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Certificate Program - Princeton University

The Certificate Program in Robotics and Intelligent Systems is designed for Princeton undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing careers or graduate education in three general areas:

  • The creation of systems for learning, adaptation, decision-making, identification, estimation, and control using concepts drawn from cognitive and biological sciences.
  • The analysis, design, and development of systems that automate manufacturing, transportation, health care, environmental stewardship, scientific research, and other activities;
  • The understanding of human intelligence from the perspective of neuroscience and computation.

New industries and organizations depend increasingly on the interplay between engineering, computing, and the life sciences. Innovations and inventions require multi-disciplinary approaches and entrepreneurship, as well as grounding in theory and practice, in topics that may not be covered by a single department. The program offers an integrated set of core and elective courses, introducing students to fundamental concepts, providing depth in specific fields of interest, and setting the stage for further achievement. Students are encouraged to expand their experience through summer internships with companies, government agencies, and university laboratories.

Admission

The program is open to juniors and seniors at Princeton University who have a satisfactory background in mathematics, science, and computing. Students should have successfully completed:

  • Mathematics through MAT 202 or 204
  • COS 126, ORF 201, or an equivalent computing course
  • The AB Science and Technology Requirement or the BSE Freshman Science Requirement

Program of Study

A concentrator in this program must satisfy both program and departmental requirements. The program for each student is worked out by the student and his or her departmental adviser. The program requirements are as follows:

  • All students must take six courses, including three core courses and three electives. The Course Page lists eligible courses to take. To qualify for the certificate, a minimum grade average of B- in the six program courses is required. Program courses may not be taken on a pass/D/fail basis, unless that is the only grading alternative for the course.  A course may fulfill both departmental and certificate program requirements.  Contact the program director if you have questions about the program.
  • A one-term senior independent work project or two-term senior thesis whose topic is relevant to robotics and intelligent systems must be completed and presented to the program committee. A minimum grade of B- for the project or thesis is required to qualify for the certificate. For more information about independent projects, please go to the Projects page.
  • Close collaboration with faculty advisors is expected. 
  • STUDENT PROFILE: Program students must fill out the STUDENT PROFILE form at the beginning of each year in which they are members of the program.  A student planning to earn the program certificate should complete the STUDENT PROFILE as early as possible and no later than the seventh week of the fall term of his or her senior year.