Exploring Majors

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Today, Engineering is in a period of great research, great creativity and invention, great innovation, and incredible translation of these innovations to solutions that have global impact—indeed, we are in a real Renaissance, one that embraces the possibilities and promise of interdisciplinary discoveries. Here at Columbia Engineering, you have many diverse academic avenues to explore and we encourage you to do so early on.

When you first applied to the School, you may have had an idea of some of the many career options that an engineering or applied science education provides. Some of you may even have had a specific major in mind.

This booklet provides a framework for conversations with your academic and departmental advisors, who can guide you in discussions about what specific areas of engineering or applied science most appeal to you and your aspirations for the future. After looking through its pages, you may find that it reinforces a decision you were sure of before you arrived on campus. Or, it may provide you with exciting new options to consider—paths of academic exploration that you now realize are of increasing interest to you.

We hope the booklet will help you focus on the field, or fields, to which you are drawn. We also hope it will give you an understanding of other engineering and applied science disciplines that might provide an additional dimension to your Columbia education.

Each department and program is listed, possible career paths that the discipline provides, a description of the subject matter studied, and links to resources for research opportunities and additional information.

I encourage you to take advantage of the information contained here and to keep it bookmarked for future reference.

With best wishes for charting your future at Columbia Engineering,

Mary C. Boyce
Dean of Engineering
Morris A. and Alma Schapiro Professor

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