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Undergraduate Options

Additional Majors/Dual Degrees

Students interested in pursuing more than one area of study are encouraged to consider an additional major or dual degree. Students who complete an additional major will earn a single degree in two areas. Generally, it is possible to fulfill the requirements of both majors in four years by taking the course requirements of the second major in the elective spaces allowed by the first major. Students in Carnegie Institute of Technology may elect to double major in Engineering and Public Policy or Biomedical and Health Engineering, which are offered only as an additional major. Human Computer Interaction is also offered only as an additional major.

Dual Degree programs allow students to earn two degrees. Students who are interested in an additional major or dual degree are encouraged to review the specific possibilities with the relevant academic advisor.

Five-Year Bachelor's/Master's Programs

Qualified undergraduates may apply to one of several programs to earn their bachelor's and master's degrees in five years. For further details about these programs, please refer to the appropriate college or departmental section(s).

Carnegie Institute of Technology

The five-year Integrated Master's/Bachelor's programs offered by the Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering offers students superior technical preparation for careers in industry. The Departments of Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering also offer fifth year/Accelerated Masters programs. The Department of Materials Science and Engineering offers a cooperative Industrial Internship Option in which students alternate coursework with practical experience in industry. Admission is highly competitive and leads to a Master of Science degree.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

The Department of Philosophy offers a bachelor's/master's degree option: the Bachelor's/Master's degree in Logic and Computation. The M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TOESL) is a fifth year master's option for Modern Language students who are concentrating in English as a Second Language. Also, the department of English offers an accelerated program for undergraduates to obtain a Master of Arts in Professional Writing.

H. John Heinz III College

The Heinz College's Accelerated Masters program allows qualified undergraduate students to earn a prestigious Master of Science degree in Public Policy and Management. For students in the College of Fine Arts or the Bachelor of Humanities and Arts degree program who are interested in careers in arts management, the program leads to a Master of Arts Management degree.

Mellon College of Science

The Honors Programs in the Departments of Chemistry and Mathematics are demanding, accelerated programs that give highly qualified students the opportunity to earn their bachelor's and master's degrees in just four years. Admission is by invitation only.

Tepper School of Business 3-2 Program

Students who are interested in business management may wish to consider the Tepper School of Business 3-2 program. Qualified undergraduate students may earn their master's degree in Industrial Administration in addition to their bachelor's degree. For students interested in earning a Master of Science in Quantitative Economics degree, Tepper offers an accelerated B.S./M.S. program in Economics.

Health Professions Program

Director: Justin C. Crowley, Ph.D.
Office: Doherty Hall 1319

The Health Professions Program (HPP) at Carnegie Mellon University is an advising and resource center for all university students and alumni who are interested in one or more aspects of the health professions. This program complements a student's curricular advising and is meant to help students explore their interests, prepare for graduate programs in the health professions, and facilitate their application process. Students can enroll in the program at any time during their academic career, but the importance of early planning is communicated to interested first-year students. Once enrolled, students meet regularly with the director to discuss course requirements, medical exposure opportunities, and other aspects of preparing to be a competitive candidate.

Students in the HPP span all colleges of the university and have many diverse career interests including medicine, dentistry, optometry, biomedical research, medical physics, rehabilitation engineering, medical informatics, and health policy. Although the majority pursue a primary major in the Mellon College of Science, other highly represented disciplines include engineering and the social sciences.

Regardless of a student's major, the basic course requirements outlined below must be completed prior to medical school matriculation, and most should be taken before the student takes the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) that is normally taken in spring of the junior year:

1. One year of general biology with lab.
This is typically fulfilled by the following Carnegie Mellon courses:
03-121 Modern Biology 9
03-230 Intro to Mammalian Physiology 9
or42-202 Intro to Mammalian Physiology (9 units)
03-124 Modern Biology Laboratory 9
or03-343 Modern Biology Laboratory (12 units)
or03-206 Modern Biology Laboratory (9 units)
2. One year of general chemistry with lab.
This is typically fulfilled by the following Carnegie Mellon courses:
09-105 Introduction to Modern Chemistry I 10
09-106 Modern Chemistry II 10
09-221 Laboratory I: Introduction to Chemical Analysis 12
3. One year of organic chemistry with lab.
This is typically fulfilled by the following Carnegie Mellon courses:
09-217 Organic Chemistry I 9
09-218 Organic Chemistry II 9
09-222 Laboratory II: Organic Synthesis and Analysis 12
4. One year of physics with lab.
This is typically fulfilled by the following Carnegie Mellon courses:
33-106 /111 Physics I for Engineering Students
(for science or engineering students)
33-112 Physics II for Science Students 12
33-100 Basic Experimental Physics 6
5. One year of English.
This is typically fulfilled by the following Carnegie Mellon courses:
76-101 Interpretation and Argument 9
76-xxx English course of the student's choice, typically 200-level or higher 

In addition to these general course requirements, recommended coursework includes calculus, biochemistry, statistics, behavioral sciences, ethics, and languages. Interdisciplinary studies are also strongly encouraged, and many students design an undergraduate curriculum that incorporates majors and/or minors in both the natural and social sciences. One interesting interdisciplinary minor offered is the Minor in Health Care Policy and Management, which broadens awareness of the health care field from social, economic, historical, and policy perspectives. See for the details of this minor.

Undergraduate research is a hallmark of the educational experience at Carnegie Mellon in many disciplines. Whether in the psychology lab studying the impact of breast cancer diagnosis on family social dynamics, in the NMR lab imaging metabolic function in the heart or brain, or in the surgery suite testing robotic devices, our students have made significant achievements in research, well beyond the more traditional guided experiments.

Our university policy is to train students to be first class scientists, engineers, artists, writers, managers, or whatever their passion may be. We do not train students to be “pre-med,” but if they choose to use their talents in a health profession, we offer many services to help them obtain their life goals. Regular advising, application workshops, health issue seminars and symposium, community outreach activities, and preceptor-ship/ internship experiences are all part of our programming. The student pre-health organizations on campus, the Doctors of Carnegie (DOCs) and the Minority Association of Premedical Students (MAPS), together with the Health Professions Program, provide students with many opportunities to learn, explore, and prepare for their chosen area of professional interest.

The Health Professions Program has been successful in helping students to define, prepare for, and obtain their professional goals. Our students are regularly accepted at top-level medical and graduate programs, and our alumni continue to serve as outstanding ambassadors of Carnegie Mellon and the training and experience they received here.


In addition to a student's primary degree, he or she can choose a minor, a secondary focus to the student's area of study, which can enhance a student's breadth of study and overall experience while not requiring the same amount of coursework as a second major or degree. The following list shows available minors. Unless otherwise indicated, minors are generally open to all university undergraduate students.

  • Arts in Society (sponsored by the Center for Arts in Society)
  • Health Care Policy and Management (sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the H. John Heinz III College, and Mellon College of Science)
Carnegie Institute of Technology:
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Engineering Studies
  • Robotics Technology and Policy

Designated Minors (open only to CIT students):

  • Automation and Control
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces Technology
  • Data Storage Systems Technology
  • Electronic Materials
  • Engineering Design
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Science and Engineering
  • Mechanical Behavior of Materials
  • Robotics
The College of Fine Arts:
  • Accompanying (open only to students majoring in Music)
  • Architecture
  • Architectural History (available also to B.Arch. candidates)
  • Architectural Representation and Visualization
  • Architectural Technology
  • Art
  • Building Science (open only to B. Arch. candidates)
  • Communication Design
  • Conducting (open only to students majoring in Music)
  • Drama
  • History of the Arts
  • Industrial Design
  • Jazz Performance
  • Jazz Performance (for students majoring in Music)
  • Music
  • Music Education (for students majoring in Music)
  • Music Performance
  • Music Technology
  • Music Theory
  • Photography, Film and Digital Imaging
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences:
  • African and African American Studies
  • Chinese
  • Decision Science
  • English
  • Environmental Policy
  • Ethics
  • European Studies
  • Film and Media Studies
  • French and Francophone Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • German
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Japanese
  • Linguistics
  • Logic and Computation
  • Minority Studies
  • Multimedia Production
  • Philosophy
  • Policy and Management
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Student Defined
Tepper School of Business:
  • Business Administration Management (for Students in CFA)
Mellon College of Science:
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Discrete Mathematics and Logic
  • Environmental Science
  • Mathematical Science
  • Physics
  • Scientific Computing
  • Secondary Education and Teacher Certification
School of Computer Science:
  • Computer Science

Pre-Law Advising Program 

Director: Joseph Devine, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, H&SS
Office: H&SS Dean's Offce, Baker Hall 154

“Law School” is an objective that students frequently mention when asked about post-baccalaureate plans. It seems in its brevity to be a simple enough answer, but in reality it masks a host of complex and momentous personal decisions and strategic tasks.

