Columbia University Requirements

To be considered for admission to Columbia University's School of Engineering an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  1. full-time college enrollment for at least three years, with the last two years at the University of Redlands;

  2. provide three favorable recommendations: one each from the program liaison, a math professor, and a science professor;

  3. complete your Redlands major and general education requirements for a BS degree*;

  4. and complete the specific prerequisite courses for your intended major-see below, and consult with the program advisor.

For students who entered before Fall 2019, admission is guaranteed if they successfully complete all of the requirements above and earned an overall and a pre-engineering GPA of 3.3 or higher and achieved at least a B, on the first attempt, in each pre-engineering science or math course. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria may apply, but admission is not guaranteed and students will be considered in a competitive review process. The requirements of guaranteed admission are used as guidelines for this review process.

For students entering in Fall 2019 or later, Columbia recommends that students maintain an overall minimum GPA of 3.3 and a B or higher in all math and science courses.

* Students do not need to earn 128 credits while at the University of Redlands because credits will be transferred back from Columbia University. Also, students only need to complete the BS degree requirements, even if they are completing a BA degree at Redlands.  The Student Planning app may show the BA requirements.  Under the LAF requirements for the BS degree, one foreign language course at the 102 level or higher must be completed (instead of a two-course sequence at the 100 or 200 level or one course at the 300 level or higher) and courses in two of the humanities categories (HH, HL, and HP) must be completed (instead of all three).

Prerequisite Courses

  • Foundational: The following pre-engineering courses are required for all engineering majors.

    MATH 121 (or  MATH 118 and MATH 119), MAT 122, MATH 221 Calculus I-III
    PHYS 231-233 General Physics I-III
    CHEM 131 General Chemistry I
    CS 110 Intro. to Programming
    ECON 101 or ECON 250 (not ECON 100)

  • Major-specific: In addition to the Foundational Pre-Engineering Courses, students must take courses specific to their engineering major. Approximate numbers of courses required are listed below.

    Applied Math or Applied Physics (1 course)
    Biomedical Engineering (6 courses)
    Chemical Engineering (3 courses)
    Civil Engineering (3 courses)
    Computer Engineering (4 courses)
    Computer Science (3 courses)
    Earth and Environmental Engineering (4 courses)
    Electrical Engineering (3 to 4 courses)
    Engineering Management Systems (5 courses)
    Engineering Mechanics (2 courses)
    Industrial Engineering / Operations Research (5 to 6 courses)
    Material Science and Engineering (2 courses)
    Mechanical  Engineering (4 courses)

  • Consult the appropriate link below for the lists of required courses for each major:
    Students entering Redlands in Fall 2021
    Students entering Redlands in Fall 2020
    Students entering Redlands in Fall 2019
    Students entering Redlands in Fall 2018
    Students entering Redlands in Fall 2017
    Students entering Redlands in Fall 2016

There is additional information available about the Combined Plan Program.