Chair: Rajiv Sethi (Ann Whitney Olin Professor)
Professors: Elizabeth Ananat, André Burgstaller, Alan Dye, Daniel Hamermesh (Distinguished Scholar), Sharon Harrison, Shaw-Hwa Lo (Statistics), Lalith Munasinghe, David Weiman (Alena Wels Hirschorn '58 Professor)
Associate Professors: Yang Feng (Statistics), Jingchen Liu (Statistics), Randall Reback, Ashley Timmer (Adjunct)
Assistant Professors: Belinda Archibong, Biwei Chen (Term), Martina Jasova, Elizabeth Kopko (Adjunct), Peter Orbanz (Statistics), Sonia Pereira (Term), Anja Tolonen, Homa Zarghamee
Associates: John Park

Lecturers in Statistics: Banu Baydil, Ronald Neath, David Rios, Joyce Robbins, Gabriel Young

Computational Track

A major in Economics-Statistics, Computational Track must complete the following 16 courses or their equivalents:

10 courses in Economics, Mathematics

ECON BC1003Introduction to Economic Reasoning
MATH UN1102Calculus II
MATH UN1201Calculus III
MATH UN2010Linear Algebra
ECON BC3033Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
ECON BC3035Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
ECON BC3041Theoretical Foundations of Political Economy
Two Upper-level Electives in Economics
ECON BC3063Senior Seminar

6 courses in Statistics

STAT UN1201Calculus-Based Introduction to Statistics
ECON BC3018Econometrics
STAT UN2102Applied Statistical Computing
STAT UN2104Applied Categorical Data Analysis
One of the following two courses:
Applied Statistical Methods
Applied Data Mining
One Upper-level Elective in Statistics (STAT UN3106, GU4203, GU4204, GU4205, GU4206, or a Computer Science Elective)

Theoretical Track

A major in Economics-Statistics, Theoretical Track must complete the following 16 courses or their equivalents:

10 courses in Economics, Mathematics which are the same as in the Computational Track above, plus

6 courses in Statistics which differs from the Computational Track somewhat:

STAT UN1201Calculus-Based Introduction to Statistics
ECON BC3018Econometrics
STAT GU4203PROBABILITY THEORY
STAT GU4204Statistical Inference
STAT GU4205Linear Regression Models
One Elective in Statistics at the 3000+ level (or a Computer Science Elective such as COMS W1004, W1005, W1007, or STAT UN2102)

Economics, Mathematics

ECON BC1003 Introduction to Economic Reasoning. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC I)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Social Analysis (SOC II).

Covers basic elements of microeconomic and marcoeconomic reasoning at an introductory level. Topics include Individual Constraints and Preferences, Production by Firms, Market Transactions, Competition, The Distribution of Income, Technological Progress and Growth, Unemployment and Inflation, the Role of Government in the Economy.  Note: Students cannot get credit for ECON BC1003 if they have taken the Columbia introductory course ECON W1105 Principles of Economics.

Fall 2020: ECON BC1003
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ECON 1003 002/00251 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Homa Zarghamee 3 30/30
ECON 1003 003/00252 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Belinda Archibong 3 38/30

MATH UN1102 Calculus II. 3 points.

Prerequisites: MATH UN1101 or the equivalent.

Methods of integration, applications of the integral, Taylor's theorem, infinite series. (SC) 

Fall 2020: MATH UN1102
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MATH 1102 001/11302 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Online Only
Maithreya Sitaraman 3 23/30
MATH 1102 002/11303 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Online Only
Zachary Sylvan 3 20/100
MATH 1102 003/11304 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Online Only
Zachary Sylvan 3 8/110
MATH 1102 005/00434 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Lindsay Piechnik 3 43/100
MATH 1102 006/11306 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Online Only
Elliott Stein 3 21/45
MATH 1102 007/21402 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Online Only
Renata Picciotto 3 9/30

MATH UN1201 Calculus III. 3 points.

