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Encouraging Art and Science Cross-Departmental Collaboration through an Interdisciplinary Program

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Multidisciplinary Technical Session

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Multidisciplinary Engineering

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22.561.1 - 22.561.11



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Mahmoud K. Quweider University of Texas, Brownsville

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Dr. M. K. Quweider is an Associate Professor at University of Texas at Brownsville. He received his Ph.D. in Engineering Science and an M.S. in Applied Mathematics, M.S. in Engineering Science, and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering all from the University of Toledo, Ohio. After graduation, he worked at several places including Pixera, a digital image processing company in Cupertino, CA, and 3COM, a networking and communication company in Schaumberg, IL. He joined the UTB in 2000. His areas of interest include Imaging, Visualization and Animation, Web Design and Graphics.

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Encouraging Art and Science Cross-Departmental Collaboration through Interdisciplinary DegreesAbstractThe impact of computational algorithms on many art disciplines outside the arena mathematics,engineering, and technology has been no less than profound. This impact especially applies tobiology and criminal justice, two disciplines which have benefited immensely from the advancesin computer technology both at the hardware and the software sides. Drawing on the strengths ofthe Criminal Justice, the Biology, and the Computer and Information Sciences Departments, anew degree in Computational Sciences has been created (after going through the departmental,college, and the state approval process) for the first time at the institution, and became availableto student starting the fall of 2010. Heeding to the national calls to create new programs that willenhance the graduates employment chances, our degree aims at graduating the next generation ofstudents who are well-versed in the design, application, and understanding of computationalalgorithms as they apply them to their specific areas of specialization. The new degree allows forfuture inclusion of other areas/tracks that are proving to be more inter-disciplinary andcomputationally intensive such as biochemistry, nanotechnology, and neuroscience. Bachelor of Computational Science – Bachelor of Computational Science – Digital Forensics & Cyber-Security Track Bioinformatics Track BCS-DF/CS BCS-Bioinformatics Current Technical Electives Current Technical Electives in CIS and CJ in CIS and Biology New Criminal Justice BS General & Core CRIJ-43xx Cyber Crime BS General & Core New Biology Electives Electives BIOL-43xx Genetics Requirements Requirements New Technical Electives in COSC-43xx Advanced Networking Digital Forensics, Cyber COSC-43xx Digital Forensics New Technical Electives in COSC-43xx Bioinformatics I Security COSC-43xx Computer & Cyber Security Bioinformatics COSC-43xx Bioinformatics II Figure 1 CIS/CJ && CIS/Biology New DegreesOur paper describes in detail the new curriculum (the two diagrams above show two establishedtracks) including the set of new courses and lab modules created by the departments involved.Such courses include Foundation of Computer Science I, II to be taken by non-computer sciencemajors; Digital Forensics Computer and Cyber Security, to be taken by the Criminal Justicestudents; Bioinformatics I, II to be taken by Biology student. Some new courses are currentlybeing designed to accommodate Mathematics majors as well. We will also describe the newdegree plan and the administrative efforts of recruiting and advising new students in the newprogram.

Quweider, M. K. (2011, June), Encouraging Art and Science Cross-Departmental Collaboration through an Interdisciplinary Program Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17842

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