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

  • Completion of 4 courses: CS 1110 or CS 1112 (completed Fall 2023 or later)*, calculus or statistics, and two of the six core courses (INFO 2040, INFO 2450, INFO 1200 or INFO 1260, INFO 1300, and INFO 2950). **Students can count 1380 in place of one core course for the purposes of affiliation only. After affiliation, students will still need to complete all listed core courses.
  • A grade of C or better (For Spring 2020: a grade of C- or better, or an S*) in each of the completed core courses used to declare the major with an overall average for these courses of 2.5 or better.

* Students who have completed CS 1112 prior to Fall 2023 must also complete CS 1133.

** The  Information Science department cannot know how graduate schools, employers, and so on, will evaluate S grades. 


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 Info Sci major as a current student in Arts & Sciences

Please fill out the online IS affiliation application

Application Timeline:

  • Applications received between January 1st and January 31st are processed by March 1st.
  • Applications received between February 1st and May 31st are processed by July 1st
  • Application received between June 1st and September 14th are processed by October 15th.
  • Applications received between September 15th and December 31st are processed by mid-January.

Internal Transfer from another Cornell College to Arts & 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 page.
  • Inform current advisor of intent to transfer, and email the Undergraduate Advisor in Information Science.
  • In order to declare the IS major, students must meet the criteria for admission to the major.

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