Princeton University

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Students working in undergraduate teaching laboratory

Our program is designed to be flexibile, so that students can tailor a plan of study to suit their interests.

ELE majors may combine their core studies with studies in biology, computer science, economics, energy, materials science, management, neuroscience, public policy, physics, or several other fields. Many majors combine their study of electrical engineering with one of the many interdisciplinary certificate programs offered at Princeton.
After entering the department as majors, students embark on a rigorous plan of study to acquire mastery of core knowledge in electrical engineering. The program begins with a set of unifying foundation courses (information, circuits, devices and digital logic) that cover the breadth of the discipline and prepare students for advanced electives.
Students build upon this foundation with two core preparatory and design courses, followed by a set of departmental electives in a concentration area of the student’s choice. Areas of possible concentration range from theoretical topics (such as information theory, signal/image processing and solid state physics) to more experimental and design topics (such as advanced biomedical circuits, computer architecture and opto-electronics). Students tailor their areas of concentration in consultation with a faculty adviser.
Thirty-six courses are required for completion of the BSE degree in a 4-year program. (Students granted advanced standing participate in a 3-year program, and must complete 28 courses for the BSE degree.)

Pathway to Graduation


Big Idea

Core Courses



Engineering Foundations

Calculus (2 sections)

Physics (2 sections)


Computer Science

3 General Electives


Electrical Engineering: 

Foundations and Applications

Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra

Logic Design

Electronic Circuit Analysis

Information and Systems

Logic Design and/or Electronic and Photonic Devices

3 General Electives

1 Departmental Elective



From Principles To Systems

Building Real Systems

1 Math Elective

3 Departmental Elective

4 General Electives


Independent Work

Senior Thesis (2 sections)

2 Departmental Electives

5 General Electives