2023-2024 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 2023, 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 2024; 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 Office for Institutional Equity and Title IX, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, telephone 412-268-7125.

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




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

THERESA MAYER, Vice President for Research

SCOTT MORY, Vice President, University Advancement

TRICIA O'REILLY, Chief of Staff

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

DARYL WEINERT, Vice President for Operations

University Leadership Council

SHELLEY ANNA, Vice Provost for Faculty

ISABELLE BAJEUX-BESNAINOU, Dean, Tepper School of Business

AMY L. BURKERT, Vice Provost for Education

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

MARTIAL HEBERT, Dean, School of Computer Science

LISA KRIEG, Associate Vice President for Global Strategic Initiatives and Institutional Accreditation

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

MARSHA LOVETT, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning Innovation

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 TRICK, Dean, Carnegie Mellon-Qatar

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

PREMA WINDOKUN, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Budget

KRISTINA WONG DAVIS, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and Dean of Admission

HENRY ZHENG, Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Planning

Officers of the Board of Trustees


ANNE M. MOLLOY, 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

KATIE LIPPERT, Assistant Secretary of the Corporation

THERESA MAYER, Vice President for Research

SCOTT MORY, Vice President for University Advancement

CARRIE NELSON, Assistant Treasurer

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

DARYL WEINERT, Vice President for Operations

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

DARRYL BRITT, Founder, Apprio, Inc.

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

GLORIA CHEN, Chief People Officer and Executive Vice President of Employee Experience, Adobe Inc.

DAVID COULTER, Special Limited Partner, Warburg Pincus LLC

NATHALIE COWAN, Founder, Abergel Homes

RUSSELL CROCKETT, Senior Advisor, RTC Energy LLC

JEANNE CUNICELLI, Executive Vice President, UPMC Enterprises

TED DECKER, Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Home Depot

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

FRANCISCO D'SOUZA, CEO, Cognizant Technology Solutions

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

CHARLIE EVANS, Retired President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

BRIT MCCANDLESS FARMER, (ex officio), President, Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association

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

YOSHIAKI FUJIMORI, Senior Advisor, LIXIL Group Corporation

ED GAINEY, (ex officio), Mayor, City of Pittsburgh

ERIC GILER, Chairman and CEO, Speedy Packets, Inc

AJEI GOPAL, President and Chief Executive Officer, ANSYS, Inc.

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

THOMAS HEALY, Found and Chief Executive Officer, Hyliion

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

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

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

BRUCE MCWILLIAMS, Chief Executive Officer, Bosa Nova

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

DAVID PORGES, Executive Chairman, EQT Corporation

SHALINI RAY, Head of Product Training & User Engagement and Manager of Customer Delivery, Olive AI

SAM REIMAN, Director, Richard King Mellon Foundation

JEWELL PARKER RHODES, Founding Artistic Director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and Narrative Studies Professor, Arizona State University

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

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


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

JOHN WATTS, (ex officio), President, Andrew Carnegie Society

LAURIE WEINGART, (ex officio), Chair, Faculty Senate

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

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

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

PATRICIA ASKWITH KENNER, President, Campus Coach Lines

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

RAYMOND J. LANE, Managing Partner, GreatPoint Ventures


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.

DAVID PORGES, Chairman, Equitrans Midstream Corporation

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

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

J. LEA HILLMAN SIMONDS, Chair, Hillman Family Foundations

RAYMOND SMITH, Chairman, Rothschild Continuation Investments

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

DONALD E. STITZENBERG, Principal, CBA Associates


PAULA KAUFFMAN WAGNER, Producer/Owner, Chestnut Ridge Productions

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