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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 2013; the next Catalog will be published in August 2014. 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, Coordinator for Records and Catalog Editor
John R. Papinchak, University Registrar


Published August 16, 2013

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Administration

SUBRA SURESH, President.MARK S. KAMLET, Provost and Executive Vice President.RANDAL E. BRYANT, Dean, School of Computer Science.AMY BURKERT, Vice Provost for Education.JAY S. CALHOUN, Treasurer.ILKER BAYBARS, Dean, CMU-Qatar.GINA CASALEGNO, Dean, Office of Student Affairs.MARY JO DIVELY, Vice President and General Counsel.ROBERT M. DAMMON, Dean, David A. Tepper School of Business.DAVID DZOMBAK, Interim Vice Provost of Sponsored Programs.JAMES H. GARRETT JR., Dean, Carnegie Institute of Technology.FREDERICK GILMAN, Dean, Mellon College of Science.CHERYL M. HAYS, Secretary of the Board; Director, Office of the President.STEVEN K. HUTH, Vice Provost for Computing Services and Chief Information Officer.CHARLES KENNEDY, Interim Chief Investment Officer.RAMAYYA KRISHNAN, Dean, H. John Heinz III College.ROBBEE BAKER KOSAK, Vice President for University Advancement.JOHN P. LEHOCZKY, Dean, College of Humanities & Social Sciences.DANIEL J. MARTIN, Dean, College of Fine Arts.ELIZABETH MILAVEC, Assistant Treasurer.MICHAEL MURPHY, Vice President for Campus Affairs.PAUL D. NIELSEN, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Software Engineering Institute.AMIR RAHNAMAY-AZAR, Vice President for Finance & Chief Financial Officer.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.MARK S. KAMLET, Provost and Executive Vice President.JAY CALHOUN, Treasurer.MARY JO DIVELY, Vice President and General Counsel.CHERYL M. HAYS, Secretary.CHARLES A. KENNEDY, Interim Chief Investment Officer.KAREN T. KHAN, Assistant Secretary.ROBBEE BAKER KOSAK, Vice President for University Advancement.DAVID DZOMBAK, Interim Vice Provost of Sponsored Programs.ELIZABETH MILAVEC, Assistant Treasurer.MICHAEL MURPHY, Vice President for Campus Affairs.AMIR RAHNAMAY-AZAR, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

Ex-Officio Trustees

SUBRA SURESH, President, Carnegie Mellon University.DARLENE M. HARRIS, President, Pittsburgh City Council.ROBERTA KLATZKY, Chair, Faculty Senate, Carnegie Mellon University.STEVEN PRICE, President, Andrew Carnegie Society.LUKE RAVENSTAHL, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh.ANTOINETTE UNGARETTI, President, Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association.

Life Trustees

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.DINA DUBLON, .HOWARD ELLIN, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom.EDWARD H. FRANK, Vice President, Apple, Inc.YOSHIAKI FUJIMORI, Chairman, President and CEO, GE Japan Corporation.IRA J. GUMBERG, President and CEO, J.J. Gumberg Co..TERESA L. HEINZ, Chairman, Heinz Family Philanthropies.TORRENCE M. HUNT, JR., .TOD S. JOHNSON, Chief Executive Officer, The NPD Group, Inc..RAYMOND J. LANE, Partner Emeritus, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers.BRUCE MCWILLIAMS, CEO and President, SuVolta.AMBAR PAUL, Director, Caparo Group Limited.E. KEARS POLLOCK, Retired Executive Vice President, PPG Industries, Inc..JAMES E. ROHR, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.JONATHAN ROTHBERG, Founder and Chairman, Raindance Technologies and Ion Torrent Systems.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.

