CCIS Academic Advising is here to help
While it is your responsibility to ensure you’re meeting graduation requirements and personal goals, our academic advisors are dedicated to your success—offering guidance and support so you can make informed decisions throughout your time at CCIS.
CCIS undergraduate advising collaborates with students to help them maximize their success as they explore and work to achieve their academic and professional goals.
What we do
There are many ways academic advisors help students, including:
- Discussing academic and professional goals
- Explaining university, college, departmental, program of study and honors requirements
- Assisting with schedule planning and course selection
- Creating long-term study plans
- Discussing coursework and co-op options
- Assisting with petitions and special requests
- Discussing study strategies, time management, and academic resources
- Offering guidance on major and minor selection
How to work with your advisor
Academic advisors serve as a general home base for students. You and your advisor will work collaboratively to turn your educational goals into concrete, attainable, and appropriate plans, while also addressing issues related to curriculum, co-op attendance patterns, and processes.
There are many shared expectations for the student-advisor relationship.
You are responsible for:
- Understanding and engaging in your responsibilities in the advising relationship
- Accurately reading and interpreting your degree audit
- Understanding all aspects of university and program degree requirements
- Selecting and registering for appropriate courses
- Developing an ongoing long-term plan for coursework in collaboration with your advisor
- Recognizing and adhering to college and university policies, procedures, and deadlines
- Seeking academic advising guidance during times of personal or academic difficulty
- Reading and responding to correspondence from the advising and co-op office in a professional and timely manner
- Understanding Federal Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA).
- Notifying your advisor of anticipated changes in your co-op attendance pattern plan
Your academic advisor is responsible for:
- Communicating your responsibilities in the advising relationship
- Providing academic support throughout your time at Northeastern through clarification and execution of academic and career goals
- Connecting you to relevant support networks, resources, and offices throughout the university
- Helping you understand your degree audit and graduation requirements
- Helping you develop accurate and appropriate long-term curriculum plans
- Helping you understand your options for co-op attendance patterns and assigning appropriate patterns as needed
- Helping you find and understand important college and university information in regards to policies, procedures, and deadlines
- Maintaining accurate records of your educational program and attendance patterns
- Maintaining confidentiality of student records and complying with the Federal Education Right to Privacy Act (FERPA).
- Helping you understand immediate and long-term implications of registration decisions
- Reading and responding to your correspondence in a professional and timely manner
During your time at Northeastern, you will work with both an academic advisor and co-op coordinator, who specializes in helping you prepare, complete, and reflect on your co-operative learning experience.
Academic advisor assignments
Academic advisors are assigned alphabetically by last name. All offices are located in 301 Meserve Hall.
Combined Majors with College of Arts, Media and Design
D’Amore-McKim School of Business
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Combined Majors with College of Social Sciences and Humanities
College of Science
Cybersecurity, Information Science and Data Science
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CCIS Central Programs (BS in Computer Science, BA in Computer Science)
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Scheduling an appointment
Advisors meet with students on both a drop-in and scheduled appointment basis. Drop-in appointments are designed to address quick questions and last no longer than 10 minutes. For all other inquiries, schedule an academic advising appointment on the myNortheastern Appointment Calendar.
General advising inquiries may also be sent to email@example.com. Use your Husky email address and include your full name and Northeastern ID in the message.
Preparing for your appointment
To get the most out of your advising appointment:
- Make a list of the issues you want to discuss.
- Consider whether your question would be better directed to another office, such as Student Accounts, Financial Aid, or Housing. If you are unsure, we will direct you.
- Review your degree audit and requirements on myNortheastern, and a sample schedule from your degree program, if applicable.
A degree audit (myPAWS) is an interactive review of your academic progress toward degree completion in your declared major, outlining specific course requirements for a specific entering year. Degree audits are the official university requirements for each academic program.
Log in to myNortheastern, go to the Self-Service page, and select “myDegreeAudit.” You may run an audit for a major/ minor other than your declared major or minor by using the myPAWS “Explore Options” and “What-if Courses” features.
