Undergraduate Programs

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The Department offers two accredited degree programs, one in Mechanical Engineering and the other in Aerospace Engineering.  Students who wish to pursue both programs simultaneously can do so with careful planning of course selections.  Either program provides a foundation for a wide range of career objectives and may be combined with certificate programs (Princeton's equivalent to a minor), such as Engineering BiologyApplied and Computational MathematicsMaterials Science in EngineeringEngineering PhysicsRobotics and Intelligent Systems, and Engineering and Management Systems.

In keeping with Princeton's focus on teaching, the department has a favorable ratio of faculty to students, and faculty members make themselves readily available for advice and discussions.  All MAE students engage in independent projects during their program, or select to write a senior thesis, either of which affords them the opportunity to work on real engineering problems in close collaboration with one or more faculty members and their graduate students.  The multi-disciplinary nature of engineering also means that students frequently work with faculty in other departments, further increasing the scope of their explorations.  Students can also initiate projects of their own with the help of a suitable advisor.

Princeton's strengths in the sciences and liberal arts provide a rigorous intellectual environment for the non-engineering courses required for the degree.  For example, a MAE student who takes economics will be in class with students for whom economics is a chosen career path, creating a diversity of perspectives that strengthens insights.  Princeton's Freshmen Seminar program exposes students to challenging topics in significant depth.

The financial aid policy of the University means that admissions decisions are not influenced by financial needs and that grants have replaced loans so that it is not necessary to go into debt to attend Princeton.