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 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.

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 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

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 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 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. ACC 210 Financial Accounting

2. One of the following:

  • ACC 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
  • EST 364 How to Build a Startup

Specialization in Digital Media

Students may take a specialization in Digital Media consisting of the following courses. Courses applied to the specialization may not be used toward requirements to satisfy the ISE major or minor.

1. Core Courses

a. CDT 208 Introduction to Media Technology
b. CSE 323/ISE 323 Human-Computer Interaction (see Note)

2. Two of the following:

• ARS205 Foundations: Idea and Form
• ARS210 Modern Art and the Moving Image
• ARS225 Introduction to Digital Art
• ARS281 Introductory Photography
• CCS101 Introduction to Cinema & Cultural Studies
• DIA207 Technologies of Representation
• ISE102 Introduction to Web Design and Programming
• ISE108 Introduction to Programming
• THR103 Theatre and Technology

3. Two of the following:

• ARS324 Intermediate Digital Art: Design
• ARS325 Intermediate Digital Arts: Print
• ARS326 Video Art: Narrative Forms
• ARS327 Digital Arts: Web Design and Culture
• ARS328 Digital Arts: Animation
• ARS329: Video Art: Experimental Forms
• CDT317 Interactive Media, Performance, and Installation
• CDT318 Movie Making: Shoot, Edit, Score
• CDT341 Sound Design
• CDT450 Topics in Computational Arts
• CSE333 User Interface Development
• ISE325/CSE325 Computer Science and Sculpture
• ISE334/CSE334 Introduction to Multimedia Systems
• ISE340/EST310 Design of Computer Games
• ISE364/CSE364 Advanced Multimedia Techniques
• ISE488 Internship
• DIA396 Video and Computer Game History
• DIA397 Video and Computer Game Culture

Note: If CSE 323/ISE 323 is being used to satisfy an ISE upper division requirement, any one course listed in the above
upper-division category can be substituted for CSE 323/ISE 323.


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 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

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 108 or CSE 101 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 108 Introduction to Programming  or CSE 101 Introduction to Computers
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