Undergraduate Bulletin

Spring 2023

Requirements for the Major and Minor in Information Systems (ISE)

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

  • CSE 114 Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
  • CSE 214 Data Structures
  • ISE 218 Fundamentals of Information Technology

2. Upper Division Courses:

  • ISE 312 Legal, Social, and Ethical Issues in Information Systems
  • ISE 305 Database Design and Practice
  • ISE 316 Introduction to Networking or CSE 310 Computer Networks
  • ISE 320 Information Management or BUS 340 Information Systems in Management

3. Electives:

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

C. Specializations

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:

Core Courses

a. ECO 108 Introduction to Economics
b. ACC 210 Financial Accounting

1. Two of the following:

  • ACC 214 Managerial Cost Analysis and Applications
  • ESE 201 Engineering and Technology Entrepreneurship
  • BUS 115 Introduction to Business
  • BUS 215 Introduction to Business Statistics
  • BUS 220 Introduction to Decision Sciences
  • BUS 294 Principles of Management

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:

  • ACC 210 Financial Accounting
  • AMS 311 Probability Theory
  • AMS 316 Introduction to Time Series Analysis
  • AMS 320 Introduction to Quantitative Finance
  • AMS 341 Operations Research I: Deterministic Models
  • AMS 394 Statistical Laboratory
  • AMS 441 Business Enterprise
  • BUS 330 Principles of Finance
  • BUS 331 International Finance
  • BUS 355 Investment Analysis
  • BUS 356 Financial Analysis with Excel
  • ISE 323 Human-Computer Interaction
  • ISE 331 Fundamentals of Computer Security

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:

  • BCP 405 Pharmacology to Pharmacy: Practical Clinical Aspects for Non-Clinicians (Didactic)
  • BME 205 Clinical Challenges of the 21st Century
  • CSE 377 Introduction to Medical Imaging
  • ECO 327 Health Economics
  • HAN 202 Anatomy and Physiology II
  • PSY 103 Introduction to Psychology

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.

  1. ISE 311 System Administration
  2. ISE 321 Network Administration
  3. ISE 331 Computer Security or CSE 331 Computer Security Fundamentals
  4. ISE 337 Scripting Languages or CSE 337 Scripting Languages
  5. ISE 488 Internship or ISE 487 Research in Information Systems
  6. ESE 442 Recent Advances in Communications and Wireless Networks or CSE 370 Wireless and Mobile Networking or EST 393 Project Management or BUS 393 Principles of Project Management or BUS 346 Management and Operations or AMS 341 Operations Research I: Deterministic Models

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 ISE 108 or CSE 101 with a grade of B- or higher and possess a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher. Admission is competitive and contingent upon program capacity. The minor requires seven courses totaling at least 22 credits as outlined below:

1. ISE 108 Introduction to Programming  or 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