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Applying for Major Affiliation

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Students apply for affiliation with a Major during the first semester of their second year,
although earlier affiliation may be granted at the discretion of the Major. To apply for affiliation, students visit the office of the undergraduate Major consultant in the Major of their choice and complete an Application for Major Affiliation. To affiliate, students must:

  1. have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) >2.0
  2. have satisfied the Major’s course and grade requirements (see list below).

Occasionally, a student falls just short of meeting standard affiliation requirements but
demonstrates potential in the Major. In such cases, a Major may offer “conditional affiliation”. Conditional affiliation involves a written agreement signed by both the Major and the student. Students must meet the requirements specified in the conditional affiliation
agreement to continue in the Major.

Students who are not affiliated or conditionally affiliated with a Major by the end of the
fourth semester will be withdrawn from the College of Engineering. Continued enrollment
in the college is dependent on affiliation or participation in a terminal semester.

Major Descriptions, Flow Charts, and Check Lists

Each Major program is described in detail in Courses of Study. The descriptions of these programs begin on page 28. Because it is difficult to depict the flexibility that makes it possible to take some courses in semesters other than those indicated, these charts are meant only to suggest the structure of the program, and do not include the requirements for liberal studies and physical education classes. The sequence of courses may also be influenced by advanced placement or transfer credit.

Requirements for graduation differ from Major to Major. In addition to completing the
requirements of the Common Curriculum, students must take courses that constitute the
Major; they must earn grades that are adequate to remain in good standing (see page 127 for specific Major requirements for good standing); and they must accumulate sufficient credits for graduation. Each of these three parameters differs by Major, and students are responsible for knowing and meeting the requirements of their Major. Specific Major requirements are set forth later in this handbook and in Courses of Study. Students should consult their undergraduate Major consultants (listed on pages 10-11) and their faculty advisors if they have questions regarding the requirements.

Requirements for Major Affiliation

Biological Engineering (BE)

Minimum GPA of ≥2.5 and at most one grade below C– in math, science, and engineering
courses. Completion of BEE/ENGRD 2600 or 2510 with at least C-, and one year of
Introductory Biology with grades of at least C-. Two credits of research/project team and
two credits of arts performance courses will count towards the cum GPA. Completion of
all College of Engineering core requirements by the end of the sophomore year (also
applies to transfer students).

Chemical Engineering (ChemE)

At most one grade below C- in chemistry, math, physics, and chemical engineering
courses, and a GPA ≥2.2 in math, science, and chemical engineering courses. Visit the
ChemE undergraduate web site for additional details:

Civil Engineering (CE)

GPA ≥2.0 for all engineering and science courses. At least C in ENGRD 2020.

Computer Science (CS)

At least C in all completed CS and math courses. GPA ≥2.5 in CS 2110 (or CS 2112) and
2800. GPA ≥2.5 in MATH 1920 and CS 2800. Visit the CS undergraduate web site to learn
about alternative criteria for affiliation:

Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)

At least C+ in MATH 2930, PHYS 2213, and one of ECE/ENGRD 2100, ECE 2200, and
ECE/ENGRD 2300. GPA ≥2.5 in the following courses if completed: MATH 1920, 2930,
2940; PHYS 2213; ECE/ENGRD 2100; ECE 2200; ENGRD/CS 2110, ECE/ENGRD 2300.

Engineering Physics (EP)

At least B– in all required math and physics courses (MATH 1910, MATH 1920, MATH
2930, MATH 2940, PHYS 1112/1116, PHYS 2213/2217, PHYS 2214/2218).

Environmental Engineering (EnvE)

GPA ≥2.0 for all engineering and science courses. At least C– in BEE/ENGRD 2510.
Independent Major (IM)
Cumulative GPA ≥2.0.

Information Science, Systems, Technology (ISST)

At least C in two of MATH 2940, CS 2110, and ENGRD 2700. GPA ≥2.3 in completed
math, ENGRD, and ISST Major courses. Qualifying courses must be taken at Cornell, and
for a letter grade. For a repeated course, the most recent grade is used.

Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)

Cumulative GPA ≥2.0 in the required math, physics, and chemistry courses and at least C
in ENGRD 2610 or 2620. Alternatively, at least B- in the following: MATH 2930, PHYS
2213, CHEM 2090, and ENGRD 2610 or 2620.

Mechanical Engineering (ME)

At least C– in ENGRD 2020 and all completed required math, science, and computer
science courses. (ENGRD 2210 is recommended prior to affiliation.) GPA ≥2.5 in these
courses: MATH 2930, PHYS 2213, ENGRD 2020, and ENGRD 2210 (if taken).

Operations Research and Engineering (ORE)

At least C in ENGRD 2700 and MATH 2940. GPA ≥2.2 in math, science, and engineering
courses (both overall and in the term immediately before affiliation). At least C– in all
completed ORIE courses. Good academic standing in the college.

Science of Earth Systems (SES)

At least C- in all completed Major required courses. GPA ≥2.0 in all math, science, and
engineering courses. Good academic standing in the college.