Prerequisites: MATH UN1101 or the equivalent

Vectors in dimensions 2 and 3, complex numbers and the complex exponential function with applications to differential equations, Cramer's rule, vector-valued functions of one variable, scalar-valued functions of several variables, partial derivatives, gradients, surfaces, optimization, the method of Lagrange multipliers. (SC) 

Fall 2020: MATH UN1201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MATH 1201 001/11389 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Online Only
Konstantin Aleshkin 3 28/110
MATH 1201 002/11390 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Online Only
Konstantin Aleshkin 3 18/110
MATH 1201 003/11394 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Online Only
Ovidiu Savin 3 17/110
MATH 1201 004/11398 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Online Only
Carolyn Abbott 3 41/116
MATH 1201 005/11402 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Online Only
Evan Warner 3 30/116
MATH 1201 006/11407 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Online Only
Inbar Klang 3 100/100
MATH 1201 007/11412 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Online Only
Inbar Klang 3 73/100

MATH UN2010 Linear Algebra. 3 points.

Prerequisites: MATH UN1201 or the equivalent.

Matrices, vector spaces, linear transformations, eigenvalues and eigenvectors, canonical forms, applications. (SC)

Fall 2020: MATH UN2010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
MATH 2010 001/00117 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
David Bayer 3 26/100
MATH 2010 002/00118 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
David Bayer 3 44/100
MATH 2010 003/11450 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Online Only
Francesco Lin 3 85/100
MATH 2010 004/11453 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Online Only
Kyle Hayden 3 74/100
MATH 2010 005/11455 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Online Only
Giulia Sacca 3 39/100

ECON BC3033 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory. 4 points.

Prerequisites: An introductory course in economics and a functioning knowledge of high school algebra and analytical geometry or permission of the instructor.

Systematic exposition of current macroeconomic theories of unemployment, inflation, and international financial adjustments.

Fall 2020: ECON BC3033
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ECON 3033 001/00266 M T W Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Room TBA
Martina Jasova 4 74

ECON BC3035 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory. 4 points.

Prerequisites: An introductory course in microeconomics or a combined macro/micro principles course (ECON BC1003 or ECON W1105, or the equivalent) and one semester of calculus or ECON BC1007, or permission of the instructor.

Preferences and demand; production, cost, and supply; behavior of markets in partial equilibrium; resource allocation in general equilibrium; pricing of goods and services under alternative market structures; implications of individual decision-making for labor supply; income distribution, welfare, and public policy. Emphasis on problem solving.

Fall 2020: ECON BC3035
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ECON 3035 001/00267 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
John Park 4 80
ECON 3035 002/00268 M T W Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Lalith Munasinghe 4 15/50

ECON BC3041 Theoretical Foundations of Political Economy. 3 points.

BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Reason and Value (REA)., BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Ethics and Values.

Prerequisites: An introductory course in economics or permission of the instructor.

Intellectual origins of the main schools of thought in political economy. Study of the founding texts in classical political economy, Marxian economics, neoclassicism, and Keynesianism.

Fall 2020: ECON BC3041
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ECON 3041 001/00270 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Andre Burgstaller 3 43
ECON 3041 002/00271 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
David Weiman 3 50/45

ECON BC3063 Senior Seminar. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and the completion of all courses (except for the senior requirement) required for the economics track, political economy track, or economics and mathematics majors. Exceptions to these prerequisites may be granted by the chair of the department only. Seminar sections are limited to 15 students.

A topic in economic theory or policy of the instructor’s choice. See department for current topics and for senior requirement preference forms.

Fall 2020: ECON BC3063
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ECON 3063 001/00276 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Anja Tolonen 4 14/17
ECON 3063 002/00278 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Belinda Archibong 4 13/16
ECON 3063 003/00648 W 9:00am - 10:50am
Room TBA
Martina Jasova 4 16/16

Statistics, Computer Science

STAT UN1201 Calculus-Based Introduction to Statistics. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).

Prerequisites: one semester of calculus.