Change of major
Transferring to CCIS from another major at Northeastern
CCIS accepts students who demonstrate the skills and commitment necessary to be successful in our majors. We consider a student’s academic record, related outside activities and interest in relevant career paths. We welcome students who meet eligibility requirements and are dedicated to completing our academically rigorous program.
- Overall GPA of 2.7 or higher
- A grade of C- or higher in the following courses:
- CS 2500/2501
- CS 2510/2511
- CS 1800/1802
- Any MATH course below MATH 1342
- Must be in good academic standing
- Must not have an Academic Integrity Violation
- For admission into CS/Business or IS/Business, you must have a GPA of 2.0 or higher in any business courses
- For admission into CS/Music Composition and Technology, you must also meet the Music Department’s required admissions criteria
Transferring majors with CCIS
If a student wishes to change their current CCIS major to a different CCIS, students should complete the below Application for Change of Major and make an appointment with their current CCIS academic advisor.
If you wish to transfer into CCIS, but do not meet the above criteria, you will remain in your current college as a transitional student. In addition to meeting with your home college advisor, we recommend meeting with a CCIS advisor to discuss academic plans, schedule classes, and create a transition plan as you work towards meeting the transfer criteria.
Application for Change of Major
Applications to CCIS are accepted throughout the year. Our advisors are glad to meet with you to discuss the program, major options, and eligibility requirement.
If you meet eligibility standards, please complete the Application for Change of Major (CCIS).
Patterns of attendance
Your co-op pattern of attendance is the term-by-term plan in which you will be taking classes on campus and going on co-op. It is important that you work closely with your advisor to select and follow appropriate patterns of attendance in line with your academic program. Please note:
- Most co-op patterns have a four-year or five-year option.
- Some degree programs have limited co-op pattern options.
- Students must graduate during an academic course term (not while on co-op).
- Back-to-back co-op employment is not permitted.
- Students must meet eligibility requirements to participate in co-op.
- Students may enroll in one course while on co-op, but must petition to take more than one.
Patterns of attendance are assigned during your first year on campus, typically during the spring semester. Some academic programs within the college require specific patterns that reflect industry standards and course offerings and cannot be adjusted. Others have flexibility in the number of co-ops (typically two or three), the timeline to graduation (four years or five years), and the semester that students are on co-op (late summer and fall or spring and early summer).
Four-year vs. five-year pattern
The standard co-op pattern for CCIS is two co-ops which requires four summer sessions. Five-year patterns are also available for most of our programs, they typically offer three co-ops and require two summer terms. Some degree programs require specialized co-op patterns that may vary. Students who have transfer credit (Advanced Placement, A-Levels, International Baccalaureate, etc.) applicable to their degree program may be able to reduce the number of summer terms required and/or graduate early. Talk with your academic advisor about your options.
Pattern of Attendance change deadline
If you are planning to change your Pattern of Attendance for an upcoming semester or cycle, please note the new submission deadlines:
- The last day to change to a spring pattern (co-op for Jan. – June) is the last day of the Summer 1 semester
- The last day to change to a fall pattern (co-op for July – Dec.) is the Friday before the Thanksgiving holiday
If you have questions regarding your pattern of attendance or whether you should make a change, please contact your academic advisor. Students making pattern changes so they can graduate in a given semester can submit changes at any time.
Request for Pattern of Attendance change
After you have been assigned a Pattern of Attendance through your CS 1200 class or transfer evaluation, you may need to change your pattern. Students often request a pattern change for a variety of reasons. If you need to change your pattern, please complete the Pattern of Attendance Change application.
Please note that submission of the application does not mean your change will be approved. Your application will be reviewed by the CCIS Advising Team. If the change is approved, your pattern will be updated in the system and you will be notified of the change. If your requested pattern change is not approved, you and your advisor will be notified.
NUterm enables you to take classes during summer 1 (May and June) between your first and second years. In fact, it may be required if you choose a four-year co-op pattern. Talk with your advisor to determine if NUterm is right for you.
