Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the Undergraduate Catalog?
A: The Undergraduate Catalog, published every year, contains information about and academic requirements for each course of study or program available to undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon, as well as course descriptions and university policies.
Q: For whom is the Undergraduate Catalog relevant?
A: The Undergraduate Catalog is most relevant for students entering in the year of publication. However, returning students should also use the Undergraduate Catalog to look at new programs and courses of study that may interest them.
Q: How often is the Undergraduate Catalog updated?
A: The Undergraduate Catalog is published every year. The next Catalog will be published in August 2013.
Q: The requirements for my major are different here than when I entered Carnegie Mellon; will my classes still count the same towards graduation?
A: Yes. A student's requirements for graduation are determined by the year he or she enters Carnegie Mellon. If a program or major's requirements change in a later catalog, these changes will only affect students entering during that Catalog year.
Note: The only exception is for courses which stop being taught or change course number. You should confer with your academic advisor each semester in order to be sure you are on track for graduation. You can also use the Academic Audit tool to check on your progress.
Q: I want to look up a course description, but I only know the course number; where can I find a complete listing of all course descriptions?
A: For the 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog, each department has its own course description listing. To look for a specific course by course number with hyphen included (i.e. 76-101, not 76101) into the Search box near the top of the page and click "Go." The search results page will display the description for the requested course as well as a link to the page for the department offering the course.
Q: Does the Catalog include course times and locations?
A: No. Current information on course times and locations can be found on Student Information Online, under the Course Schedule tab.