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the City of New York, with courses leading to the degrees of Pharmaceutical
Chemist and Bachelor of Science.

The University maintains three Sessions during the year: The Winter Session,
beginning the last Wednesday of September and ending the first Tuesday of
February; the Spring Session, beginning the first Wednesday of February and
ending the second Wednesday of June; and the Summer Session of six weeks'
duration, beginning immediately after July 4, Through its system of University
Extension the opportunity is oflfered to men and women to pursue subjects in-
cluded in a liberal education and to take courses toward a diploma or an academic
degree; Home Study courses are also oflfered to persons who are unable to take
work in residence.


A student accepted and registered by the proper authorities as having fulfilled
the preliminary qualifications for candidacy for a degree, certificate of pro-
ficiency, or diploma is enrolled as a matriculated student of the University. A
period of regular attendance upon all stated academic exercises amounting to
at least one academic year must be completed by every candidate for a degree.



A student not enrolled as a matriculated student may enter the University
as a non-matriculated student, and be permitted to attend such courses of in-
struction as he is qualified to take, but not as a candidate for a degree, certificate
of proficiency, or diploma. Such students are expected to conform to the same
standard of attendance and scholarship as are required of matriculated students.
Non-matriculated students may receive a formal statement of the satisfactory
completion of any course.

In the Announcement of each School will be found the specific conditions govern-
ing admission to courses of instruction and to candidacy for a degree.

The admission, continuance upon the rolls, and graduation of any student,
is subject to the full disciplinary power of the University authorities, as pre-
scribed by the Statutes of the University.


Before attending any University exercises each student shall present himself
at the office of the Registrar and shall there file a registration blank giving such
information as may be required for the University records together with a state-
ment of the courses he is authorized to pursue. The places of registration are
the general office of the Registrar of the University in University Hall; the Col-
lege of Physicians and Surgeons, 437 West Fifty- ninth Street; the School of Dental
and Oral Surgery, 302 East Thirty-fifth Street; the College of Pharmacy, 113-119
West Sixty-eighth Street; Barnard College; and Teachers College. To com-
plete his registration the student shall pay the required fees.

Each person whose registration has been completed will be considered a stu-
dent of the University during the period for which such registration is held valid.
No student registered in any school or college of the University shall at the same
time be registered in any other school or college, either of Columbia University
or of any other institution, without the consent of the appropriate Dean or


An honorable discharge will always be granted to any student in good academic
standing, and not subject to discipline, who may desire to withdraw from the
University; but no student under the age of twenty-one years shall be entitled
to a discharge without the assent of his parent or guardian furnished in writing
to the proper Dean or Director. Students withdrawing are required to notify
the Registrar. Applications for the return of fees must be made in writing at
the time of withdrawal.

The Dean or Director of the school or faculty concerned may, for reasons of
weight, grant a leave of absence to a student in good standing.


The Announcements of each College or School, of the Summer Session, of Uni-
versity Extension, and of the several divisions under which the departments of
instruction are grouped, may be obtained without charge from the Secretary of
the University.


The Announcement of each School contains a schedule of fees and expenses
for the courses in that School.

The libraries of the University contain about 1,025,000 volumes, exclusive of
unbound pamphlets. The various departments of instruction have also special
libraries in connection with their lecture-rooms and laboratories. The Avery
Architectural Library, the Law Library, the Ella Weed Library of Barnard Col-
lege, Teachers College Library, and the libraries of the College of Physicians and
Surgeons, the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, and the College of Pharmacy,
are all available to students of the University.


There are four residence halls for men on South Field: Furnald with 282
rooms, Hartley with 300, John Jay with 476 and restaurants adequate for all
men students, and Livingston with 300 rooms. Johnson Hall, on East Field,
with accommodations of room and board for 360 students in the graduate and
professional schools and Tompkins Hall, situated on Claremont Avenue in im-
mediate proximity to the campus, with a capacity for 100 graduate students, are
residence halls for women.

All the University residence halls, for both men and women, are under the
supervision of advisory committees appointed by the President, consisting of
University officers and assisted by committees made up of residents in the halls.

Copies of Residence Halls Announcements giving floor plans and dormitory
regulations together with application blanks will be furnished on request by
the Secretary of the University, 213 Library.

Detailed information and advice concerning desirable rooms and boarding
places in the vicinity of the campus for both men and women may be obtained
by writing to the Residence Bureau, Room M, Earl Hall.

In addition to the dining-halls in John Jay and Johnson the University main-
tains the following cafeteria restaurants (service a la carte) which furnish whole-
some food at moderate rates: The Commons (men and women) University;
Barnard Hall Lunch Room (women) Barnard Hall; Teachers College Cafeteria
(men and women) Grade Dodge Hall, 121 St. The Columbia University Press
Bookstore, located in the basement of Journalism, conducts a soda fountain
where light luncheons are served.


