Interdisciplinary Engineering Courses

Of the following courses, some may be requirements for degree programs, and others may be taken as electives. See your departmental program of study or consult with an adviser for more information.

ENGI E1102x and y The art of engineering
4 pts. Lect: 4. Professor Vallancourt.
Core requirement for all entering SEAS students. This course is a bridge between the science-oriented, high school way of thinking and the engineering point of view. Fundamental concepts of math and science are reviewed and re-framed in an engineering context, with numerous examples of each concept drawn from all disciplines of engineering represented at Columbia. Non-technical issues of importance in professional engineering practice such as ethics, engineering project management, and societal impact are addressed. Lab fee: $350.

IEOR E2261x Introduction to accounting and finance
3 pts. Lect: 3. Professor Webster.
Prerequisite: ECON W1105. For undergraduates only. This course examines the fundamental concepts of financial accounting and finance, from the perspective of both managers and investors. Key topics covered include: principles of accrual accounting; recognizing and recording accounting transactions; preparation and analysis of financial statements, including balance sheets, income statements, cash flow statements, and statements of owners’ equity; ratio analysis; pro-forma projections; time value of money (present values, future values, and interest/discount rates); inflation; discounted-cash-flow (DCF) project evaluation methods; deterministic and probabilistic measures of risk; capital budgeting. The course is targeted toward students pursuing careers in engineering, economics, finance, or business.

EEHS E3900y History of telecommunications: from the telegraph to the internet
3 pts. Lect: 3.
Historical development of telecommunications from the telegraphy of the mid-1800s to the Internet at present. Included are the technologies of telephony, radio, and computer communications. The coverage includes both the technologies themselves and the historical events that shaped, and in turn were shaped by, the technologies. The historical development, both the general context and the particular events concerning communications, is presented chronologically. The social needs that elicited new technologies and the consequences of their adoption are examined. Throughout the course, relevant scientific and engineering principles are explained as needed. These include, among others, the concept and effective use of spectrum, multiplexing to improve capacity, digital coding, and networking principles. There are no prerequisites, and no prior scientific or engineering knowledge is required. Engineering students may not count this course as a technical elective.

CHEN E4020x Protection of industrial and intellectual property
3 pts. Lect: 3. Professor Pearlman.
To expose engineers, scientists, and technology managers to areas of the law they are most likely to be in contact with during their career. Principles are illustrated with various case studies together with active student participation.

IEOR E4998x and y Managing technological innovation and entrepreneurship
3 pts. Lect: 3. Members of the faculty.
Focus on the management and consequences of technology-based innovation. Explores how new industries are created, how existing industries can be transformed by new technologies, the linkages between technological development and the creation of wealth, and the management challenges of pursuing strategic innovation.