.)
REL R393 Comparative Religious Ethics (3 cr.)
PHIL P120 Ethics (3 cr.)
PHIL P325 Social Philosophy (3 cr.)
PHIL P326 Ethical Theory (3 cr.)
PHIL P393 Biomedical Ethics (3 cr.)
PHIL P494 Topics in Biomedical Ethics (3 cr.)

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General Electives (24-30 cr.)
Courses for the remaining credits will be decided by the individual student, in consultation with an advisor, to fulfill additional career and/or personal interests. Students may take a maximum of 4 credit hours of HPER elective physical education courses numbered Exxx.

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Dual Baccalaureate Degree

In certain circumstances students may be permitted to pursue a B.S. degree in Informatics and complete an undergraduate degree in another degree-granting school of the university. Check with your academic advisor for more details.

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Second Baccalaureate Degree

In certain cases the dean may admit bachelor's degree holders to candidacy for a second bachelor's degree. When such admission is granted, the candidates must earn at least 60 additional credit hours and meet the requirements of the School of Informatics. Students seeking second degree candidacy should review the guidelines available from the Informatics office. Students with a bachelor's degree who wish to further their education should also consider becoming qualified for admission to a graduate program.

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Minor and Certificate in Informatics

The undergraduate minor or certificate allows a student majoring in another subject to get appropriate training in informatics and obtain certification as someone who knows how to apply informatics tools to that subject area.

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Certificate in Informatics

  1. Minimum grade of 2.0 (C) in all courses taken for the certificate.
  2. Students are required to complete 26 credit hours from the following list:
    INFO I101 Introduction to Informatics (3 cr.)
    INFO I200 Information Representation (3 cr.)
    INFO I202 Social Informatics (3 cr.)
    INFO I210 Information Infrastructure I (4 cr.) [cross-listed with CSCI A201 Introduction to Programming I (IUB), and CSCI N331 Visual Basic Programming (IUPUI)]
    INFO I211 Information Infrastructure II (4 cr.) [cross-listed with CSCI A202 Introduction to Programming II (IUB), and CSCI N345 Advanced Programming, Java (IUPUI)]
    INFO I300 Human Computer Interaction (3 cr.)
    INFO I303 Organizational Informatics (3 cr.)
In addition students must take an additional course (3 credit hours) from the informatics curriculum. These additional courses can be chosen from the listed electives for informatics and can therefore be taken in another department.

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Minor in Informatics

  1. Minimum grade of 2.0 (C) in all courses taken for the minor.
  2. Students are required to take three courses from the following list:
    INFO I101 Introduction to Informatics (3 cr.)
    INFO I200 Information Representation (3 cr.)
    INFO I202 Social Informatics (3 cr.)
    INFO I210 Information Infrastructure I (4 cr.) [cross-listed with CSCI A201 Introduction to Programming I (IUB), and CSCI N331 Visual Basic Programming (IUPUI)]
    INFO I211 Information Infrastructure II (4 cr.) [cross-listed with CSCI A202 Introduction to Programming II (IUB), and CSCI N345 Advanced Programming, Java (IUPUI)]
Students are required to take two courses from the following list of upper level courses:
INFO I300 Human Computer Interaction (3 cr.)
INFO I303 Organizational Informatics (3 cr.)
One course from the list of approved informatics elective courses

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Minor in Business, IUB

IUB students pursuing a bachelor's degree in the School of Informatics may obtain a minor in business by successfully fulfilling the following requirements:
BUS A200 (or equivalent) Foundations of Accounting (3 cr.)
BUS K201 The Computer in Business (3 cr.)
BUS L201 Legal Environment of Business (3 cr.)
BUS F300 Introduction to Financial Management (3 cr.)
BUS M300 Introduction to Marketing (3 cr.)
BUS P300 Introduction to Operations Management (3 cr.)
BUS Z302 Managing and Behavior in Organizations (3 cr.)

Students completing a business minor should fill out an Application for Minor form during their senior year to have the minor listed on their transcripts.

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Minor in Business, IUPUI

IUPUI students pursuing a bachelor's degree in the School of Informatics may obtain a minor in business by successfully fulfilling the following requirements:
BUS A100 Basic Accounting Skills (1 cr.)
BUS A201 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3 cr.)
BUS A202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3 cr.)
ECON E201 Introduction to Microeconomics (3 cr.)
ECON E202 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
ECON E270 Introduction to Statistical Theory in Economics (3 cr.)
MATH M118 Finite Mathematics (3 cr.)
MATH M119 Brief Survey of Calculus I (3 cr.)

