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

Acceptance into the Information Systems Major

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 completing the following two courses with a grade point average of 3.00 or higher.

1.    ISE 102 Introduction to Web Design and Programming
2.    ISE 108 Introduction to Programming

Computer Science majors may declare the Information Systems major with a cumulative grade point average of 2.80 or higher.

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

  • ISE 102 Introduction to Web Design and Programming
  • ISE 108 Introduction to Programming
  • ISE 208 Intermediate Programming
  • ISE 218 Introduction to Computer Organization or ISE 215 Foundations of Computer Science

2. Upper Division Courses:

  • ISE 312 Legal, Social, and Ethical Issues in Information Systems
  • ISE 305 Database Design and Practice
  • ISE 311 System Administration or ISE 321 Introduction to Network Administration
  • ISE 320 Information Management

3. Electives:

Four additional upper-division ISE courses, including ISE 475. Note: ISE 475 may be repeated once, but only one completion of the course will count 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 210 Applied Linear Algebra or MAT 211 Introduction to Linear Algebra 
3. AMS 310 Survey of Probability and Statistics or ECO 320 Mathematical Statistics

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:
1. Core Courses

a. BUS 111 Introduction to Business for Non-Business Majors
b. ECO 108 Introduction to Economics
c. BUS 210 Financial Accounting

2. One of the following:

  • BUS 214 Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 346 Operations Management
  • BUS 349 Management Science
  • BUS 355 Investment Analysis
  • BUS 356 Financial Engineering
  • ECO 348 Analysis for Managerial Decision Making
  • ECO 389 Corporate Finance
  • ESE 201 Engineering and Technology Entrepreneurship
  • EST 392 Engineering and Managerial Economics
  • EST 393 Production and Operations Analysis

3. One of the following:

  • BUS 348 Principles of Marketing
  • ECO 326 Industrial Organization
  • ECO 345 Law and Economic Issues
  • POL 319 Business Laws
  • POL 359 Public Policy Analysis
  • POL 364 Organizational Decision Making
  • SOC 381 Sociology of Organizations

4. One of the following:

  • EST 302 Assessment of Computer-Based Technologies
  • EST 305 Applications Software in Information Management
  • EST 320 Communication Technology Systems
  • EST 325 Technology in the Workplace

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 202 Introduction to Science, Technology, and Society Studies
b. EST 391 Technology Assessment
c. EST 392 Engineering and Managerial 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 102 with a grade of C or higher and possess a cumulative grade point average of 2.80 or higher. The minor requires seven courses totaling 21 credits as outlined below:

1. ISE 102 Introduction to Web Design and Programming
2. ISE 108 Introduction to Programming
3. ISE 208 Intermediate Programming
4. Four electives totaling at least twelve credits. Electives must include nine credits of upper-division courses and at least nine credits of ISE courses. Approved electives include most ISE courses, as well as other courses relevant to Information Systems; for details contact the Department of Computer Science Undergraduate Office.

Note: All courses above must be passed with a grade of C or higher