Concurrent Degree

Emphasizing interdisciplinary study, the Concurrent Degree enables exceptional undergraduate students to take advantage of the breadth of academic study that is Cornell’s hallmark.

With nearly 80 majors offered by the undergraduate colleges and schools, the Concurrent Degree enables a student to build a unique curriculum around their special interests.

When earning two distinct and independent degrees at the baccalaureate level (such as a BA from Architecture, Art and Planning and a BS from CALS), the student must have permission from both colleges. The coursework must have at least 30 credits of specialized, program-specific coursework that is unique to each degree. Significant overlap in the general, liberal arts curriculum is permissible, however, any overlap in specialized requirements for each degree is limited to 12 academic credits. When the two degrees involve a program in a licensed profession, no credits in the professional curriculum may be “double-counted” towards a different degree.

Before you apply

Thank you for your interest in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). The following information will prepare you for the concurrent degree application process. You can also learn more at Cornell’s Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees website.

1. Make sure you are eligible to apply

  • Eligible applicants should be full-time, NON-CALS students who are in good standing in their current college/school and will have completed at least two full-time semesters at Cornell (12 credits minimum/semester) prior to beginning a concurrent degree in CALS.
    • While students can apply at any point between the 2nd semester of their freshman year and the 1st semester of their junior year, the ideal time to apply is during the sophomore year.
    • Applications will not normally be accepted from students who have already completed 5 or more semesters.
    • Students who have questions or concerns pertaining to the timing of their concurrent degree application should contact CALS Admissions at cals_admissions@cornell.edu before proceeding.
  • A minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 3.3 is required.
  • Applicants should be aware that pursuing a concurrent degree requires two additional semesters (at least 30 additional credits).

2. Review major guidelines for Concurrent Degree

  • Concurrent degrees are offered through all CALS majors with the exception of Applied Economics and Management (AEM), Biology and Society, Global and Public Health Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Due to curriculum overlap, the following major combinations are not available:
    • Information Science/Communication
    • Review additional information on concurrent degree exclusions.
  • At least one course in your new interest area should be completed with a grade of B or better prior to beginning a concurrent degree. For some majors, additional coursework may be required (see major guidelines for Internal Transfer and verify with appropriate CALS department contact).
  • Students applying to complete a concurrent degree in Landscape Architecture must submit a Portfolio.
  • Applicants should be aware that concurrent degree applications are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. A solid 10-semester plan and feedback from the CALS department contact meeting factor significantly into the assessment of fit for your prospective CALS major and the concurrent degree option (see How to Apply).

3. Review important application deadlines

Concurrent Degree applications are accepted for the Fall and Spring semesters.

Semester

Application Deadline

Notification

Fall

Last day of classes in December

Mid-January

Spring

Last day of classes in May

Mid-June

4. Start early!

Connect with the Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees Advisor and an Advising Coordinator in your prospective CALS major as soon as possible.

Questions? Contact Us

CALS Undergraduate Admissions
177 Roberts Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Tel: 607-255-2036
cals_admissions@cornell.edu