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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog

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Foreword

This catalog is intended to detail the University’s academic programs, policies and services for use by current undergraduate students, faculty, and administrators. We appreciate that applicants, prospective students, and many other people will read this material, as well, for some understanding of University programs and culture.

Information in the catalog is current as of August 2014; the next Catalog will be published in August 2015. In the interim, new courses will be announced in the course schedules which are usually available in November and April and on the Web (www.cmu.edu/hub).

The program requirements and academic policies set forth in this Catalog are subject to change. As a consequence, students are expected to consult with their individual college or department for the most up-to-date information about program requirements, and should consult the University’s policy website for the most current statements of University policy.

Any changes or updated information from any member of the campus community should be directed to John Papinchak, University Registrar.


Michael C. Murphy
Vice President for Campus Affairs

Jonathan D. Samuels, Assistant Registrar for Records & Undergraduate Catalog Editor
John R. Papinchak, University Registrar
Published August 15, 2014

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Catalog Contents

Administration

SUBRA SURESH, President.NATHAN URBAN, Interim Provost.JOHN P. LEHOCZKY, Interim Executive Vice President.ILKER BAYBARS, Dean, Carnegie Mellon-Qatar.AMY L. BURKERT, Vice Provost for Education.JAY S. CALHOUN, Treasurer.GINA CASALEGNO, Dean, Student Affairs.ROBERT M. DAMMON, Dean, David A. Tepper School of Business.MARY JO DIVELY, Vice President and General Counsel.JAMES H. GARRETT JR., Dean, Carnegie Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley.FREDERICK J. GILMAN, Dean, Mellon College of Science.STEVEN K. HUTH, Vice Provost for Computing Services and Chief Information Officer.FARNHAM JAHANIAN, Vice President for Research.ROBBEE BAKER KOSAK, Vice President of University Advancement.RAMAYYA KRISHNAN, Dean, H. John Heinz III College.DAN J. MARTIN, Dean, College of Fine Arts.ELIZABETH A. MILAVEC, Associate Vice President for Finance and Controller.ANDREW MOORE, Dean, School of Computer Science.MICHAEL C. MURPHY, Vice President for Campus Affairs.PAUL D. NIELSEN, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Software Engineering Institute.AMIR RAHNAMAY-AZAR, Vice President for Finance & Chief Financial Officer.RICHARD SCHEINES, Dean, Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.KEITH WEBSTER, Dean, University Libraries.

Officers of the Board of Trustees

RAYMOND J. LANE, Chairman.E. KEARS POLLOCK, Vice Chairman.JAMES E. ROHR, Vice Chairman.SUBRA SURESH, President, Carnegie Mellon University.NATHAN URBAN, Interim Provost.JOHN LEHOCZKY, Interim Executive Vice President.JAY S. CALHOUN, Treasurer.MARY JO DIVELY, Vice President and General Counsel.CHERYL M. HAYS, Secretary.FARNHAM JAHANIAN, Vice President for Research.CHARLES A. KENNEDY, Chief Investment Officer.KAREN T. KHAN, Assistant Secretary.ROBBEE BAKER KOSAK, Vice President for University Advancement.ELIZABETH MILAVEC, Assistant Treasurer.MICHAEL C. MURPHY, Vice President for Campus Affairs.AMIR RAHNAMAY-AZAR, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

