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). 
  • 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.

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 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