College of Computer and Information Science
The College of Computer and Information Science takes the University’s Academic Integrity Policy very seriously. Faculty will report all students found in violation of this policy to OSCCR. CCIS will convene an Academic Integrity Committee within the College to consider further penalties, such as disciplinary probation and/or academic suspension.
Northeastern University expects students to complete all examinations, tests, papers, creative projects, and assignments of any kind according to the highest ethical standards according to our Academic Integrity Policy. The following is a broad overview of what constitutes a violation of academic integrity:
- Cheating – Using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise. When completing any academic assignment, a student shall rely on his or her own mastery of the subject.
- Fabrication – Falsification, misrepresentation, or invention of any information, data, or citation in an academic exercise.
- Plagiarism– Using as one’s own the words, ideas, data, code, or other original academic material of another without providing proper citation or attribution. Plagiarism can apply to any assignment, either final or drafted copies, and it can occur either accidentally or deliberately. Claiming that one has “forgotten” to document ideas or material taken from another source does not exempt one from plagiarizing.
- Unauthorized collaboration– Instances when students submit individual academic works that are substantially similar to one another. While several students may have the same source material, any analysis, interpretation, or reporting of data required by an assignment must be each individual’s independent work unless the instructor has explicitly granted permission for group work.
- Participation in academically dishonest activities– Any action taken by a student with the intention of gaining an unfair advantage over other students.
- Facilitating academic dishonesty – Intentionally or knowingly helping or contributing to the violation of any provision of this policy.
As members of the academic community, students must become familiar with their rights and responsibilities. In each course, they are responsible for knowing the requirements and restrictions regarding research and writing, examinations of whatever kind, collaborative work, the use of study aids, the appropriateness of assistance, and other issues. Students are responsible for learning the conventions of documentation and acknowledgment of sources in their fields.
Northeastern expects students to complete all examinations, tests, papers, creative projects, and assignments of any kind according to the highest ethical standards, as set forth either explicitly or implicitly in the Code of Student Conduct or by the direction of instructors. Please note:
- Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and can result in expulsion.
- Cheating goes on a student’s permanent record.
- Final grades are at instructors’ discretion.
Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution & Cheating (OSCCR)
Northeastern University’s OSCCR strives to promote and instill the values of civility and good citizenship within the Northeastern community. OSCCR addresses student conduct violations and conflicts through an educational process and provides engaging programming and training to help maintain a healthy living and learning environment. OSCCR also strives to provide a community free of intimidation, harassment, or unfair treatment. Violations of the university’s Academic Integrity Policy are handled by OSCCR.
CCIS academic policies
First-year academic progression
To make adequate academic progress in the college, first year students are expected to earn:
- A minimum of 24 semester hours of credit
- A minimum overall and major GPA of 1.8
- A grade of C or higher in ENGW1111 or 1102
A deficit in any of these criteria after two semesters of enrollment will lead to student dismissal from CCIS and potentially from Northeastern.
- Students are permitted two attempts to earn a minimum grade of C- in the following courses: CS1800, 2500, 2510.
- If a C- is not earned by the second attempt, a student will be dismissed from CCIS and potentially from Northeastern.
- If the following courses are required by the degree program, a minimum grade of C- is required: MATH1231, 1251, 1252, 1340, 1341, 1342.
- Students are also required to earn a C- or higher in their advanced English writing course (i.e., ENGW 3302, 3315). This is the university-wide passing grade for this degree requirement.
Maintaining good standing
To remain in good academic standing and progress after the first year, students are required to fulfill:
- A minimum of 12 SH in each full-term semester (Fall or Spring)
- A minimum overall GPA of 2.0
- A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CCIS courses
- A minimum GPA of 2.0 for business courses in the combined CS and Business and IS and Business majors (or the Business portion of the combined major will be dropped)
Academic probation and dismissal
- Full-time students who fail to meet the criteria for good standing described above will be placed on academic probation effective for the following semester. The action will appear on the internal record, but not on the transcript.
- Students who remain on probation after two full-term academic semesters will be dismissed from the university.
