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 with the peer advisors are held remotely for Fall 2021, 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 related to data science/informatics or general questions about informatics and study abroad, visit one of our Informatics Peer Advisors: Corinne Greene and Victoria Okoro. Our peer advisors are accomplished informatics seniors who hold drop-in hours during the regular semester. The Spring 2021 hours (beginning Sept 1) are: Mondays 11am - 1pm; Tuesdays 11am-1pm; Wednesdays 11am-1pm; Thursdays 11am-1pm. Peer Advising ends for the Fall 2021 semester on Wednesday Dec 8.   There will be no peer advising on UMass holidays and peer advising will follow the university calendar (e.g. when a Wednesday schedule is followed, Wednesday hours will be followed) unless otherwise posted here. UMass students can use this Zoom link to access peer advisors (UMass sign-in required): https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/93457801377  
  • For questions about advising related to new student orientation (NSO), applying to the major, pre-registration course selection, academic progress toward your degree, and for referral to other campus services, contact our professional advisors, Fabienne Boisson, Jazz Dautruche, and Ernie Brooks​​​​​​ . See this link for more information about making an appointment.
  • For questions about elective proposals, unusual transfer or study abroad equivalencies, application status, and other specific concerns not covered above, contact the program  Associate Director, Michelle Trim, informatics [at] cs.umass.edu
  • For answers to questions about specific requirements, check out our requirements page located here.


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