Majors & Programs

The Science and Mathematics Department’s primary mission is to provide students with a comprehensive background in scientific and mathematical thought. In addition to minors in Biology, Mathematics and Environmental Studies, we offer fundamental courses required in the Liberal Arts & Sciences Core Curriculum as well as a variety of challenging electives. In our classes you’ll use creative problem solving to develop the flexibility of thought that helps you adapt to technical and philosophical changes in your field––and in your life.

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Art and Materials Conservation, BA


Steeped in science as well as the arts, Columbia’s Art and Materials Conservation program provides the intensive, formal education necessary to pursue a career in the field of art conservation. Combining hands-on practice—including a year of study at the Lorenzo de’ Medici Italian International Institute in Florence, Italy—with study in chemistry, materials science, studio art and the humanities, this program provides rigorous training that prepares you for graduate school or a career in the field of art conservation.

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Biology Minor


The Biology minor is designed for artists, communicators and creative thinkers who want to pursue careers at the intersection of science and the arts. Your courses in this minor, which is unique to Columbia, will encompass all manner of life—from the smallest cell to the largest mammal. You will also have the opportunity to delve into individual projects of your choice with support of faculty who are experts in the field.

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Environmental Studies Minor


Global environmental challenges mean a growing demand for creative, sustainable solutions. The Environmental Studies minor blends natural-science coursework in biology, chemistry, geology and ecology. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the scientific, economic, political and ethical issues relating to the environment today––an experience that can enhance your work in any field.

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Mathematics Minor


Technology has redefined the creative space, and mathematics is at the heart of shaping the digital world. The Mathematics minor covers critical topics in the field while emphasizing subjects with application to the arts, media and communications. Upon completion, you’ll stand out to prospective employers as someone who can effectively use mathematics and learn new technical skills, and you’ll have a leg up in such technical fields as acoustics and computer science.

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