The Academic Planning Process

The University’s academic master plan provides the timeline for implementing new majors. As a young campus, reviewing this academic plan annually is an important endeavor involving the Academic Planning Committee, the Academic Senate, the Provost and the President. Once approved on campus each fall, CI’s academic plan is forwarded by Academic Programs and Planning to the Chancellor’s Office for eventual approval in March by the Board of Trustees.

The following forms are provided for faculty proposing a change to the Academic Master Plan or submitting a program proposal for a new degree. The Proposal to Change the Academic Master Plan or ‘short form’ is used to add a degree to the master plan. The Program Proposal or ‘long form’ is used to develop a full program proposal for a degree already on the master plan.

As approved by the CSU Board of Trustees May 2013:

Existing Schools/Divisions and Degree Programs Offered or ProposedDegrees OfferedYear Initiated - Minors Not NotedSchedule for Review of Existing ProgramsProposed Degree Programs Fall Term
Applied PhysicsMinor/BS20082015-2016 
Applied Sociology   MS 2016
ArtMinor/BA20022014-2015MFA 2011*
Asian Pacific StudiesMinor   
BiologyMinor/BA/BS2005/20022015-2016MS 2016
Biotechnology and BioinformaticsMS**20042015-2016 
BusinessMinor/BS/MBA2002/20042015-2016, MBA 2010-2011 
Chicana/o StudiesMinor/BA20082015-2016 
Coastal Sustainability   MS 2015
Computer Engineering   BS 2016
Computer Game Design/DevMinor2006  
Computer ScienceMinor/BS/MS**2002/20052015-2016; MS 2015-2016 
Early Childhood StudiesBA 2007-20082014-2015  
EducationMA20042010-2011; 2016-2017EdD 2015
Environmental Science and Resource ManagementMinor/BS20022015-2016 
Freedom & Justice Studies   BA 2015
Geography & Urban Studies   BA 2014
Global StudiesMinor/BA   BA 2014
Health Sciences BS  BS 2014*
HistoryMinor/BA20042017-2018MA 2015
Information TechnologyBS+20052012-2013 
Kinesiology/Athletic Training   BS 2016
Liberal StudiesBA20022014-2015 
MathematicsMinor/BS/MS**20022014-2015; MS 2015-2016 
NursingBS20072013-2014MS 2015
Nutrition/Dietetics   BS 2016
Performing ArtsMinor/BA20062012-2013 
Philosophy   BA 2016
Political ScienceMinor/BA20062012-2013 
Public Administration   MPA 2013

* New degrees are launched based on the availability of resources. Please check with Academic Programs and Planning for the latest information pertaining to PLANNED DEGREES.

** Designates self support offered through Extended Education

+ Designates pending approval from the CSU Chancellor's Office