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Ph.D. Minors

All School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering doctoral students are required to complete either a minor within the school or an approved minor outside the school. Internal and external minors should be appropriate to the student's research as determined by the student's advisory committee.

Informatics, Computing, Engineering, and Information Science Minors

The School offers the minors listed below. Please refer to the University Graduate School Bulletin 2016-2017  regarding the requirements.

Ph.D. Minor in Bioinformatics (12cr.) (External and Internal Minor)

The core curriculum consists of graduate level courses in informatics. Students may select electives based on personal interests from a broad list of courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, information science, and medical and molecular genetics. The graduate bioinformatics courses in the School of Informatics and Computing assume a minimal knowledge of cell and molecular biology. That level of understanding could be gained with at least six (6) undergraduate credit hours in molecular biology, genetics, or evolution. However, undergraduate credits do not count towards a Ph.D. degree unless specifically listed in the University Graduate Bulletin without the notation "Not for graduate credit." For information about the Bioinformatics minor, contact the Informatics Graduate Studies Office at inforecd@indiana.edu.

NOTE: Undergraduate credits do not count towards a Ph.D. degree unless specifically listed in the University Graduate Bulletin as a course that may be taken for graduate credit. Before enrolling in an undergraduate course, please consult the Informatics Graduate Studies office.

Ph.D. Minor in Complex Networks & Systems (9 cr.) (External and Internal Minor)

A minor in Complex Systems requires nine credit hours. Both I-609 and I-709 are required. The student may choose among the following courses to obtain the degree:

  • INFO-I 609 Advanced Ph.D. Seminar in Complex Systems (3 cr.) (Required)
  • INFO-I 709 Advanced Ph.D. Seminar in Complex Systems II (3 cr.) (Required)
  • INFO-I 585 Biologically inspired Computing (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 586 Artificial Life as an Approach to Artificial Intelligence (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 601 Introduction to Complex Systems (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 690 Mathematical Methods for Complex Systems (3 cr.)

In consultation with both Complex Systems Track Director and the student's advisor, additional classes can be counted toward the degree. For information about the Complex Systems minor, contact the Informatics Graduate Studies Office at inforecd@indiana.edu.

Ph.D. Minor in Computer Science (9 cr.) (External and Internal Minor)

Ph.D. minor for CS students, Ph.D. minor in Computer Science

For information about the Computer Science minor, contact the Computer Science Graduate Studies Office at sicecsgr@indiana.edu.

Ph.D. Minor in Data Science (12 cr.) (External and Internal Minor)

Data Science

For information about the Data Science minor, contact the Data Science Graduate Studies Office at datasci@indiana.edu.

Ph.D. Minor in Human-Computer Interaction (12 cr.) (External and Internal Minor)

The Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) minor requires 12 credit hours. Students must take at least one 3-credit hour introductory HCI graduate course from the following list:

  • INFO-I 541 Interaction Design Practice (3 cr.)
  • INFO I-542 Foundations of HCI (3 cr.)
  • ILS-Z-515 Information Architecture (3 cr.)

Additionally, students must take nine (9) credits from outside of the student's home department. These nine credits may be taken from one or more departments, so long as they are not the student's home department.

The student's HCI advisor and the Director of Graduate Studies must approve all topical seminar classes. A minimum of B (3.0) is required in each course that is to count toward the minor. For information about the HCI Minor, contact the Informatics Graduate Studies Office at inforecd@indiana.edu.

Ph.D. Minor in Informatics (9 cr.) (External Minor for non-Informatics students only)

A minor in Informatics requires nine credit hours. The required nine credit hours refer to any three graduate courses suitable for the student's research, decided by the student's advisor (in the student's department) and the Informatics Director of Graduate Studies. Typically, these three graduate courses will include I-501 and two other approved Informatics courses available in the Informatics Ph.D. program. For information about the Informatics minor, contact the Informatics Graduate Studies Office at inforecd@indiana.edu.

Informatics (open to computer science students and students outside the school)

Ph.D. Minor in Information Science (12 cr.) (External Minor)

Information Science

For information about the Information Science minor, contact the Information & Library Science Graduate Studies Office at ilsmain@indiana.edu.

Ph.D. Minors in Intelligent Systems Engineering (external minor)

Doctoral students in other departments may complete a minor in of of the five tracks within the Department of Intelligent Systems Engineering by satisfying the following requirements:

Ph.D. Minor in Bioengineering:

A minor in Bioengineering requires 9 credit hours.

