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2015-2016 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 2015; the next Catalog will be published in August 2016. 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 24, 2015

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Catalog Contents

Administration

SUBRA SURESH, President.FARNHAM JAHANIAN, Provost.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.PAMELA L. EAGER, Interim Vice President of University Advancement.MARY JO DIVELY, Vice President and General Counsel.GARY K. FEDDER, Vice Provost for Research.JAMES H. GARRETT JR., Dean, College of Engineering and Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley.FREDERICK J. GILMAN, Dean, Mellon College of Science.JIMMY HSIA, Vice Provost for International Programs and Strategy.STEVEN K. HUTH, Chief Information Officer.STEVEN KLOEHN, Vice President for Marketing & Communications.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.KATHRYN ROEDER, Vice Provost for Faculty.RICHARD SCHEINES, Dean, Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.KEITH WEBSTER, Dean, University Libraries.

Officers of the Board of Trustees

JAMES E. ROHR, Chairman.EDWARD H. FRANK, Vice Chairman.TOD S. JOHNSON, Vice Chairman.SUBRA SURESH, President, Carnegie Mellon University.FARNHAM JAHANIAN, Provost.JAY S. CALHOUN, Treasurer.MARY JO DIVELY, Vice President and General Counsel.PAMELA EAGER, Interim Vice President for University Advancement.CHERYL M. HAYS, Secretary.CHARLES A. KENNEDY, Chief Investment Officer.KAREN T. KHAN, Assistant Secretary.STEVEN KLOEHN, Vice President for Marketing and Media Relations.ELIZABETH MILAVEC, Assistant Treasurer.MICHAEL C. MURPHY, Vice President for Campus Affairs.AMIR RAHNAMAY-AZAR, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

Life Trustees

JOEL ADAMS, General Partner, Adams Capital Management, Inc.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 CEO, Cognizant Technology Solutions.HOWARD ELLIN, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom.EDWARD H. FRANK, Founder and Sole Proprietor, Compass Vineyards; Co-founder and CEO, Cloud Parity, Inc.YOSHIAKI FUJIMORI, President and CEO, LIXIL Group Corporation.IRA J. GUMBERG, President and CEO, J.J. Gumberg Co..TORRENCE M. HUNT, JR, .LARRY JENNINGS, JR., 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, President and CEO, Intermolecular.AMBAR PAUL, Director, Caparo Group Limited.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.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.

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.TOD PRZYBYCIEN, Chair, Faculty Senate, Carnegie Mellon University.

Term Trustees

JOHN ANDERSON, President, Illinois Institute of Technology.LUIS BALL, President, Allegheny Medical Systems LLC.RONALD BIANCHINI, JR., Co-founder, President and CEO, Avere Systems.KEITH BLOCK, President and Vice Chairman, Salesforce.com.ARISTIDES CANDRIS, President and CEO, Westinghouse Electric Company, Retired.ERIC COOPER, .DAVID COULTER, Special Limited Partner, Warburg Pincus LLC.RUSSELL CROCKETT, Senior Advisor, C14 Strategy LLC.JEANNE CUNICELLI, .DIRK GATES, Chief Executive Officer, Xirrus, Inc.JAMES GIANOPULOS, Chairman and CEO, Twentieth Century Fox FIlm.ERIC GILER, Executive Chairman, Scratch Wireless.EDWARD GREFENSTETTE, President and Chief Investment Officer, Dietrich Charitable Trusts.JEFFREY HOUSENBOLD, President and CEO, Shutterfly.MICHAEL MCQUADE, Senior Vice President for Science and Technology, United Technologies Corporation.WILLIAM L. MEANEY, CEO, Iron Mountain.ANNE M. MOLLOY, Executive Director, Posner Fine Arts Foundation.MANU NARAYAN, Performing Artist/Musician.DAVID PORGES, Chairman, President and CEO, EQT Corporation.AJIT SHETTY, Retired Chairman of the Board, Janssen Pharmaceutical.LUKE SKURMAN, CEO, Niche.LIP-BU TAN, Chairman, Walden International; CEO, Cadence Design Systems.THOMAS TULL, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Legendary Pictures.CAROL A. WILLIAMS, EVP, Manufacturing and Engineering, The Dow Chemical Company, Retired.

