Applied Science (AS)

Applied Science Curriculum

The applied science specialization requires 9 points, consisting of 3 three-point graduate-level science courses, determined with approval of the Specialization Director.

Students may select courses in their field of interest, including (but not limited to) ecology/environmental biology, engineering and infrastructure, environmental science, or public health, or courses related to a certain topic, such as water, climate change, food supply, land use, or biodiversity. Independent study topics in the sciences also can be conducted with the approval of the director of the applied science specialization.

The specialization can be accomplished by enrolling in courses in a single department, or in related courses across a number of departments. The specialization director will work closely with science faculty to help students select an appropriate sequence of courses.

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The applied science specialization requires 9 points, consisting of 3 three-point graduate-level science courses, determined with approval of the Specialization Director.

Listed below are basic rather than advanced graduate-level courses in science fields at Columbia University. The list focuses on 4000 level courses (except in Public Health). SIPA students who have not completed previous coursework in the relevant area should avoid more advanced courses typically offered at the 6000 or 8000 level. Students with sufficient background may enroll in 6000, 8000, and 9000 level courses with the approval of the course’s instructor.

This represents a preliminary list of courses that could be applied to the science specialization requirements, although it is far more extensive than the list that would be offered each semester to students. The courses are organized by department. Some will require the approval of the instructor prior to enrollment, and many have lower-level science prerequisites that may be too technical for policy students.

Information Technology

Points
Big Data
STAT W42423
INAF U6000Data Science for Development and Social Change1
QMSS G40634
SIPA U6500Quantitative Analysis for International Public Affairs3
Programming
INAF U6004Programming for Entrepreneurs1.5
INAF U6003Coding for Development and Social Change1
MSTU 4031 Object-Oriented Theory & Programming3
MSTU 5003 Theory & Programming of Interactive Media3
INAF U6000Data Science for Development and Social Change1
Cybersecurity
COMS E6185Intrusion and Anomaly Detection Systems2
INAF U6004Programming for Entrepreneurs1.5
INAF U6003Coding for Development and Social Change1
COMS W4261Introduction to Cryptography3
COMS W4180Network Security3

Environment

Points
Climate Science
EESC W4917Earth/Human Interactions3
SUMA K4230The Earth's Climate Systems3
EHSC P8304Public Health Impacts of Climate Change3
Water
EESC W4885The Chemistry of Continental Waters3
ECIA W4100Management and development of water systems3
EAEE E6240Physical hydrology3
Atmosphere
EAEE E4150Air pollution prevention and control3
EAEE E6212Carbon sequestration3
EESC W49303

Energy

Points
Renewable Energy
EAIA E4200Alternative energy resources3
EAEE E4001Industrial ecology of earth resources3
SUMA K4260Dynamics of Energy Efficiency3
Oil & Gas
E4210 Energy Infrastructure Planning3
E6150 Industrial Catalysis3
EAEE E4001Industrial ecology of earth resources3
Carbon Capture & Storage
EAEE E4300Introduction to carbon management3
EAEE E4301Carbon storage3
EAEE E4302Carbon capture3

Health

Points
Epidemiology
P6400 Principles of Epidemiolgy3
P8307 Molecular Epidemiology3
P8469 Epidemiology of Malaria3
Pharmaceuticals
BIOT W42003
BIOL W47993
P8401 Pharmaco-Epidemiology3
Psychology/Human Behavioral
HBSE-B Trauma and Its Impact3
CCPX 5010 Introduction to Global Mental Health3
CCPX 4060 The Psychology of Loss and Trauma3

AS Courses

EAEE E4001 Industrial ecology of earth resources. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Industrial ecology examines how to reconfigure industrial activities so as to minimize the adverse environmental and material resource effects on the planet. Engineering applications of methodology of industrial ecology in the analysis of current processes and products and the selection or design of environmentally superior alternatives. Home assignments of illustrative quantitative problems.

Spring 2017: EAEE E4001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAEE 4001 001/70756 W 4:10pm - 6:40pm
825 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Christoph Meinrenken 3 38/50
Fall 2017: EAEE E4001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAEE 4001 001/65812 T 4:10pm - 6:40pm
Room TBA
Xi Chen 3 7/50

EAEE E4350 Planning and management of urban hydrologic systems. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: equivalent.

Introduction to runoff and drainage systems in an urban setting, including hydrologic and hydraulic analyses, flow and water quality monitoring, common regulatory issues, and mathematical modeling. Applications to problems of climate variation, land use changes, infrastructure operation and receiving water quality, developed using statistical packages, public-domain models, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Team projects that can lead to publication quality analyses in relevant fields of interest. Emphasis on the unique technical, regulatory, fiscal, policy, and other interdisciplinary issues that pose a challenge to effective planning and management of urban hydrologic systems.

Fall 2017: EAEE E4350
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
EAEE 4350 001/64819 T 4:10pm - 6:20pm
Room TBA
Sri Rangarajan 3 5/30

EAIA E4200 Alternative energy resources. 3 points.

Recitation Section Required
Lect: 3.

Unconventional, alternative energy resources. Technological options and their role in the world energy markets. Comparison of conventional and unconventional, renewable and nonrenewable, energy resources and analysis of the consequences of various technological choices and constraints. Economic considerations, energy availability, and the environmental consequences of large-scale, widespread use of each particular technology. Introduction to carbon dioxide disposal as a means of sustaining the fossil fuel option.

INAF U8912 Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Goals. 1.5 Point.

Category: MIA/MPA: Short Course, EPD, EPD:Sustainable, EE, EE: EPM, AS
Spring 2017 Course Dates: Apr. 3 - Apr. 24

It has become vital (because of mass poverty, climate change, biodiversity rapid erosion, water and food crisis,...), to shift to a more sustainable form of development. This will require effectively mobilizing all resources of human societies: scientific and technical resources, as well as behavioral and institutional moving forces. None may be neglected, and the way they are articulated will be decisive.

Term Section Call Number Instructor Times/Location
Spring 2017 001 88529 Claude Henry M W 9:00am - 10:50am
402b International Affairs Bldg