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Life Trustees

JOEL ADAMS, General Partner, Adams Capital Management.JOHN R. BERTUCCI, Chairman, MKS Instruments, Inc.FRANK BRUNCKHORST, Boar's Head Provisions Co., Inc..ERROLL B. DAVIS, JR., Interim Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools.LINDA A. DICKERSON, Principal, 501(c)(3)².PHILIP L. DOWD, Sherick Enterprises, LLC.FRANCISCO D'SOUZA, President and Chief Executive Officer.DINA DUBLON, .HOWARD ELLIN, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom.EDWARD H. FRANK, Founder and Sole Proprietor, Compass Vineyards; Co-founder and CEO, Cloud Parity.YOSHIAKI FUJIMORI, President and Chief Executive Officer, LIXIL Group Corporation.IRA J. GUMBERG, President and Chief Executive Officer, J.J. Gumberg Co..TORRENCE M. HUNT, JR., .LARRY JENNINGS, Senior Managing Director, ValStone Partners, LLC.TOD S. JOHNSON, Chief Executive Officer, The NPD Group, Inc..RAYMOND J. LANE, Partner Emeritus, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers.BRUCE MCWILLIAMS, Chief Executive Officer and President, SuVolta.AMBAR PAUL, Director, Caparo Group Limited.E. KEARS POLLOCK, Retired Executive Vice President, PPG Industries, Inc..JAMES E. ROHR, Executive Chairman, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc..JONATHAN ROTHBERG, Founder and Chairman, Butterfly Networks, LAM Therapeutics, Quantum-Si, Hyperfine Research, and 4 Combinator.DAVID S. SHAPIRA, Executive Chairman, Board of Directors, Giant Eagle, Inc.J. LEA HILLMAN SIMONDS, .MANOJ SINGH, Chief Operating Officer, Deloitte.JAMES C. STALDER, .DONALD E. STITZENBERG, Principal, CBA Associates.DAVID TEPPER, President and Founder, Appaloosa Management.MARY ANN ULISHNEY, Vice President and Wealth Specialist, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.SUNIL WADHWANI, Chairman and Co-founder, iGATE Corporation.PAULA KAUFFMAN WAGNER, Producer/Owner, Chestnut Ridge Productions.

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Term Trustees – Terms Expire in 2015

LUIS BALL, President, Allegheny Medical Systems, LLC.EVAN FRAZIER, Senior Vice President, Community Affairs, Highmark, Inc..OSCAR HARRIS, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Turner Associates.ERREN LESTER, Director of Product Management, The Advisory Board Group.MICHAEL MCQUADE, Senior Vice President for Science and Technology, United Technologies Corporation.ANNE M. MOLLOY, Executive Director, Posner Fine Arts Foundation.DAVID PORGES, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer – EQT Corporation,.LUKE SKURMAN, Chief Executive Officer, Niche.ROHET TOLANI, Managing Director, Tolani Shipping (Singapore) Pte. Ltd..CAROL A. WILLIAMS, Executive Vice President, Maufacturing and Engineering, The Dow Chemical Company.

Term Trustees – Terms Expire in 2016

KUSHAGRA BAJAJ, Vice Chairman, Bajaj Group.RONALD BIANCHINI, President and Chief Executive Officer, Avere Systems.ARISTIDES CANDRIS, President and CEO, Westinghouse Electric Company, Retired.ERIC COOPER, .DAVID COULTER, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Warburg Pincus LLC.RUSSELL CROCKETT, Senior Advisor, C14 Strategy LLC.DIRK GATES, Chief Executive Officer, Xirrus, Inc..ERIC GILER, Chief Executive Officer, WiTricity Corporation.EDWARD GREFENSTETTE, Chief Investment Officer, Dietrich Charitable Trusts.JEFFREY HOUSENBOLD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Shutterfly.MANU NARAYAN, Performing Artist, Actor and Musician.

Term Trustees – Terms Expire in 2017

JOHN ANDERSON, President, Illinois Institute of Technology.KEITH BLOCK, President and Vice Chairman, Salesforce.com.JEANNE CUNICELLI, Partner, Bay City Capital.JAMES GIANOPULOS, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Twentieth Century Fox Film.DAVID MCCORMICK, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Bridgewater Associates.WILLIAM MEANEY, President and Chief Executive Officer, Iron Mountain.ROY J. SHANKER, Consultant.AJIT SHETTY, Retired Chairman of the Board, Janssen Pharmaceutica.LIP-BU TAN, Chairman, Walden International; Chief Executive Officer, Cadence Design Systems.THOMAS TULL, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Legendary Pictures.

Ex-Officio Trustees

SUBRA SURESH, President, Carnegie Mellon University.REBECCA ALLISON, President, Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association.BRUCE KRAUS, President, Pittsburgh City Council.KRISTEN KURLAND, President, Andrew Carnegie Society; Teaching Professor, School of Architecture and H. John Heinz III College, Carnegie Mellon University.WILLIAM PEDUTO, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh.SCOTT SANDAGE, Chair, Faculty Senate and Professor, Associate Professor, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University.

