- How should I design my academic plan?
- What are major approved electives?
- What are advisor approved electives?
- How many credits are required to remain in good standing with OR&E?
- How do I calculate my major GPA?
- If I am taking courses towards certification of a Minor outside OR&E, can I use any of those Minor courses to also satisfy OR&E degree requirements?
- Is Cornell's Study Abroad Program available to OR&E majors?
- What about Co-op?
- Can I take Co-op courses during the summer if I am not participating in the Cooperative program?
- How do I know which courses can count as liberal studies?
- Where can I find the college forms (for example, petitions, transfer credit application, etc)?
- Can I transfer a course from another university/college to Cornell?
- How can I get a copy of my official transcript?
OR&E major approved electives are technical courses numbered 2000 or above. “Technical” means that in a significant part of the course, students actively use their skills in mathematics, the sciences, or engineering design. 9 credits (usually 3 courses) are required. Major approved electives are categorized into Category A (Engineering, Sciences, and Mathematics) and Category B (Engineering Design, Finance, and Economic Analysis). At least 6 credits must be in Category A. The School of ORIE maintains a list of courses that may be used as Major Approved electives.
You must take at least 12 credits per semester to remain in good standing. However, in your final semester you may take as many credits as needed to fulfill degree requirements (may be less than 12 credits). Students need to be sure that dropping below 12 credits does not affect student insurance, financial aid or scholarships, NCAA athletic status, or your student visa.
The major GPA in OR&E is calculated using distribution courses, ORIE required courses (including organizational behavior), and at least 9 credits of ORIE elective courses. The major GPA is calculated and included on the OR&E checklist. Students must maintain at least a 2.0 major GPA to remain in good standing and to meet degree requirements.
Engineering students typically go to their Co-op assignment in their first semester of their junior year. OR&E students have the opportunity to take ORIE 3150, ORIE 3300, ORIE 3310, ORIE 3500 and ORIE 3510 during the Coop Summer Session. Click here for additional information about the Engineering Cooperative experience.
Yes, any student may take any course offered in the summer, providing the prerequisites have been met.
There are two places you can check to see if a course counts as liberal studies. You can look at the Engineering College list of liberal studies courses that were petitioned and approved or denied or you can check the Courses of Study for the liberal studies designation after the course title.
The college forms are available here.
Yes, you can transfer up to 18 credits as a matriculated student from another institution. You would need to complete the transfer credit application and attach a copy of the description or syllabus for the course and submit to the appropriate offices. (It is best to do this before taking the course.) If the course being transferred is liberal studies, it would be submitted to Engineering Advising, if it’s a major course it would be submitted to the OR&E department, if it’s part of the common curriculum (math, physics, chem., etc.), it needs to go to the appropriate department for approval prior to submission to Engineering Advising.