Undergraduate Certificate Program of Study
The Neuroscience Certificate Program is designed for undergraduates with strong interests in Neuroscience who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary study of the brain in their Senior independent work. The program encourages the serious study of molecular, cellular, developmental and systems neuroscience as it interfaces with cognitive and behavioral research. Current Neuroscience research examples at Princeton include: plasticity and timing-dependent learning rules at synapses, coincidence detection and computation in dendrites, adaptation and pattern detection in neural circuits, cellular and circuit mechanisms of short-term memory, sensory-motor transformations in the cerebral cortex, neural stem cells in the adult brain, viral infections of the nervous system, brain imaging studies of cognitive functions such as attention and memory in human subjects, and mathematical and computational analysis of neural network function. The program offers a combination of courses and interdisciplinary research that meet the requirements of the Molecular Biology and Psychology departments. Students majoring in other disciplines are also encouraged to enroll in the program – a course of study tailored to the requirements of their home department will be designed with the help of the program directors. In the past, students from a wide range of majors, including Engineering, Economics, Chemistry, Art History, English and Music, have successfully completed the Neuroscience Certificate program. Students in the Neuroscience Certificate program will be prepared to meet the entry requirements of graduate schools in Neuroscience, as well as Molecular Biology or Psychology. A certificate in neuroscience is awarded to students who successfully complete the program.
Program of Study
Students in the Program in Neuroscience develop, in consultation with their adviser, a course of study built upon their departmental concentration that consists of the curriculum listed below. Program courses may not be taken Pass/D/Fail.
- NEU 201/PSY 258 Fundamentals of Neuroscience
- NEU 202/PSY 259 Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience
In addition to these core courses, all students are expected to take four Neuroscience electives from at least two of the areas below.
Recognizing that Neuroscience is an interdisciplinary program whose excitement lies in new and changing areas at the interface of biology, psychology and other related disciplines, alternative programs of study may be arranged at the discretion of the Program directors and the Neuroscience Curriculum Committee.
Note: Electives are not offered every year - please check the course offerings on the Registrar's website and the certificate program handbook.
Molecular Mechanisms and Disease
Circuits and Systems
cross-list NEU 350 Laboratory in Principles of Neuroscience
Cognitive and Social Neuroscience
*These requirements are for the class of 2017 and beyond. If you are in the class of 2016 and have any questions, please contact Dawn Tindall.