Internal Transfer

Before you apply

Thank you for your interest in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The following information will prepare you for the internal transfer 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 non-CALS, degree-seeking Cornell students who will have completed at least two full-time semesters at Cornell (12 credits minimum/semester) prior to transitioning to CALS.
    • Juniors are rarely approved for internal transfer. It is unlikely that Juniors will be able to complete degree requirements in time to graduate.
    • Juniors and other students who have questions or concerns pertaining to the timing of their internal transfer application should contact CALS Admissions at cals_admissions@cornell.edu before proceeding.
  • Current CALS students wishing to change majors should contact their advisor or CALS Student Services to discuss the steps necessary for a change in major.
  • Students may not internally transfer to the Global and Public Health Sciences major.
  • Students may not internally transfer to the Interdisciplinary Studies major when entering CALS. The change to this major evolves after a student finds his or her interests diverging from the current major, and when an idea of a new educational objective is emerging.

2. Review major guidelines for Internal Transfer

Applied Economics and Management (AEM)

NOTE: Admission to the AEM major is EXTREMELY competitive, and only students who meet the course and GPA requirements should apply. External transfer students who have already transferred to other Cornell colleges will not be considered for internal transfer. Applications are accepted from qualified Cornell students at the end of spring semester of freshman year only. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are not eligible for transfer to the Dyson School. Dyson School representatives are only available to meet individually with students who are actively completing the requirements to transfer and are eligible to submit an application. Questions about applying can be sent to dyson_admissions@cornell.edu.

Biological Engineering (BE)

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.5 and at most one grade below C- in math, science and engineering courses
  • Prior to the beginning of junior year, students should be on track to complete:
    • BEE/ENGRD 2600 or 2510 with a grade of C or better
    • One year of Introductory Biology with grades of C- or better
    • All College of Engineering core requirements (including MATH 1910, 1920, 2930 and 2940, PHYS 1112 and 2213 (2208 for those who are pre-med), ENGRD 2020)

Biological Sciences

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.75
  • At least one course in Biology completed before transfer with a B or better

Communication

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.5
  • COMM 1101, COMM 2820 and one of the Focus Area Introductory Courses completed before transfer with an average of a B+ or better across the three courses
  • Focus Area Introductory Courses: COMM 2200, COMM 2450, COMM 2760 and COMM 2850

Development Sociology

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 3.0
  • Introduction to Sociology (DSOC 1101 or SOC 1101) completed before transfer with a B or better
  • A Statistics course completed before transfer with a C or better
  • At least one additional DSOC course completed before transfer with a B or better

Environmental Engineering (EnvE)

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.0 (and minimum GPA of 2.0 in all math, science and engineering courses)
  • Prior to the beginning of junior year, students should be on track to complete:
    • BEE/ENGRD 2510 with a grade of C- or better
    • All College of Engineering core requirements (including MATH 1910, 1920, 2930 and 2940, PHYS 1112 and 2213, ENGRD 2020)

Information Science

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 3.0
  • Calculus or Statistics
  • Introduction to Computing Using Python (CS 1110)
  • At least one course in the Information Science core (INFO 1200, INFO 1300, INFO 2040, INFO 2950)

Landscape Architecture

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.5
  • At least one course in new interest area completed before transfer with a B or better
  • Portfolio

Nutritional Sciences

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.75
  • NS 1150 or at least one course in new interest area completed before transfer with a B or better
  • CHEM 2070/2080 (General Chemistry) sequence (or equivalent) should be completed by the beginning of Sophomore year (students who are not on track to fulfill this guideline should contact the Nutritional Sciences Advising Coordinator to set up a meeting to discuss possible options)
  • Be aware of other science course requirements for transfer students

All other majors

  • Minimum cumulative Cornell GPA of 2.5
  • At least one course in new interest area completed before transfer with a B or better

3. Review important application deadlines

Internal Transfer applications are accepted for the Fall and Spring semesters.

Applying For:

Application Deadline:

Notification:

Spring Semester

Last day of classes in December

Mid-January

Fall Semester

Last day of classes in May

Mid-June

4. Start early!

Connect with 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