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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 2017; the next Catalog will be published in August 2018. 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.

Laurie Weingart
Interim Provost


Jonathan D. Samuels, Assistant Registrar for Records & Undergraduate Catalog Editor
John R. Papinchak, University Registrar
Published August 17, 2017

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Executive Management Team

FARNHAM JAHANIAN, Interim President.

LAURIE WEINGART, Interim Provost.

ANGELA BLANTON, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

GINA CASALEGNO, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

MARY JO DIVELY, Vice President and General Counsel.

STEVEN KLOEHN, Vice President for Marketing and Communications.

CATHY LIGHT, Secretary of the Corporation; Chief of Staff, Office of the President.

RODNEY MCCLENDON, Vice President for Operations.

SCOTT MORY, Vice President for University Advancement.

RICK SIGER, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Engagement.

University Leadership Council

KUMAR BHAGAVATULA, Interim Vice Provost for Research.

AMY L. BURKERT, Vice Provost for Education.

ROBERT DAMMON, Dean, David A. Tepper School of Business.

REBECCA DOERGE, Dean, Mellon College of Science.

JAMES H. GARRETT, JR., Dean, College of Engineering.

JIMMY HSIA, Vice Provost for International Programs and Strategy.

RAMAYYA KRISHNAN, Dean, H. John Heinz III College.

DAN J. MARTIN, Dean, College of Fine Arts.

ANDREW MOORE, Dean, School of Computer Science.

MICHELLE PIEKUTOWSKI, Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer.

KATHRYN ROEDER, Vice Provost for Faculty.

RICHARD SCHEINES, Dean, Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

MICHAEL STEIDEL, Dean of Admission.

MICHAEL TRICK, Dean, Carnegie Mellon-Qatar.

KEITH WEBSTER, Dean, University Libraries.

Officers of the Board of Trustees

JAMES E. ROHR, Chairman.

EDWARD H. FRANK, Vice Chair.

TOD S. JOHNSON, Vice Chair.

FARNHAM JAHANIAN, Interim President.

LAURIE WEINGART, Interim Provost.

ANGELA BLANTON, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

GINA CASALEGNO, Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

MARY JO DIVELY, Vice President and General Counsel.

CHARLES A. KENNEDY, Chief Investment Officer and Interim Treasurer.

KAREN T. KHAN, Assistant Secretary.

STEVEN KLOEHN, Vice President for Marketing and Communications.

CATHY LIGHT, Secretary; Chief of Staff, Office of the President.

RODNEY MCCLENDON, Vice President for Operations.

SCOTT MORY, Vice President for University Advancement.

CARRIE NELSON, Assistant Treasurer.

Voting Trustees

JOEL ADAMS, General Partner, Adams Capital Management, Inc..

LUIS BALL, Chairman and CEO, GroupoCiencia; President, Allegheny Medical Systems LLC.

RONALD BIANCHINI, JR., President and CEO, Avere Systems.

KEITH BLOCK, Vice Chairman and COO,

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


DAVID COULTER, Special Limited Partner, Warburg Pincus LLC.

RUSSELL CROCKETT, Senior Advisor, RTC Energy LLC.

JEANNE CUNICELLI, Executive Vice President, UPMC Enterprises.

ERROLL B. DAVIS, JR., Senior Advisor, TalentQuest, Inc..

LINDA A. DICKERSON, Principal, 501(c)(3)2.

FRANCISCO D'SOUZA, President and CEO, Cognizant Technology Solutions.

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

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

YOSHIAKI FUJIMORI, Senior Advisor, LIXIL Group Corporation.

ERIC GILER, Chairman and CEO, Speedy Packets.

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

IRA J. GUMBERG, Chairman and CEO, J.J. Gumberg Co..

JEFFREY HOUSENBOLD, Managing Director, SoftBank.

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

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

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

RAYMOND J. LANE, Managing Partner, GreatPoint Ventures.

MICHAEL MCQUADE, Senior Vice President for Science and Technology, United Technologies Corporation.

BRUCE MCWILLIAMS, Executive Chairman, Intermolecular.

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

AMBAR PAUL, Director, Caparo Group Limited.

DAVID PORGES, Executive Chairman, EQT Corporation.

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

JONATHAN ROTHBERG, Founder and Chairman, Butterfly Networks, LAM Therapeutics, Quantum-Si, Hyperfine Research, and 4 Combinator.

DAVID S. SHAPIRA, Executive Chairman, Board of Directors, Giant Eagle, Inc..

AJIT SHETTY, Retired Chairman of the Board, Janssen Pharmaceutica.

J. LEA HILLMAN SIMONDS, Chair, Hillman Family Foundations.

MANOJ SINGH, Retired Chief Operating Officer, Deloitte.


LIP-BU TAN, Chairman, Walden International; CEO, Cadence Design Systems.

DAVID TEPPER, President and Founder, Appaloosa Management.

THOMAS TULL, Founder, Legendary Pictures.

MARY ANN ULISHNEY, Vice President and Wealth Specialist, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A..

SUNIL WADHWANI, Managing Director, SWAT Capital.

PAULA KAUFFMAN WAGNER, Producer/Owner, Chestnut Ridge Productions.

MICHAEL ZAMAGIAS, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Zamagias Properties.

Ex-Officio Trustees

FARNHAM JAHANIAN, Interim President, Carnegie Mellon University.

BRUCE KRAUS, President, Pittsburgh City Council.

TIMOTHY S.K. LIU, President, Andrew Carnegie Society.

WILLIAM PEDUTO, Mayor, City of Pittsburgh.

JEANNE VANBRIESEN, Chair, Faculty Senate, Carnegie Mellon University.

DEBORAH YUE, President, Carnegie Mellon Alumni Association.

Emeritus Trustees

PAUL A. ALLAIRE, Former Chairman and CEO, Xerox Corporation.

ARTHUR H. ARONSON, Retired Executive Vice President, Allegheny Teledyne.

JOHN R. BERTUCCI, Chairman, MKS Instruments, Inc..

CAROL R. BROWN, Former President, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

ROBERT M. BROWN, III, President, B-III Capital LLC.

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, Procter and Gamble.


THERESA HEINZ, Chairman, The Heinz Endowments.

ORION HOCH, Chairman Emeritus, Litton Industries.

T. JEROME HOLLERAN, Chairman, Precision Medical Products, Inc..

W. LEE HOSKINS, Retired Chairman and CEO, The Huntington National Bank.

JUSTIN M. JOHNSON, Retired Judge, Superior Court of Pennsylvania.

PATRICIA ASKWITH KENNER, President, Campus Coach Lines.

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


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.

NORMAN F. PARKER, Retired President, Varian Associates.

E. KEARS POLLOCK, Retired Executive Vice President, PPG Industries, Inc. .

CHARLES J. QUEENAN, JR., Chairman Emeritus, 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.

DAVID S. SHAPIRA, Executive Charman, Board of Directors, Giant Eagle, Inc..

RAYMOND SMITH, Chairman, Rothschild Continuation Investments.


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

DONALD E. STITZENBERG, Principal, CBA Associates.

JAMES M. WALTON, President Emeritus, Carnegie Institute.

KONRAD M. WEIS, Former President and CEO, Bayer Corporation.