BS in Interdisciplinary Computing

Shorelight - University of Kansas, United States

bs-in-interdisciplinary-computing

Next enrollment cycle

December 2021

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First Year Course Fee

USD 27,050

Course Accredited By

ABET

  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree
  • Up to 30% scholarship
Interdisciplinary computing graduates collaborate with scientists or other professionals, applying their computing expertise to large-scale problems.
  • They might use grid computing to study the first few picoseconds after the Big Bang or process enormous data streams from telescopic mapping experiments to analyze the orbits of potential Earth-crossing asteroids. They could manage and expand biological databases to study the causes of worldwide biodiversity decline, apply machine learning techniques to design better chemotherapies, or develop optimization techniques to locate tornado sirens for maximum population coverage.

Inter Disciplinary Focus Areas

  • Interdisciplinary Computing students choose one of the following 6 scientific fields to pair with their computational coursework.
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geography
  • Journalism
  • Physics

Enrollment Cycles

  • December 2021
  • September 2022
  • April 2022

KENYA

  • Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms
  • C or 7 average or higher
  • Undergraduate AAP 3 Terms
  • C or 7 average or higher
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms
  • C or 7 average or higher

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 ( with no band lower than 6.0) except speaking
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6.0 ( with no band lower than 5.5) except speaking
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 ( with no band lower than 5.0) except speaking
  • KUDE (2 Terms) 6.5 (no subscore lower than 6.0) except speaking
  • AEC (1 Term) 5.0 or lower
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 5.0
  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.5

TOEFL

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • ID (2 Terms) 79 No subscore below 18
  • AAP (2 Terms) 71 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 13
  • KUDE (2 Terms) 79 No section below 18
  • AEC (1 Term) 59 or lower
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 50
  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 40

Duolingo

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 70
  • ID (2 Terms) 110
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90
  • KUDE (2 Terms) NA
  • AEC (1 Term) NA
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 80
  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 70

Uganda 

  • Advanced Certificate of Education and Uganda Certificate of Education
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms
  • UACE - minimum of 2 Principal Passing grades of D or higher and at least 1 subsidiary pass in a college preparatory subject. UGCE - C (7) average or higher or General Certificate of Education Level (O Level) Exam with 5 academic subjects
  • Undergraduate AAP 3 Terms
  • UACE - minimum of 2 Principal Passing grades of D or higher and at least 1 subsidiary pass in a college preparatory subject. UGCE - C (7) average or higher or General Certificate of Education Level (O Level) Exam with 5 academic subjects
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms
  • UACE - minimum of 2 Principal Passing grades of D or higher and at least 1 subsidiary pass in a college preparatory subject. UGCE - C (7) average or higher or General Certificate of Education Level (O Level) Exam with 5 academic subjects

English Requirements

Certificate

IELTS

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 ( with no band lower than 6.0) except speaking
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6.0 ( with no band lower than 5.5) except speaking
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 ( with no band lower than 5.0) except speaking
  • KUDE (2 Terms) 6.5 (no subscore lower than 6.0) except speaking
  • AEC (1 Term) 5.0 or lower
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 5.0
  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.5

TOEFL

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • ID (2 Terms) 79 No subscore below 18
  • AAP (2 Terms) 71 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 13
  • KUDE (2 Terms) 79 No section below 18
  • AEC (1 Term) 59 or lower
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 50
  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 40

Duolingo

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 70
  • ID (2 Terms) 110
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90
  • KUDE (2 Terms) NA
  • AEC (1 Term) NA
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 80
  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 70

TANZANIA

  • Certificate of Secondary Education (CSE)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms E/5 average or higher
  • Undergraduate AAP 3 Terms E/5 average or higher
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms E/5 average or higher
  • English Requirements

CERTIFICATE IELTS

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 ( with no band lower than 6.0) except speaking
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6.0 ( with no band lower than 5.5) except speaking
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 ( with no band lower than 5.0) except speaking
  • KUDE (2 Terms) 6.5 (no subscore lower than 6.0) except speaking
  • AEC (1 Term) 5.0 or lower
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 5.0
  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.5

