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Information Science offers options for study among a variety of fields, so that our students can create unique connections between disciplines and come up with an individualized course of study during their time in the program.

We offer three undergraduate degrees in Information Science.

Students can pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Information Science through the College of Arts & Sciences (BA-IS) or a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Science through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) (BS-IS). These two degree programs are very similar, differing primarily in their associated college-level requirements.

In addition, the department offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Science, Systems, and Technology (ISST) to students in the College of Engineering (BS-ISST). This degree differs substantially from the A&S and CALS Information Science programs.

Please see the individual degree pages for more information about each program:

If you're not sure which undergraduate degree program is right for you, review the descriptions and requirements for each and then click through our Student Spotlights to read about student experiences in each program.

For more information about the major, please feel free to contact us by phone, 607-255-9837, email or visit the undergraduate program office located in 110H Gates Hall.

Information Science majors are required to take core courses that introduce them to the variety of theories and methods of study within the discipline. Students will specialize in a particular area of interest in Information Science by choosing classes from one concentration that will provide in-depth study in that... more

Why the change?

Our current curriculum hasn't been revised since it was created over 12 years ago. The goal was to develop a new curriculum with more defined areas of study within information science, highlighting student career goals/paths, while providing more scheduling flexibility for... more

Students who wish to do an undergraduate minor in Information Science can get a grounding in human-centered systems, social systems, information systems and statistics to complement their other studies.

Cornell students who have an appropriate background in the field of information science are eligible to receive academic credit (INFO 4900) for doing independent research with Information Science faculty or researchers.

Many of the interesting problems and questions (and jobs) of the future will be concerned with the interactions between people and information systems. To prepare students to solve these problems, the undergraduate programs in Information Science cover both technical issues and social science issues. Many... more

Please check out the wide variety of student groups on campus and find ways to get involved with your peers during your time at Cornell.

If you are considering a major in Information Science at Cornell, review these frequently asked questions for further information.