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The Beginning

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


Advanced course work that prepares students 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. Distinctive opportunities and resources to pursue entrepreneurship and socially responsible engineering. Minors in the liberal arts. Hands-on lab work guided by prize-winning faculty. Hundreds of research opportunities every year. An engineering education for the 21st century.