Information Science offers a Bachelor of Science through the College of Engineering in Information Science, Systems, and Technology (ISST). The ISST major studies the design and management of complex information systems, with an emphasis on information systems engineering in broad application contexts, where issues at the confluence of information science, technology, and management are the primary concerns. Students take classes in operations research modeling techniques of probability, statistics, and optimization; computer science; economics; and the social and organizational contexts in which transformative information systems exist. Students then choose one of two specializations:
- Management Science (MS) – The Management Science option educates students in methods for quantitative decision making and their application to Information Technology, as well as the broader role that Information Technology plays in making these methods effective. Management Science students take advanced courses in Mathematical Models in Management Science, Information Systems, Mathematical Modeling in IT, and Information Technology Management Solutions. For more information about this specialization, please email us, visit the undergraduate coordinator for this option located in 203 Rhodes Hall, or call 607-255-5008.
- Information Science (IS) – The Information Science option educate students in methods for the creation, representation, organization, access, and analysis of information in digital form. Students who choose the Information Science option take classes in Information Systems, Mathematical Modeling in IT, Human-Centered Systems, and Social Systems. For more information about this specialization, please email us, or visit the undergraduate coordinator for this option located in 110H Gates Hall, or call 607-255-9837.
See the Admission to the Major page to learn more about how to declare the ISST major, transfer into the major from another Cornell college, or transfer in from another institution.
The Degree Requirements page details the program's core courses and its specializations.
Students must meet certain criteria for good standing at the end of each semester. See the Criteria for Good Standing page for more information.
In the College of Engineering, there are two types of recognition for student excellence that can appear on the diploma. See the Honors Requirements page to for further details.
For more information about the major, please feel free to contact us by email, visit our undergraduate program office located in 110H Gates Hall, or call 607-255-9837. Walk-in advising hours are: 1 to 3 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday.