Key to Course Listings

Each course number consists of one or two letters denoting the offering university division or target population, as shown in the chart below,followed by four digits denoting the course number (e.g., ENGL GU4103).

For GS students, the most common course prefixes are GS, GU, and UN.

Code Description
A Architecture, Planning, and Preservation
AF School of the Arts (SoA)-Film
AR School of the Arts (SoA)- open to all SOA (interdisciplinary)
AS School of the Arts (SoA)- Sound Arts
AT School of the Arts (SoA)- Theatre
AV School of the Arts (SoA)- Visual Arts
AW School of the Arts (SoA)- Writing
BC Barnard College
CC Columbia College students only
E Engineering and Applied Science
GR Graduate Students
GS General Studies students only
GU Undergraduate and Graduate Students
H Reid Hall Programs in Paris
I Berlin Consortium for German Studies
OC For courses taught off the Columbia NYC campus and open to multiple student populations
P Public Health
PS School of Professional Studies
U International and Public Affairs
UN Undergraduate Students
Z American Language Program
0 Course that cannot be credited toward any degree

In the four-digit course number, the first digit signifies the level of the course, as follows:

  • 1000s: Introductory undergraduate course
  • 2000s: Intermediate undergraduate course
  • 3000s and 4000s: Advanced undergraduate course
  • 5000-9000s: Graduate-level courses

Two consecutive numbers joined by a hyphen show that the course runs through both the fall and spring terms (e.g., HIST UN1091-1092).  

The courses offered by each department are arranged in ascending numerical order, with the number of points of academic credit following the title of the course.