In addition, BUS K201 the Computer in Business, or its equivalent, must be completed with a minimum grade of C prior to starting the integrative core. Students are required to take the integrative core, which is 9 credit hours taken together as a single educational unit (BUS F301 Financial Management, M301 Introduction to Marketing Management and P301 Operations Management).

In addition to the 12 required courses listed above, BUS X204 Business Communications, BUS L302 Commercial Law I, and BUS Z302 Managing and Behavior in Organizations are recommended.

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Minor in Computer Science, IUB

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in the School of Informatics may obtain a minor in computer science by successfully completing a minimum of 15 credit hours that include the following requirements:
CSCI C211 Introduction to Computer Science (4 cr.)
CSCI C212 Introduction to Software Systems (4 cr.)
CSCI C241 Discrete Structures for Computer Science (3 cr.)
CSCI C335 Computer Structures (4 cr.), or
  CSCI C343 Data Structures (4 cr.)

Note: CSCI C211, CSCI C212, and CSCI C241 replace INFO I210, INFO I211, and INFO I201 respectively.

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Minor in Information Technology, IUB

Students pursuing a bachelor's degree in the School of Informatics may obtain a minor in information technology by successfully completing a minimum of 15 credit hours that include the following requirements:
CSCI A201/A202 or CSCI C211/C212 Introduction to Programming I and II (4 cr./4cr.)
CSCI A247 Network Technologies and Administration (4 cr.)
CSCI A346 User-Interface Programming (3 cr.) or
  CSCI A348 Mastering the World Wide Web (4 cr.)
CSCI A112 Basic Tools in Informatics- Programming and Database Concepts is recommended for students without a programming background.

Note: CSCI A201 and CSCI A202 are equivalent to INFO I210 and INFO I211, and CSCI C211 and CSCI C212 substitute for these informatics courses respectively.

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Undergraduate Courses in the School of Informatics, IUB and IUPUI

see the complete list of Undergraduate Informatics Courses in the Courses section.

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New Media Degree Programs, IUPUI

The New Media Program, located at IUPUI, an Associate of Science in Media Arts and Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Media Arts and Science, and a Certificate in Internet Application Development; all provide an integrated approach to the study of new media. Focused on applied research and application, these degrees are oriented toward professional practice. Together, they encompass the design, development, management, integration, application, assessment, and deployment of new and digital media to communication.

The programs and requirements described apply in the New Media Program at Indianapolis.

Associate of Science in Media Arts and Technology
Bachelor of Science in Media Arts and Science
Certificate in Internet Application Development
Undergraduate Courses in the New Media Program, IUPUI

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Associate of Science in Media Arts and Technology

Course Requirements
The course work required for the A.S. in New Media consists of three parts:
New Media Core Courses
General-Education Requirements
General Electives

Required New Media Core Courses (18 cr.)
NEWM N100 Introduction to Digital Media Principles (3 cr.)
CSCI N241 Introduction to Web Design (3 cr.)
NEWM N101 Topics in Interactive Multimedia (3 cr.)
ENG W131 English Composition I (3 cr.) or
  JOUR J100 Computer Methods for Journalists (3 cr.)
CPT 115 Computer Information Systems Fundamentals (3 cr.)
CPT 140 Programming Constructs Lab (3 cr.)

General-Education Requirements (6 cr.)
COMM R110 Fundamentals of Speech (3 cr.)
JOUR J200 Reporting, Writing, and Editing I (3 cr.) or
  ENG W132 English Composition II (3 cr.)

Foreign Language (6 cr.)
Students must complete 6 credit hours in a foreign language. Japanese or Chinese is recommended.

Analytical Skills (6 cr.)
MATH M111 Algebra (4 cr.) or
  higher level course (excluding MATH 130, MATH 131, MATH 132)
MATH M153 Algebra and Trigonometry I (3 cr.)
PHIL P162 Practical Logic (3 cr.)
PHIL P265 Elementary Symbolic Logic (3 cr.)

Arts and Humanities (6 cr.)
CMLT C190 Introduction to Film (3 cr.)
MUS M174 Music for the Listener (3 cr.)
HER H100 Art Appreciation (3 cr.)
COMM T130 Theatre Appreciation (3 cr.)
PHIL P120 Personal and Social Ethics (3 cr.)

