Carnegie Mellon University

Information Systems Academic Advising

Gary DiLisio, Principal Academic Advisor

Gary DiLisio

Principal Academic Advisor, Information Systems

Click below to schedule Academic Advising appointments with Mr. DiLisio (current Information Systems students and sophomore internal transfer applicants): 

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Brandy Wilson, Academic Advisor

Brandy Wilson

Academic Advisor, Information Systems

Click below to schedule Academic Advising appointments with Ms. Wilson (current IS students, first-year internal transfer applicants, and Global Systems and Management minors):

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Information Systems Major 

The Information Systems (IS) major is offered only as a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree program. IS is not available as a second major or minor.

In addition to IS major requirements, all IS students must fulfill the required curriculum for the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Requirements are subject to revision.  Advisor approval is required for each student's major curriculum plan. Any proposed course substitutions to courses required for the IS major must be approved in advance by your IS Advisor.

Information Systems requires completion of prerequisite courses in Computer Science and Mathematics. All pre-requisites must be successfully completed prior to the start of Fall semester, junior year.

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Students must take all three of the following courses:

  • Principles of Computing
  • Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science
  • Introduction to Data Structures

Students entering the program as freshmen will have the option to complete a Computer Science Placement Test.

MATHEMATICS

Students must take one of the following courses:

  • Calculus 2
  • Differential and Integral Calculus
  • Integration and Approximation
  • Concepts of Mathematics
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Matrix Algebra and Applications
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Calculus in Three Dimensions

A total of 360 units is required for the degree; students may double count up to three courses with other major and minor programs.

[IS concentrations carry a minimum of 27 units; concentration courses may not be used to also fulfill Disciplinary Core or Professional Core requirements. IDeATe concentrations consist of one 'Portal Course' (other than Introduction to Computing for Creative Practice) plus at least two additional courses within the concentration.]

For more details about IS curriculum, speak with your IS Advisor or consult the Undergraduate Catalog.

Current Carnegie Mellon University students in high academic standing may apply to be admitted to the Information Systems major as transfer students. For full details, see the undergraduate catalog and speak with the IS Academic Advisor.

Transfers into Information Systems are always subject to availability of space in the major. Applications will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • Strong record of academic performance at Carnegie Mellon (minimum QPA of 3.4)
  • Personal statement
  • Interview with an IS Academic Advisor; current Dietrich College students must also interview with their Academic Advisory Center (AAC) advisor
  • Relevance of courses completed to date
  • Relevance of prior experiences and projects
  • Completion of 15-112 Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science with final grade of 'A' or 'B'

Application materials must be submitted no later than the last day of classes of the fall or spring semester. Current Dietrich students will submit materials to the AAC while non-Dietrich students will submit all materials directly to Information Systems in Hamburg Hall 3031.

Non-Dietrich students must submit the Dietrich College Internal Transfer application in addition to their IS application.

Students interested in applying for transfer to the Information Systems major should contact the IS Academic Advisor for information regarding availability, application procedures, and deadlines.