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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


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.