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 both to students from engineering and from the physical, biological, and social sciences who are looking to broaden their mathematical and computational skills, and to mathematics majors with a strong interest in applied mathematics who wish to discover the challenges presented by applications. Students who complete the program requirements are awarded a certificate in Applied and Computational Mathematics.


Students interested in applying or seeking more information should contact the PACM undergraduate representative, Professor Ramon van Handel, to set up an initial meeting at rvan@princeton.edu. Once students have met with Professor van Handel and are ready to formally apply to the program, they must submit a one-page proposal including the following information:

  • Year of graduation and major
  • Student ID# found on TigerCard
  • Frist Campus Center Mailing Address
  • Course of Study – List the five classes being used to fulfill the course requirement. Identify which are Foundations courses, which are Applications courses, and which courses are also being used to fulfill a major requirement
  • Brief description of plans for independent work.

Proposals must be submitted by February 1st of the student’s junior year to the certificate program coordinator, Gina Holland, at gholland@princeton.edu. Students accepted into the program will be notified via email and will also receive a formal acceptance memo. Further information on the certificate program may be found on the following pages:

PACM Independent Work