School of Engineering and Applied Science

Academic Unit

Program Information

The undergraduate educational mission of the School of Engineering and Applied Science of Princeton University is to educate future leaders in engineering practice, research and education, business and finance, public service, and other professions. Students learn fundamental engineering principles and how to apply them to real-world problems whose solutions require an interdisciplinary perspective. Princeton offers its students a liberal education and encourages them to take advantage of its outstanding resources and facilities. The engineering school provides a rich educational environment that fosters interaction between talented students and an internationally renowned faculty. Through independent projects that require students to frame research questions, identify solutions, define priorities, and communicate findings, our students are uniquely prepared for challenging careers. Princeton engineering alumni are recognized for their ability, creativity, initiative, integrity, and vision for making the world a better place.

Engineering education at Princeton emphasizes the fundamental principles of mathematics and the physical and engineering sciences. It is broadened by substantial opportunities for study of the social sciences, the life sciences, and the humanities. Each engineering undergraduate can develop an academic program that reflects individual aspirations and interests within a general framework of requirements. The depth and flexibility of the program make it a sound background for engineering practice or graduate study in engineering, science, business, law, or medicine. Curricula in engineering fields are offered through six academic departments:

Chemical and Biological Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Operations Research and Financial Engineering

Design is the primary distinction between engineering and science, connoting the application of scientific and mathematical principles not only to the understanding of physical phenomena but also to the solutions of specific problems. It is important that all B.S.E. students be exposed to technical course materials in the context of engineering design, have the opportunity for significant design experiences, and be apprised explicitly of the ways in which design is integrated within the engineering curriculum. Each department addresses this important issue in tailoring its programs to the needs of individual students, as articulated in descriptions of its courses and curriculum.

Interdepartmental curricula are presented in the following programs:

Applications of Computing
Architecture and Engineering
Engineering and Management Systems
Engineering Biology
Engineering Physics
Geological Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering
Robotics and Intelligent Systems
Sustainable Energy
Technology and Society

Students also may combine an engineering curriculum with study in depth in other fields, such as foreign area studies or public and international affairs.

Most University programs and opportunities are available to B.S.E. as well as to A.B. candidates. A description of these is contained in the "Special Features of the Undergraduate Program" section. Of particular interest to B.S.E. students are the sections concerning advanced placement, advanced standing, writing requirement, auditing courses, graduate courses, and optional additional courses. Engineering students should also be aware of their eligibility for the programs in applied and computational mathematics, creative writing, dance, environmental studies, linguistics, musical performance, teacher preparation, theater, visual arts, and women and gender, as well as many other certificate programs.

Engineering students are encouraged to obtain international experience through participation in the University's Study Abroad Program or through summer internships and language study abroad. Interested students should begin planning early by meeting with the associate dean for undergraduate affairs to discuss suitable programs at foreign universities.

Preparation for Graduate Study. The curricula of the School of Engineering and Applied Science provide a strong foundation for graduate study. Graduate courses are readily accessible to qualified undergraduates.

Keller Center. The Keller Center's mission is to educate leaders for a technology-driven society, by innovating education and fostering entrepreneurship, innovation and design. Through a variety of programs the Keller Center empowers students to pursue four key actions:

CREATE: Students work on their startups at our summer accelerator eLab or semester long incubator, interact with experienced entrepreneurs, innovators and designers, and participate in eWorkshops throughout the year. Students work with partner communities to develop lasting innovations as part of Tiger Challenge program, which is grounded in design thinking methodology.

EXPLORE: Students participate in the Keller Center summer internship programs: International Research Exchange Program (REACH), The Princeton Startup-Immersion Program (PSIP). Students are awarded funding for their projects.

ENGAGE: Students connect with alumni, immerse in locals ecosystem of entrepreneurship, innovation and design, attend lecture series by experienced leaders, entrepreneurs, and other creative minds, and other events, including our annual Innovation Forum.

LEARN: (1) Students take Keller Center courses in entrepreneurship, innovation and design; (2) Students take a course Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS); (3) BSE freshmen take a course Integrated Introduction to Engineering, Mathematics, Physics (EMP). (4) Students pursue a cross-disciplinary undergraduate certificate program in Technology and Society, with concentrations available along two tracks Information Technology and Energy, in partnership with the Center for Information Technology Policy and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton.(5) Students pursue an undergraduate certificate program in Entrepreneurship.

EGR Courses. The Keller Center offers courses that have interdisciplinary content integrating engineering, natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities and that are of broad interest to students from across the University. These courses typically have no prerequisites. The following courses are in this category: EGR 102, 103, 105, 106, 109, 116, 199, 200, 201, 208, 218, 222, 228, 250, 251, 260, 262, 263, 277, 324, 328, 350, 351, 385, 386, 391, 395, 437, 448, 450, 451, 475, 485, 488, 491, 492, 494, 495, 497, 498.

Additional EGR courses are those with focused computer science, engineering, or mathematical content. These courses are relevant to students beyond the home department. The following courses are in this category: EGR 126, 151, 152,  191, 192, 194, 245, 305, 307, 309, 431.

All these courses are listed in Course Offerings under engineering and bear the label EGR. For a full list of all EGR courses by category, please check the Keller Center's website.