Academic Advising: Undergraduates

The IEOR Department is the home to two undergraduate programs: Industrial Engineering and Operations Research. Students majoring in Operations Research can select one of two optional concentrations: Engineering Management Systems and Financial Engineering. In addition to a CSA advisor, each IEOR student is assigned to a Departmental advisor to guide the student through the major curriculum. Your CSA and Departmental advisors are listed in your Academic Profile in Student Services Online. If your Departmental advisor is not listed, please email us for more information.

The main contacts for undergraduate studies are:

Karl Sigman (Director of Undergraduate Studies)
Kristen Maynor
Carmen Ng

Changes to the Program Plan must be approved by the Departmental advisor. In particular, dropping a course that is required by your major must be approved by your Departmental advisor or one of the main Departmental contacts above (Professor Sigman, Kristen or Carmen), unless the course is being taken earlier than the program plan recommends. The Department does not guarantee that required courses can be dropped. Failure to do so may jeopardize your graduation eligibility.

The Department encourages students to meet with their Departmental advisors to discuss their degree progress during the early/regular registration periods. The Department will send students instructions on how to make an appointment with your advisor via email prior to early registration. The Departmental advisor will review your degree progress and provide guidance on course selection.

Prior to meeting with your advisor, the Department asks the student to fill out a Program Plan (see below) and email it to advising@ieor.columbia.edu and bring a printed copy to your advising session.

Program Plans & BSFE Application:

Program Programs
BSOR: Financial Engineering Application

Students are encouraged to see their Departmental advisor. Students minoring in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research may see Ms. Carmen Ng, Dr. Jenny Mak, or Professor Sigman (or email).  

If you have immediate questions, please contact the IEOR Academic Affairs Team. You may also stop by during open office hours for quick questions on Mondays through Fridays, 10:30-11:30am, and 3:00-4:00pm. Professor Sigman has office hours on Mondays 3:00-4:00pm.

IEOR Core Courses:

The IEOR Department has a set of core and elective requirements for each of the four undergraduate tracks. IEOR program plans and bulletins are provided to assist students with their academic course scheduling. We ask that all students follow their designated bulletin (bulletin year during the second year). We ask all IEOR majors to take the core courses during the prescribed semester.  Delaying core courses is not permitted and may result in future scheduling conflicts and delay in graduation. Request to drop an IEOR core course during the designated semester may result in an unofficial withdrawal (UW) on the transcript. 


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