Computer Science majors at Columbia study an integrated curriculum, partially in areas with an immediate relationship to the computer, such as programming languages, operating systems, and computer architecture, and partially in theoretical computer science and mathematics. A broad range of upper-level courses is available in topics including artificial intelligence, natural language processing, computational complexity and the analysis of algorithms, computer communications, combinatorial methods, computer architecture, computer graphics, data bases, mathematical models for computation, optimization, and programming environments. Through this integrated approach, students acquire the kind of flexibility needed in a rapidly changing field; they are prepared to engage in both applied and theoretical developments in computer science as they happen.
Most graduates of the Computer Science Program at Columbia step directly into career positions in computer science with industry or government, or continue their education in graduate degree programs. Many choose to combine computer science with a second career interest by pursuing additional programs in business administration, medicine, or other professional studies.
DEGREE PROGRAM QUICK GUIDES
- BS in Computer Science (SEAS) Updated July 2020
- BS in Computer Engineering (SEAS)
- BA in Computer Science (CC, GS, Barnard) – Updated July 2019
- BA in Computer Science and Mathematics (CC, GS, and Barnard)
- BA in Data Science (formerly known as Computer Science and Statistics) (CC, GS)
- BA in Information Science (CC, GS)
- Minor/Concentration in Computer Science – Please see the BS and BA program guides above
DEGREE PROGRESS CHECK LIST
- BS in Computer Science (SEAS)
- BA in Computer Science (CC, GS, Barnard)
- BA in Computer Science and Mathematics (CC and GS)
- BA in Data Science (formerly known as Computer Science & Statistics) (CC, GS)
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Last updated on 20200721.