Empirical Reasoning Courses at Barnard & Columbia

In addition to the empirical reasoning classes listed below, most departments at Barnard (and Columbia) have classes or seminars that are named something like “Supervised Individual Research” or “Senior Thesis Research.”  These aren’t typically classes per se, but the opportunity for you to conduct individual research on the topic of your choice under the supervision of a professor in your department.

If you are interested in doing supervised individual research, you should begin discussing this possibility with the professor with which you want to work at least a month or two before you intend to begin the individual research (so around October or November for the spring semester and around March or April for the fall semester).  Some professors and departments will have earlier deadlines  Seniors hoping to write senior theses should begin speaking with potential thesis advisors in at least the semester before they plan to begin the thesis.

Classes with an asterisk involve at least two prerequisite courses in the department, and are recommended primarily for students with a major or a minor in that department.

Statistics Department
List of courses can be found here.
Classes designed for beginners and the intermediate level are:
STAT W1001: Introduction to Statistical Reasoning;
STAT W1111: Introduction to Statistics; or
STAT W1211: Introduction to Statistics (for those who have taken calculus 1).
STAT W2024: Applied Linear Regression Analysis (prereq: either 1001, 1111, or 1211)
STAT W2025: Applied Statistical Methods (prereq: STAT 2024)
STAT W2026: Applied Statistical Methods II (prereq: STAT 2025)

Other Quantitative
Statistics & Software
BIOL BC2286y: Statistics and Research Design
COMS W1005: Introduction to Computer Science & Programming in MATLAB
COMS W3101: Programming Languages
COMS W3210y: Scientific Computation
ECON BC1007: Mathematical Methods for Economics
ECON BC2411x: Statistics for Economics
ECON BC3018: Econometrics*
ECON W3412: Introduction to Econometrics*
ECON W4413y: Econometrics of Time Series and Forecasting
ECHS BC2590y: Measuring History: Empirical Approaches to Economic and Social History
EESC BC3017x: Environmental Data Analysis
PHYS G4023x: Thermal and Statistical Physics*
POLS W3204y: Data Analysis & Statistics for Political Science Research
POLS W3708x: Empirical Research Methods
POLS W3720: Scope & Methods
POLS W4291y: Advanced Topics in Quantitative Research*
POLS W4292x: Advanced Topics in Quantitative Research: Models for Panel Data & Time-Series Cross Section Data*
POLS 4360x: Mathematical Methods for Political Science*
POLS W4365y: Design and Analysis of Sample Surveys*
POLS W4910: Principles of Quantitative Political Research
POLS 4911y: Analysis of Political Data
POLS W4912x: Multivariate Political Analysis*
PSYC BC1101 & 1102: Statistics
URBS V3200: Spatial Analysis: GIS Methods and Urban Case Studies
SOCI W3020: Social Statistics
SOCI BC3211: Quantitative Methods

Research Methods & Design
BIOL BC2900y: Research Methods Seminar (Biology)
CHEM BC3333x & BC3337x OR CHEM BC3335x: Modern Techniques of Organic Chemistry Laboratory (Chemistry)
CHEM BC3338y & BC3342y OR CHEM BC3340y: Quantitative and Instrumental Techniques Laboratory (Chemistry)
EESC BC3014: Field Methods in Environmental Science
EESC BC3016: Environmental Measurements
ASTR C2900x: Frontiers of Astrophysics Research
PHYS V1900y: Seminar in Contemporary Physics and Astronomy
POLS V3222y: Political Science Research Methods
POLS W3708x: Empirical Research Methods
POLS W3720: Scope & Methods
PLS W4368y: Experimental Research: Design, Analysis & Interpretation
PSYC BC1010: Introductory Laboratory in Experimental Psychology
PSYC BC1099: Science and Scientists
PSYC BC1106x & 1107x: Psychology of Learning & Laboratory
PSYC BC1109x & 1110x: Perception & Laboratory
PSYC BC 1114y & 1115y: Cognitive Psychology & Laboratory
PSYC BC1124x & 1125x: Psychology of Personality & Laboratory
PSYC BC1128 & 1129: Developmental Psychology & Laboratory
SOCI W3010x: Methods for Social Research

Qualitative
ANTH V2005: Ethnographic Imagination
HIST BC4904: Introduction to Historical Theory and Method
PHIL C1010x: Methods and Problems of Philosophical Thought
PHIL V1401: Introduction to Logic**
PHIL V3411: Symbolic Logic**

**Although these classes are designated as “qualitative” because they primarily use textual analysis as opposed to quantitative datasets, there are definitely quantitative elements to them and and are probably more properly a mix of quantitative and qualitative methods.