The Department of Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics offers undergraduate programs in civil engineering and engineering mechanics. Both are intended to prepare students with firm technical bases while nurturing decision-making and leadership potential.
The department offers graduate programs leading to the degree of Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). These programs are flexible and may involve concentrations in structures, construction engineering, reliability and random processes, soil mechanics, fluid mechanics, hydrogeology, continuum mechanics, finite element methods, computational mechanics, experimental mechanics, acoustics, vibrations and dynamics, earthquake engineering, or any combination thereof, such as fluid-structure interaction. The curriculum contains a sufficient number of elective courses to allow each student to concentrate in his or her area of interest. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required for admission to the department.
Ours is a relatively small department, with a ratio of undergraduate students to faculty of about 5 to 1. This small ratio allows us to pay close attention to our students individually and to guide their studies through personalized advising. We also encourage our students, whether graduate or undergraduate, to participate in research projects, whether these are already ongoing projects or suggested by the students themselves.
Our undergraduate curriculum requires 27 credit points of non-technical electives to be taken from Columbia College's famous Core Curriculum. We consider this strong emphasis on the humanities to be a prerequisite for the education of tomorrow's leaders.