Life Emeritus Trustees

PAUL A. ALLAIRE, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation.ARTHUR H. ARONSON, Retired Executive Vice President, Allegheny Teledyne.CAROL R. BROWN, Former President, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.ROBERT M. BROWN, III, President, B-III Capital LLC.FRANK V. CAHOUET, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BNY Mellon.DOUGLAS D. DANFORTH, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Westinghouse Electric Corporation.W. LOGAN DICKERSON, President, Lindwood Farm, Inc. and Protos Foods, Inc..EDWARD DONLEY, Former Chairman, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc..WILLIAM B. ELLIS, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Northeast Utilities.CYNTHIA FRIEDMAN, Co-owner, Union Real Estate Company of Pittsburgh.HENRY J. GAILLIOT, .CLAIRE W. GARGALLI, .WILLIAM GOLDSMITH, Chairman of the Board, Nucon Energy Group.RICHARD D. HAMILTON, Former Director of Product Supply, Procter and Gamble.WILTON A. HAWKINS, .THERESA L. HEINZ, Chariman, Heinz Family Philanthropies.ORION HOCH, Chairman Emeritus, Litton Industries.T. JEROME HOLLERAN, Chairman, Precision Medical Products, Inc..W. LEE HOSKINS, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,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.HANS W. LANGE, .EDWARD E. LUCENTE, .THOMAS A. MCCONOMY, Retired Chairman of the Board, Calgon Carbon Corporation.JACK E. MCGRATH, Retired Senior Vice President, Booz & Company.REGINA GOUGER MILLER, Owner/Artist, Ginger and Spice; Regina Gouger Miller Studio.LINDSAY J. MORGENTHALER, .ALESSANDRO OVI, Executive Vice President, Fondazione Popoli.NORMAN F. PARKER, Retired President, Varian Associates.CHARLES J. QUEENAN, JR., Retired Senior Counsel, K&L Gates LLP.JOHN G. RANGOS, John G. Rangos, Sr. Charitable Foundation.DAVID M. RODERICK, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, United States Steel Corporation.VINCENT A. SARNI, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PPG Industries, Inc..JOYCE BOWIE SCOTT, J. Bowie Scott Studio.RAYMOND W. SMITH, Chairman, Rothschild Continuation Investments.WILLIAM P. SNYDER, III, President and Chairman, The Wilpen Group, Inc..W. LOWELL STEINBRENNER, Retired Former Chairman, Contours, Ltd..JAMES M. WALTON, President Emeritus, Carnegie Institute.KONRAD M. WEIS, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Bayer Corporation.

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Administration

SUBRA SURESH, President.NATHAN URBAN, Interim Provost.JOHN P. LEHOCZKY, Interim Executive Vice President.ILKER BAYBARS, Dean, Carnegie Mellon-Qatar.AMY L. BURKERT, Vice Provost for Education.JAY S. CALHOUN, Treasurer.GINA CASALEGNO, Dean, Student Affairs.ROBERT M. DAMMON, Dean, David A. Tepper School of Business.MARY JO DIVELY, Vice President and General Counsel.JAMES H. GARRETT JR., Dean, Carnegie Institute of Technology and Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley.FREDERICK J. GILMAN, Dean, Mellon College of Science.STEVEN K. HUTH, Vice Provost for Computing Services and Chief Information Officer.FARNHAM JAHANIAN, Vice President for Research.ROBBEE BAKER KOSAK, Vice President of University Advancement.RAMAYYA KRISHNAN, Dean, H. John Heinz III College.DAN J. MARTIN, Dean, College of Fine Arts.ELIZABETH A. MILAVEC, Associate Vice President for Finance and Controller.ANDREW MOORE, Dean, School of Computer Science.MICHAEL C. MURPHY, Vice President for Campus Affairs.PAUL D. NIELSEN, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Software Engineering Institute.AMIR RAHNAMAY-AZAR, Vice President for Finance & Chief Financial Officer.RICHARD SCHEINES, Dean, Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.KEITH WEBSTER, Dean, University Libraries.

