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ITEM 12. Physics requirement
Motion: (at Sept. 4, 08 DCSC) BIRT the first term requirement of
Physics be changed to a science requirement, for example Physics,
Chemistry or Biology (the exact course numbers to be determined).
the Admissions requirements, remove the line
2. Physics is the recommended Grade 12 U Science.
Status: CC: ; DCSC: passed Sept. 4, 08
a) Although there may be a hardware-oriented stream in our program,
not all students are going down that path where knowledge of Physics is
b) As an Equity Issue: having Physics required in first term and
advertising Physics as recommended in the Admissions requirements, may
discourage female applicants and other applicants who have desire
to study computer science in order to apply it in life sciences.
c) As a Retention Issue: many students do not like Physics and do poorly
or even fail it, dragging down their GPA and in some cases leading to
suspension or probation.
d) Flexibility: this gives students more flexibility to prepare for the
path of their choice.
e) PCS110 is not a prerequisite of any other course.
f) There is a perception that physics is difficult, so some students try
to avoid it and delay it. Even within the Science program there is that
perception and they are considering having two introductory physics
courses for their program.
g) Feedback from the Assoc. Dean and the Science group is positive on such
h) IEEE suggests one science, not necessarily Physics.
i) Against: CPS310 and CPS210 require a knowledge of physics, without
which the understanding of gates and signals is difficult. Others
were of the opinion that this is not the case and that gates and signals
can be understood at a higher level. It was removed as a prerequisite
for that very reason.
j) This change would increase our pool of applicants to our program.
(This year we did well anyway, target 120, raised to 140 and now we have
161, based on the strength of the applicants.
k) This will broaden the choices and flexibility of our program.
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