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Admission Requirements - New Curriculum

All potential majors are reviewed on a case-by-case basis relative to the following criteria:

  • Completion of 4 courses: CS 1110, calculus or statistics, and two of the five core courses (INFO 2040, INFO 2450, INFO 1300, INFO 1200 and INFO 2950). Courses must be taken for a letter grade. 
  • A grade of C or better in each of the completed core courses used to declare the major with an overall average for these courses of 2.5 or better.

Note: Courses used for the purpose of declaring the major may be repeated if the original course grade was below a C. The most recent grade will be used for all repeated courses. Qualifying courses must be taken at Cornell.

Declaring the IS major as a current student in Arts and Sciences

  • Arts and Sciences students interested in declaring the Information Science major should fill out the major declaration forms and turn them in to 110H Gates Hall.
  • In order to declare the IS major, students must meet the criteria for admission to the major.

Internal Transfer from another Cornell College to Arts and Sciences into the Information Science Major

Note: Students who transfer to Arts & Sciences from other Cornell colleges must complete a minimum of four semesters of on-campus residency in Arts & Sciences following transfer.

In addition:

  • Non-Arts and Sciences students who want to transfer from another college at Cornell in order to major in Information Science in Arts and Sciences should visit the Arts and Sciences internal transfer website.
  • Inform current advisor of intent to transfer, and email the Undergraduate Coordinator in Information Science.
  • In order to declare the IS major, students must meet the criteria for admission to the major.
  • If accepted by Arts and Sciences, you will need to fill out major declaration forms.

External transfer from an institution outside of Cornell to Arts and Sciences into the Information Science Major

  • Visit the Cornell transfer admission website.
  • If you would like to transfer credit from another institution, refer to the Arts and Sciences transfer credit website.
  • If accepted by Arts and Sciences, you will need to fill out major declaration forms to formally register for the major.
  • It is generally expected that students intending to declare the IS major meet the criteria for admission to the major.