TOEFL

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • ID (2 Terms) 79 No subscore below 18
  • AAP (2 Terms) 71 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 13
  • KUDE (2 Terms) 79 No section below 18
  • AEC (1 Term) 59 or lower
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 50
  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 40

Duolingo

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 70
  • ID (2 Terms) 110
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90
  • KUDE (2 Terms) NA
  • AEC (1 Term) NA
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 80
  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 70

UNITED KINGDOM

  • See GCSE criteria
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms
  • Undergraduate AAP 3 Terms
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms
  • Bachelor’s degree (Pass or Honours earned after 3 or 4 years); Bachelor of (Architecture, Dental Surgery, Medicine); Master of Pharmacy (I and II); BTEC Level 7 Diploma in Technology or Technological Engineering or Arts and Design
  • Undergraduate PS AAP 2 Terms 45
  • Undergraduate PS AAP 3 Terms 45
  • Undergraduate PS ID 2 Terms 45

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 ( with no band lower than 6.0) except speaking
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6.0 ( with no band lower than 5.5) except speaking
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 ( with no band lower than 5.0) except speaking
  • KUDE (2 Terms) 6.5 (no subscore lower than 6.0) except speaking
  • AEC (1 Term) 5.0 or lower
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 5.0
  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.5

TOEFL

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • ID (2 Terms) 79 No subscore below 18
  • AAP (2 Terms) 71 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 13
  • KUDE (2 Terms) 79 No section below 18

Duolingo

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 70
  • ID (2 Terms) 110
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90
  • KUDE (2 Terms) NA
  • AEC (1 Term) NA
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 80
  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 70

BTEC

  • (BTEC) Extended Diploma (Level 3)
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms 80 UCAS Points or MMP Grade
  • Undergraduate AAP 3 Terms 80 UCAS Points or MMP Grade
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms 80 UCAS Points or MMP Grade

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 ( with no band lower than 6.0) except speaking
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6.0 ( with no band lower than 5.5) except speaking
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 ( with no band lower than 5.0) except speaking
  • KUDE (2 Terms) 6.5 (no subscore lower than 6.0) except speaking
  • AEC (1 Term) 5.0 or lower
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 5.0
  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.5

TOEFL

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • ID (2 Terms) 79 No subscore below 18
  • AAP (2 Terms) 71 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 13
  • KUDE (2 Terms) 79 No section below 18
  • AEC (1 Term) 59 or lower
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 50
  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 40

Duolingo

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 70
  • ID (2 Terms) 110
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90
  • KUDE (2 Terms) NA
  • AEC (1 Term) NA
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 80
  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 70

GCSE/IGCSE/GCE O-LEVEL

  • Five college preparatory subjects passed is the baseline minimum entry requirement. Specific exam subject types are not required as long as a student has a total of 5 total subjects completed. KU will take all exams into account (and not just the top five) when calculating the admission GPA. If available, students should also submit school transcripts or progress reports demonstrating all completed coursework from their secondary school.
  • Undergraduate AAP 2 Terms D or 3
  • Undergraduate AAP 3 Terms D or 3
  • Undergraduate ID 2 Terms D or 3

English Requirements Certificate

IELTS

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 4.5
  • ID (2 Terms) 6.5 ( with no band lower than 6.0) except speaking
  • AAP (2 Terms) 6.0 ( with no band lower than 5.5) except speaking
  • EAP (3 Terms) 5.5 ( with no band lower than 5.0) except speaking
  • KUDE (2 Terms) 6.5 (no subscore lower than 6.0) except speaking
  • AEC (1 Term) 5.0 or lower
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 5.0
  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 4.5

TOEFL

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 40
  • ID (2 Terms) 79 No subscore below 18
  • AAP (2 Terms) 71 No subscore below 16
  • EAP (3 Terms) 60 No subscore below 13
  • KUDE (2 Terms) 79 No section below 18
  • AEC (1 Term) 59 or lowe
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 50
  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 40

Duolingo

  • Academic English (2 Terms) 70
  • ID (2 Terms) 110
  • AAP (2 Terms) 100
  • EAP (3 Terms) 90
  • KUDE (2 Terms) NA
  • AEC (1 Term) NA
  • Academic English - PSE (1 Term) 80
  • Academic English (3 Terms) Below 70

