2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Carnegie Mellon University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The university is authorized to operate in several states.

Carnegie Mellon University's Undergraduate Catalog is an annual publication that details academic programs and degrees offered, course descriptions, and university policies and services.

While information in this catalog is current as of August 2021, it is subject to change throughout the academic year. Students should consult with their academic department for the most up-to-date information about program requirements. Members of the campus community may direct catalog changes or inquiries to catalog@andrew.cmu.edu. Note that once the PDF of the catalog is final and archived, changes can only be made to the online version.

The next catalog will be published in August 2022; in the interim, new courses will be displayed in the Schedule of Classes, which is published in November and April each year. 

Policy Statement

Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in admission, employment or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, ancestry, belief, veteran status or genetic information. Furthermore, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and is required not to discriminate in violation of federal, state or local laws or executive orders.

Inquiries concerning the application of and compliance with this statement should be directed to the university ombudsman, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, telephone 412-268-1018.

Obtain general information about Carnegie Mellon University by calling 412-268-2000.

Carnegie Mellon University publishes an annual campus security and fire safety report describing the university's security, alcohol and drug, sexual assault and fire safety policies, and containing statistics about the number and type of crimes committed on the campus, and the number and cause of fires in campus residence facilities during the preceding three years. You can obtain a copy by contacting the Carnegie Mellon Police Department at 412-268-2323. The annual security and fire safety report also is available online at www.cmu.edu/police/annualreports.

Information regarding the application of Title IX, including to admission and employment decisions, the sexual misconduct grievance procedures and process, including how to file a report or a complaint of sex discrimination, how to file a report of sexual harassment, and how the university responds to such reports is available at www.cmu.edu/title-ix. The Title IX coordinator may be reached at 5000 Forbes Ave., 140 Cyert Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15213; 412-268-7125; or tix@cmu.edu.

For more information regarding the statement of assurance please visit www.cmu.edu/policies/administrative-and-governance/statement-of-assurance.html.




JAMES H. GARRETT, JR., Provost and Chief Academic Officer

ANGELA BLANTON, Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer

GINA CASALEGNO, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

MARY JO DIVELY, Vice President & General Counsel and Secretary of the Corporation

CHARLES H. KENNEDY, Chief Investment Officer

SCOTT MORY, Vice President, University Advancement

NICHOLAS SCIBETTA, Vice President for University Communications & Marketing

RICK SIGER, Senior Advisor to the President for Economic Development and Community Engagement

STAN WADDELL, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

DARYL WEINERT, Vice President for Operations and Interim Vice President for Research

University Leadership Council

ISABELLE BAJEUX-BESNAINOU, Dean, Tepper School of Business

AMY L. BURKERT, Vice Provost for Education

REBECCA DOERGE, Dean, Mellon College of Science

WANDA HEADING-GRANT, Vice Provost for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

MARTIAL HEBERT, Dean, School of Computer Science

RAMAYYA KRISHNAN, Dean, Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy

MARY ELLEN POOLE, Dean, College of Fine Arts

WILLIAM SANDERS, Dean, College of Engineering

RICHARD SCHEINES, Dean, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences

MICHAEL STEIDEL, Dean, Admission

MICHAEL TRICK, Dean, Carnegie Mellon-Qatar

MOLLY WRIGHT STEENSON, Vice Provost for Faculty

KEITH WEBSTER, Dean, University Libraries and Director of Emerging and Integrative Media Initiatives

HENRY ZHENG, Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning

Officers of the Board of Trustees


TOD S. JOHNSON, Vice Chair


JAMES H. GARRETT, JR., Provost and Chief Academic Officer

ANGELA BLANTON, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

GINA CASALEGNO, Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs

MARY JO DIVELY, Vice President and General Counsel

JOHN DOLAN, Treasurer

CHARLES A. KENNEDY, Chief Investment Officer

SCOTT MORY, Vice President for University Advancement

CARRIE NELSON, Assistant Treasurer

NICHOLAS SCIBETTA, Vice President for University Communications & Marketing

STAN WADDELL, Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer

DARYL WEINERT, Chief of Staff and Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Voting Trustees

JOEL ADAMS, General Partner, Adams Capital Management, Inc

LANE M. BESS, Principal and Founder, Bess Ventures and Advisory

RONALD BIANCHINI, JR., Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft Corporation

KEITH BLOCK, Co-Chief Executive Officer Salesforce

FRANK BRUNCKHORST, Boar's Head Provisions Co., Inc.


DAVID COULTER, Special Limited Partner, Warburg Pincus LLC

RUSSELL CROCKETT, Senior Advisor, RTC Energy LLC

JEANNE CUNICELLI, Executive Vice President, UPMC Enterprises

SHRINIVAS V. DEMPO, Chairman and Managing Director, Dempo Group of Companies

GLEN DE VRIES, Co-CEO and Co-founder, Medidata Solutions

FRANCISCO D'SOUZA, CEO, Cognizant Technology Solutions

HOWARD L. ELLIN, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom

EDWARD H. FRANK, Founder and Vintner, Compass Vineyards; Co-founder and CEO, Cloud Parity, Inc.

