If you enrolled in the Information Science minor prior to Spring 2018, you have the option to continue with the old minor requirements. 

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.

CALS students

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

Engineering students

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

Hotel students

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

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)

  • 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

Below, 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.

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.

  • AEM 2100 Introductory Statistics
  • BTRY 3010 Biological Statistics I
  • BTRY 3080 Probability Models and Inference 
  • CEE 3040 Uncertainty Analysis in Engineering
  • ECON 3130 Statistics and Probability
  • ECON 3110 Probability Models and Inference for the Social Sciences
  • ENGRD 2700 Basic Engineering Probability and Statistics
  • HADM 2010 Hospitality Quantitative Analysis
  • ILRST 2100 Introductory Statistics
  • ILRST 3120 Applied Regression Methods
  • MATH 1710 Statistical Theory and Application in the Real World
  • PAM 2100 Introduction to Statistics
  • PSYCH 3500 Statistics and Research Design
  • SOC 3010 Evaluating Statistical Evidence

Human-Centered Systems

  • INFO 2450 Communication and Technology
  • INFO 3152 Introduction to Computer Game Design
  • INFO 3400 Personal Relationships and Technology
  • INFO 3450 Human-Computer Interaction Design
  • INFO 3460 Crowds, Communities, and Technology
  • INFO 3650 Technology in Collaboration
  • INFO 4152 Advanced Topics in Computer Game Design
  • INFO 4154 Analytics-driven Game Design
  • INFO 4240 Designing Technology for Social Impact
  • INFO 4320 Introduction to Rapid Prototyping and Physical Computing
  • INFO 4400 Advanced Human-Computer Interaction Design
  • INFO 4410 Human Robot Interaction - Research and Design
  • INFO 4420 Human Computer Interaction Studio
  • INFO 4430 Teams and Technology
  • INFO 4450 Computer-Mediated Communication
  • INFO 4500 Language and Technology
  • INFO 4550 Deception in the Networked Age
  • COGST 1101 Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • COMM 4410 Communicating Self in Social Media
  • DEA 4700 Applied Ergonomic Methods
  • PSYCH 2050 Perception
  • PSYCH 2800 Introduction to Social Psychology
  • PSYCH 3140 Computational Psychology
  • PSYCH 3420 Human Perception Application to Computer Graphics, Art, and Visual Display
  • PSYCH 3470 Psychology of Visual Communications
  • PSYCH 3800 Social Cognition

* 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

  • INFO 1200 Information Ethics, Law, and Policy
  • INFO 2040 Networks
  • INFO 2921 Inventing an Information Society
  • INFO 2750 Ethical Issues in Intelligent Autonomous Systems
  • STS 2761 Governing Everyday Life
  • INFO 3200 New Media and Society
  • INFO 3561 Computing Cultures
  • INFO 3660 History and Theory of Digital Art
  • INFO 4144 Responsive Environments
  • INFO 4200 Information Policy Research, Analysis, and Design
  • INFO 4220 Networks II Market Design
  • INFO 4240 Designing Technology for Social Impact
  • INFO 4250 Surveillance and Privacy
  • INFO 4301 Ethics in New Media, Technology, and Communication
  • INFO 4360 Communication Networks and Social Capital
  • AEM 3220 Digital Business Strategy
  • COMM 4280 Communication Law
  • ECON 3030 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • ECON 3120 Applied Econometrics
  • ECON 3140 Econometrics
  • ECON 4020 Game Theory
  • ECON 4060 Economic Decisions under Uncertainty
  • ECON 3810 Decision Theory I
  • ECON 3820 Decision Theory II
  • HADM 4890 The Law of the Internet and E-Commerce
  • ORIE 4350 Introduction to Game Theory
  • STS 2501 Technology in Society

* 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 1300 Introductory Design and Programming for the Web
  • INFO 2300 Intermediate Design and Programming for the Web
  • INFO 2770 Excursions in Computational Sustainability 
  • INFO 3152 Introduction to Computer Game Design
  • INFO 3300 Data-Driven Web Applications
  • INFO 3350 Text Mining History and Literature
  • INFO 4120 Ubiquitous Computing
  • INFO 4130 Health and Computation
  • INFO 4152 Advanced Topics in Computer Game Design
  • INFO 4154 Analytics-driven Game Design
  • INFO 4300 Language and Information
  • INFO 4320 Introduction to Rapid Prototyping and Physical Computing
  • INFO 5300 The Architecture of Large - Scale Information Systems
  • CS 2110 Object-Oriented Programming and Data Structures
  • CS 3110 Data Structures and Functional Programming
  • CS 3410 Computer System Organization and Programming
  • CS 4320 Introduction to Database Systems
  • CS 4620 Introduction to Computer Graphics
  • CS 4700 Foundations of Artificial Intelligence
  • CS 4740 Natural Language Processing
  • CS 4780 Machine Learning for Intelligent Systems
  • CS 4786 Machine Learning for Data Science
  • CS 5150 Software Engineering
  • CS 5430 System Security
  • ECE 5620 Fundamentals of Data Compression
  • LING 4424 Computational Linguistics
  • ORIE 3800 Information Systems and Analysis
  • ORIE 4740 Statistical Data Mining I
  • ORIE 4800 Information Technology
  • ORIE 4810 Delivering OR Solutions with Information Technology
  • ORIE 4850 Applications of Operations Research and Game Theory to Information Technology

* 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.