Sciences (6 cr.)
Astronomy
Biology
Chemistry
Geography
Physics
Psychology (PSY B105 Psychology only)
Computer

General Electives (12 cr.) selected from the following schools or departments:
New Media, Art, Journalism, Music, Computer Science, Computer Technology, and/or Library and Information Science.

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Bachelor of Science in Media Arts and Science

All students must meet the requirements as established by the faculty of the New Media Program and applied to all IUPUI New Media students. The New Media Program, Office of Student Affairs, Mary Cable Building 117, can answer questions about general education courses and distribution requirements.

General Requirements:

  1. All IUPUI students must fulfill the following undergraduate requirements:
    6 credit hours of Communication (written and oral)
    10 credit hours of Foreign Language
    6 credit hours of Analytical Skills
    6 credit hours of Arts and Humanities
    6 credit hours of Social Sciences
  2. A minimum of 122 credit hours is required for a New Media degree.
  3. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) is required for graduation.
  4. A minimum of 36 credit hours must be at the 300-400 level. Courses taken at other institutions at the freshman and sophomore levels, regardless of title or description, will not be accepted in satisfaction of this requirement.
  5. At least 12 credit hours of 300-400 level courses must be taken outside the major program as electives.
  6. A maximum of 12 credit hours may be taken using the Pass/Fail option and applied to university electives only.
  7. A minimum of 24 credit hours must be taken in the concentration/specialization area. For requirements in the concentration/ specialization area, refer to the plan of study, available from your advisor.
  8. Any course in which a student receives a grade below C (2.0) may not be used to fulfill any requirement (a C- will not count).
  9. A minimum of 26 credit hours of the work of the senior year must be completed at IUPUI except in the case of students transferring within the campuses of Indiana University. (See academic advisor for specific residency requirements).
  10. Credit to the degree will not be accepted for remedial courses.
  11. Once a course has been applied toward one requirement, it cannot be used to satisfy a second requirement, except where explicitly stated otherwise. No course will be counted more than once toward graduation with the exception of variable titled courses, seminars, independent study, internships, and other special courses.
Course Requirements
The course work required for the B.S. in Media Arts and Science consists of six parts:
Required New Media Core Courses

Web-Based Computer Programming

Concentration/Specialization Courses

New Media Electives

General-Education Requirements

University Electives

The New Media Program recommends that students complete English W131 or Honors W140 during the first semester or as soon afterward as placement test scores and course availability allow. Students whose placement test scores indicate a need to take English W001 should enroll in that course their first semester. Students must earn a minimum grade of C in English W001 to advance to English W131. It also is recommended that English W132, W150, or JOUR J200 be taken the semester following successful completion of English W131.

Speech Communication R110 (3 cr.)
Students with previously acquired competency in public speaking may be eligible for special credit and exemption from the requirement; contact the chairperson of the Department of Communication Studies, Cavanaugh Hall 309, or call (317) 274-0566.

Foreign Language Requirement Placement Test
Students with previous experience in a foreign language should take the Foreign Language Placement Test at the Testing Center to assess their level of language preparation. Students who complete the course into which they were placed with a minimum grade of C are eligible for special credit at a reduced fee for the appropriate lower-division courses(s) that precede the course taken. Foreign language special credit counts toward graduation and toward the foreign language requirement.

Courses numbered 117 are reserved for students who have never studied the language before. Students who have had two or more years of formal study in a language may take a 117-level course in that language as a refresher course before enrolling in a more advanced course. Their work will be graded on a Satisfactory/Fail (S/F) basis. A grade of S is equivalent to a minimum grade of C.

Nonnative Speakers
Students for whom English is not a first language may be exempted from the foreign language requirement, without credit, by completion of English W131 and W132 with a minimum grade of C or better.

Native speakers of English who have achieved elementary or intermediate proficiency in a foreign language by studying or living in a country where the language is spoken should confer with the Foreign Languages and Cultures department for placement in the correct level of that foreign language.

Advanced Courses
In addition to advanced courses in one's major, the new media student should conduct in-depth study in other areas. Courses at the 300 level plus must be completed in five areas: Required Core (6), Web-Based Programming (9), Concentration or Specialization (12), New Media Electives (12), and University Electives (12).

Required New Media core courses (18 cr.)
NEWM N100 Introduction to Digital Media Principles (3 cr.)
CSCI N241 Introduction to Web Design (3 cr.)
NEWM N101 Topics in Interactive Multimedia (3 cr.)
ENG W131 English Composition I (3 cr.)
CSCI N301 Fundamental Computer Science Concepts (3 cr.)
NEWM N499 Capstone: Portfolio or Project (3 cr.)

Web-Based Computer Programming (9 cr.)
CSCI N351 Introduction to Multimedia Programming (3 cr.)
CSCI N331 Visual Basic Programming (3 cr.)
CSCI N355 VRML (3 cr.)
CSCI N341 Web Programming (3 cr.)
CSCI N345 Advanced Programming, Java (3 cr.)
CSCI N305 C Language Programming (3 cr.)

Concentration/Specialization Courses (24 cr.)
To be selected from one of the following areas (of which 12 credits must be at the 300 level or above)

Area 1:   Computer Technology
Computer Science
Library Information and Science
New Media
Area 2: Music
Art
Journalism
New Media

New Media Electives (12 cr.)
Students must complete 12 credit hours of Media Arts and Science electives at the 300 level or above.

General-Education Requirements
COMM R110 Fundamentals of Speech Communication (3 cr.)
JOUR J200 Reporting, Writing, and Editing I (3 cr.) or
  ENG W132 English Composition II (3 cr.)

Foreign Language (10 cr.)
Students must complete 10 credit hours in a foreign language. Asian languages are recommended.

Analytical Skills (6 cr.)
MATH M111 Algebra (4 cr.) or higher level course (excluding MATH 130, MATH 131, MATH 132)
MATH M153 Algebra and Trigonometry I (3 cr.)
PHIL P162 Logic (3 cr.)
PHIL P265 Introduction to Symbolic Logic (3 cr.)

Arts and Humanities (6 cr.)
CMLT C190 Introduction to Film (3 cr.)
COMM T130 Introduction to Theatre (3 cr.)
FOLK F101 Introduction to Folklore (3 cr.)
HER H100 Art Appreciation (3 cr.)
MUS M174 Music for the Listener (3 cr.)
PHIL P120 Personal and Social Ethics (3 cr.)
REL R133 Introduction to Religious (3 cr.)
WOST W105 Introduction to Women's Studies (3 cr.)

Social Sciences (6 cr.)
AFRO A150 Afro-American Studies (3 cr.)
AMST A103 American Studies (3 cr.)
ANTH A104 Anthropology (3 cr.)
ECON E101 Economics (3 cr.) or
  E201 Introduction to Microeconomics (3 cr.) or
  E202 Introduction to Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
GEOG G110 Geography (3 cr.)
LING G104 Linguistics (3 cr.)
POLS Y101 Principles of Political Science (3 cr.) or
  POLS Y103 Introduction to American Politics (3 cr.)
PSY B104 Psychology (3 cr.)
SOC R100 Sociology (3 cr.)

University Electives (25 cr.)
of which 12 hours must be completed at the 300 level or above

Suggested electives:
COMM C228 Discussion and Group Methods (3 cr.)
COMM M373 Film and Video Documentary (3 cr.)
COMM C380 Organizational Communication (3 cr.)
HER E101 Beginning Drawing (3 cr.)
HER E105 Beginning Painting (3 cr.)
HER E201 Basic Photography (3 cr.)
JOUR J210 Visual Communication (3 cr.)
JOUR J300 Communication Law (3 cr.)
PSY B366 Concepts and Applications in Organizational Psychology (3 cr.)
STAT B305 Statistics (3 cr.) or
Any course from the schools or departments of New Media, Art, Journalism, Music, Computer Science, Computer Technology, and/or Library and Information Science.

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Certificate in Internet Application Development

  1. Minimum grade of 2.0 (C) in all courses taken for the certificate.
  2. Students are required to complete 27 credit hours from the following list:
Design Courses
HER R201 Visual Research Web Basics (3 cr.)
HER A371 Intro to Interactive Design (3 cr.)

Writing Courses
JOUR J100 Computer Methods for Journalists (3 cr.)
JOUR J200 Reporting, Writing, and Editing I (P: ENG W131) (3 cr.)

Audio Courses
MUS M110 Music and Computers (3 cr.)
MUS Z320 Electronic Composition (3 cr.)

Programming Courses
CSCI 220 WWW Authoring and Design (3 cr.)

Application Development Courses
CPT 499 Multimedia Systems (3 cr.)

Elective (3 cr.)
Three credit hours in an internship, independent guided study application project, or three (3) credit hours in an approved elective course from one of the following academic departments or schools:
Art
Computer Science
Computer Technology
Journalism
Library and Information Science
Music
New Media

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Undergraduate Courses in the New Media Program, IUPUI

see the complete list of Undergraduate New Media Courses in the Courses Section.

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