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In an effort to encourage multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary study at Cornell, students enrolled in an undergraduate college may pursue minors offered by units in any college or division. A unit that offers a minor may place restrictions on who can pursue that minor (usually because of limited resources), and a Major may place restrictions on the minors that its students can pursue (usually because the Major and minor areas overlap closely in content).

Completion of a minor will be audited by the unit that offers it. The minor will be recorded on a student’s official transcript by their home college after receiving verification by the unit offering the minor, usually after graduation. Students should inquire with individual units for application procedures and requirements.

Students undertaking a minor are normally expected to complete the requirements during the time of their continuous undergraduate enrollment at Cornell. Since courses for minor requirements may also satisfy other degree requirements (e.g. distribution courses, approved electives), the minor may sometimes be completed within the traditional eight semesters. However, more than eight semesters may be needed.

The rest of this section describes the Engineering minors—the minors offered by departments and schools of the Engineering College.

Courses required for a minor do not necessarily satisfy a Major requirement. For example, some minor courses may not be used as Major-approved electives. Check with your advisor.

To complete an Engineering minor, an engineering student must

  • be enrolled in a Major that approves participation of its affiliates in the desired Engineering minor.
  • successfully complete all the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering.
  • satisfactorily complete six courses (18-credit minimum) as stipulated in the Engineering minor offered by an engineering department/school other than that which offers the student’s Major.

Each course used to satisfy an Engineering minor must be taken for a letter grade, if that option exists.

The College of Engineering currently offers minors in the following areas (offering units are indicated in parentheses):

  • Aerospace Engineering (MAE)
  • Applied Mathematics (MAE)
  • Biological Engineering (BEE)
  • Biomedical Engineering (BME)
  • Civil Infrastructure (CEE)
  • Computer Science (CS)
  • Dyson Business Minor for Engineers, offered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
  • Engineering Management (CEE)
  • Engineering Statistics (ORIE)
  • Environmental Engineering (BEE/CEE)
  • Game Design (CS)
  • Industrial Systems and Information Science Technology (ORIE)
  • Information Science (IS)
  • Materials Science and Engineering (MSE)
  • Mechanical Engineering (MAE)
  • Operations Research and Management Science (ORIE)
  • Science of Earth Systems (EAS)
  • Sustainable Energy Systems (CBE/BEE/EAS/MAE)

Additional information on specific Engineering minors can be found in the Major office of the department/school offering the minor, in Courses of Study, in Engineering Advising, and on the pages that follow.