Student Policies and Forms-Information Systems - Carnegie Mellon University

Policies and Forms

Course Substitutions

Students may fulfill certain requirements with courses outside the curriculum listings. This provides limited flexibility when required courses are unavailable, or when new "special topics" courses are created by other departments and are relevant to the intentions of the requirement.  In all cases, proposed substitutions beyond the General Education requirements must be approved by the Information Systems Academic Advisor.

Students may make one course substitution within the curriculum's Disciplinary Core.  For example, the Organizations requirement may be fulfilled with a course not previously offered.

One course substitution is also permitted within one's Concentration Area. For example, the course Business Communications (70-340) may substitute for Writing in the Professions (76-270) in the Communication Design area.

All course substitution proposals for IS major requirements must be submitted to the Information Systems program academic advisor.  The Course Substitution Form must be used, and a description of the proposed course must be attached.

All requests for General Education substitutes must be made through the Dietrich College Academic Advisory Center, located in A57 Baker Hall.  Complete and return the Dietrich College Petition form to the Academic Advisory Center.

Double Counting Courses

"Double Counting" refers to instances when a course taken to fulfill one requirement counts simultaneously toward a requirement in another major or minor program.  Double Counting is permitted in DC on a very limited basis.  Information Systems students may double count no more than two courses used to fulfill any Information Systems major requirement (beyond Dietrich College General Education requirements and Prerequisite courses) with any combination of additional majors, minors or graduate degree programs.  Only one course may double count with any minor.  No course may count for more than one requirement within the major.   Students must also adhere to any policy restrictions on double counting enforced by the academic department of the student's additional major or minor.

Course Overloading

Overloading is defined as taking more than the equivalent of five full-semester courses in Fall or Spring semester.  Generally, it means registering for more than 50 units in a semester.  Student College (StuCo) courses and Physical Education courses are not counted toward this limit.

Students who wish to carry a course overload (more than 50 units) must discuss their plan with the IS academic advisor.  They must meet the qualifications for overloading as determined by Dietrich College policy and submit a petition for approval.  Per College policy, eligibility to overload means having a QPA of 3.00 (or higher) in the last completed semester and a current cumulative QPA of at least 3.00.  Eligibility does not automatically allow the student to register for an overload.  See Petition to Carry an Overload to review the policy and complete the form.

In general, students will be limited to an overload of no more than one additional full-semester course, or its equivalent.  Under circumstances in which a normal 5-unit course load requires more than 50 units, overloads to accommodate the additional units will usually be allowed.

If approved, the first opportunity to register for a course overload is after registration week for the proposed overload semester. “Registration week” for the spring semester is usually the third week in November; for the fall semester, it is usually the third week in April.

Adding and Dropping Courses

See University Policies for regulations on Adding, Late Adding or Dropping courses. Please see The HUB for forms and procedures.

Pass / Fail Grades

See University Policies for regulations on pass/fail grading options.   Undergraduate students may elect to take a free-elective course pass/fail unless precluded by the course, the course's department or the student's home department/college.  Generally, students may not take the pass/fail option for any course required for a major or minor, any required prerequisite or any general education course.  A student must submit a Pass/Fail Form to Enrollment Services indicating the course they are electing as pass/fail before the end of the university's drop period. Please see The HUB for forms and procedures.

Independent Study Credit

Independent studies are opportunities to engage in research with a faculty member to advance your learning in certain areas of interest. As an Information Systems major you may enroll in an independent study course for 3, 6, 9, or 12 units of academic credit. You must arrange your own study by obtaining a faculty sponsor who will direct you and help define the academic component of your work, monitor your progress, and assign a final grade.

Permission for registering and receiving credit is given after the Application for Independent Study is completed and submitted to the IS Academic Advisor, Ms. Young.  She will add the independent study course to your schedule of classes.

You need to submit the Application for Independent Study by the end of the first week of classes of the semester in which you will have the Independent Study.  See Application for Independent Study to view details on arranging an independent study for credit.

Internship Credit

Internships are supervised work experiences either on or off campus and are related to your academic interests and career goals. As an Information Systems major you may apply a cumulative maximum of 3 units of academic credit for internship work toward your undergraduate degree. You must arrange your own internship by obtaining a faculty sponsor who agrees to define the academic component of your work, monitor your progress, and assign a final grade. You also need to have a work site supervisor willing to communicate with the faculty sponsor and provide an evaluation of your work before a final grade is assigned.  You may apply for 1 unit, 2 units or 3 units of credit for an IS internship.  Information Systems internships will be graded on a pass/fail basis only.

Permission for registering and receiving credit is given after the Application for Internship Credit for is completed and submitted to the Information Systems Academic Advisor. She will add the internship course to your schedule of classes.

Your application for internship credit must be submitted before the first day of classes of the semester in which you will have the internship. See  Application for Internship Credit to view complete details on arranging an internship for credit.

Transfer Credit

IS students may receive transfer credit for coursework taken outside of Carnegie Mellon.  For courses that are intended to fulfill IS major requirements, approval is needed from the Information Systems Academic Advisor. Courses intended for other majors or minors need approval from those programs' home departments. Elective courses need to be approved by the Dietrich College Academic Advisory Center.

For complete details on the transfer credit policy and procedures, see the Dietrich College Transfer Credit Request form or visit the Academic Advisory Center in A57 Baker Hall.

Additional Majors

Dietrich College students may pursue additional majors and/or minors in the college, and in some cases in other Carnegie Mellon colleges. An additional major refers to the completion of the requirements for a major program in addition to those required for the primary major. In most cases, requirements for an additional major are the same as those for a primary major.

Most Dietrich College (DC) majors are also available as additional majors; one (Environmental Policy) is available only as an additional major. Students from outside DC are also eligible to attain an additional major in DC programs that offer an additional major option. In such cases, non-DC students would be required to complete only those courses in the DC general education (GenEd) program that are prerequisites to courses required for the DC major they are pursuing. A number of additional majors and minors elsewhere in the university are also available to DC students.

Minoring in Global Systems and Management

Information regarding the Minor in Global Systems and Management can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Global Systems and Management Declaration Form.