Information Systems Academic Advising
Senior Academic Advisor, Information Systems
Click below to schedule Academic Advising appointments with Mrs. Dandoy (Current IS students and internal transfer applicants with last names A - F).
Associate Director of Undergraduate Education, Information Systems
Click below to schedule Academic Advising appointments with Mr. DiLisio (Current Information Systems students, internal transfer applicants with last names G - P, and BXA internal transfer applicants).
Academic Advisor, Information Systems
Click below to schedule Academic Advising appointments with Mrs. Lutz. (Current Information Systems students and internal transfer applicants with last names Q - Z)
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 Pre-Requisites
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.
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.
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
Information Systems Major Requirements
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 students with a start year of 2020 and beyond, more details about the IS curriculum can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog or speak with your IS advisor.
For students with a start year prior to 2020 please refer to the past Undergraduate Catalog or speak with your IS advisor.
Transfer From Another CMU Major
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.
Current first-year students may apply to transfer by the last day of classes of their second, third or fourth semester. If accepted, they will be declared as an IS major prior to the start of the following semester.
Admission to the IS Program is competetive. Applications will be considered based on the following criteria:
- Completion of 15-112 Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science with final grade of 'A' or 'B'
- Strong record of academic performance at Carnegie Mellon (minimum QPA of 3.4)
- Personal statement (1 - 2 pages single spaced)
- Interview with an IS Academic Advisor; IS advisor appointments can be made through the advisor schedule links above and should be completed prior to the application deadline.
Application materials must be submitted no later than the last day of classes of the fall or spring semester. Students admitted into the IS Program will be officially declared in the semester following their application to the IS Program.
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.