First-Year/Sophomore Technical Requirements

The first- and second-year curriculum at The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science is designed to provide students with a firm background of pure science as well as a comprehensive grounding in English and the humanities. 

From a student's first day as a Columbia Engineering undergraduate, engineers work to master scientific fundamentals, problem-solving, and original thinking.  To achieve the broad perspective necessary for a successful career, students begin by taking courses from different disciplines within the University that include Columbia's famed Core Curriculum in the humanities as well as professional courses in individual engineering disciplines.  The sequence of study proceeds from a broad engagement with engineering sciences and scientific fundamentals, as well as with the humanities and social sciences, toward an increasingly focused training in the third and fourth years.

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

9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

An Advisor of the Day is available by phone or in person Monday–Friday 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.