Officers of the Board of Trustees

RAYMOND J. LANE, Chairman.E. KEARS POLLOCK, Vice Chairman.JAMES E. ROHR, Vice Chairman.SUBRA SURESH, President, Carnegie Mellon University.NATHAN URBAN, Interim Provost.JOHN LEHOCZKY, Interim Executive Vice President.JAY S. CALHOUN, Treasurer.MARY JO DIVELY, Vice President and General Counsel.CHERYL M. HAYS, Secretary.FARNHAM JAHANIAN, Vice President for Research.CHARLES A. KENNEDY, Chief Investment Officer.KAREN T. KHAN, Assistant Secretary.ROBBEE BAKER KOSAK, Vice President for University Advancement.ELIZABETH MILAVEC, Assistant Treasurer.MICHAEL C. MURPHY, Vice President for Campus Affairs.AMIR RAHNAMAY-AZAR, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

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Life Trustees

JOEL ADAMS, General Partner, Adams Capital Management.JOHN R. BERTUCCI, Chairman, MKS Instruments, Inc.FRANK BRUNCKHORST, Boar's Head Provisions Co., Inc..ERROLL B. DAVIS, JR., Interim Superintendent, Atlanta Public Schools.LINDA A. DICKERSON, Principal, 501(c)(3)².PHILIP L. DOWD, Sherick Enterprises, LLC.FRANCISCO D'SOUZA, President and Chief Executive Officer.DINA DUBLON, .HOWARD ELLIN, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom.EDWARD H. FRANK, Founder and Sole Proprietor, Compass Vineyards; Co-founder and CEO, Cloud Parity.YOSHIAKI FUJIMORI, President and Chief Executive Officer, LIXIL Group Corporation.IRA J. GUMBERG, President and Chief Executive Officer, J.J. Gumberg Co..TORRENCE M. HUNT, JR., .LARRY JENNINGS, Senior Managing Director, ValStone Partners, LLC.TOD S. JOHNSON, Chief Executive Officer, The NPD Group, Inc..RAYMOND J. LANE, Partner Emeritus, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers.BRUCE MCWILLIAMS, Chief Executive Officer and President, SuVolta.AMBAR PAUL, Director, Caparo Group Limited.E. KEARS POLLOCK, Retired Executive Vice President, PPG Industries, Inc..JAMES E. ROHR, Executive Chairman, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc..JONATHAN ROTHBERG, Founder and Chairman, Butterfly Networks, LAM Therapeutics, Quantum-Si, Hyperfine Research, and 4 Combinator.DAVID S. SHAPIRA, Executive Chairman, Board of Directors, Giant Eagle, Inc.J. LEA HILLMAN SIMONDS, .MANOJ SINGH, Chief Operating Officer, Deloitte.JAMES C. STALDER, .DONALD E. STITZENBERG, Principal, CBA Associates.DAVID TEPPER, President and Founder, Appaloosa Management.MARY ANN ULISHNEY, Vice President and Wealth Specialist, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.SUNIL WADHWANI, Chairman and Co-founder, iGATE Corporation.PAULA KAUFFMAN WAGNER, Producer/Owner, Chestnut Ridge Productions.

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Term Trustees – Terms Expire in 2015

LUIS BALL, President, Allegheny Medical Systems, LLC.EVAN FRAZIER, Senior Vice President, Community Affairs, Highmark, Inc..OSCAR HARRIS, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Turner Associates.ERREN LESTER, Director of Product Management, The Advisory Board Group.MICHAEL MCQUADE, Senior Vice President for Science and Technology, United Technologies Corporation.ANNE M. MOLLOY, Executive Director, Posner Fine Arts Foundation.DAVID PORGES, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer – EQT Corporation,.LUKE SKURMAN, Chief Executive Officer, Niche.ROHET TOLANI, Managing Director, Tolani Shipping (Singapore) Pte. Ltd..CAROL A. WILLIAMS, Executive Vice President, Maufacturing and Engineering, The Dow Chemical Company.

Term Trustees – Terms Expire in 2016

KUSHAGRA BAJAJ, Vice Chairman, Bajaj Group.RONALD BIANCHINI, President and Chief Executive Officer, Avere Systems.ARISTIDES CANDRIS, President and CEO, Westinghouse Electric Company, Retired.ERIC COOPER, .DAVID COULTER, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Warburg Pincus LLC.RUSSELL CROCKETT, Senior Advisor, C14 Strategy LLC.DIRK GATES, Chief Executive Officer, Xirrus, Inc..ERIC GILER, Chief Executive Officer, WiTricity Corporation.EDWARD GREFENSTETTE, Chief Investment Officer, Dietrich Charitable Trusts.JEFFREY HOUSENBOLD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Shutterfly.MANU NARAYAN, Performing Artist, Actor and Musician.