Term Trustees

JOEL ADAMS, General Partner, Adams Capital Management, Inc.KUSHAGRA BAJAJ, Vice Chairman, Bajaj Group.LUIS BALL, President, Allegheny Medical Systems LLC.RONALD BIANCHINI, Co-founder, President and CEO, Avere Systems, Inc.ARISTIDES CANDRIS, Senior Consultant, Westinghouse Electric Company.ERIC COOPER, .DAVID COULTER, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Warburg Pincus LLC.RUSSELL CROCKETT, .JEANNE CUNICELLI, Partner, Bay City Capital.FRANCISCO D'SOUZA, President and CEO, Cognizant Technology Solution.HOWARD ELLIN, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom.EVAN FRAZIER, Senior Vice President, Community Affairs, Highmark, Inc.DIRK GATES, Chief Executive Officer, Xirrus, Inc.JAMES GIANOPULOS, Chairman and CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment.ERIC GILER, Chief Executive Officer, WiTricity Corporation.EDWARD GREFENSTETTE, Chief Investment Officer, Dietrich Charitable Trusts.ROY HALEY, Retired Chairman of the Board, WESCO International, Inc..OSCAR HARRIS, CEO and Founder, Turner Associates.JEFFREY HOUSENBOLD, President and CEO, Shutterfly.LARRY JENNINGS, JR., Senor Managing Director, ValStone Partners, LLC.ERREN LESTER, Director of Product Management, The Advisory Board Company.CANDACE MATTHEWS, Chief Marketing Officer, Amway Corporation.DAVID MCCORMICK, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Bridgewater Associates.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, Performance Artist.DAVID PORGES, Chairman, President and CEO, EQT Corporation.ROY J. SHANKER, Consultant.AJIT SHETTY, Retired Chairman of the Board, Janssen Pharmaceutica.LUKE SKURMAN, CEO and Founder, College Prowler, Inc..LIP-BU TAN, Chairman, Walden International; CEO, Cadence Design Systems.ROHET TOLANI, Managing Director, Tolani Shipping (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.THOMAS TULL, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Legendary Pictures.CAROL A. WILLIAMS, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing and Engineering, The Dow Chemical Company.

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.LUCIAN CASTE, Retired Owner, Lucian Caste Architects & Engineers.DOUGLAS D. DANFORTH, Retired Chairman and CEO, Westinghouse Electric Corporation.W. LOGAN DICKERSON, President, Lindwood Farm, Inc. & Protos Foods, Inc..EDWARD DONLEY, Former Chairman, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc..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, .ORION HOCH, Chairman Emeritus, Litton Industries.T. JEROME HOLLERAN, Chairman, Precision Medical Prodcts, Inc..W. LEE HOSKINS, Retired Chairman and CEO,The Huntington 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, President, TechRev srl.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 CEO, United States Steel Corporation.VINCENT A. SARNI, Retired Chairman and CEO, PPG Industries, Inc..JOYCE BOWIE SCOTT, J. Bowie Scott Studio.RAYMOND SMITH, Chairman, Rothschild Continuation Investments.WILLIAM P. SNYDER, III, President and Chairman, The Wilpen Group, Inc..W. LOWELL STEINBRENNER, Retired Chairman, Contours, Ltd..JAMES M. WALTON, President Emeritus, Carnegie Institute.KONRAD M. WEIS, Former President and CEO, Bayer Corporation.

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Administration

SUBRA SURESH, President.MARK S. KAMLET, Provost and Executive Vice President.RANDAL E. BRYANT, Dean, School of Computer Science.AMY BURKERT, Vice Provost for Education.JAY S. CALHOUN, Treasurer.ILKER BAYBARS, Dean, CMU-Qatar.GINA CASALEGNO, Dean, Office of Student Affairs.MARY JO DIVELY, Vice President and General Counsel.ROBERT M. DAMMON, Dean, David A. Tepper School of Business.DAVID DZOMBAK, Interim Vice Provost of Sponsored Programs.JAMES H. GARRETT JR., Dean, Carnegie Institute of Technology.FREDERICK GILMAN, Dean, Mellon College of Science.CHERYL M. HAYS, Secretary of the Board; Director, Office of the President.STEVEN K. HUTH, Vice Provost for Computing Services and Chief Information Officer.CHARLES KENNEDY, Interim Chief Investment Officer.RAMAYYA KRISHNAN, Dean, H. John Heinz III College.ROBBEE BAKER KOSAK, Vice President for University Advancement.JOHN P. LEHOCZKY, Dean, College of Humanities & Social Sciences.DANIEL J. MARTIN, Dean, College of Fine Arts.ELIZABETH MILAVEC, Assistant Treasurer.MICHAEL MURPHY, Vice President for Campus Affairs.PAUL D. NIELSEN, Director and Chief Executive Officer, Software Engineering Institute.AMIR RAHNAMAY-AZAR, Vice President for Finance & Chief Financial Officer.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.MARK S. KAMLET, Provost and Executive Vice President.JAY CALHOUN, Treasurer.MARY JO DIVELY, Vice President and General Counsel.CHERYL M. HAYS, Secretary.CHARLES A. KENNEDY, Interim Chief Investment Officer.KAREN T. KHAN, Assistant Secretary.ROBBEE BAKER KOSAK, Vice President for University Advancement.DAVID DZOMBAK, Interim Vice Provost of Sponsored Programs.ELIZABETH MILAVEC, Assistant Treasurer.MICHAEL MURPHY, Vice President for Campus Affairs.AMIR RAHNAMAY-AZAR, Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer.

