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

  • Completion of 4 courses: CS 1110, calculus or statistics, and two of the five core courses (INFO 2040, INFO 2450, INFO 1300, INFO 1200 and INFO 2950). Courses must be taken for a letter grade. 
  • A grade of C or better in each of the completed core courses used to declare the major with an overall average for these courses of 2.5 or better.

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 IS major as a current student in Arts and 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 and 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:

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