Courses of Study 2020-2021 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Courses of Study 2020-2021
The Courses of Study catalogs Cornell University’s diverse academic programs and resources. Explore the side navigation links for information about colleges, departments, course offerings, and requirements for majors and minors. Course offerings are updated throughout the year and are subject to change. Policies and requirements are updated annually. The Courses of Study in effect during the academic year in which a student matriculates defines the criteria for completion of the student’s degree.
An important COVID-19 statement regarding the 2020-2021 Academic Year is below. General information pertaining to the university is available through the links that follow, including the current roster of scheduled classes, university-wide requirements, select university policies, initiatives and interdisciplinary centers. Use the My Favorites tool to save selected courses and information to a personal account.
The Courses of Study is published annually in the early summer by the Office of the University Registrar, and is only available online. Use the Help button to find codes and definitions, and answers to frequently asked questions.
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Academic Year 2020-2021 Statement Regarding COVID-19
By enrolling in classes during the 2020-2021 academic year, Cornell students understand and acknowledge the following:
- The format in which and duration for which the courses are anticipated to be offered;
- Other than when isolating because of COVID-19 infection or quarantining because of possible COVID-19 exposure or related health and safety concerns, students will be expected to participate in each class in which the course is offered;
- Students may have limited or no access to certain Cornell University-maintained facilities;
- There may be disruptions or cancellations of campus services, programs, activities, or events for the 2020-2021 academic year;
- Cornell may change the format or duration of courses based on factors including but not limited to health or safety concerns, the judgment of the instructor, instructor status, pedagogical needs, or student enrollment numbers; and
- Cornell may be required to shift all classes to an online or virtual format or modify the duration of the semester if Cornell or the government (at the local, state, or federal level) determine that pandemic conditions make continued in-person instruction unsafe during the 2020-2021 academic year.
Finally, Cornell students understand, acknowledge, and agree that in no case will there be a tuition or fee refund. The only eligible tuition and fee refunds are those that take place in accordance with the published schedule of early withdrawal dates for the 2020-2021 academic year.