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Undergraduate Minor in Information Science

Information Science is an interdisciplinary field covering all aspects of digital information. The program has three main areas: human-centered systems, social systems, and information systems. Human-centered systems studies the relationship between humans and information, drawing from human-computer interaction and cognitive science. Social systems examines information in its economic, legal, political, cultural, and social contexts. Information systems studies the computer science problems of representing, storing, manipulating, and using digital information.

The minor has been designed to ensure that you'll have substantial grounding in all three of these areas, as well as in statistics.

Eligibility

The minor in Information Science is offered in every undergraduate college at Cornell. Because of small differences in regulations between the colleges, there are sometimes slight variations in the requirements depending on your college  and, in a few cases, your major.

Getting started

To start the minor, send an email with your name, college, year of study (e.g. 2nd semester sophomore), expected graduation date, and major to the Undergraduate Coordinator. The minor is self-guided. See below for requirements and standards.

Completing the Minor

When completed, the minor will appear as a line on your final transcript. In order to complete the minor:

A&S, AAP, HE and ILR students

Download the minor completion form and submit it with an official transcript to 110H Gates Hall.

PDF iconNew CALS, AA&P, A&S, HE, and ILR IS Minor certification effective January 2014.pdf

CALS students

Download the CALS Minor certification form and submit it with an official transcript to 110H Gates Hall.

PDF iconNew CALS, AA&P, A&S, HE, and ILR IS Minor certification effective January 2014.pdf

Engineering students

Download the College of Engineering Minor Form and submit it with an official transcript to 110H Gates Hall.

PDF iconminor-certify-ENGR effective Januar 2014.pdf

Hotel students

Download the Hotel Administration IS Minor Form and submit it with an official transcript to 110H Gates Hall.

PDF iconNew Hotel- IS minor certification.pdf

Requirements

  • All courses must be chosen from the list in Appendix A (below); no substitutions are allowed. Appendix B (below) lists special requirements for certain departments.
  • In addition, a letter grade of C or better is required; S/U courses are not allowed.

Some courses in the minor count toward college distribution requirements. Use the Courses of Study search page to verify whether a course fulfills a distribution in your college.

Transfer Credit

Course credits from institutions other than Cornell cannot be counted towards the Information Science minor. If you have taken statistics elsewhere or you have AP statistics credit, you do not have to take statistics again. However, you must take an elective from any area of the minor in order to reach the minimum number of classes.

IS Minor Requirements by College

Agriculture and Life Sciences

Architecture, Art, and Planning

Arts and Sciences

Human Ecology

Industrial and Labor Relations

  • Statistics: One course. AP Stats credit may be used, but an additional course from any other area of the minor must be taken to make up the credits.
  • Human-centered systems (human computer interaction and cognitive science): Two courses
  • Social systems (social, economic, political, cultural, and legal issues): One course
  • Information systems (designing and implementing information systems; web programming): Two courses
  • Elective/Additional: One course from one of the following areas: human-centered systems, social systems, or information systems. *Computer Science majors must select a course from human-centered systems or social systems. Communication majors must select a course outside Communication. Students in other majors should check with their advisors that there are no special departmental restrictions or requirements.

Engineering

  • Statistics: One course. Must be one of ENGRD 2700 Basic Engineering Probability and Statistics or CEE 3040 Uncertainty Analysis in Engineering
  • Human-centered systems (human computer interaction and cognitive science): One course
  • Social systems (social, economic, political, cultural, and legal issues): One course
  • Information systems (designing and implementing information systems; web programming): Two courses. *INFO 1300 cannot be used. INFO 2300 cannot be used by Computer Science majors. CS 2110 cannot be used by majors for which it is a required course, e.g. Computer Science and Operations Research and Information Engineering.
  • Elective/Additional: One course from either human-centered or social systems

Hotel School

  • Statistics: One course. Must be HADM 2010 Hospitality Quantitative Analysis
  • Human-centered systems (human computer interaction and cognitive science): One course
  • Social systems (social, economic, political, cultural, and legal issues): One course
  • Information systems (designing and implementing information systems; web programming): One course.

Elective/Additional: Three courses. Must be:

  • HADM 3740 Fundamentals of Database Management and Data Analysis
  • AEM 3220 or students may take HADM 4890, formally HADM 4489, (or an elective course chosen from the approved list of IS minor courses and approved by their advisor)
  • HADM 4760 Visual Basic for Appilications: End-user Programming

Appendix A is a list of courses that satisfy the above requirements. New courses will be added to the minor as the department grows.

All semester and offering information on this page pertains to 2013-14 academic year and is subject to change.

Color Code Key:

Fall Course

Spring Course

Fall & Spring Course

[ ] = not offered 16-17

Appendix A

Courses that Satisfy the Requirements for the Concentration/Minor in Information Science (no course substitutions allowed).

Statistics

An introductory course that provides a working knowledge of basic probability and statistics and their application to analyzing data occurring in the real world.

Human-Centered Systems

* INFO 3152, INFO 4152, INFO 4154 and INFO 4320 may count as a Human-Centered Systems OR Information Systems course, but not both. INFO 4240 may count as a Human-Centered Systems OR Social System course, but not both.

Social Systems

* Only one of INFO 3152, ORIE 4350 and ECON 4020 (previously numbered as ECON 3680) can be taken for IS credit.

* Only one of ECON 3010 and ECON 3130 can be taken for IS credit.

*INFO 4240 may count as a Human-Centered System OR Social Systems course, but not both.

Information Systems



* INFO 3152, INFO 4152, INFO 4154 and INFO 4320 may count as a Human-Centered Systems OR Information Systems course, but not both.

Appendix B

Departmental Regulations for the Concentration/Minor in Information Science

Computer Science Department Computer Science majors cannot use INFO 1300, INFO 2300, or CS 2110. All CS students must select their elective course from human-centered systems or social systems.

Hotel School students may not use HADM 4474 as a Social Systems course because this course is already required in the additional course area (see chart above).

Communication majors must take their elective course outside Communication.

Students in other majors should check with their advisors that there are no special departmental restrictions or requirements.