Course Requirements

Course Credit

All courses must be taken for credit. Courses may be taken for a letter grade or pass/fail. Auditing is not permitted.

Course Levels

College Edge students typically enroll in lower-level (1000–2999) courses and must obtain special permission from the College Edge Advisor to register for upper-level courses (3000 and above). In addition, College Edge students are restricted from enrolling in graduate level courses, workshops, seminar courses. Courses offered through Barnard College and through Columbia CORE office are also restricted to College Edge students.

Course Prerequisites

Course prerequisites are specified in the individual course descriptions.

Departments and individual instructors place prerequisites on courses to indicate the information or capabilities they will take for granted in the course. Students should take prerequisites seriously to prevent encountering academic difficulty in courses too advanced for them. Students without the stated prerequisites but with some equivalent coursework may apply to the departmental representative or the instructor for permission to take the course.

Classes offered through the Psychology Department and Economics Department require special permission from the department, even if the student meets the prerequistes. Note, the Economics Department only considers classes taken through Columbia College as meeting the prerequisites.

Students must obtain the appropriate signature on the registration form, a signed letter, or receive permission by email before they can register.

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Plan to spend two to three hours of study outside class for every hour spent in class. A three-hour class session could require up to nine hours of preparation.


The instructor should be notified in advance of any absences. If unforeseen circumstances cause a student to miss more than two class meetings, the student should consider withdrawing from the course. Individual instructors may impose their own more rigorous attendance requirements.

Students may not attend class unless they are officially enrolled, and a class cannot be added to a student's program after it has been completed.

Students are expected to attend their classes and laboratory periods. Instructors may take attendance into account in assessing a student's performance and may require a certain level of attendance for passing a course. Students are held accountable for absences incurred owing to late enrollment.

Religious Holidays

It is the policy of the University to respect its members' religious beliefs. In compliance with New York State law, each student who is absent from school because of his or her religious beliefs will be given an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study, or work requirements that he or she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days. No student will be penalized for absence due to religious beliefs, and alternative means will be sought for satisfying the academic requirements involved.