First and foremost, seeking entry into law school implies an informed decision about the rigors of law school and the realities of professional life as an attorney, as well as a strong and mature commitment to achieving these objectives at significant cost and investment (financial, personal, and intellectual). Second, it implies an understanding of the prolonged sequence of steps involved in the process of selecting law schools to which to apply, actually applying, ultimately selecting a school to attend, financing a law school education, and succeeding in law school. Finally, it implies an understanding of this as one of many options that should be carefully considered before a choice is made that will so significantly influence the course of one’s personal and professional life.

To address these needs, the University offers a Pre-Law Advising Program for students and alumni/ae who are contemplating or actively seeking to enter law school. The program consists of a range of support services, coordinated centrally, designed to assist these groups in engaging the complex questions associated with decisions about law school, and in successfully negotiating the sequence of tasks associated with selecting, applying and gaining admission to the best law schools possible.

The emphases of this program are:

  • early identification of “pre-law” candidates;
  • stimulation at early stages and throughout this process to consider the essential questions of personal suitability for law school and professional life as an attorney;
  • engagement with meaningful substantive issues rooted in the law that illustrate the intellectual complexities of our legal system and the corresponding intellectual acumen needed to enter and thrive in this profession;
  • timely direction in designing and executing a well-planned law school research, selection and application strategy;
  • gathering and using accurate data on university alumni entering law school and the legal profession.

The program proper consists of several components, organized and made available as an ongoing service to all students and graduates of the University. These components include periodic workshops and seminars, a Pre-Law web site, a weekly pre-law newsletter, pre-law library, and linkage with law school admissions offices, the Law School Admissions Council, and associations (both regional and national) of pre-law advisors. The program also works with the student Pre-law Society and Undergraduate Student Mock Trial Association.

Two “early admission” options are available to Carnegie Mellon undergraduates interested in either of Pittsburgh’s two law schools: the Duquesne University School of Law, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Requirements and procedures vary for each option. Interested students should meet with the University pre-law advisor before the end of their junior year.


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Study Abroad 

Carnegie Mellon students from every major can study in any part of the world for a semester, year or summer. Short-term programs during spring and winter break are also possible. A well planned study abroad program will allow a student to receive credit for study abroad and graduate on time. Most students study abroad during their junior year; however, a growing number of students are studying abroad during their sophomore and senior years.

The study abroad advising staff offers general information sessions as well as individual advising appointments to assist students in all stages of the study abroad process. The Office of International Education (OIE) has a large in-house library as well as useful web links to help students find the most appropriate study abroad program. In addition, OIE offers orientations to help with personal, academic and acculturation issues, before and after a study abroad experience.

Carnegie Mellon offers students a variety of payment options for study abroad to allow students to study abroad regardless of financial need. There are three categories of programs: Exchange Programs, Sponsored Programs, and External Programs. A description of each program follows. More detailed information can be found at


Exchange Programs 

Students who participate in exchange programs pay Carnegie Mellon tuition and receive their regular financial aid package. Students are responsible for room, board, travel and miscellaneous expenses.

University Exchanges

Carnegie Mellon University has university-wide exchange programs with institutions located in Australia, Chile, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Qatar, Singapore, and Switzerland.

Departmental Exchanges

Architecture, Art, Chemical Engineering, Design, Drama, Electrical and Computer Engineering, English, Heinz College, Information Systems, Materials Science and Engineering, Modern Languages, Computer Science and Business offer departmental exchange programs. Students should contact their department or the study abroad website for additional information.

