STEM Integral to Studies at Barnard

Part of the Curriculum

Starting with the entering class of 2016, our new curriculum, entitled Foundations, all Barnard students are required to complete a course in Technological and Digital Thinking, positioning Barnard as the first among our peers to include technology in its General Education requirement.

Majors, Minors and More

Barnard students can choose to major or minor in traditional scientific and stem-program areas in disciplines like Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental Science, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Math, as well as Computer Science and Statistics at Columbia. They can extend their opportunity by pursuing a 3-year plus 2-year Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Engineering (joint with the Engineering School at Columbia). Or complete their 4 years at Barnard, and take advantage of the Columbia Engineering M.S. express application program, now available to Barnard seniors with eligible majors and a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Research and Related Opportunities

In addition to a robust curriculum in the various STEM fields, students have access to co-curricular programs supporting STEM at Barnard. Through generous endowed funding from an individual donor, the Mellon Foundation, and the Provost Office, Barnard students interested in scientific research who are able to locate a summer faculty mentor are funded for summer research work in a lab at Barnard, Columbia, or elsewhere in New York City.  As part of the Summer Institute, students are exposed to cross-disciplinary methods in the sciences, and enjoy lectures from talented faculty from multiple science disciplines. Summer research projects are featured at an end-of-summer poster session, open to the campus and public, in which students have the opportunity to present and explain their research findings.