YOSHIAKI FUJIMORI, Senior Advisor, LIXIL Group Corporation

ERIC GILER, Chairman and CEO, Speedy Packets, Inc

EDWARD J. GREFENSTETTE, President and CIO, The Dietrich Foundation

TORRENCE M. HUNT, JR., The Elmhurst Group and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation

FARNAM JAHANIAN, (ex officio), president, Carnegie Mellon University

LARRY E. JENNINGS, JR., Senior Managing Director, ValStone Partners, LLC

TOD S. JOHNSON, Executive Chairman, The NPD Group, Inc.

THERESA KAIL-SMITH, (ex officio), president, Pittsburgh City Council

RAYMOND J. LANE, Managing Partner, GreatPoint Ventures

BRUCE MCWILLIAMS, Chief Executive Officer, Bosa Nova

ANNE M. MOLLOY, Executive Director, Posner Fine Arts Foundation

WILLIAM PEDUTO, (ex officio) mayor, City of Pittsburgh

JAVIER PENA, Chair, Faculty Senate

DAVID PORGES, Executive Chairman, EQT Corporation

JOHN PRANZATELLI, (ex officio), president, Andrew Carnegie Society

JAMES E. ROHR, Retired Chairman and CEO, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

JONATHAN ROTHBERG, Founder and Chairman, Butterfly Networks, LAM Therapeutics, Quantum-Si, Hyperfine Research, and 4 Combinator

J. LEA HILLMAN SIMONDS, Chair, Hillman Family Foundations

MANOJ SINGH, Retired Chief Operating Officer, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited


CHRIS STENGEL, (ex officio) president, Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association

LIP-BU TAN, CEO, Cadence Design Systems

DAVID TEPPER, President and Founder, Appaloosa Management L.P.

THOMAS TULL, Chairman and CEO, Tulco

TAMARA TUNIE, actor, director and producer

PAULA KAUFFMAN WAGNER, Producer/Owner, Chestnut Ridge Productions

MICHAEL ZAMAGIAS, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Zamagias Properties

Emeritus Trustees

JOHN R. BERTUCCI, Chairman, MKS Instruments, Inc.

CAROL R. BROWN, Former President, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

ROBERT M. BROWN, III, Retired Managing Director, Lehman Brothers


ERROLL B. DAVIS, JR., senior advisor, Talentquest, Inc.

W. LOGAN DICKERSON, President, Lindwood Farm, Inc. & Protos Foods, Inc.

PHILIP L. DOWD, Sherick Enterprises, LLC


WILLIAM B. ELLIS, Retired Chairman and CEO, Northeast Utilities

CYNTHIA FRIEDMAN, Co-owner, Union Real Estate Company of Pittsburgh



RICHARD D. HAMILTON, Retired Director of Product Supply, Global OleoChemical Group, Procter and Gamble

THERESA HEINZ, Chairman, The Heinz Endowments, Heinz Family Philanthropies

T. JEROME HOLLERAN, Retired Chairman, Precision Medical Products, Inc.

W. LEE HOSKINS, Retired Chairman and CEO, The Huntington National Bank

JUSTIN M. JOHNSON, Retired Judge, Superior Court of Pennsylvania

PATRICIA ASKWITH KENNER, President, Campus Coach Lines

DAVID M. KIRR, Partner, Kirr, Marbach & Company


THOMAS A. MCCONOMY, Retired Chairman of the Board, Calgon Carbon Corporation

JACK E. MCGRATH, Retired Senior Vice President, Booz, Allen & Hamilton

REGINA GOUGER MILLER, Owner/Artist, Ginger and Spice; Regina Gouger Miller Studio

ALESSANDRO OVI, Executive Vice President, Fondazione Popoli

E. KEARS POLLOCK, Retired Executive Vice President, PPG Industries, Inc.

CHARLES J. QUEENAN, JR, ESQ., Chairman Emeritus, K&L Gates LLP

JOHN G. RANGOS, SR., John G. Rangos, Sr. Charitable Foundation

VINCENT A. SARNI, Retired Chairman and CEO, PPG Industries, Inc.

JOYCE BOWIE SCOTT, J. Bowie Scott Studio

DAVID S. SHAPIRA, Executive Chairman, Board of Directors, Giant Eagle, Inc.

AJIT SHETTY, Retired Chairman of the Board, Janssen Pharmaceuticals

RAYMOND SMITH, Chairman, Rothschild Continuation Investments

W. LOWELL STEINBRENNER, Retired Chairman, Contours, Ltd.

DONALD E. STITZENBERG, Principal, CBA Associates


JAMES M. WALTON, President Emeritus, Carnegie Institute

KONRAD M. WEIS, Former President and CEO, Bayer Corporation

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