The Gymnasium is completely fitted with gymnastic apparatus and contains a
swimming pool, baths, rooms for rowing, fencing, boxing and wrestling, and hand-
ball courts, ft is open daily to male students of the University during the aca-
demic year, except on Sundays and legal holidays. Every student is entitled to a
physical examination by the Medical Director. On the basis of this examination,
advice is given as to the kind and amount of exercise best adapted to his needs.
Barnard Hall, of Barnard College, and Thompson Hall, of Teachers College,
are thoroughly equipped with physical training facilities for women students.



Earl Hall was given to Columbia University by the late William Earl Dodge
for the religious and social activities of the students. On the main floor, reached
by the campus entrance, are the Appointments Office, Residence Bureau, Men's
Residence Halls Office (where may also be found the Director of Earl Hall who
is in charge of social affairs on the campus), the Trophy Room and Lobby, con-
taining team pictures and trophies. On the upper floor are located offices for the
Chaplain of the University and the Director of Religious Activities, and an
auditorium seating 400 people which is available for student receptions and
dances. The first floor (entrance from Broadway) is occupied by the offices of
the University Medical Officer.


The University Medical Officer has direct supervision of all matters aflfecting
the health of the student body. AH cases of illness, especially communicable
diseases, must be promptly reported to him. Absence from classes due to illness
must also be reported to his office. The University Medical Officer, and the mem-
bers of his staff, hold office hours daily in Earl Hall for consultation with students.

Members of the University who need medical attention at home, and who
desire to be advised concerning private physicians, specialists and nursing care,
will receive such information upon applying at the office of the University Medi-
cal Officer.




The ninety-eighth annual session of the College of Pharmacy, open to both men
and women, will begin on Monday, September 26, 1927.

Prospective students should carefully note Rule No. 16 of the Pharmacy Laws
of the State of New York, part of which is as follows:

"c Matriculation. A matriculant of any registered school of pharmacy in
New York State must possess the 'Registered Apprentice Certificate' before
matriculation is completed. Any student who has not had practical experience
prior to entering the school or who has had experience in another State than
New York, shall be registered as an apprentice by the executive ofBcer of such

An amendment to the pharmacy statute, which becomes Chapter 338 of the
Laws of 1924, provides that a graduate of a registered school of pharmacy who
is not 2 1 years of age and who has not had the required practical experience in a
registered pharmacy, may be admitted to the examination in theoretical subjects
only and on passing the same may thereafter be required to take only the practical
examination when he has met the statutory requirements of the law. Such appli-
cant does not receive any certificate upon passing the examination and is not
granted any right or privilege because he passes the theoretical examination. A
second fee of $10.00 must be paid when taking the practical examination. The
amendment became operative on January ist, 1926.

Students who have served in either the Medical Department of the U, S.
Army or the Hospital Corps of the V. S. Navy, and whose discharge papers
note such service, may receive credit therefor toward meeting the experience
requirement of the State Board of Pharmacy.

The attention of prospective students is called to the increasing call for grad-
uates of advanced courses, to fill other professional positions. The general applica-
tion of federal, state and municipal food and drug laws is creating a demand for
thoroughly trained pharmaceutical inspectors and analysts. The obligations
thus imposed upon manufacturers and merchants must result, and are doing so,
in compelling them to employ scientifically trained assistants for responsible
services which formerly, were often left to incompetent and irresponsible em-
ployees. For this field of service the ordinary graduate in pharmacy is wholly

Another class of demands that are frequently encountered is for instructors,
professors and heads of departments in pharmacy schools. The teaching staffs
in the schools of pharmacy of the United States now include nearly one thousand
members. However well qualified these instructors may be as to knowledge of
the subjects that they are engaged in teaching, few of them have received the
special training in the theory and art of teaching which is considered essential
for teachers in other schools. Special provision for this work, as an elective, is
called for in the complete pharmaceutical curriculum.

To meet these higher requirements, three and four year courses of study, leading
respectively to the degrees of Pharmaceutical Chemist (Ph.Ch.) and Bachelor of
Science in Pharmacy (B.S. in Phar.), have been established.



It is pai'ticularly worthy of note that our conditions for these degrees have
been adopted by the Education Department of the State of New York as a State


The location of the College is at one of the most readily accessible points in
the City. Within two blocks are stations of the elevated and underground rail-
roads, and the Broadway, Columbus and Amsterdam Avenue lines connect with
nearly all surface lines in the City. The completion of the various tunnels under
the Hudson, East and Harlem rivers has greatly facilitated and expedited subur-
ban transportation. Central Park is within two blocks of the College, and the
American Museum of Natural History and the Medical Department of the Uni-
versity are each about a half-mile away. The central buildings of the University
are reached within fifteen minutes from the door of the College.

