Undergraduate Studies

Students may choose a concentration from among 36 academic areas in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. They graduate with a degree of either A.B. or B.S.E. Interdisciplinary certificate programs offer students a wealth of opportunities for focused study that supplements the primary work of the concentration.

A.B. Program

In their first two years, candidates for the Bachelor of Arts explore areas of academic interest while fulfilling general education requirements and completing prerequisites for possible areas of concentration. In the spring of the sophomore year, students select a concentration from among 31academic areas.

In addition to satisfying departmental requirements, students may earn certificates of proficiency in one or more of 50certificate programs such as applied and computational mathematics, creative writing, American studies and teacher preparation.

Complete information about the A.B. program can be found in the Undergraduate Announcement.

B.S.E. Program

The School of Engineering and Applied Science, which grants the Bachelor of Science in Engineering, offers unusual curricular versatility and breadth. The goal of the school is to educate leaders who can solve world problems.

Engineering students take courses in computing, mathematics, and the physical sciences, and fulfill general education requirements in the humanities and social sciences. In the spring of the freshman year, students select a concentration in one of six departments. During their junior and senior years, B.S.E. students take advanced courses in their field of concentration and carry out independent research projects.

B.S.E. students are encouraged to pursue multidisciplinary study, and many choose to undertake interdepartmental work.

Complete information about the B.S.E. program can be found in the Undergraduate Announcement.

Research Opportunities

Independent research is a defining feature of a Princeton education. Princeton offers undergraduate students unique mentorship opportunities from leading scholars across academic divisions, as well as access to world-class research facilities and resources.

As part of their academic requirements, many juniors take on an independent work project, and in the senior year, each A.B. student and most B.S.E. students complete a senior thesis or a substantial independent research project. The thesis gives students the opportunity to pursue original scholarship on topics of their own choice with one-on-one faculty advising, while enhancing skills that are the foundation of future success, including creativity, intellectual engagement, mental discipline and the ability to meet new challenges.

The Office of Undergraduate Research provides information and support related to hands-on research opportunities, such as taking a research-based class, working in a faculty member's lab, finding a research internship, participating in a summer research program, or pursuing your own research through fieldwork anywhere in the world (often with University funding).

Aksay lab

Students in a freshman seminar taught by Professor Ilhan Aksay explore the evolution of synthetic materials, from ancient discoveries to the latest electronic components.