Information Systems Major Requirements

Qualified freshman and transfer applicants may be accepted directly into the Information Systems major upon admission to the University. Currently enrolled students may apply for acceptance to the major with a cumulative grade point average of 2.80 or higher and after the following condition has been met:

  • Completed at least three required courses (CSE 114, Calculus I - AMS 151, MAT 125, MAT 131 or MAT 141, and WRT 102) with an average of 3.00 or higher and no grade below C. Students who transfer credit for any of these courses must speak to the Undergraduate Program Director to determine courses needed for major entry;
  • No grade lower than C in any course required for the ISE major. If a student has taken a course multiple times, the highest grade is considered. In addition, this criterion does not apply for any course the student has not yet taken or has taken once with a grade of W or I;
  • Earned a cumulative grade point average of 2.80 or higher;
  • Completed course evaluations for all transferred courses that are to be used to meet requirements of the major;
  • Computer Science majors may switch to the Information Systems major provided they have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 2.80 or higher.


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.


  • The major in Information Systems leads to the Bachelor of Science degree.
  • At least two of the UPPER DIVISION courses below must be completed at Stony Brook.
  • Completion of the major requires approximately 64 credits.


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


  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.

  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. 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


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.