The College Building was erected after a study of the principal buildings of
the kind in this country and abroad. Experience has failed to show any material
feature in which it could have been better adapted to the purpose of pharmaceu-
tical instruction, either theoretical or practical, but so great has been the increase
in the applications for admission that it has been found necessary to provide
greater accommodations in the form of an additional connecting building.

In its planning, two principal objects have been kept in view; first, provision
for a large increase in the membership of the first and second-year classes; second,
greatly increased and improved facilities for the work of the higher classes.
In connection with the latter, extensive provision has been made for research
work, by both faculty and special students. Our Library has also been greatly
improved, the entire lower floor of the new building having been reserved for
its accommodation.


The Library is in charge, during College hours, of a trained librarian, who is
ready to offer any assistance desired by readers. It contains the important
works of reference required in the different departments of instruction, and for
the various branches of science taught in the College of Pharmacy. It covers,
indeed, a very broad field in all departments of chemistry, botany, and pharmacy.
Should the resources of the College be insufficient for some special purpose, the
student has recourse to such great library storehouses as the General Library of
Columbia University, on Morningside Heights, the Library of the College of
Physicians and Surgeons, School of Dental and Oral Surgery, the New York
Academy of Medicine, the New York Botanical Garden, and others, and he will
also be able, by special arrangement, to borrow from the great Library of the
Surgeon-General's office at Washington.

The Library contains an extensive series of periodicals on chemistry, pharmacy,
and botany, with their allied branches. All important journals relating to the
work of the College are regularly received.

During regular College hours the Library is accessible not only to officers and
students of the College, but also to the pharmacists of the city. Under certain
regulations, books may be borrowed for outside use, but for obvious reasons
important works of reference and unbound periodicals are not loaned. Library


copies of the text-books in use by the College may not be removed from the


The Information Bureau conducted by the library staflF is designed to furnish
pharmacists with data required in emergencies and not available in the library
of the average drug store. During the past years of operation the Bureau has
met with gratifying success, and it is steadily growing in popularity.

The following paragraphs explain the methods employed in conducting the

1. Telephone inquiries will be answered cheerfully without charge. Residents
of Greater New York or vicinity wishing to inquire about some pharmaceutical
problem will call up the Information Bureau, Trafalgar 1733, and will receive
information immediately if it is accessible.

2. Non-residents will have their problems answered by mail if they enclose a
self-addressed stamped envelope.

3. Problems requiring extended research will be handled for a fee as moderate
as consistent with high-grade service.

4. Translations of articles from foreign languages, either in full or in abstract,
as well as transcripts of papers appearing in English or American pharmaceutical,
chemical or botanical periodicals will be prepared for those desiring to pay for
such service.

5. As in the past, all visitors to the Library, desiring to do their own research
work, will be given courteous attention.


The Registrar, so far as possible, assists students to secure such positions, in
and about the city, as will not prevent them from regularly attending the College

The general plan adopted may be briefly stated as follows: Each pharmacist
engages both a first and second year student, who shall work alternately three
days during the week and half a day on Sunday. This allows the students half
their time for College work and necessary rest. The College course lectures are
arranged so as to harmonize with this plan.

Any student wishing to secure employment should upon entering College
communicate with the Registrar.

Within easy reach of the College are some three thousand pharmacies, where
students who have had some experience in pharmacy may obtain employment
with salary sufficient to pay the whole or a large part of their expenses while
attending College.


Two Regular Courses of study are offered, known respectively as the Col-
lege Course and the University Course, and three Evening Courses in the De-
partments of Materia Medica, Pharmacy and Chemistry. A Summer Preparatory
Course is provided, designed to enable students so desiring to better prepare
themselves for the fall supplementary examinations.


In re^onse to inquiries frequently received as to the advantages of the Uni-
versity Course over the College Course, the foUomng synopsis has been pre-
pared :

1. Members of the University class only are recognized as students of the Uni-
versity, and certain of the University pri%dleges are open only to them.

2. The University Class attends on five days weekl}', instead of three, as does
the College Class, and the course includes regular work in academic subjects,
conducted by special instructors supplied bj- the Dean of the Faculty of Colum-
bia College (See page i8), this work receiving full credit from the University
toward the baccalaureate degree.

3. For the University Class, the College proNndes a thorough course of labora-
tory instruction in advanced Chemistr}', Pharmacy and Physics and special
courses in Microscopy and Bacteriology, consisting of both theoretical and
laboratory instruction.