Requirements for a Bacheor of Science in Interdiciplinary Computing (BSIC)

Interdisciplinary Computing undergraduates are required to choose from one of five focuses. A total of 124-130 credit hours are required for the BSIC degree depending on the choosen focus, the coursework for which is detiled below

Computer Science Courses Hours

  • EECS 101 New Student Seminar (part of AE51) 1 hrs
  • EECS 140 Introduction to Digital Logical Design 4 hrs
  • EECS 168 Programming I 4 hrs
  • EECS 268 Programming II 4 hrs
  • EECS 368 Programming Language Paradigms 3 hrs
  • EECS 388 Embedded Systems 4 hrs
  • EECS 448 Software Engineering I 4 hrs
  • EECS 510 Introduction to the Theory of Computing 3 hrs
  • EECS 560 Data Structures 4 hrs
  • EECS 581 Computer Science Design I 3 hrs
  • EECS 582 Computer Science Design II 3 hrs
  • EECS 678 Introduction to Operating Systems 4 hrs
  • 3 Senior Electives1 9hrs
  • Total hours  50 hrs

Mathematics Courses Hours

  • MATH 125 Calculus I (GE 12) 4 hrs
  • MATH 126 Calculus II 4 hrs
  • MATH 127 Calculus III 4 hrs
  • MATH 220 Applied Differential Equations

Note: Required only for the Astronomy, Chemistry, and Physics focuses 3 hrs

  • MATH 290 Elementary Linear Algebra 2 hrs
  • MATH 526 Applied Mathematical Statistics I 3 hrs
  • EECS 210 Discrete Structures 4 hrs
  • Total hours 21-24 hrs

Satisfy GE21: Written Communication Hours

  • GE212 3 hrs
  • GE212 3 hrs
  • Total hours 6 hrs

Satisfy GE22: Oral Communication Hours

  • (Typically Satisfied by COMS 130)2 3hrs
  • Total hours 3hrs

Arts/Humanities/Social Science Hours

  • Satisfy GE3H: Arts/Humanities2 3hrs
  • Satisfy GE3S: Social Science2 3hrs
  •  Total hours 6hrs

Diversity, Global Awareness Hours

  • AE412 3hrs
  • AE422 3hrs
  • Total hours 6hrs

Astronomy Focus Courses Hours

  • ASTR 391 Physical Astronomy, Honors 3 hrs
  • ASTR 503 Undergraduate Research 2 hrs
  • ASTR 591 Stellar Astronomy 3 hrs
  • ASTR 592 Galactic & Extragalactic Astro 3 hrs
  • ASTR 596 Observational Astrophysics 2hrs
  • 2 Astronomy Electives3 6hrs
  • PHSX 210 General Physics I for Engineers (GE11) 3 hrs
  • PHSX 212 General Physics II (GE3N) 3 hrs
  • PHSX 216 General Physics I Lab (part of AE51) 1 hrs
  • PHSX 236 General Physics II Lab 1 hrs
  • PHSX 313 General Physics III 3 hrs
  • PHSX 316 Physics Lab 1 hrs
  • Total hours 31hrs

Biology Focus Courses Hours

  • PHIL 375/320/160 (AE51) 3hrs
  • BIOL 150 Principles of Molecular and Cellular Biology (GE3N) 4 hrs
  • BIOL 152 Principles of Organismal Biology 4 hrs
  • BIOL 350 Principles of Genetics 4 hrs

Biology Choice 1: Choose one of the following:

  • BIOL 400 Fundamentals of Microbiology
  • BIOL 416 Cell Structure and Function
  • BIOL 417 Biology of Development
  • BIOL 435 Introduction to Neurobiology
  • Total hours 3hrs

Biology Choice 2: Choose one of the following:

  • BIOL 414 Principles of Ecology
  • BIOL 428 Introduction to Systematics
  • BIOL 501 Physiology Adaptations of Plants to Extreme Environments
  • BIOL 544 Comparative Animal Physiology
  • Total hours 3hrs