Designed for students who desire a strong grounding in statistical concepts with a greater degree of mathematical rigor than in STAT W1111. Random variables, probability distributions, pdf, cdf, mean, variance, correlation, conditional distribution, conditional mean and conditional variance, law of iterated expectations, normal, chi-square, F and t distributions, law of large numbers, central limit theorem, parameter estimation, unbiasedness, consistency, efficiency, hypothesis testing, p-value, confidence intervals, maximum likelihood estimation. Serves as the pre-requisite for ECON W3412.

Fall 2020: STAT UN1201
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
STAT 1201 001/12844 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Online Only
David Rios 3 94/86
STAT 1201 002/12845 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Online Only
Joyce Robbins 3 86/86
STAT 1201 003/12846 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Online Only
Carsten Chong 3 86/86
STAT 1201 004/12847 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Online Only
Arian Maleki 3 86/86

ECON BC3018 Econometrics. 4 points.

Prerequisites: ECON BC3033 or ECON BC3035, and ECON BC2411 or STAT W1111 or STAT W1211, or permission of the instructor.

Prerequisites: ECON BC3033 or ECON BC3035, and ECON BC2411 or STAT W1111 or STAT W1211, or permission of the instructor. Specification, estimation and evaluation of economic relationships using economic theory, data, and statistical inference; testable implications of economic theories; econometric analysis of topics such as consumption, investment, wages and unemployment, and financial markets.

Fall 2020: ECON BC3018
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ECON 3018 001/00263 M T W Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Daniel Hamermesh 4 47/48

STAT UN2102 Applied Statistical Computing. 3 points.

Corequisites: An introductory course in statistic (STAT UN1101 is recommended).

This course is an introduction to R programming.  After learning basic programming component, such as defining variables and vectors, and learning different data structures in R, students will, via project-based assignments, study more advanced topics, such as recursion, conditionals, modular programming, and data visualization.  Students will also learn the fundamental concepts in computational complexity, and will practice writing reports based on their statistical analyses.

STAT UN2104 Applied Categorical Data Analysis. 3 points.

Prerequisites: STAT UN2103 is strongly recommended. Students without programming experience in R might find STAT UN2102 very helpful.

This course covers statistical models amd methods for analyzing and drawing inferences for problems involving categofical data.  The goals are familiarity and understanding of a substantial and integrated body of statistical methods that are used for such problems, experience in anlyzing data using these methods, and profficiency in communicating the results of such methods, and the ability to critically evaluate the use of such methods.  Topics include binomial proportions, two-way and three-way contingency tables, logistic regression, log-linear models for large multi-way contingency tables, graphical methods.  The statistical package R will be used.

STAT UN3105 Applied Statistical Methods. 3 points.

Prerequisites: At least one, and preferably both, of STAT UN2103 and UN2104 are strongly recommended. Students without programming experience in R might find STAT UN2102 very helpful.

This course is intended to give students practical experience with statistical methods beyond linear regression and categorical data analysis.  The focus will be on understanding the uses and limitations of models, not the mathematical foundations for the methods.  Topics that may be covered include random and mixed-effects models, classical non-parametric techniques, the statistical theory causality, sample survey design, multi-level models, generalized linear regression, generalized estimating equations and over-dispersion, survival analysis including the Kaplan-Meier estimator, log-rank statistics, and the Cox proportional hazards regression model.  Power calculations and proposal and report writing will be discussed.

Fall 2020: STAT UN3105
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
STAT 3105 001/12884 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Online Only
Wayne Lee 3 27/60

STAT UN3106 Applied Data Mining. 3 points.

Prerequisites: STAT UN2103. Students without programming experience in R might find STAT UN2102 very helpful.

This course will be taught as a machine learning class. We will cover topics including data-based prediction, classification, specific classification methods (such as logistic regression and random forests), and basics of neural networks. Programming in homeworks will require R; students without programming experience in R might find STAT UN2102 helpful.

STAT GU4203 PROBABILITY THEORY. 3 points.

