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Admission

If you want to major in Biological Sciences at Cornell, apply to either the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Since courses, concentrations, research opportunities, major advising services, and requirements for the biological sciences major are the same in both colleges, we advise you to make your college choice according to your secondary interests. It’s the non-biology course options and requirements that vary from college to college.  So spend some time visiting both college web sites to learn more about their respective academic offerings beyond Biology.

Admission to the major after matriculation generally requires:

  • being in good standing in your college;
  • passing two or more required biology courses with C or better;
  • presenting a reasonable plan to satisfactorily complete the major by your expected graduation date.

***Students who externally transfer to Cornell into a major other than biological sciences are not eligible to change majors to biological sciences.