4. Not only is the degree of Pharmaceutical Chemist recognized as of higher
rank than that of Graduate in Pharmacy, but the three-year course for which
it is awarded qualifies its recipients for many lines of pharmaceutical work that
are not open to graduates from the College Course.

5. The degrees of Pharmaceutical Chemist and Bachelor of Science in Phar-
macy are conferred by the University, that of Graduate in Pharmacy by the

It may be said in conclusion that the present tendency is strongly toward a
higher educational grade than that represented by the Graduate degree, and the
degree of Graduate in Pharmacy is ceasing to represent a satisfactor>' professional

Through a faculty consisting of forty-one active members, students in all
classes derive the benefit not onty of the most advanced methods, but of instruc-
tion in small groups or class sections, thus allo-n-ing the largest amount of indi-
vidual attention.


So numerous and important are the changes here announced, in both our
College and University Courses, that thej* amount to a %irtual reorganization.
In order to meet the new conditions, it has been found necessary to add twelve
new members to the teaching staff.

The following conditions mil remain, as announced in our preceding Bulletin.

1 . No practical experience in drug store or pharmacj^ will be required previous
to matriculation, in lieu of which the State Education Department has accepted
the increased training in operative and commercial pharmacy that has been

2. No student will be admitted more than two weeks after the date of opening
of the session.

3. All applicants for admission to any of the courses given must present
an acceptable certificate of health from the candidate's family physician or from
the University jNIedical Officer. In case of doubt an examination by the Univer-
sity IMedical Officer will be required. The proper blanks will be furnished on ap-
plication to the Registrar of the college.


4. All matriculants for this session must pay at least one-third of the tuition
fee for the year, on or before the 3rd day of September, 1927, failing which, their
places will be filled by others, and no part of this sum will be refunded subse-
quently in case of the discontinuance of their course.

5. Any student who has failed in a laborator^^ course must make up this de-
ficiency during the summer session, and cannot be allowed laboratory' space
during the regular session of 1927-1928. To this rule there may be certain
exceptions, in case the laboratory work cannot be done during the summer.

6. Students intending to compete for the Plaut Fellowship should carefully
read the conditions stated on page 28 of this Announcement, and take early steps
to qualify for such competition.

7. According to the present valuation of high school work by the Xew York
State Education Department, that of each year is rated as 18 counts, instead
of 15 as formerly. The equivalent of high school graduation, when secured other-
wise than by such graduation, is therefore understood as being 72 Regents counts.

8. It is to be noted that Regents' professional examinations for the Pharmacy
student qualifying certificate will be discontinued after the year 1927 (See page


It was a matter of great regret to this School that conditions prevented us
from joining the other leading schools of the country in the inauguration of a
three-year course for the degree of Ph.G. in 1925. These conditions being now
removed, the advanced step will be taken during the coming year. The funda-
mental idea of this increase in time is generally accepted as being that of im-
proving the quality of the work done, rather than that of providing a large
amount of additional work, this improvement applying particularly to the
practical features of the course. The precise object of a course leading to the
degree of Graduate in Pharmacy being to prepare such graduates for meeting
the conditions of service in a retail pharmacy, the greater portion of the increased
time has been assigned to the department of pharmacy, and to those features
of the work of the other departments which are directly contributory thereto.
After a careful study of the requirements, we have concluded that the time
officially assigned for this course is insufficient, and we have added 128 hours
for laboratory work in commercial and dispensing pharmacy.

The accomplishment of the better training that is sought necessarily calls
for the introduction of new topics in the existing syllabi, and we call special
attention to the following items.

We have always regarded a course in materia medica as being incomplete that
did not include instruction in the apparatus, equipment and appliances included
under the title of sick-room supplies, but no opportunity has heretofore ofiFered
for practical instruction of this kind. In our reorganized course 32 hours will
be devoted to explaining and illustrating the nature and use of articles of this
class. Although technically pertaining to the subject of materia medica, this
instruction forms an important part of the students' preparation in commercial

Another qualification that we deem requisite for ever>' well equipped pharma-
cist is a general knowledge of the nature and effects of bacteria in their relations


with pharmacal practice. While we do not regard the conduct of a bacteriological
laboratory as pertaining to the business of the ordinary pharmacist, we regard
as necessary some knowledge of the principles of bacterial decomposition, steriliza-
tion and immunization, and 64 hours have been assigned for instruction in those
subjects. While this subject, relating to the activities of plants, pertains tech-
nically to botany, it also has close relations with practical pharmacy.

Many of our graduates have believed, or perhaps we should say felt, that
their diplomas should bear the name of Columbia University, notwithstanding

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