Life Emeritus Trustees

PAUL A. ALLAIRE, Former Chairman and CEO, 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 CEO, BNY Mellon.W. LOGAN DICKERSON, President, Lindwood Farm, Inc. and Protos Foods, Inc..EDWARD DONLEY, Former Chairman, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc..DINA DUBLON, .WILLIAM B. ELLIS, Retired Chairman and CEO, 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, Retired 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.FARNHAM JAHANIAN, Provost.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.PAMELA L. EAGER, Interim Vice President of University Advancement.MARY JO DIVELY, Vice President and General Counsel.GARY K. FEDDER, Vice Provost for Research.JAMES H. GARRETT JR., Dean, College of Engineering and Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley.FREDERICK J. GILMAN, Dean, Mellon College of Science.JIMMY HSIA, Vice Provost for International Programs and Strategy.STEVEN K. HUTH, Chief Information Officer.STEVEN KLOEHN, Vice President for Marketing & Communications.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.KATHRYN ROEDER, Vice Provost for Faculty.RICHARD SCHEINES, Dean, Marianna Brown Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.KEITH WEBSTER, Dean, University Libraries.

Officers of the Board of Trustees

JAMES E. ROHR, Chairman.EDWARD H. FRANK, Vice Chairman.TOD S. JOHNSON, Vice Chairman.SUBRA SURESH, President, Carnegie Mellon University.FARNHAM JAHANIAN, Provost.JAY S. CALHOUN, Treasurer.MARY JO DIVELY, Vice President and General Counsel.PAMELA EAGER, Interim Vice President for University Advancement.CHERYL M. HAYS, Secretary.CHARLES A. KENNEDY, Chief Investment Officer.KAREN T. KHAN, Assistant Secretary.STEVEN KLOEHN, Vice President for Marketing and Media Relations.ELIZABETH MILAVEC, Assistant Treasurer.MICHAEL C. MURPHY, Vice President for Campus Affairs.AMIR RAHNAMAY-AZAR, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

Life Trustees

JOEL ADAMS, General Partner, Adams Capital Management, Inc.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 CEO, Cognizant Technology Solutions.HOWARD ELLIN, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom.EDWARD H. FRANK, Founder and Sole Proprietor, Compass Vineyards; Co-founder and CEO, Cloud Parity, Inc.YOSHIAKI FUJIMORI, President and CEO, LIXIL Group Corporation.IRA J. GUMBERG, President and CEO, J.J. Gumberg Co..TORRENCE M. HUNT, JR, .LARRY JENNINGS, JR., 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, President and CEO, Intermolecular.AMBAR PAUL, Director, Caparo Group Limited.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.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.

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.TOD PRZYBYCIEN, Chair, Faculty Senate, Carnegie Mellon University.

Term Trustees

JOHN ANDERSON, President, Illinois Institute of Technology.LUIS BALL, President, Allegheny Medical Systems LLC.RONALD BIANCHINI, JR., Co-founder, President and CEO, Avere Systems.KEITH BLOCK, President and Vice Chairman, Salesforce.com.ARISTIDES CANDRIS, President and CEO, Westinghouse Electric Company, Retired.ERIC COOPER, .DAVID COULTER, Special Limited Partner, Warburg Pincus LLC.RUSSELL CROCKETT, Senior Advisor, C14 Strategy LLC.JEANNE CUNICELLI, .DIRK GATES, Chief Executive Officer, Xirrus, Inc.JAMES GIANOPULOS, Chairman and CEO, Twentieth Century Fox FIlm.ERIC GILER, Executive Chairman, Scratch Wireless.EDWARD GREFENSTETTE, President and Chief Investment Officer, Dietrich Charitable Trusts.JEFFREY HOUSENBOLD, President and CEO, Shutterfly.MICHAEL MCQUADE, Senior Vice President for Science and Technology, United Technologies Corporation.WILLIAM L. MEANEY, CEO, Iron Mountain.ANNE M. MOLLOY, Executive Director, Posner Fine Arts Foundation.MANU NARAYAN, Performing Artist/Musician.DAVID PORGES, Chairman, President and CEO, EQT Corporation.AJIT SHETTY, Retired Chairman of the Board, Janssen Pharmaceutical.LUKE SKURMAN, CEO, Niche.LIP-BU TAN, Chairman, Walden International; CEO, Cadence Design Systems.THOMAS TULL, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Legendary Pictures.CAROL A. WILLIAMS, EVP, Manufacturing and Engineering, The Dow Chemical Company, Retired.

Life Emeritus Trustees

PAUL A. ALLAIRE, Former Chairman and CEO, 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 CEO, BNY Mellon.W. LOGAN DICKERSON, President, Lindwood Farm, Inc. and Protos Foods, Inc..EDWARD DONLEY, Former Chairman, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc..DINA DUBLON, .WILLIAM B. ELLIS, Retired Chairman and CEO, 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, Retired 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.