Internal Transfer

Eligibility and Academic Requirements by Major

Thank you for your interest in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Please review the following important information as you prepare for the internal transfer admissions process. Please also review Cornell’s Office of Internal Transfer and Concurrent Degrees website.

1. Eligibility Guidelines

  • 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 entering CALS.
  • In most cases, students applying for internal transfer to CALS will do so at the conclusion of their second or third semester at Cornell. Second semester juniors and rising seniors may be considered for internal transfer, but must demonstrate that they would be able to complete degree requirements in time to graduate.
  • Students who have questions or concerns pertaining to eligibility or timing of their internal transfer application should contact CALS Admissions at cals_admissions@cornell.edu before proceeding.
  • 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 their current major, and when an idea of a new educational objective is emerging.
  • Students who wish to transfer to the Biology & Society major have a two-step process.  
    1. Review and Complete the Internal Transfer Admissions Process
    2. Once a provisional acceptance is given to internally transfer, full acceptance is contingent upon submission of a separate application to the major
      • For students wishing to internally transfer in the fall, the internal transfer application is due the last day of classes in May and the major application is due in February. 
      • For students wishing to internally transfer in the spring, the internal transfer application is due the last day of classes in December and the major application is due in September.
  • Dyson School students who wish to transition to another CALS major should apply through the internal transfer process. As the Dyson School is uniquely positioned in both the SC Johnson College of Business and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, CALS is committed to working closely with Dyson students who seek to join another major within the College. Submitted applications will receive every consideration.
    • Dyson School students may seek entry into the CALS Interdisciplinary Studies major. Dyson School students interested in the Interdisciplinary Studies major should contact CALS Admissions at cals_admissions@cornell.edu to set up meeting to discuss this option.
  • Current CALS students seeking to change majors should connect with the Advising Contact in their desired major and CALS Student Services to discuss the steps necessary for a change in major.

2. Academic Requirements by Major

Applied Economics and Management (AEM)

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 grade of 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 grade 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 grade of B or better
  • A Statistics course completed before transfer with a grade of C or better
  • At least one additional DSOC course completed before transfer with a grade of 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 grade of 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 grade of 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 grade of B or better

3. Review Application Timelines

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. Review and Complete the Internal Transfer Admissions Process

 

Questions? Contact Us

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