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What will I learn?

The applied mathematics program is flexible and intensive. A student must take the required courses listed below, or prove equivalent standing, and then may elect the other courses from mathematics, computer science, physics, Earth and environmental sciences, biophysics, economics, business and finance, or other application fields. Each student tailors his or her own program in close collaboration with an adviser. He or she must also register for the applied mathematics seminar during both the junior and senior years. During the junior year, the student attends the seminar lectures for 0 points; during the senior year, he or she attends the seminar lectures as well as tutorial problem sessions for 3 or 4 points.

While it is common for students in the program to go on to graduate school, many graduating seniors will find employment directly in industry, government, education, or other fields.

Of the 27 points of elective content in the third and fourth years, at least 15 points of technical courses approved by the adviser must be taken. The remaining points of electives are intended primarily as an opportunity to complete the four-year, 27-point nontechnical requirement, but any type of course work can satisfy them.

SEAS Applied Mathematics Undergraduate Curriculum

Applied Mathematics First and Second Years

Applied Mathematics Third and Fourth Years

Specialty Areas in Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics

Both applied physics and applied mathematics students can focus their technical electives and develop a strong base of knowledge in a specialty area. There is no requirement to focus electives, so students may take as many or as few of the recommended courses in a specialty area as is appropriate to their schedules and interests. Some specialties are given below, but this is not an exclusive list and others can be worked out in coordination with the student's adviser. The courses that are often taken, or in some cases need to be taken, in the junior year are denoted with a "J."

Which department am I in?

The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$58,920.00 per year
Please note this fee is for academic year 2018-19 and are subject to change for the coming year.
Start date

Expected January, September 2023


Columbia University

116th Street, 2960 Broadway,

New York,

10027, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English Language Requirements:  The minimum TOEFL score expected is 600 (written) or 250 (computer version).

For international students

Applicants must present evidence that they are prepared for college work in the humanities, mathematics, social sciences, foreign languages and natural sciences. Accordingly, the College strongly recommends the following preparation: Four years of English literature and composition

  • Three to four years of mathematics
  • Three to four years of history and social studies
  • Three to four years of one foreign language (ancient or modern)
  • Three to four years of laboratory science

The vast majority of successful applicants to the College have taken five academic courses per term for all four years of secondary/high school. Student must have 650 or higher on either the Critical Reasoning or Writing sections of the SAT, 700 or higher on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing section of the redesigned SAT and 29 or higher on the English or Reading sections of the ACT

English Language Requirement

Applicant must have minimum score of 600 (paper-based test) or 100 (Internet-based test) and minimum IELTS score of 7.0

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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