Columbia University Engineering Curriculum Guide

Columbia University has additional course requirements for individual engineering majors. These requirements are outlined in Columbia's Combined Plan Curriculum Guide. Columbia requires that St. Lawrence University publish a guide that is equivalent to their curriculum guide in terms of the St. Lawrence equivalent courses for the Columbia courses outlined in that guide.

While every attempt is made to keep this document consistent with the Columbia Combined Plan Curriculum Guide the Columbia Combined Plan Curriculum Guide supersedes this document. 

  • This document was originally published August, 2011.
  • Revised and updated February 20, 2018.

General Requirements

  1. Engineering students must maintain an overall GPA as well as a pre-engineering GPA of 3.3 at St. Lawrence.
  2. Engineering students must receive at least a 3.0 in each engineering related course the first time the course is attempted.
  3. All engineering related courses must be taken at St. Lawrence University or accepted for transfer credit by St. Lawrence Univeristy and appear on their St. Lawrence transcript. 
  4. Applicants may apply to Columbia for guaranteed admission only once, though they may apply more than once.
  5. Engineering students must complete 27 non-technical credit hours of coursework (non math and science course work). 1 unit at St. Lawrence is equivalent to 3.6 credit hours. Most students will typically complete 27 non technical credit hours through our general education requirements.

Additional Core Engineering Requirements

In addition to St. Lawrence's core engineering requirements outlined in the General Information section of this site Columbia imposes some additional course requirements on all Combined Plan Engineering majors applying to Columbia. These requirements are:

  1. Math 217 (Linear Algebra)
  2. Economics 100 (Introduction to Economics)

Columbia Engineering Majors

Below are the Columbia Engineering majors and additional required courses St.Lawrence students must complete at St.Lawrence University.

Applied Mathematics or Applied Physics

  • Physics 221 (Modern Physics I)

Biomedical Engineering

  • Chemistry 104 (General Chemistry II)
  • Biol 101, 102 (Introduction to Biology Sequence)
  • Physics 221 (Modern Physics I)

Chemical Engineering

  • Chemistry 104 (General Chemistry II)
  • Chemistry 221, 222 (Organic Chemistry I and II)
  • Physics 317 Intrumentation Lab

Civil Engineering

  • Physics 307 (Classical Mechanics)
  • Geology 103 (The Dynamic Earth)

Computer Engineering

  • Math 280 (Bridge to Higher Mathematics)
  • Physics 318 (Electronics Lab)
  • Computer Science 219 (Techniques of Computer Science)

Earth and Environmental Engineering

  • Chemistry 104 (General Chemistry II)
  • Science Elective (choose one of the courses below)
    • Chemistry 221 (Organic Chemistry I)
    • Physics 221 (Modern Physics I)
  • Environmental Science Elective (choose one of the courses below)
    • Geology 103 (Dynamic Earth)
    • Geology 112 (Global Climate)
  • Earth and Environmental Engineering elective (choose one of the courses below)
    • Environmental Studies/Physics 105 (Energy)
    • Or take Alternative Energy Resources (EAEE E2002) while at Columbia.

Electrical Engineering

  • Physics 221 (Modern Physics I)
  • CS219 (Techniques of Computer Science)

Engineering Management Systems

  • CS219 (Techniques of Computer Science)
  • CS256 (Data Structures)
  • ACC203 (Financial Accounting)
  • Math 325 (Probability)
  • Math 326 (Mathematical Statistics)

Industrial Engineering

  • CS219 (Techniques of Computer Science)
  • CS256 (Data Structures)
  • ACC203 (Financial Accounting)
  • Math 325 (Probability)
  • Math 326 (Mathematical Statistics)

Materials Science and Engineering

  • Physics 221 (Modern Physics I)
  • Chemistry 104 (General Chemistry II)

Mechanical Engineering

  • Physics 221 (Modern Physics I)
  • Physics 307 (Mechanics)
  • Physics 308 (Electricity and Magnetism)