BIOL 412 Evolutionary Biology 3 hrs

  • 2 Biology Electives4 6 hrs
  • CHEM 130 General Chemistry I 5 hrs
  • CHEM 135 General Chemistry II 5 hrs
  • Total hours 35hrs

Chemistry Focus Courses Hours

  • CHEM 130 Foundations of Chemistry I 5 hrs
  • CHEM 135 Foundations of Chemistry II 5 hrs
  • CHEM 330 Organic Chemistry I 3 hrs
  • CHEM 530 Physical Chemistry I 3hrs
  • CHEM 531 Physical Chemistry I Lab 2hrs
  • CHEM 535 Physical Chemistry II 4hrs
  • CHEM 698 Undergraduate Research Problems 2hrs
  • PHSX 210 General Physics I for Engineers (GE11) 3hrs
  • PHSX 212 General Physics II (GE3N) 3hrs
  • PHSX 216 General Physics I Lab (part of AE51) 1hrs
  • PHSX 236 General Physics II Lab 1hrs
  • Total hours 32hrs

Geography Focus Courses Hours

  • GEOG Basics 15 3 hrs
  • GEOG Basics 25 3 hrs
  • GEOG 311 Map Conception & Development (GE3N) 4 hrs
  • GEOG 358 Principles of Geographic Information Systems 4 hrs
  • GEOG 526 Remote Sensing of Environment 4 hrs
  • GEOG 558 Intermediate Geographical Information Systems 4 hrs
  • 2 Geography Electives 5 hrs
  • PHSX 210 General Physics I for Engineers (GE11) 3 hrs
  • PHSX 216 General Physics I Lab (part of AE51) 1 hrs
  • Total hours 33 hrs

Journalism Basics Hours

  • JOUR 150 Stand and Delivery (GE22) 3 hrs
  • JOUR 300 Visual Storytelling 3 hrs
  • JOUR 302 Infomania: Info Management (GE11) 3 hrs
  • JOUR 304 Media Writing (GE2102) 3 hrs
  • JOUR 534 Diversity in Media (AE41) 3 hrs
  • JOUR 580 Environmental Journalism 3 hrs
  • JOUR 608 Ethics and Prof. Practice (AE51) 3 hrs
  • JOUR 618 First Amendment & Society 3 hrs
  • JOUR 690 Media Innov. And Entrep. 3 hrs
  • Total hours 27 hrs

Journalism Emphasis 1: News/Information

  • JOUR 415 Multimedia Reporting 3 hrs
  • JOUR 419 Multimedia Editing 3 hrs
  • JOUR 500 News/Info Elective 3 hrs
  • JOUR 621 Stratcom Elective 3 hrs
  • Total hours 12 hrs

Journalism Emphasis 2: Strategic Communication

  • JOUR 320 Intro to Strategic Communication I 3 hrs
  • JOUR 420 Strategic Communication II 3 hrs
  • JOUR 460 Research Methods - Stratcom 3 hrs
  • JOUR 500 Statcom Elective 3 hrs
  • Total hours 12 hrs

Journalism Emphasis 3: Combined New/Strat Comm

  • JOUR 320 Intro Strategic Communication I 3hrs
  • JOUR 415 Multimedia Reporting 3hrs
  • JOUR 560 Research Methods - Stratcom 3hrs
  • JOUR 621 Data Visualization 3hrs
  • Total hours 12hrs

Physics Focus Courses Hours

  • PHSX 210 General Physics I for Engineers (GE11) 3 hrs
  • PHSX 212 General Physics II (GE3N) 3 hrs
  • PHSX 216 General Physics I Lab (part of AE51) 1 hrs
  • PHSX 236 General Physics II Lab 1 hrs
  • PHSX 313 General Physics III 4 hrs
  • PHSX 316 Physics Lab 1 hrs
  • PHSX 503 Undergraduate Research 2 hrs
  • PHSX 511 Introductory Quantum Mechanics 3 hrs
  • PHSX 521 Mechanics 3 hrs
  • PHSX 531 Electricity and Magnetism 3 hrs
  • 2 Physics Electives6 6 hrs
  • Total hours 29 hrs
  • Typical cost for two semesters $41,700 
  • Tuition $27,050 
  • Housing $8,000 
  • Dining $3,600 
  • Other $3,050

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