Control and dynamical systems (CDS) may be pursued as a minor concentration by undergraduates who are taking degrees in science, mathematics, or engineering. The CDS minor is intended to supplement one of Caltech's normal undergraduate degrees and is designed for students who wish to broaden their knowledge beyond their normal major or who may wish to pursue a graduate program involving control or dynamical systems. Students completing the minor requirements below in CDS will have the phrase "minor in control and dynamical systems" added to their transcripts and their graduating degree materials.
Undergraduate students are encouraged to seek research opportunities in the field of control and dynamical systems, whether in the Computing + Mathematical Sciences department, at JPL, or in other Caltech departments. In particular, upperclass students can pursue an Undergraduate Thesis (CDS 90), carried out under the supervision of a member of the Control + Dynamical Systems faculty (or other faculty as approved by the option representative). Students should also consider the SURF (Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships) program. The application deadline is typically in February. Students should begin talking with professors at least two months before the deadline.