  • E504 is required (3 cr.)
  • Choose two courses listed as a Computer Engineering track course at the 500 level or above to equal 6 credit hours. These can include E535, E540, E541, and E599 courses relevant to Bioengineering.

Other courses not listed may be counted toward the minor with consultation of both the department chair and advisor.

Ph.D. Minor in Computer Engineering:

A minor in Computer Engineering requires 9 credit hours.

  • E501 is required (3 cr.)
  • Choose two courses listed as a Computer Engineering track course at the 500 level or above to equal 6 credit hours. These can include E510, E512, E513, E514, E517, E518, E621 and E599 courses relevant to Computer Engineering.

Other courses not listed may be counted toward the minor wiht consultation of both the department chair and advisor.

Ph.D. Minor in Cyber-Physical Systems:

A minor in Cyber-Physical Systems requires 9 credit hours.

  • E502 is required (3 cr.)
  • Choose two courses listed as a Computer Engineering track course at the 500 level or above to equal 6 credit hours. These can include E512, E513, E514, E522, E523, E525, E526, E537, E622, E623 and E599 topics course relevant to Cyber-Physical Systems.

Other courses not listed may be counted toward the minor with consultation of both the department chair and advisor.

Ph.D. Minor in Molecular and Nanoscale Engineering:

A minor in Molecular and Nanoscale Engineering requires 9 credit hours.

  • E505 is required (3 cr.)
  • Choose two courses listed as a Computer Engineering track course at the 500 level or above to equal 6 credit hours. These can include E537, E551, and E599 courses relevant to Molecular and Nanoscale Engineering.

Other courses not listed may be counted toward the minor with consultation of both the department chair and advisor.

Ph.D. Minor in Neuroengineering:

A minor in Neuroengineering requires 9 credit hours.

  • E506 is required (3 cr.)
  • Choose two courses listed as a Computer Engineering track course at the 500 level or above to equal 6 credit hours. These can include E535 and E599 courses relevant to Neuroengineering.

Other courses not listed may be counted toward the minor with consultation of both the department chair and advisor.

Ph.D. Minor in Security Informatics (9 cr.) (External and Internal Minor)

A minor in Security Informatics required 9 credit hours, selected among the following courses:

  • INFO-I 533 Protocol Analysis and Design (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 537 Social Information Security (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 599 Malware (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 536 Cryptography (3 cr.)
  • INFO-I 525 Economics of Security (3 cr.)

In consultation with both the Security Informatics Track Director and advisor, CS-649 (Networking Security) and CS-649 (Trusted Computing) may be substituted for any two of the courses. For information about the Security Informatics minor, contact the Informatics Graduate Studies Office at inforecd@indiana.edu.

Ph.D. Minor in Social Informatics (12 cr.) (External and Internal Minor)

Social Informatics (PDF)

For information about the Information & Library Science Social Informatics minor, contact the Information & Library Science Graduate Studies Office at ilsmain@indiana.edu.

Ph.D. Individualized Minor (12 cr. or more in two or more programs) (External and Internal Minor administered by the University Graduate School)

The University Graduate School must approve an individualized minor, which the Bulletin does not specifically list, prior to enrolling in any courses that are to fulfill the individualized minor requirements.

The student must complete the Request for Individualized Minor form in one.iu.edu prior to taking any course. Then the University Graduate School must approve the individualized minor, the requirements (i.e. minimum accepted grades) and the examination procedure (if any). The name of the individualized minor cannot be a name of a minor that already exists.

NOTE: Upon approval of the Individualized Minor form, the student is eligible to take the approved courses. If a student wants to "substitute" a course with a non-approved course, the student will need to submit a substitution request prior to taking the course. Therefore, in the "Coursework used to satisfy the minor" section of the Request for Individualized Minor form, students should include additional possible courses to fulfill the individualized minor requirement.

The student needs to provide a rationale for taking the courses indicated. The courses should form a package leading to a goal relevant to the student's research.

Students must have the individualized approved by their advisor, the student's track director, the appropriate Director of Graduate Studies, and the University Graduate School prior to taking these classes.

External Minors

Some appropriate external minors include biology, chemistry, physics, cognitive science, history and philosophy of science, information science, law, sociology, and learning sciences. In all cases, the number of hours to be included in the minor is consistent with the requirements of the unit granting the minor.