The Information Systems major, which is housed in the Department of Computer Science, prepares its graduates to design and build computerized data processing and decision support systems. The program is technically oriented, emphasizing the design and implementation aspects of large-scale information systems as well as the more traditional managerial and organizational issues, and it balances development of system engineering skills with learning to deliver reliable systems on time and within budget. Throughout the program, students are exposed to diverse application areas ranging from traditional business, finance, and accounting through telecommunications, networks, multimedia, and database management, to computer-aided design and industrial production management systems.
Acceptance into the Information Systems Major
Qualified freshman and transfer students who have indicated their interest in the major on their applications may be admitted directly as a degree major or as a pre-major. Pre-majors are placed into the Area of Interest (AOI) program and to be eligible for the degree, they must be admitted to and declare the major. The requirements and application process for matriculation are detailed below. Students admitted to other programs within the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) follow the same admissions process as students in the AOI program. Students in programs outside of CEAS (non-CEAS students) and double major applicants may apply for admission to the degree program following a separate process, outlined below.
Intellectual honesty and academic integrity are cornerstones of academic and scholarly work. The department may table any applications for major/minor admission until academic judiciary matters are resolved. An academic judiciary matter will be identified by a grade of “Q” in the instance of a first offense.
Area of Interest and Other CEAS Students (excluding double major applicants)
Applications for major admission from AOI and other CEAS students are reviewed twice per year and must be received by January 5 for Spring admission and June 5 for Fall admission. Students who submit their application on time will be admitted if they meet the following requirements:
• Completed CSE 114; AMS 151, MAT 125, MAT 131 or MAT 141; and either WRT 102 or ISE 218. All courses taken to satisfy major admission requirements must be completed with a grade of B- or higher and with a GPA of 3.00 or higher in these courses. For students who have completed both ISE 218 and WRT 102, the higher of the two grades is used when determining major admission.
• Transfer students who have completed the equivalent of WRT 102 or ISE 218 at another school with a grade of B- or higher do not need to retake these courses. Students who have transfer credit towards any of the other required courses must speak to the Undergraduate Program Director to determine courses needed for major entry.
• Repeated at most one of the courses listed above.
• Earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher.
• Completed course evaluations for all transferred courses that are to be used to meet requirements of the major.
Students must complete these requirements no later than one year after they enroll in the first course that applies towards major entry. Students must apply for admission by the application deadline immediately following completion of the above requirements, but no later than the one year limit. Admission of AOI students and other CEAS students (except declared Computer Science majors) who apply late will follow the process of Non-CEAS Students and Double Major Applicants below. Declared Computer Science majors may switch to the Information Systems major after exceeding the one-year timeline for admission, provided they meet the criteria stated above.
Non-CEAS Students and Double Major Applicants
Applications for major admission from non-CEAS students and double major applicants are reviewed twice per year and must be received by January 5 for Spring admission and June 5 for Fall admission. Students who do not meet the requirements for AOI admission above will not be considered. Fulfilling the requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Admission is competitive and contingent upon program capacity.
Enrolling in ISE Courses
To enroll in ISE courses, students must have completed all prerequisites with a grade of C or higher (Pass/No Credit grades are not acceptable to meet prerequisites). For transfer students, official transfer credit evaluations must have been completed and approved.
Failure to satisfy the prerequisites or to attend the first class may result in deregistration. The Pass/No Credit option is not available to ISE majors for ISE courses.
Requirements for the Major
The major in Information Systems leads to the Bachelor of Science degree. At least two of the courses under requirement A.2. below must be completed at Stony Brook.
Completion of the major requires approximately 64 credits.
A. Information Systems Courses:
1. Lower Division Courses
2. Upper Division Courses:
Four additional upper-division ISE courses. Note: ISE 475 may be considered among the ISE upper-division electives, but may only be counted once towards the ISE upper-division elective requirement.
