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Degree Requirements

Please review the information below and on the Core and Tracks pages for the required courses to complete the major in Information Science within the College of Arts and Sciences.

Students Entering After Fall 2015: Please see the New Curriculum requirements

Students that have elected to follow the current curriculum should follow the guidelines outlined below. Note: Students entering as of Fall 2015 must follow the new curriculum requirements (see link above).

The Information Science major organizes its courses into three area-based tracks:

  • Human-centered Systems - This area examines the relationship between humans and information, drawing from human-computer interaction and cognitive science.
  • Information Systems - This area examines the computer science problems of representing, organizing, storing, manipulating, and accessing digital information.
  • Social Systems - This area studies the cultural, economic, historical, legal, political, and social contexts in which digital information is a major factor.

Students must complete a set of eleven core courses: one introductory course, four courses in math and statistics, and two courses from each of the three IS areas. Students must also obtain depth in two tracks --- a primary and a secondary track --- that together best represent their interests. In particular, completion of the major requires four advanced courses from the selected primary track and three advanced courses from the secondary track. 

Please click on the links below for details on the Core and Track requirements for the required courses to complete the major in Information Science within the College of Arts and Sciences. 

All semester and offering information on the requirement pages pertain to the 2015-16 academic year and is subject to change. Please see the Cornell Course Roster for more information.

Note: All courses used towards the IS major must be taken for a letter grade. No grades below a C- may be counted toward the major.

Core Courses

Please follow the link above for a list of course options to fulfill Core requirements for the Information Science major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Tracks

Please follow the link above for a list of course options to fulfill Tracks requirements for the Information Science major in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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.