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:

1. The student has completed at least 10 credits of required courses - CSE 114, mathematics, and WRT 102 with an average of 3.0 or higher and no grade below C.

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 Computer Science I
    CSE 214 Computer Science II
    AMS 161 Applied Calculus II or CSE/ISE 215 Foundations of Computer Science
    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
    Four additional upper-division ISE courses, including ISE 475. 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.


To satisfy the mathematics competence requirement, the student must complete the following courses:

  1. AMS 151 Applied Calculus I (or MAT 131 or MAT 141 or MAT 125, MAT 126)
  2. AMS 210 Applied Linear Algebra or MAT 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra
  3. AMS 310 Survey of Probability and Statistics or ECO 320 Mathematical Statistics


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 408 Network Security
  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


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.