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Majors and Major Declaration

Engineering Open Houses | Fall 2020

Earth and Environmental Engineering

Tuesday, October 20

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Join the Zoom meeting here.

Meeting ID: 975 4704 8431
Passcode: 301350


Monday, October 26

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

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Biomedical Engineering

Monday, October 19, 2020 
11:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m.
Join the Zoom meeting here
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
Join the Zoom meeting here.

Chemical Engineering
Thursday, October 22
11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Join the Zoom meeting here
Additionally, the Chemical Engineering Department's undergraduate committee has open advising office hours every Friday from 1-2PM, and prospective Chemical Engineering majors are welcome to dial in to ask questions. Zoom link here

Industrial Engineering & Operations Research (IEOR)

Hosted by IEOR Faculty and Departmental Advisors:

Tuesday, October 20 4:00-5:00 p.m. Zoom link here.

Wednesday, October 21 10:00-11:00 a.m. Zoom link here.

Thursday, October 22 12:00-1:00 p.m. Zoom link here.


Hosted by current IEOR students:

Friday, October 23 12:00-1:00 p.m. Zoom link here


Applied Math, Applied Physics, and Materials Science

Monday, October 26

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Join the Zoom meeting here. 

Civil Engineering
Monday, October 19
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Please register here. 

Mechanical Engineering 

Thursday, September 24

5:30 p.m.
Zoom meeting ID: 952 5549 5350; password: 259327

Computer Science
Thursday, October 15
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Join the Zoom meeting here

Meeting ID: 945 8712 8262 Passcode: 001762


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Friday, October 16

12:00- 1:00 p.m.

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Suggested Questions for Faculty and Upperclassmen


Suggested Questions for Faculty

  • What makes this major unique at Columbia?
  • What are the skills and experience I can expect to build in this major?
  • What kinds of hands-on work will I have access to?
  • What are the different career paths that might be available with this major?
  • What opportunities are available through the department to help students learn about career paths?
  • Where have alumni of the department gone on to work?
  • Where have alumni gone on to do graduate studies?
  • What are some of the more unusual career opportunities a major from this department has gone on to?
  • How do the classes and tracks in this major link to things going on in industry?
  • What kind of research opportunities are available to undergraduate students in this major?
  • How does departmental advising work?
  • Can you tell me more about the senior design projects?

Suggested Questions for Upperclassmen

  • Which majors did you consider and how did you choose yours?
  • Which courses should I take soon after declaring a major?
  • What have been your favorite courses in this major to date?
  • What are extracurricular activities, research opportunities, and internships that I should look into for this major?
  • What do you like best and least about your major?
  • Does your department send out a listserv to share events and research positions?
  • Do you feel like you chose well and why?
  • Does the department promote/encourage interaction between graduate and undergraduate students outside of the classroom, and if so, how?

Additional Ways to Explore Majors/Careers

  • Review the SEAS Bulletin for course descriptions and requirements for majors, minors, and special programs.
  • Schedule an individual meeting with an Advising Dean at CSA or attend walk-in hours (Monday-Thursday 3-4:30 p.m.)
  • Attend Quick Questions sessions at the Center for Career Education (Monday-Friday, 1-4pm) or schedule a career counseling appointment by calling 212-854-5609. See CCE’s web site for career information.
  • Check an engineering department’s website to learn about programs, lectures, and events hosted throughout the school year.
  • Visit the Office of Global Programs in 606 Kent Hall or by calling 212-854-2559 to learn about study abroad options and fellowships
  • Check out the full list of pre-professional student organizations on campus.

Major Requirements

Columbia Engineering students must complete the requirements for a major. Major requirements can be found on the web site of the Columbia Engineering Bulletin, listed under each department. You will declare your major online during the first semester of your sophomore year.  You will then be assigned a faculty adviser within your selected academic department who will serve as a resource for course selection and major requirements.  Students who are undecided should talk to their Advising Dean about ways to assess their options and narrow the choices.

A few reminders from the SEAS Bulletin:

  • Double Minors/Double Majors: Students may declare more than one minor, but the same courses may not be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor. To double major, students are required to have approval from both departments, with a signed plan to complete all requirements within eight semesters. This plan must be approved by the Vice Dean of Columbia Engineering.
  • Minor Course Substitutions: With regard to the requirements for a minor, no substitutions or changes of any kind are permitted. Appeals for changes will not be granted. Departments outside SEAS have no responsibility for advising SEAS students about the minors. See your advising dean if you have questions.
  • Requirements Guidelines: SEAS requires students to fulfill all degree requirements (including those in the first-year sophomore program) as outlined in the bulletin published in your first year of matriculation. Requirements for the major or minor are those stated in the bulletin published during the year the student declares the major.

James H. and Christine Turk Berick Center for Student Advising


403 Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

Call: (212) 854-6378

Fax: (212) 854-2458

Walk-in Hours  
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.