CBT Academic Advising: Your Pathway to Success

The CBT Advising Center promotes student success by providing students with the information, guidance and support they need to make informed decisions. Advisors encourage students to take responsibility for achieving their academic goals, empowering students as they set out on the road to lifelong learning.

Undergraduate Advisors (Business and Computer Science)

For general undergraduate advising questions, please email cbt-ug@neiu.edu, or fill out our intake form

Graduate Advisors

  • Kenneth Sotak: k-sotak@neiu.edu, (773) 442-5356 (CS Graduate Program)
  • Mohammad Tavakolifar: m-tavakolifar@neiu.edu, (773) 442-6174 (MSA Program)
  • Robert Cook: see graduate program emails for contact information: (773) 442-6128 (MBA Programs)

Graduate Program Emails

Advising Hours

8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

CBT advisors are available remotely and in person. Contact your assigned academic advisor for assistance with course selection and registration.

You can also visit Room CBT 178 or call (773) 442-6111 for more information.

Tutoring Center Hours and Location

Location: Room CBT 159

The tutoring schedule varies by semester. For questions regarding the schedule, contact:

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Declaring Majors and/or Minors



Majors and minors

Declaring Business Majors and/or Minors

To be qualified to declare a major in CBT and enroll in 300-level business courses, the following standards must be completed:

  1. Fulfill the University’s General Education Requirement (See the Academic Catalog or Schedule of Classes for details on fulfilling the General Education Requirement).
  2. Complete each of the eight Foundation Courses (listed below) with a grade of “C” or better in each course and earn a Foundation Course grade point average of 2.50 or higher (on a 4-point scale). CBT does not round up GPA. A 2.49 GPA would require retaking a course(s) to earn a 2.5 foundation GPA.
  3. Complete at least 60 college credit hours of course work (45 hours for business minors), including the Foundation Courses and General Education Courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or higher.
  4. Apply and be approved for admission to the College of Business and Technology. This step is equivalent to officially declaring a business major and/or minor. Contact the Office of Program Advisement at (773) 442-6111 to schedule an advisement appointment to officially declare a business major or minor.

Business Foundation Courses 

These are basic skills courses that you complete before being admitted to upper-division (300-level) study in business. Check the course descriptions in this catalog for course prerequisites:

Code Title Hours
ENGL-101 Writing I       3
ENGL-102 Writing II       3
MATH-165 Finite Mathematics for Business and the Social Sciences       3
PHIL-213 Ethics (This also satisfies a Human Relations requirement)       3
OR PHIL-215 Business Ethics  
ECON-217 Principles of Microeconomics*       3
ACTG-201 Introduction to Financial Accounting*       3
ACTG-202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting*       3
BLAW-285 Legal Environment of Business*       3
Total      24

*Foundation Courses that are also Core Courses.

For more information, please see the catalog at Business Degree Requirements.

majors and minors 

Declaring technology Majors and/or Minors

To declare a major in Computer Science or Cybersecurity:

  1. Fill out Declaration of Major Form available in the Department office.
  2. Complete the major requirements in effect when the declaration of major is accepted by the Department.
  3. Obtain a Computer Science Major handbook in order to be aware of any changes in requirements.

Technology Prerequisite courses 

These are the courses that are required across all technology majors and minors. Any other prerequisites are specific to the major and/or minor the students choose. For questions, please contact a Computer Science advisor. 

Code Title Hours
ENGL-101 Writing I       3
MATH-173 College Algebra       3
CS-200 Programming 1       3
CS-201 Discrete Structures       3
CS-207 Object Oriented Programming and Data Structures       3
CS-308 Operating Systems       3
Total      18

For more information, please see the catalog at Computer Science Degree Requirements.