Prerequisites: At least one semester, and preferably two, of calculus. An introductory course (STAT UN1201, preferably) is strongly recommended.

A calculus-based introduction to probability theory. A quick review of multivariate calculus is provided. Topics covered include random variables, conditional probability, expectation, independence, Bayes’ rule, important distributions, joint distributions, moment generating functions, central limit theorem, laws of large numbers and Markov’s inequality.

Fall 2020: STAT GU4203
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
STAT 4203 001/12473 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Online Only
Shaw-Hwa Lo 3 20/50
STAT 4203 003/12474 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Online Only
Cristian Pasarica 3 45/60
STAT 4203 004/12366 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Online Only
Cristian Pasarica 3 25/80

STAT GU4204 Statistical Inference. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement, BC: Fulfillment of General Education Requirement: Quantitative and Deductive Reasoning (QUA).

Prerequisites: STAT GU4203. At least one semester of calculus is required; two or three semesters are strongly recommended.

Calculus-based introduction to the theory of statistics. Useful distributions, law of large numbers and central limit theorem, point estimation, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals maximum likelihood, likelihood ratio tests, nonparametric procedures, theory of least squares and analysis of variance.

Fall 2020: STAT GU4204
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
STAT 4204 003/12477 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Online Only
Irene Hueter 3 54/60
STAT 4204 004/12475 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Online Only
Irene Hueter 3 2/35

STAT GU4205 Linear Regression Models. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

Prerequisites: STAT GU4204 or the equivalent, and a course in linear algebra.

Theory and practice of regression analysis. Simple and multiple regression, testing, estimation, prediction, and confidence procedures, modeling, regression diagnostics and plots, polynomial regression, colinearity and confounding, model selection, geometry of least squares. Extensive use of the computer to analyse data.

Fall 2020: STAT GU4205
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
STAT 4205 001/12890 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Online Only
Gabriel Young 3 28/50
STAT 4205 002/12891 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Online Only
Ronald Neath 3 24/25
STAT 4205 003/12478 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Online Only
Xiaofei Shi 3 27/35
STAT 4205 004/12483 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
Online Only
Haiyuan Wang 3 16/35

STAT GU4206 Statistical Computing and Introduction to Data Science. 3 points.

Prerequisites: STAT GU4204 and GU4205 or the equivalent.

Introduction to programming in the R statistical package: functions, objects, data structures, flow control, input and output, debugging, logical design, and abstraction.  Writing code for numerical and graphical statistical analyses.  Writing maintainable code and testing, stochastic simulations, paralleizing data analyses, and working with large data sets.  Examples from data science will be used for demonstration.

Fall 2020: STAT GU4206
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
STAT 4206 001/12485 F 10:10am - 12:55pm
Online Only
Gabriel Young 3 16/46

COMS W1004 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming in Java. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

A general introduction to computer science for science and engineering students interested in majoring in computer science or engineering. Covers fundamental concepts of computer science, algorithmic problem-solving capabilities, and introductory Java programming skills. Assumes no prior programming background. Columbia University students may receive credit for only one of the following two courses: 1004 or 1005.

Fall 2020: COMS W1004
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
COMS 1004 001/11692 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Online Only
Adam Cannon 3 284/400

COMS W1005 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming in MATLAB. 3 points.

CC/GS: Partial Fulfillment of Science Requirement

A general introduction to computer science concepts, algorithmic problem-solving capabilities, and programming skills in MATLAB. Assumes no prior programming background. Columbia University students may receive credit for only one of the following two courses: W1004 or W1005.

COMS W1007 Honors Introduction to Computer Science. 3 points.

Lect: 3.

Prerequisites: AP Computer Science with a grade of 4 or 5 or similar experience.

An honors-level introduction to computer science, intended primarily for students considering a major in computer science. Computer science as a science of abstraction. Creating models for reasoning about and solving problems. The basic elements of computers and computer programs. Implementing abstractions using data structures and algorithms. Taught in Java.