Undergraduate Studies


The undergraduate programs at Columbia Engineering not only are academically exciting and technically innovative but also lead into a wide range of career paths for the educated citizen of the twenty-first century. Whether you want to become a professional engineer, work in industry or government, or plan to pursue a career in the physical and social sciences, medicine, law, business, or education, Columbia Engineering will provide you with an unparalleled education.

The School firmly believes that students gain the most when engineering is brought up front, early in the four-year curriculum. Therefore, first-year students use the networked, high-performance workstations and multimedia software of the Botwinick Multimedia Learning Laboratory as part of their technical core requirements. Here students apply fundamental principles of engineering design to modeling advanced engineering and applied science problems. Later in the four-year program, students often use the Laboratory’s symbolic, numeric, and graphical computing power in ever deepening integration with classroom, laboratory, and research work of their chosen engineering program.

While pursuing their own interests, undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in a broad range of ongoing faculty research projects encompassed by the Student Research Involvement Program (SRIP). An annual publication describes faculty projects in which students may participate, lists necessary qualifications, and details whether the student’s participation will be voluntary, for academic credit, or for monetary compensation. Students can apply for available research positions in Columbia Labs through the SRIP website.

In addition to in-depth exploration of engineering and applied science, Columbia Engineering undergraduates explore the humanities and social sciences with Columbia College students through intellectually challenging Core Curriculum courses taught by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. These courses in art, literature, music, major cultures, and economics, among others, provide students with a broad, intellectually disciplined, cultural perspective on the times they live in and the work they do.


The Committee on Instruction and faculty of The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science review degree requirements and curricula matters each year, and the bulletin reflects these faculty recommendations and curricular changes in its yearly reprinting. School policy requires students to fulfill all general degree requirements as stated in the bulletin of the first year of their matriculation into the School. Students declare their major during the first semester of their sophomore year. Requirements for the major or minor are in accordance with the bulletin during the year in which the student declares the major or minor.