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2010-2011 Catalog

Welcome to the 2010–2012 Carnegie Mellon University Undergraduate Catalog!



This catalogue 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 catalogue is current as of August, 2010, with an addendum to be provided in August, 2011, to update with changes in University academic programs, policies and services. In the interim, new courses will be announced in the course schedules which are usually available in November and April and on the Web (

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, Copy Editor
University Registrar's Office Catalog Team
Joy Cavaliero
John Papinchak

Published August, 2010



Statement of Assurance

Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and Carnegie Mellon University is required not to discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in violation of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or other federal, state, or local laws or executive orders.

In addition, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs on the basis of religion, creed, ancestry, belief, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity. Carnegie Mellon does not discriminate in violation of federal, state, or local laws or executive orders. However, in the judgment of the Carnegie Mellon Human Relations Commission, the Presidential Executive Order directing the Department of Defense to follow a policy of “Don't ask, don't tell, don't pursue” excludes openly gay, lesbian and bisexual students from receiving ROTC scholarships or serving in the military. Nevertheless, all ROTC classes at Carnegie Mellon University are available to all students.

Inquiries concerning application of these statements should be directed to the Provost, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, telephone 412-268-6684 or the Vice President for Campus Affairs, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, telephone 412-268-2056. Carnegie Mellon University publishes an annual campus security report describing the university's security, alcohol and drug, and sexual assault policies and containing statistics about the number and type of crimes committed on the campus during the preceding three years. You can obtain a copy by contacting the Carnegie Mellon Police Department at 412-268-2323. The security report is also available online.

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



RANDY BRYANT, Dean, School of Computer Science.AMY BURKERT, Vice Provost for Education.BONNIE CERSOSIMO, Associate Vice President for Marketing and Media Relations.MARY JO DIVELY, Vice President for Marketing and Media Relations.KENNETH DUNN, Dean, Tepper School of Business.FRED GILMAN, Dean, Mellon College of Science.ED GREFENSTETTE, Treasurer and Chief Investment Officer.CHERYL M. HAYS, Secretary, Board of Trustees and Director, President's Office.RALPH HORGAN, Associate Vice Provost for Campus Design and Facilities Development.MARK KAMLET, Senior VIce President and Provost.PRADEEP K. KHOSLA, Dean, Carnegie Institute of Technology.ROBBEE BAKER KOSAK, Vice President for University Advancement.RAMAYYA KRISHNAN, Dean, H. John Heinz III College.JOHN LEHOCZKY, Dean, College of Humanities & Social Sciences.DAN J. MARTIN, Interim Dean, College of Fine Arts.RICHARD MCCULLOUGH, Vice President for Research.TIMOTHY MCNULTY, Associate Vice President for Government Relations.ELIZABETH MILAVEC, Associate Vice President for Finance and Controller.DEBORAH MOON, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.MICHAEL MURPHY, Vice President for Campus Affairs.PAUL NIELSEN, Director, Software Engineering Institute.BARBARA SMITH, Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.DON SMITH, University Director for Economic Development.JOEL SMITH, Vice Provost and Chierf Information Officer.GLORIANA ST. CLAIR, Dean of University Libraries.EVERETT L. TADEMY, Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Equal Opportunity Services.G. RICHARD TUCKER, Interim Dean, Carnegie Mellon University - Qatar Campus.

Trustees of Carnegie Mellon University

RAYMOND J. LANE, Chairman.E. KEARS POLLOCK, Vice Chairman.DAVID KIRR, Vice Chairman.JARED L. COHON, President.JAY CALHOUN, Treasurer.MARY JO DIVELY, Assistant Secretary, Vice President and General Counsel.CHERYL M. HAYS, Secretary.MARK S. KAMLET, Executive Vice President and Provost.CHARLES A. KENNEDY, Interim Chief Investment Officer.ROBBEE BAKER KOSAK, Vice President for University Advancement.RICHARD MCCULLOUGH, Vice President for Research.ELIZABETH MILAVEC, Assistant Treasurer.DEBORAH MOON, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.MICHAEL MURPHY, Vice President for Campus Affairs.

Ex-Officio Trustees

JARED L. COHON, President.DARLENE M. HARRIS, President, Pittsburgh City Council.GREGORY POLANSKY, President, Andrew Carnegie Society.LUKE RAVENSTAHL, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh.DENISE ROUSSEAU, Chair, Faculty Senate, Carnegie Mellon University.BEVERLY WHEELER, President, Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association.