Ex-Officio Trustees

SUBRA SURESH, President, Carnegie Mellon University.DARLENE M. HARRIS, President, Pittsburgh City Council.ROBERTA KLATZKY, Chair, Faculty Senate, Carnegie Mellon University.STEVEN PRICE, President, Andrew Carnegie Society.LUKE RAVENSTAHL, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh.ANTOINETTE UNGARETTI, President, Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association.

Life Trustees

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.DINA DUBLON, .HOWARD ELLIN, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom.EDWARD H. FRANK, Vice President, Apple, Inc.YOSHIAKI FUJIMORI, Chairman, President and CEO, GE Japan Corporation.IRA J. GUMBERG, President and CEO, J.J. Gumberg Co..TERESA L. HEINZ, Chairman, Heinz Family Philanthropies.TORRENCE M. HUNT, JR., .TOD S. JOHNSON, Chief Executive Officer, The NPD Group, Inc..RAYMOND J. LANE, Partner Emeritus, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers.BRUCE MCWILLIAMS, CEO and President, SuVolta.AMBAR PAUL, Director, Caparo Group Limited.E. KEARS POLLOCK, Retired Executive Vice President, PPG Industries, Inc..JAMES E. ROHR, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.JONATHAN ROTHBERG, Founder and Chairman, Raindance Technologies and Ion Torrent Systems.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.

Term Trustees

JOEL ADAMS, General Partner, Adams Capital Management, Inc.KUSHAGRA BAJAJ, Vice Chairman, Bajaj Group.LUIS BALL, President, Allegheny Medical Systems LLC.RONALD BIANCHINI, Co-founder, President and CEO, Avere Systems, Inc.ARISTIDES CANDRIS, Senior Consultant, Westinghouse Electric Company.ERIC COOPER, .DAVID COULTER, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Warburg Pincus LLC.RUSSELL CROCKETT, .JEANNE CUNICELLI, Partner, Bay City Capital.FRANCISCO D'SOUZA, President and CEO, Cognizant Technology Solution.HOWARD ELLIN, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom.EVAN FRAZIER, Senior Vice President, Community Affairs, Highmark, Inc.DIRK GATES, Chief Executive Officer, Xirrus, Inc.JAMES GIANOPULOS, Chairman and CEO, Fox Filmed Entertainment.ERIC GILER, Chief Executive Officer, WiTricity Corporation.EDWARD GREFENSTETTE, Chief Investment Officer, Dietrich Charitable Trusts.ROY HALEY, Retired Chairman of the Board, WESCO International, Inc..OSCAR HARRIS, CEO and Founder, Turner Associates.JEFFREY HOUSENBOLD, President and CEO, Shutterfly.LARRY JENNINGS, JR., Senor Managing Director, ValStone Partners, LLC.ERREN LESTER, Director of Product Management, The Advisory Board Company.CANDACE MATTHEWS, Chief Marketing Officer, Amway Corporation.DAVID MCCORMICK, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Bridgewater Associates.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, Performance Artist.DAVID PORGES, Chairman, President and CEO, EQT Corporation.ROY J. SHANKER, Consultant.AJIT SHETTY, Retired Chairman of the Board, Janssen Pharmaceutica.LUKE SKURMAN, CEO and Founder, College Prowler, Inc..LIP-BU TAN, Chairman, Walden International; CEO, Cadence Design Systems.ROHET TOLANI, Managing Director, Tolani Shipping (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.THOMAS TULL, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Legendary Pictures.CAROL A. WILLIAMS, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing and Engineering, The Dow Chemical Company.

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.LUCIAN CASTE, Retired Owner, Lucian Caste Architects & Engineers.DOUGLAS D. DANFORTH, Retired Chairman and CEO, Westinghouse Electric Corporation.W. LOGAN DICKERSON, President, Lindwood Farm, Inc. & Protos Foods, Inc..EDWARD DONLEY, Former Chairman, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc..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, .ORION HOCH, Chairman Emeritus, Litton Industries.T. JEROME HOLLERAN, Chairman, Precision Medical Prodcts, Inc..W. LEE HOSKINS, Retired Chairman and CEO,The Huntington 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, President, TechRev srl.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 CEO, United States Steel Corporation.VINCENT A. SARNI, Retired Chairman and CEO, PPG Industries, Inc..JOYCE BOWIE SCOTT, J. Bowie Scott Studio.RAYMOND SMITH, Chairman, Rothschild Continuation Investments.WILLIAM P. SNYDER, III, President and Chairman, The Wilpen Group, Inc..W. LOWELL STEINBRENNER, Retired Chairman, Contours, Ltd..JAMES M. WALTON, President Emeritus, Carnegie Institute.KONRAD M. WEIS, Former President and CEO, Bayer Corporation.