Undergraduate Program

Certificate Program Overview

There has never been a better time to be an applied mathematician. The combination of mathematics and computation has transformed science and engineering and is changing the nature of research in the biological sciences, data science, and many other areas. Modern scientists and engineers have at their disposal revolutionary computational resources that enable mathematical modeling and simulation of complex systems, and the analysis of enormous amounts of data, on an unprecedented scale. At the same time, sophisticated mathematics has provided the foundation for stunning advances in areas such as data transmission, signal processing and imaging, machine learning, and theoretical physics. Applied mathematicians, scientists, and engineers must learn to use mathematical and computational tools wisely, accurately, and to their full power.

At Princeton, the Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics offers a small group of undergraduate students the unique opportunity to gain exposure to the philosophy and tools of modern applied and computational mathematics in an interactive and interdisciplinary environment. The program is open to students from across campus who are looking to broaden their mathematical and computational skills. Students who complete the program requirements are awarded a certificate in Applied and Computational Mathematics.


To initiate the application process, students are requested to contact the PACM undergraduate representative, Professor Ramon van Handel, at rvan@princeton.edu to set up an initial enrollment meeting. Except in unusual situations, the certificate application should be completed before February 1st of junior year in order to ensure full participation in the certificate seminar.

Students seeking more information are most welcome to contact the PACM undergraduate representative, Professor Ramon van Handel, at rvan@princeton.edu, and/or the certificate program coordinator, Gina Holland, at gholland@princeton.edu.

Further information on the certificate program may be found on the following pages:

PACM Independent Work