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 in person in fall 2022, and appointments with the Informatics advisor will be held in the CICS Advising Suite on the first floor of the LGRC, A114. Appointments with Dr. Trim will be remote via zoom or in her office LGRC A347.

  • 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: Victor Chen and Shreya Kettry in LGRC A114. Our peer advisors are accomplished informatics seniors who hold drop-in hours during the regular semester. The regular Fall 2022 hours (Tues 3-5pm; Wed 5-6:30pm, Thurs 3-5pm, and Friday 1:30-4pm) will end on Dec 9.     There will be no peer advising when classes are not in session 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. 
  • 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 at the CICS Advising Office.
  • For questions about elective proposals, unusual transfer or study abroad equivalencies, application status, and other specific concerns not covered above, contact the program  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 or INFO 190S
  • CS 186 or INFO 190T

Satisfy the stats requirement:

  • Stats 240 or equiv.


Finish the programming sequence:

  • CS 121 or INFO 190S
  • CS 186 or INFO 190T

Go deeper in Informatics:

  • INFO 203

Indentify interests by exploring other domains:

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