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degree of Bachelor of Arts; the School of Law, with courses leading to the de-
grees of Bachelor and Master of Laws and Doctor of Law (Doctor Juris); the
School of Medicine with courses leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine;
the Schools of Mines, Engineering, and Chemistry, with courses leading to the
Bachelor of Science degree, the several engineering degrees and the degree of
Master of Science; the School of Architecture, with courses leading to the degree
of Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Science; the School of Journalism, with
courses leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Literature and Master of Science;
the School of Business, with courses leading to the degrees of Bachelor and Master
of Science; the School of Dental and Oral Surgery, with courses leading to the
degrees of Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Dental Surgery; the non-professional
graduate Faculties of Political Science, Philosophy and Pure Science, with courses
leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. In addition
to these Schools and Faculties, the University includes the independent corpora-
tions of Barnard College, the undergraduate college for women, with courses lead-
ing to the degree of Bachelor of Arts; Teachers College, including the Faculties
of Education and Practical Arts, with courses leading to the degrees of Bachelor
of Science, Master of Arts and Master of Science; and the College of Pharmacy of
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 offered 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 offered 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.

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 d, 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) Grace 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. It 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
Chapla'in 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 affecting
the health of the student body. All 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
Medical Officer.



Centennial Celebration

Owing to our change from a two- to a three-year course, there will be no com-
mencement exercises for the degree of Graduate in Pharmacy at the close of
the session of 1928-1929. It so happens that this lapsus occurs upon the occasion
of the One Hundredth Anniversary of the founding of our College, so that appro-
priate Centennial Celebration Exercises may substitute the usual Commencement
Program. The graduates of our University Courses will participate as usual
in the Columbia Commencement Exercises. The College Centennial will be
celebrated, partly in connection with those exercises, and partly by special
ceremonies at the College and upon the University grounds. Due announcement
of the complete program will be made at the proper time.

Graduate Course

Beginning with the session of 1928-1929, a graduate course of two years will
be offered. This course, leading to the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy, will be
open to Graduates with the Baccalaureate Degree, conferred by this school or
by other schools of pharmacy maintaining equivalent courses of study. The
course will consist of two full years of study in residence. Thirty hours weekly
will be occupied in research work in the department representing the major
subjects, and three hours weekly in each of the other two departments. For this
session, not more than two students will be matriculated in each of the three
departments, both positions in the Department of Pharmacy being already filled.

Fourth Year, University Course

Due to lack of accommodations it will be possible for the year 1 928-1 929 to
accept but a limited number in this class.


The ninety-ninth annual session of the College of Pharmacy, open to both men
and women, will begin on Monday, September 24, 1928.


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 central buildings of the University are
reached within fifteen minutes from the door of the College.

The College Building was erected in 1894 after a study of the principal buildings
of the kind in this country and abroad. So great has been the increase in the



applications for admission that it was found necessary in 1923 to provide greater
accommodations in the form of an additional connecting building.

In its planning, two principal objects were kept in view; first, provision for a
large increase in the membership of the first and second-year classed; 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 textbooks in use by the College may not be removed from the


The Information Bureau conducted by the library staff 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 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 a-nd second year student, who shall work alternately three
days during the week and half a day on Subday. 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.


Every candidate for admission to the Pharmacy School is required to file with
the Registrar of the College of Pharmacy a personal application and a transcript
of his high school record, blank forms for which can be had upon application. He
is also required to file an approval of his application for a pharmacy student
qualifying certificate before he can he accepted, and he must secure the apprentice
license before his matriculation can be considered complete.


According to a provision of the New York State Pharmacy Law, no student
can be permitted to register for the course in pharmacy unless he is at least
seventeen years of age, and has graduated from an accredited four-year high
school course, or who has covered courses acceptable to the Department of
Education as a full equivalent thereof. The fulfillment of this requirement must
be officially guaranteed by a qualifying certificate issued by the New York State
Department of Education. If the applicant is entitled to receive the certificate, he
will be so notified by letter; which letter should be presented to the Registrar of the
College of Pharmacy. Blank forms for making application for the certificate
may be secured either from the Registrar's office or from the Department of
Education at Albany.


The apprentice license should be applied for when the candidate commences his
experience in a pharmacy or drug store. Those who have had no experience


before entering the pharmacy school, or whose experience has been in a drug store
or pharmacy outside of New York State, will make application for their licenses
through the school during the first week of the course, the Registrar acting as
"preceptor. " Blank forms for making application for the apprentice license may
be secured either from the Registrar's office or from the Board of Pharmacy at
Albany, N. Y.


All applicants for admission to any of the courses given must present an accept-
able certificate of health from the candidate's family physician or from the Uni-
versity Medical Officer. In case of doubt an examination by the University
Medical Officer will be required. Appropriate blanks are furnished by the
Registrar of the 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.


This course now comprises three full years of professional work, and is designed
to fit the graduate for meeting the educational requirements of the Boards of
Pharmacy of most of the States. The fundamental idea of this increase in time is
generally accepted as being that of improving the quality of the work done, rather
than 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 offered
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 every 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.

One of the results of this addition of a third-year class will be a reduction in
the number of matriculants each year, since the total capacity of the school is
strictly limited. We are therefore obliged to announce that not more than 275
new students can be accepted for the session of 1928-1929.


The principal changes, inaugurated in this course in 1927, consist in

1. An increase in the required attendance to five days, with an average of
32 hours, per week.

2. The introduction of courses of instruction in English, American Govern-
ment, foreign language and mathematics, aggregating, during the first three
years, a total of 32 points or 16 hours. This instruction given by teachers selected
by Columbia College, is equivalent to one year's work in that institution.

3. The meeting by matriculants of the full entrance requirements of Colum-
bia College.

4. The B.S. in Pharmacy Course, heretofore given by this school, has not
been regarded as on a par with that of the college of liberal arts and science,
however complete its professional character, but the course now offered possesses
the full number of points of non-professional work of the ordinary baccalaureate
course, in addition to that of a professional character.

5. The Department of Health of the City of New York has placed the Bachelor
of Science in Pharmacy, graduating from this course, in the position of being
eligible to conduct a bacteriological laboratory or to fill similar positions.

6. Owing to the amount of space and equipment required for the performance
of the work of this course, the number of matriculants for this year is limited
to thirty.

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

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.


In response to inquiries frequently received as to the advantages of the Uni-
versity Course over the College Course, the following 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 privileges are open only to them.

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

The introduction of these courses to our University classes has proved highly
successful, especially as to the reception accorded them by the students them-
selves. Not only has this instruction been highly appreciated by the University
Class, but there have been many inquiries as to the possible future introduction
of the work to the College Course.

3. For the University Class, the College provides a thorough course of labora-

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