There are 9 Departments of Instruction offering 16 majors for students in Columbia Engineering. A complete listing of majors offered by Columbia Engineering is available under Columbia Engineering Programs of Study.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does the Core differ for Columbia Engineering students?
Engineering students will take half of the humanities Core: they can elect to take either Literature Humanities or Contemporary Civilization or a Global Core course and either Art Humanities or Music Humanities. They must also complete University Writing and the Physical Education requirement. In this regard, all students at Columbia are fully integrated into the philosophy beyond the Core-critical thinking, debate, respect for ideas-and the unifying educational experience which is a hallmark of Columbia.
Columbia engineers will also take courses specifically designed to better prepare them for their lives as innovators and entrepreneurs. These technical courses will prepare students in the five major areas of technical inquiry: engineering, mathematics, physics, chemistry and computer science. The level of inquiry will depend on an individual student's prospective major choices.
The technical Core courses consist of the following:
- Computer Science
- Design Fundamentals Using the Advanced Computer Technologies
What majors are offered at Columbia Engineering?
Can I minor in Columbia College?
No. Columbia College does not offer minors, but students may elect to complete a concentration which demands fewer requirements than a major. A concentration is alone sufficient for graduation.
Does Columbia offer study abroad programs?
Columbia operates programs in Athens, Beijing, Berlin, Kyoto, London, Mexico City, Nairobi, Paris, Rio, Shanghai, Tunis and Venice. Columbia also sponsors special programs with Oxford and Cambridge and in Paris at Sciences Po and at Ecole Polytechnique. The Summer Ecosystem Experience for Undergraduates (SEE-U) allows Columbia College students the opportunity to fulfill in part the Core's science requirement and participate in field ecology abroad. The Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement assists Columbia students in studying or interning abroad at nearly 200 approved programs in both developed and developing parts of the world.
In addition, Columbia offers students the chance to study for one semester at Howard University, a historically Black college in Washington, D.C., or at Spelman College, a historically Black women's college in Atlanta, Georgia.
Are students required to live on campus?
Where is Morningside Heights?
Morningside Heights is a residential neighborhood located on the west side of the island of Manhattan. It is approximately a ten-minute walk from the northwestern tip of Central Park and another ten-minute walk to the heart of Historic Harlem. Columbia is located on the #1 subway line and various bus routes. On the #1 train students can get to Times Square in approximately 20 minutes, go uptown to Columbia's Medical Center in 15 minutes, and get to Columbia's Baker Field Athletic Complex at the northern tip of Manhattan in 25 minutes.
What is the female to male ratio at Columbia?
Columbia is approximately 51% male and 49% female between the two undergraduate schools.
How many students live on campus?
Columbia undergraduate students are guaranteed housing for all four years. Nearly all undergraduates live on campus all four years.
Is housing guaranteed for students at Columbia?
Yes, students are guaranteed housing for up to 8 terms during their time at Columbia. Over 95% of undergraduate students and 100% of the Class of 2016 live on campus.
Is it possible to be able to work while going to class?
Columbia holds classes from early in the morning until late at night. This allows students to hold on-campus jobs, pursue internships in the city and adjust their schedules to make the most of their academic and extracurricular experience. Many students, moreover, have no classes on Fridays, so many use Fridays as an opportunity to pursue internships and other commitments. The Center for Career Education also provides students with opportunities for employment on and off campus.
Can undergraduates take classes at Columbia’s graduate and professional schools?
Can I minor in the Engineering School?
Yes. The Engineering school offers both engineering and liberal arts minors for students.
What are the courses of the Core Curriculum for Columbia College students?