If you're interested in studying Information Science in CALS, please visit the CALS undergraduate admissions page for more information on how to apply. If you have specific questions about the major or you would like to arrange a campus visit, feel free to contact us. To declare the Information Science major, please apply via our online application.

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

Completion of 4 courses:

  • CS 1110 or CS 1112 (completed Fall 2023 or later)*
  • Calculus or statistics
  • 2 of the 5 core courses (INFO 1200/1260, INFO 1300, INFO 2040, INFO 2450, and INFO 2950).
    • Students may count CS 2800 + CS 2110 together in place of INFO 2950 for affiliation. If CS 2110 is used in this way, it cannot also be used as a major elective.
    • Students can count INFO 1380 in place of one core course for the purposes of affiliation only. After affiliation, students will still need to complete all listed core courses.

A grade of C or higher (For Spring 2020: a grade of C- or higher, or an S**) in each of the completed courses used to declare the major with an overall GPA for these courses of 2.5 or better.

Please Note:

  • *Students who have completed CS 1112 prior to Fall 2023 must also complete CS 1133.
  • **The Information Science department cannot know how graduate schools, employers, and so on, will evaluate S grades. 
  • 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.

Changing majors within CALS or adding a second major

If you're a current CALS student, start taking courses to meet the criteria for admission to the Information Science major. Contact us to schedule an advising meeting. Once you’ve met the admission criteria, please apply online.

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 college within Cornell

Non-CALS students who want to major in Information Science in CALS should refer to the CALS page on the Cornell University internal transfer process. The department contact person for Information Science is Sahri Chery or Cass D'Amato.

Upon admission to CALS as an IS student, you must meet the criteria for admission within your first two semesters after transfer.

External transfer from an institution outside of Cornell

For information on how to apply as an external transfer student, please visit the CALS undergraduate admissions page. If you have specific questions about the major or you would like to arrange a campus visit, feel free to contact us.