A curriculum that includes intensive work in chemistry, physics, calculus, and computer science (technical requirements), plus a focused version of Columbia College’s famed Core, which features small, discussion-based classes examining foundational texts in the humanities (liberal arts). In the first year, Columbia Engineering students take The Art of Engineering, a hands-on design course that introduces scientific concepts re-framed in engineering terms and applied across the broad range of engineering disciplines. Professional-level courses offered in the first and second years allow students to connect academic and professional work and learn more about their potential majors.
Core Requirements for Columbia Engineers
- Computer Science
- The Art of Engineering
- Literature Humanities, Contemporary Civilization, or a Global Core sequence
- Music or Art Humanities
- Physical Education
- Principles of Economics
- Professional-Level Course
- University Writing
Columbia Engineers are able to participate in advance course work that prepares them for leadership roles in engineering and applied sciences—and in nearly any professional field: law and government, business and finance, education and social science, medicine and social service. Students have distinctive opportunities and resources to pursue entrepreneurship and socially responsible engineering, along with over a dozen minors in the liberal arts. Our faculty are on the frontiers of their disciplines and students are able to undertake hands-on lab work with them through hundreds of research opportunities every year. Overall, Columbia offers a unique ability to become an engineer for humanity - to combine your technical, liberal arts, entrepreneurial and research skills to solve the world's most pressing challenges.