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Acoustics (BS)

About Acoustics (BS)

Effective acoustical design contributes to spaces, environments, and products that are safer, more useful, and more engaging. Columbia’s Acoustics BS Program develops marketplace-ready graduates for careers in architectural acoustics, environmental noise control, sound perception and cognition, and audio signal and vibration analysis. Our graduates have been working with world-renowned architects, consultants, and manufacturers since 1998.


About Audio Arts & Acoustics Department

Our Audio Arts & Acoustics programs live at the intersection of science and art. We systematically address the physics of sound production and transmission, the technology of audio equipment, the physiology of hearing, and the psychology of sound perception and cognition for the purpose of understanding and creatively exploring our sonic environment. Through this balance of science, technology, and creativity you will develop strong skills and aural sensibility and prepare yourself for a successful career in the many fields of audio. You will learn in our state-of-the-art recording studios, post-production suites, research facilities, and specialized classrooms and be given the tools and experience necessary to craft the soundscapes that enhance our everyday lives.


For Orientation

On Campus: Freshmen Students

The Audio Arts & Acoustics Department is looking forward to welcoming you!


Distance: Freshmen Students

Distance Orientation students admitted to the B.S. program in Acoustics are strongly advised to contact the faculty members below prior to their online orientation date. If this is not possible or if we, for some reason, are unable to respond in a timely manner, proceed with your Distance Orientation and do contact us as soon as you arrive to Chicago.

Prior to your Orientation please contact one of the following:

  • • Dominique Chéenne, PhD (dcheenne@colum.edu)
  • • Pantelis Vassilakis, PhD (pvassilakis@colum.edu) 

On Campus: Transfer Students

All Science and Mathematics requirements for this degree major are transferable, subject to the College’s transfer Policy. If you’re looking to transfer in credit specifically for the 56-2820 “Science of Electronics” and/or 56-1820 “The Science of Acoustics,” the transferred course could be any sophomore (or higher) college-level physics course in electricity or waves, respectively. 

For additional questions, prior to your Orientation, please contact:

  • • Dominique Chéenne, PhD (dcheenne@colum.edu) 
  • • Pantelis Vassilakis, PhD (pvassilakis@colum.edu) 

Distance: Transfer Students

All Science and Mathematics requirements for this degree major are transferable, subject to the College’s transfer Policy. If you’re looking to transfer in credit specifically for the 56-2820 “Science of Electronics” and/or 56-1820 “The Science of Acoustics,” the transferred course could be any sophomore (or higher) college-level physics course in electricity or waves, respectively.

Distance Orientation students admitted to the B.S. program in Acoustics are strongly advised to contact the faculty members below prior to their online orientation appointment. If this is not possible or if we, for some reason, are unable to respond in a timely manner, proceed with your Distance Orientation and do contact us as soon as you arrive to Chicago.

Prior to your Orientation please contact:

  • • Dominique Chéenne, PhD (dcheenne@colum.edu) 
  • • Pantelis Vassilakis, PhD (pvassilakis@colum.edu) 

Strongly Recommended First-Semester Classes

To support timely progress to degree, you must register to the following classes during your first semester:

  • •56-2770 Calculus I
  • •56-1820 Science of Electronics

  • OR

  • •56-2820 The Science of Acoustics

In order to register for Calculus I, you must have scored 25+ on the Math portion of the ACT or already successfully completed a college-level Pre-Calculus type of course.  

For more information on taking/submitting your placement exam and on placement score ranges go to www.colum.edu/placement.

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