School of Engineering and Applied Science

  • Dean

    Emily A. Carter

  • Vice Dean

    Antoine Kahn

  • Associate Dean

    Peter I. Bogucki (Undergraduate Affairs)

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) or Foundations of Engineering courses. (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, 351,381, 395, 448, 450, 451, 475, 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, 153, 154, 156,  191, 192, 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.


EGR 102A Engineering in the Modern World (See CEE 102A)
EGR 102B Engineering in the Modern World (See CEE 102B)
EGR 103 New Eyes for the World: Hands-On Optical Engineering (See ELE 102)
EGR 105 Lab in Conservation of Art (See CEE 105)
EGR 106 The Science and Technology of Decision Making (See ORF 105)
EGR 109 Computers in Our World (See COS 109)
EGR 116 The Computational Universe (See COS 116)
EGR 126 Computer Science: An Interdisciplinary Approach (See COS 126)
EGR 191 An Integrated Introduction to Engineering, Mathematics, Physics (also
MAT 191
PHY 191
) Fall STL
Taken concurrently with EGR/MAT/PHY 192. An integrated course that covers the material of PHY 103 and MAT 201 with the emphasis on applications to engineering. Physics topics include: mechanics with applications to fluid mechanics, wave phenomena, and thermodynamics. The lab revolves around a single project to build, launch, and analyze the flight dynamics of water-propelled rockets. One lecture, three preceptorials, one three-hour laboratory. D. Marlow
EGR 192 An Integrated Introduction to Engineering, Mathematics, Physics (also
MAT 192
PHY 192
APC 192
) Fall QR
Taken concurrently with EGR/MAT/PHY 191. An integrated course that covers the material of PHY 103 and MAT 201 with the emphasis on applications to engineering. Math topics include: vector calculus; partial derivatives and matrices; line integrals; simple differential equations; surface and volume integrals; and Green's, Stokes's, and divergence theorems. One lecture, two preceptorials. C. Taylor
EGR 194 An Introduction to Engineering Spring This project-based course offers an introduction to the various disciplines of engineering. Current projects include: energy conversion and the environment; robotic remote sensing; and wireless image and video transmission. Projects focus on engineering disciplines and their relationship to the principles of physics and mathematics. Three lectures, one three-hour laboratory. S. Lyon, J. Benziger, M. Littman
EGR 208 Designing Sustainable Systems (See ENE 202)
EGR 218 Learning Theory and Epistemology (See PHI 218)
EGR 222A The Computing Age (See ELE 222A)
EGR 222B The Computing Age (See ELE 222B)
EGR 228 Energy Technologies in the 21st Century (See MAE 228)
EGR 245 Fundamentals of Statistics (See ORF 245)
EGR 260 Ethics and Technology: Engineering in the Real World (See CBE 260)
EGR 262A Structures and the Urban Environment (See CEE 262A)
EGR 262B Structures and the Urban Environment (See CEE 262B)
EGR 305 Mathematics in Engineering I (See MAE 305)
EGR 307 Optimization (See ORF 307)
EGR 309 Probability and Stochastic Systems (See ORF 309)
EGR 328 Energy for a Greenhouse-Constrained World (See MAE 328)
EGR 386 Cyber Security (See ELE 386)
EGR 391 The Wireless Revolution: Telecommunications for the 21st Century (See ELE 391)
EGR 431 Solar Energy Conversion (See ENE 431)
EGR 448 Innovating Across Technology, Business, and Marketplaces (See COS 448)
EGR 491 High-Tech Entrepreneurship (also
ELE 491
) Fall/Spring
This hands-on course introduces students to analysis and actions required to launch and commercialize a tech company, through the use of Harvard Business School cases, visits from entrepreneurs, and two "field assignments". You will learn conceptual frameworks and analytical techniques for evaluating technologies, markets, and commercialization strategies. Additionally, you will learn how to attract and motivate the resources needed to start a company (e.g. people, corporate partners and venture capital), prepare business plans, structure relationships, refine product-market fit, and create and grow enterprise value. C. Kuenne
EGR 495 Special Topics in Entrepreneurship Fall/Spring Covers topical issues highlighting the impact of engineering on society through entrepreneurship. Topics and course format vary from year to year. Staff
EGR 498 Special Topics in Social Entrepreneurship Spring A growing number of entrepreneurs are solving social and environmental challenges by creating private 'nonprofit' organizations and projects. This course will explore the challenges and opportunities they face. While the course will cover the styles and competencies that successful nonprofit managers tend to exhibit, it will explore system-wide changes needed to improve the sector's outcomes, including key ways that funders, government, businesses and the beneficiaries of nonprofits can help. M. Johnson