Faculty Recruiting Support CICS

Undergraduate Advising and the Informatics Major




The CICS Informatics Advising Team consists of  peer advisors, professional advising staff, and faculty.

We work collaboratively to provide the best advising experience possible to prospective, on contract, and current Informatics majors. Drop-in hours and appointments with the Informatics advisor will be held in the CICS Advising Suite on the second floor of the LGRC, room A243.





  • For questions about the major, the application process, choosing electives, identifying ways to get involved on campus, student organizations realted to data science/informatics or general questions about informatics and study abroad, visit one of our Informatics Peer Advisors. Our peer advisors are accomplished informatics juniors and seniors who hold drop-in hours during the regular semester. Current hours are Tues from 4-6pm and Wed from 1:30-4:30. Complete Fall 2019 drop in hours will be posted here by September 7.
  • For questions about advising related to new student orientation (NSO), applying to the major, application status, pre-registration course selection, academic progress toward your degree, and for referral to other campus services, contact our professional advisor, Fabienne Boisson. See this link for more information about making an appointment.
  • For questions about elective proposals, unusual transfer or study abroad equivalencies, and other specific concerns not covered above, contact the program Associate Director, Michelle Trim, informatics [at] cs.umass.edu
  • For questions about specific major requirements, consult our Advising Worksheet.


If you are thinking about joining informatics, we recommend the following first and second year courses to get you started:

In your first year at UMass: Second-year Students:

Be introduced to Informatics:

  • INFO 101
  • INFO 150

Get started on the programming sequence.

  • CS 121
  • CS 186

Satisfy the stats requirement:

  • Stats 240 or equiv.


Finish the programming sequence:

  • CS 121
  • CS 186

Go deeper in Informatics:

  • INFO 203

Indentify interests by exploring other domains:

  • Sociology
  • Biology, especially genetics
  • Public Health
  • Economics
  • Communications