Term Trustees – Terms Expire in 2017

JOHN ANDERSON, President, Illinois Institute of Technology.KEITH BLOCK, President and Vice Chairman, Salesforce.com.JEANNE CUNICELLI, Partner, Bay City Capital.JAMES GIANOPULOS, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Twentieth Century Fox Film.DAVID MCCORMICK, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Bridgewater Associates.WILLIAM MEANEY, President and Chief Executive Officer, Iron Mountain.ROY J. SHANKER, Consultant.AJIT SHETTY, Retired Chairman of the Board, Janssen Pharmaceutica.LIP-BU TAN, Chairman, Walden International; Chief Executive Officer, Cadence Design Systems.THOMAS TULL, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Legendary Pictures.

Ex-Officio Trustees

SUBRA SURESH, President, Carnegie Mellon University.REBECCA ALLISON, President, Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association.BRUCE KRAUS, President, Pittsburgh City Council.KRISTEN KURLAND, President, Andrew Carnegie Society; Teaching Professor, School of Architecture and H. John Heinz III College, Carnegie Mellon University.WILLIAM PEDUTO, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh.SCOTT SANDAGE, Chair, Faculty Senate and Professor, Associate Professor, Department of History, Carnegie Mellon University.

Life Emeritus Trustees

PAUL A. ALLAIRE, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Xerox Corporation.ARTHUR H. ARONSON, Retired Executive Vice President, Allegheny Teledyne.CAROL R. BROWN, Former President, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.ROBERT M. BROWN, III, President, B-III Capital LLC.FRANK V. CAHOUET, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BNY Mellon.DOUGLAS D. DANFORTH, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Westinghouse Electric Corporation.W. LOGAN DICKERSON, President, Lindwood Farm, Inc. and Protos Foods, Inc..EDWARD DONLEY, Former Chairman, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc..WILLIAM B. ELLIS, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Northeast Utilities.CYNTHIA FRIEDMAN, Co-owner, Union Real Estate Company of Pittsburgh.HENRY J. GAILLIOT, .CLAIRE W. GARGALLI, .WILLIAM GOLDSMITH, Chairman of the Board, Nucon Energy Group.RICHARD D. HAMILTON, Former Director of Product Supply, Procter and Gamble.WILTON A. HAWKINS, .THERESA L. HEINZ, Chariman, Heinz Family Philanthropies.ORION HOCH, Chairman Emeritus, Litton Industries.T. JEROME HOLLERAN, Chairman, Precision Medical Products, Inc..W. LEE HOSKINS, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,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.HANS W. LANGE, .EDWARD E. LUCENTE, .THOMAS A. MCCONOMY, Retired Chairman of the Board, Calgon Carbon Corporation.JACK E. MCGRATH, Retired Senior Vice President, Booz & Company.REGINA GOUGER MILLER, Owner/Artist, Ginger and Spice; Regina Gouger Miller Studio.LINDSAY J. MORGENTHALER, .ALESSANDRO OVI, Executive Vice President, Fondazione Popoli.NORMAN F. PARKER, Retired President, Varian Associates.CHARLES J. QUEENAN, JR., Retired Senior Counsel, K&L Gates LLP.JOHN G. RANGOS, John G. Rangos, Sr. Charitable Foundation.DAVID M. RODERICK, Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, United States Steel Corporation.VINCENT A. SARNI, Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, PPG Industries, Inc..JOYCE BOWIE SCOTT, J. Bowie Scott Studio.RAYMOND W. SMITH, Chairman, Rothschild Continuation Investments.WILLIAM P. SNYDER, III, President and Chairman, The Wilpen Group, Inc..W. LOWELL STEINBRENNER, Retired Former Chairman, Contours, Ltd..JAMES M. WALTON, President Emeritus, Carnegie Institute.KONRAD M. WEIS, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Bayer Corporation.