Sponsored Programs

The university has designated a few study abroad programs administered by other organizations or universities as sponsored programs. To participate in these programs students pay a university fee equivalent to current tuition, room and board, and retain their eligibility for all financial aid. Carnegie Mellon in turn pays the program costs to the study abroad sponsor. Where applicable, funds are distributed to the student for room, board, travel, and personal expenses.

Currently Carnegie Mellon has 38 sponsored programs available around the world. A full list can be found at or in consultation with a study abroad advisor.

External Programs

Students may also participate in a program sponsored by another university or study abroad organization if the student's home department approves the program and its course offerings. Students will pay the other organization or institution directly. Students who receive institutional aid from Carnegie Mellon will not be eligible for this aid while they are abroad. However, students with state and federal aid will still qualify. Students can learn more about external program options during study abroad advising appointments and by exploring the study abroad website and library.


University Student-Defined Major

Carnegie Mellon offers the opportunity for undergraduate students to pursue a University Student-Defined Major. (There are also opportunities to pursue a Student-Defined Major in some of the colleges [see relevant college section of the catalog]). For information and advice, interested students are encouraged to speak to the Associate Dean (sic) of their current home college or the college most relevant to the proposed course of study.

The requirements for successful completion of a University Student-Defined Major include a student proposal approved by an advisor, relevant college(s), and the Provost, and successful completion of the approved course of study. In brief:

  • A student interested in pursuing a university student-defined major must develop a proposal which outlines an intellectually coherent area of study (with degree title) and a plan of study (courses to be taken, pedagogical rationale, proposed schedule). The proposal should include an explanation of why it is not appropriate or possible to pursue such a program through the curriculum of any one of the colleges. It should outline a program of study for both general education (for example, the core requirements of one of the most relevant colleges or equivalent general education plan) and major requirements. The proposal should designate one of the participating colleges as defacto “home college” for tracking and verification purposes.
  • The student's proposal must be approved by a faculty advisor within a college who takes pedagogical responsibility for the program, by the de facto “home college” and by any other colleges involved in granting the degree. The signed proposal will be submitted to the Provost's office for a final review and approval.
  • Once approved by the faculty advisor, colleges, and the Provost's office, the student's major will be administered by the advisor and his/her progress tracked by the Dean's office of the “home college.” The “home college” will be responsible for monitoring the student's progress and reminding any collateral colleges of the approval of the student-defined major so that these colleges may insure the student's ability to enroll in the necessary courses. Upon successful completion of the course of study, the “home college” will be responsible for contacting all the relevant colleges and verifying the completion of the degree. Unless there are sufficient numbers of university student-defined majors in any graduation year, upon consultation with the “home college,” students may chose to receive the diploma in the most relevant department's ceremony.


University Summer Sessions 

The campus is in full operation during the summer, populated by students and faculty from a variety of programs. The university continues to have outstanding, innovative educational programs extending beyond regular involvement with its degree candidates. Three sessions of summer school are held for college students who wish to make up or advance their degree program studies. Every service and support organization is available to summer students: Computing Services, the Student Health Center, the Counseling Center, the University Libraries, the Office of Admission, the Career Center, Student Activities, etc.

Session One: mid-May to early July

Session All: mid-May to mid-August

Session Two: early July to mid-August

The three summer sessions of credit course work are designed to meet the needs of currently enrolled college students (not exclusively Carnegie Mellon students) as they complement or supplement various college programs. The university offers a wide range of courses in the Carnegie Institute of Technology (CIT), College of Fine Arts (CFA), College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS), the Mellon College of Science (MCS), the School of Computer Science (SCS), and the Undergraduate Business Program in the Tepper School of Business.

Undergraduates have the opportunity to earn advanced credit, remove deficiencies, and regularize their schedules pursued during the academic year; graduates may work toward master's and doctor's degrees, and professional people are encouraged to increase their knowledge and skills. There are two summer sessions, both seven weeks in duration. Special programs and graduate work may cover other periods of time.

Carnegie Mellon reserves the right to withdraw any course not justified by the number of applicants and to make changes in scheduling when necessary and advisable.

Requests for further information should be addressed to:

Enrollment Services
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890
(412) 268-8186
FAX: (412) 268-8084