Requirements and Policies
The complete undergraduate academic guide is downloadable as a PDF: Yellow Book.
- 8 courses of mathematics, physics, general chemistry, and computer science
- 1 university writing requirement
- 2 additional math requirements
- 1 additional basic science requirement
- 8 engineering science requirements
- 2 engineering design requirements
- 2 course credits of senior thesis
- 4 or more track-specific courses or program electives
- 7 or more electives in humanities and social science
- The non-ABET accredited tracks follow different sets of requirements.
- Epistemology and Cognition (EC)
- Ethical Thought and Moral Values (EM)
- Foreign Language at or above the 107/108 level
- Historical Analysis (HA)
- Literature and the Arts (LA)
- Social Analysis (SA)
INDIVIDUAL PROGRAMS OF STUDY
STUDY ABROAD AND SEMESTER IN KENYA
Study abroad can be used to enhance and diversify the educational experience. For many CEE juniors, study abroad has served as a valuable option for junior independent work and in providing important experience for their senior thesis research.
The School of Engineering offers the opportunity to participate in the Oxford Engineering Exchange Program. As part of the Oxford-Princeton Partnership, a select number of juniors in the departments of Electrical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering are chosen annually for the prestigious year-long exchange program. Successful applicants are placed in one of Oxford’s 38 colleges and enjoy the full privileges of an Oxford undergraduate student, or “JCR” member. Students take a selection of engineering courses equivalent to Princeton’s junior year requirements, including a fourth-year engineering project.
The CEE Department (in collaboration with Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the School of Engineering, the Program in African Studies, and Kenyan institutions) offers a spring semester in Kenya. The semester takes place at the Mpala Research Center (MRC) and involves total immersion in the Mpala field site. The MRC is a facility for scientific research, education, and training in central Kenya, emphasizing environmental sciences, biodiversity conservation, and natural resources management.
Courses taken during foreign study must be pre-approved for credit as departmental courses by the department representative. Students considering study abroad should consult with the departmental representative as early as possible.
DEPARTMENTAL GPA AND HONORS
- All 300-level and above engineering science courses, design courses, track-specific requirements, program electives, and senior thesis (which is counted as two courses), taken junior or senior year, plus
- Any of these courses taken freshman or sophomore year that raise the student’s GPA.
- If more than 4 Program Electives are taken, the lowest grade of the Program Electives will be dropped.
- The Society of Sigma Xi is an international honor society which recognizes excellence in research in science, engineering, or mathematics, demonstrated primarily through the senior thesis.
- The Tau Beta Pi Society is a national engineering honor society founded in 1885. Membership is conferred upon students in recognition of superior scholarship and exemplary character.
- The Phi Beta Kappa Society is a national academic honor society founded in 1776. It elects the most outstanding students of arts and sciences at America’s leading colleges and universities.
- Achievement Award of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Concrete Institute: A certificate is awarded annually to a senior civil engineer who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in research and design in concrete.
- Moles Award: This award is made annually to a senior in civil engineering in recognition of outstanding promise in construction engineering and management.
- W. Taylor Thom Jr. Prize: A prize awarded to a senior in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering who has written an outstanding thesis in the Geological Engineering Program.
- W. Mack Angas Prize: A prize awarded to the senior in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering who has an outstanding academic record and high promise of achievement in an engineering career and who has also been substantially involved in nonacademic activities of the department and the University.
- David W. Carmichael Prize: A prize awarded to a senior in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering who has written an outstanding thesis in civil engineering.
- CEE Book Award: This is to award a senior who has written an outstanding thesis.
- Christine Trmal Prize: This prize is awarded to a senior who has demonstrated excellence in academic studies and who has written an outstanding thesis in Environmental Engineering.