Good Standing

Students must meet the following criteria for good standing at the end of each semester:

  • An overall term average of at least 2.3.
  • A weighted term average for courses required in the major program of at least 2.5 .
  • 14 credits hours toward the degree.
  • No failing grades.
  • No grade below C- in:
    • Any required CS course
    • Any required Math course
    • Any course to be used as: a Technical Elective; or an elective in the External Specialization. *
  • Successful completion of at least three of the following CS courses by the end of the junior year (CS 2800, CS 3110, CS 3410/3420, CS 4410, CS 4820) and be making adequate progress toward completion of the degree.
  • At least one meeting with the advisor during the semester.

Failure to meet any of these criteria could result in an academic warning or separation from the Major.

*Students in the major are required to retake any required CS or Math courses that result in a final grade below a C-. Elective courses that result in a final grade below a C- may not be used as Math, Technical, or Specialization electives, however, they may be used elsewhere if appropriate.

The S/U Grade Option

Here are the rules about taking a course S/U when a letter grade is also an option:

  • Freshman are not allowed to do this.
  • At most one such course per term.
  • The option can only be used for liberal electives and approved electives.

Double Major

Here are the steps to follow if you want to double major. (1) Affiliate with the first major in the usual fashion. (2) Before the end of the junior year, petition to affiliate with the second major. The petition should include a plan of study and must be approved by both majors and the Academic Standards, Petitions, and Credit Commitee. Visit Engineering Advising in 167 Olin Hall for more details.

Concurrent Degree (2 majors from 2 different colleges at Cornell)

If you are a CS major in Engineering and want to obtain a second major in Arts and Sciences, start by contacting the Advisor of the Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees to schedule an appoint and start discussing your plan.

Transferring Credit

Here are the steps to follow if you want to transfer credit earned at another institution:

  • Obtain a transfer credit form from Engineering Advising in 167 Olin Hall.
  • Complete the form and attach the course decription and syllabus. This involves getting approval from the department(s) in question except for courses that are to be counted as liberal electives. (Engineering advising approves such credit transfers.) Your advisor's approval is also required.
  • Return the completed form to Engineering advising and arrange to have the outside institution send a copy of your transcript to the Engineering registrar in 158 Olin Hall.

It is always a good idea to get departmental approvals before you take transfer credit courses elsewhere.

Transferring to Another College at Cornell

Visit the Office of Internal Transfer. If your record is strong enough, then you will be advised to apply directly to the College of interest. If your record is not strong enough, then you have to work further with the Director of Internal Transfer to explore your options.