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.

ENGI W4100y Research to revenue 
3 pts. Lect: 3. Professors Sia and Toubia.
An interschool course with Columbia Business School that trains engineering and business students to identify and pursue innovation opportunities that rely on intellectual property coming out of academic research. Idea generation, market research, product development, and financing. Teams develop and present business model for a technological invention. This course has limited enrollment by application and is open to advanced undergraduate students and graduate students. Consult with department for questions on fulfillment of technical elective requirement.

ENGI E4200x Global engineering 
3 pts. Lect: 3. Professor Bourtsalas.
Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in the Global Engineering Track (GET) elective specialization. Introduces students to contemporary cases in engineering that impact the world globally and locally. Taught by Columbia Engineering faculty members, approaching cases in an interdisciplinary manner, brings students together from across the MS programs. Focuses on the School's vision of Engineering for Humanity in five areas: Sustainability, Health, Security, Connectedness, and Creativity.

ENGI E4201s Global engineering fieldwork  
1 pt. Lect: 1.
Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in the Global Engineering Track (GET) elective specialization. Instructor's written approval. Final reports required. May not be audited. International students must consult with the International Students and Scholars Office.

ENGI E4300x Design justice: human-centered design and social justice  
3 pts. Professors Chilton, Patton, and West.
Prerequisites: IEME E4200 or COMS W4170 or instructor's permission. Introduction to Human- Centered Design and Innovation. Unpack the role of design in the market economy for an individual consumer, for a designer/developer, and for an enterprise or other organization. Consider how designing in good faith for most can lead to injustice for some. Examine how to use the PROP framework of the Columbia School of Social Work—power, race, oppression, and privilege can be executed through the design process. Equip students with tools to engage in the design process and to facilitate the engagement of others. Explore strategies for guiding design and innovation toward more just solutions.

ENGI E4990x and y Advanced master's research 
1-6 pts.
Advanced master's research for students within departments that offer master's research specialization. Students may enroll for 1–6 credits per semester, for a maximum of 12 credits required for the master's program. Note: open to students in master's research only.

ENGI E8000x, y, and s Doctoral fieldwork 
1 pts.
Fieldwork is integral to the academic preparation and professional development of doctoral students. This course provides the academic framework for fieldwork experience required for the student’s program of study. Fieldwork documentation and faculty advisor approval is required prior to registration. A final written report must be submitted. This course will count toward the degree program and cannot be taken for pass/fail credit or audited. With approval from the department chair or the doctoral program director, doctoral students can register for this course at most twice. In rare situations, exceptions may be granted by the Dean's Office to register for the course more than twice (e.g., doctoral students funded by industrial grants who wish to perform doctoral fieldwork for their corporate sponsor). The doctoral student must be registered for this course during the same term as the fieldwork experience.


For information on courses in other divisions of the University, please consult the bulletins of Columbia College and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.