B. Mathematics Courses
1. AMS 151 Applied Calculus I (or MAT 131 or MAT 141 or MAT 125, MAT 126)
2. AMS 161 Applied Calculus II or MAT 132 Calculus II or MAT 127 Calculus C or MAT 142 Honors Calculus II or CSE 215 Foundations of Computer Science
3. AMS 210 Applied Linear Algebra or MAT 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra
4. AMS 310 Survey of Probability and Statistics or ECO 320 Mathematical Statistics or AMS 110 Probability and Statistics in the Life Sciences
Students must complete a specialization in one of the application areas listed below, or else design a specialization of six to eight courses in another application area in consultation with the ISE undergraduate director before the courses for the specialization are completed.
D. Upper-Division Writing Requirement: ISE 300 Technical Communications
All degree candidates must demonstrate technical writing skills at a level that would be acceptable in an industrial setting. To satisfy this requirement, students must pass ISE 300 Technical Communications, a course that requires various writing assignments, including at least one significant technical paper.
EST 304 Communication for Engineers and Scientists may be taken in lieu of ISE 300 to fulfill the ISE upper-division writing requirement.
All courses taken to satisfy Requirements A through D must be taken for a letter grade and completed with a grade of C or higher. A grade of C or higher is required in prerequisite courses listed for all CSE and ISE courses.
Specialization in Business and Economics
Students may take a specialization in Business and Economics consisting of the following courses:
a. ECO 108 Introduction to Economics
b. ACC 210 Financial Accounting
1. Two of the following:
2. Two of the following:
Specialization in Financial Information Systems
Students may take a specialization in Financial Information Systems consisting of the following courses.
1. Two of the following:
2. Four of the following:
Specialization in Health Informatics
Students may take a specialization in Health Informatics consisting of the six courses.
1. Core Courses:
2. Four of the following:
Specialization in System & Network Administration
Students may take a specialization in System & Network Administration consisting of the following courses. Courses applied to the specialization may not be used toward requirements to satisfy the ISE major or minor.
Specialization in Technological Systems Management
Students may take a specialization in Technological Systems Management consisting of the following courses.
1. Four required courses:
a. EST 201 Technological Trends in Society or EST 202 Introduction to Science, Technology and Society Studies
b. EST 391 Technology Assessment
c. EST 392 Engineering Economics
d. EST 393 Project Management
2. Two elective courses from the following:
Note: Courses cross-listed between ISE and EST may be taken either as ISE electives (Item A.3) or as TSM specialization electives (Item C).
Specialization in Other Application Areas
A student may design a specialization in another application area of information systems in consultation with the ISE undergraduate director before the courses for the specialization are completed.
Requirements for the Minor
The minor in Information Systems is open to all students not majoring in either Computer Science or Information Systems or minoring in Computer Science. To declare the minor in Information Systems, students must complete CSE 101 with a grade of B- or higher and possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher. Students who have transfer credit toward the required course must speak to the Undergraduate Program Director to determine the course needed for minor entry. Admission is competitive and contingent upon program capacity. The minor requires seven courses totaling at least 22 credits as outlined below:
1. CSE 101 Computer Science Principles
2. CSE 114 Computer Science I
3. ISE 218 Fundamentals of Information Technology
4. Four electives totaling at least twelve credits. Electives must include nine credits of upper-division courses and at least nine credits of CSE or ISE courses. Approved courses include most ISE/CSE courses and other courses relevant to Information Systems. Consult with the ISE Undergraduate Program Director on the suitability of an elective course prior to registration.
Note: All courses above must be passed with a grade of C or higher
|First Year Seminar 101||1|
|CSE 101 (TECH)||3|
|AMS 151 (QPS)||3|
|First Year Seminar 102||1|
|WRT 102 (WRT)||3|
|CSE 114 (TECH)||4|
|AMS 210 (STEM+)||3|
|AMS 310 or ECO 320||3|
|ISE 312 (STAS, CER, & ESI)||3|
|ISE 300 (SPK, WRTD)||3|
|ISE 301 (STAS)||3|
Major and Minor in Information Systems
Department of Computer Science, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Chair: Samir Das
Undergraduate Program Director: Ahmad Esmaili
Undergraduate Program Coordinators: Sara Gergen, Molly Kelly
Office: 101 New Computer Science Building
Phone: (631) 632-8470