Honors in CCIS
CCIS invites interested and qualified CCIS students to pursue a discipline-specific honors designation by completing and presenting a project beyond curricular requirements. The Honors in the Discipline program is designed to provide students with strong academic performance the opportunity to gain valuable practical experience by completing a project related to their major and interests.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements
Students must have junior or senior status and be in good standing in a CCIS degree program. A GPA of at least 3.5 is required at the time of the application and proposal submission; at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA is also required at graduation to receive the honors distinction. Students must secure the participation of a faculty advisor, who agrees to support the student throughout the duration of the project.
Note: it is NOT required that students be part of the University Honors Program.
Interested students should begin by deciding on a project they want to complete, securing a faculty advisor, and submitting the application and a formal proposal to their academic advisor, who will forward it to a faculty committee convened by the associate dean. If the proposal is approved, the student will begin work on the project under the mentorship of the faculty advisor.
At the conclusion of the project, the student will submit a final paper and present the project to the dean, the faculty advisor, and any other faculty, staff, or students who wish to attend. The faculty advisor, along with the associate dean and the faculty committee, will then discuss the work and the presentation to determine if it is satisfactory.
Upon successful completion, students will receive a designation on their transcripts indicating, “Honors in [Student’s Major].”
Identifying a Faculty Advisor
It is the student’s responsibility to identify and secure a faculty advisor, who will serve as a mentor for the duration of the project. Students should identify a faculty advisor based on how closely the faculty member’s research interests and expertise align with the student’s project interests. Upon securing a faculty advisor, the student and advisor will work together to finalize the project idea and submit a proposal along with the application; faculty advisor sign-off on the application is required before the proposal will be accepted.
Application and Proposal
The proposal and application are the first formal submissions of the Honors in the Discipline process. The application can be accessed here.
The proposal should be a narrative description of the intended project, and should include:
- A detailed description of the project
- Rationale (why does this work/research matter?)
- Specific goals of the work/research
- Complete timeline of the project
- Preliminary literature review
The application and proposal should be submitted no later than the end of the first week of classes of the semester in which the project work is to begin.
Students wishing to pursue collaborative projects should include additional information regarding their collaboration with their proposal, including:
- A statement indicating the reason for collaboration
- An explanation of how the workload will be divided amongst the participants
- Evidence that the project will be much more substantive than an individual project would be
The project is intended to offer a significant contribution to external stakeholders while also being a valuable learning experience for the student. Possible projects include:
- An original research project
- A significant software development project
- A significant data project
- A computing project with a significant social impact
The completed project must be accompanied by a full report or publishable paper describing the work in detail. The culmination of the project is the public presentation, which will always be scheduled on Reading Day.
While there are no specific duration requirements, most projects that would offer a satisfactorily-significant impact and be worthy of an honors distinction will last two semesters.
Preparing for graduation is an exciting time and our academic advisors look forward to supporting you along the way. Official graduation clearance comes from two offices: the CCIS advising office and the university registrar’s office.
To ensure your final year at CCIS and Northeastern concludes smoothly, you should:
- Confirm the graduation year indicated on myNortheastern matches your intended graduation year.
- Read and follow your advisor’s instructions regarding graduation (you will begin to receive correspondence about graduation clearance in the spring or early summer of the year prior to your graduation year).
- Review and approve your official Graduation Clearance Contract.
- Apply to graduate on myNortheastern to notify the university of your graduation intentions.
- Notify your academic advisor of any changes in registration or graduation plans.
- Review important information about the commencement ceremony held each May.
New Combined Majors Request Form
If you would like to suggest a new combined major with the College of Computer and Information Science, please fill out this form.
The college will take proposals under consideration. Given the many complications involved in considering new curriculum, submitting a request does not imply that the college will create this proposed combined major. Please do not make academic plans on the assumption that a combined major will be created.
The creation of a new major is a lengthy process due to the planning and levels of approval which must be attained. Your information will be kept on file, and you will be informed if, and when, such a major has been created.
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Academic Advisor for Persistence and Retention
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