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An Overview of Quantum Information Science Courses at US Institutions
written by Bianca Cervantes, Gina Passante, Bethany R. Wilcox, and Steven J. Pollock
As the field of Quantum Information Science (QIS) continues to advance, there is an increased need for a quantum-smart workforce to address the needs of the growing quantum industry. As institutions begin to expand their course offerings, there is a unique opportunity for discipline-based education researchers to have an impact on the curricular and pedagogical choices being made in these courses.  As a first step, it is necessary for education researchers to have a representative picture of what QIS education currently looks like.

We reviewed recent course catalogues from a large sample of institutions in the United States looking for courses focused on QIS content.  Our conservative analysis reveals that roughly a quarter of the institutions we reviewed offer QIS courses.  While encouraging for such an emerging field, we found disparities in the types of institutions offering these courses as the vast majority were Doctoral-granting institutions. Additionally, we found that some classifications of minority serving institutions were much less likely to offer a QIS course (for example Historically Black Colleges and Universities or Predominantly Black Institutions), while Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander serving institutions were more likely than the national average to offer a QIS course. These disparities may lead to further racial, socioeconomic, and geographic disparity in the future quantum workforce. We also found that there was no single department that offered a majority of the QIS courses, indicating that the best efforts to improve QIS education will need to consider the multi-disciplinary nature of the field of quantum information science.
Physics Education Research Conference 2021
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: August 4-5, 2021
Pages 93-98
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B. Cervantes, G. Passante, B. Wilcox, and S. Pollock, An Overview of Quantum Information Science Courses at US Institutions, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15731&DocID=5465>.
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Cervantes, B., Passante, G., Wilcox, B., & Pollock, S. (2021, August 4-5). An Overview of Quantum Information Science Courses at US Institutions. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference. Retrieved December 8, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15731&DocID=5465
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Cervantes, B, G. Passante, B. Wilcox, and S. Pollock. "An Overview of Quantum Information Science Courses at US Institutions." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, August 4-5, 2021. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15731&DocID=5465 (accessed 8 December 2022).
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Cervantes, Bianca, Gina Passante, Bethany Wilcox, and Steven Pollock. "An Overview of Quantum Information Science Courses at US Institutions." Physics Education Research Conference 2021. Virtual Conference: 2021. 93-98 of PER Conference. 8 Dec. 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15731&DocID=5465>.
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