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As part of its response to COVID-19, the university has recently mandated modifications to the grading policies for undergraduate courses. We are writing to confirm the policy. As per university policy, a recorded grade of ‘P’ for courses completed in Spring 2020 will fulfill course requirements for the RIS Certificate. Further, in cases where your department makes optional or mandates P/D/F grading for your independent work or senior thesis, the grade of ‘P’ will also satisfy the RIS requirement, provided that your independent work or senior thesis includes the required RIS content. 

Further, with regards to the requirement of RIS content in your independent work or senior thesis, we recognize that your project plans may have been affected due to inaccessibility of laboratory equipment and other challenges. This will be duly considered. 

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 Requirements

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 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. Junior independent work projects do not fulfill the certificate requirement. 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 Enrollment

Program students must fill out the Enrollment Form [click to access] at the beginning of each year in which they are members of the program.

SENIORS planning to earn the program certificate at this year's graduation should complete the Enrollment Form after September 1 and no later than the seventh week of the fall term of their final year. Profiles submitted before this date do not automatically carry over and must be updated to qualify.