Life Trustees

DR. ARTHUR H. ARONSON, Retired Executive Vice President, Allegheny Technologies, Inc..MR. JOHN R. BERTUCCI, Chairman, MKS Instruments, Inc..ERROLL B. DAVIS, JR., Chancellor, University System of Georgia Board of Regents.MS. LINDA A. DICKERSON, CEO, National Aviary.WILLIAM S. DIETRICH, II, Trustee, The Dietrich Charitable Trusts.MR. PHILIP L. DOWD, Sherick Enterprises, LLC.MS. DINA DUBLON, Advisor, Warburg Pincus LLC.DR. EDWARD H. FRANK, .YOSHIAKI FUJIMORI, Chairman, President and CEO, GE Japan Corporation.HENRY J. GAILLIOT, .MR. IRA J. GUMBERG, President and Chief Executive Officer, J.J. Gumberg Co..MR. RICHARD D. HAMILTON, Former Director of Pruduct Supply, Globa AleoChemical Group/Procter and Gamble.TOD S. JOHNSON, Chief Executive Officer, The NPD Group, Inc..TORRENCE M. HUNT, JR., .DAVID M. KIRR, Partner, Kirr, Marbach & Company.MS. JILL GANSMAN KRAUS, .MR. RAYMOND J. LANE, Managing Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers.MR. JOHN E. MCGRATH, Senior Vice President, Booz & Company.MS. REGINA GOUGER MILLER, Owner/Artist, Ginger and Spice / Regina Gouger Miller Studio.AMBAR PAUL, Deputy Chairman, 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..DAVID S. SHAPIRA, Chairman, CEO and President, Giant Eagle, Inc..J. LEA HILLMAN SIMONDS, .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..ANDRESS APPOLON, Vice President, Siebert Brandford Shank & Co..RONALD BIANCHINI, President and CEO, Avere Systems, Inc..FRANK BRUNCKHORST, Boar's Head Provisions Co., Inc..ARISTIDES CANDRIS, President and CEO, Westinghouse Electric Company.ERIC COOPER, .DAVID COULTER, Managing Director and Senior Advisor, Warburg Pincus.RUSSELL CROCKETT, Senior Vice President, Texas Petrochemicals, Inc..FRANCISCO D'SOUZA, President and CEO, Cognizant Technology Solution.MARCO DELGADO, Manging Partner, Delgado and Associates, PC.HOWARD ELLIN, Partner, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom.WILLIAM B. ELLIS, Retied Chairman and CEO, Northeast Utilities.EVAN FRAZIER, Senior Vice President, Community Affairs, Highmark, Inc..DIRK GATES, Chief Executive Officer, Xirrus, Inc..ROY HALEY, Chairman and CEO, WESCO International, Inc..OSCAR HARRIS, CEO and Founder, Turner Associates.THERESA L. HEINZ, Chairman, Heinz Family Philanthropies.LARRY JENNINGS, JR., Senor Managing Director, ValStone Partners, LLC.ROBERT P. KELLY, Chairman and CEO, BNY Mellon.PATRICIA ASKWITH KENNER, President, Campus Coach Lines.BRUCE MCWILLIAMS, CEO and President, SuVolta.SULAJJA MOTWANI, Managing Director, Kinetic Motor Co., Ltd..JONATHAN ROTHBERG, Founder and Chairman, Raindance Technologies and Ion Torrent Systems.MANOJ SINGH, Global Managing Partner - Operations, Deloitte.LUKE SKURMAN, President, CEO and Founder, College Prowler.ROHET TOLANI, Managing Director, Tolani Shipping (Singapore) Pte. Ltd..PATRICK WILSON, Actor.

Life Emeritus Trustee

PAUL A. ALLAIRE, Former Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation.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.ROBERT A. CHARPIE, .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..CYNTHIA FRIEDMAN, Co-owner, Union Real Estate Company of Pittsburgh.CLAIRE W. GARGALLI, .WILLIAM GOLDSMITH, Chairman of the Board, Nucon Energy Group.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.WILLIAM H. KNOELL, Retired Chairman and CEO, Cyclops Corporation.HANS W. LANGE, .EDWARD E. LUCENTE, .THOMAS A. MCCONOMY, Retired Chairman of the Board, Calgon Carbon Corporation.LINDSAY J. MORGENTHALER, .ALESSANDRO OVI, President, TechRev srl.NORMAN F. PARKER, Retired President, Varian Associates.HENRY POSNER, JR., Chairman, The Hawthorne Group, Inc..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 W. TAYLOR, .JAMES M. WALTON, President Emeritus, Carnegie Institute.KONRAD M. WEIS, Former President and CEO, Bayer Corporation.