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.

 

Brody and LeeStudent with Professor Carlos Brody.

 

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.

Neuroscience Requirements*

  • 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.

 Neuroscience Electives for the Certificate Program

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
PSY 407 Sleep: From Molecules to Mattress
PSY/NEU 410 Depression: from Neuron to Clinic
MOL/NEU 447 Neuroimmunology in Normal Brain Function and Neuropathology
MOL/NEU 451 Genes, Brain, and the Human Mind
cross-list NEU 301/MOL 310 Cellular Neurobiology
cross-list NEU 350 Laboratory in Principles of Neuroscience
cross-list NEU/MOL 403 Neurogenetics of Behavior
cross-list PSY/NEU 415 Advanced Topics in Learning & Memory

 

Circuits and Systems

PSY/EEB/NEU 336 The Diversity of Brains
PSY/NEU 339 Brain and Movement
PSY 345 - Sensation and Perception
NEU/MOL 408/PSY 404 Cellular and Systems Neuroscience
MOL 410 Introduction to Biological Dynamics
PSY/NEU 412 Motor control and learning
PSY/NEU 422 - Dynamics in Cognition
NEU 427 - Systems Neuroscience
NEU/MOL 437/ 537 / PSY517 Computational Neuroscience
NEU 501 A/B Neuroscience: From Molecules to Systems to Behavior
NEU 508 Computation and Coding in Microcircuits
cross-list PSY 260 The Life Cycle of Behaviors
cross-list NEU 301/MOL 310 Cellular Neurobiology
cross-list NEU 350 Laboratory in Principles of Neuroscience
cross-list NEU/MOL 403 Neurogenetics of Behavior
cross-list PSY/NEU 415 Advanced Topics in Learning & Memory
Cognitive and Social Neuroscience
NEU/PSY 330 Introduction to Connectionist Models: Bridging Between Brain and Mind
NEU/PSY 425 Neuroeconomics
NEU 502 A/B Neuroscience: From Molecules to Systems to Behavior
PSY/NEU 306 Memory & Cognition
PSY/NEU 337 Neuroscience of Social Cognition and Emotion
PSY/NEU 338 Animal learning and decision making: psychological, computational and neural perspectives
PSY/NEU 402 Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology: Case Studies in Cognitive Neuroscience
PSY 411 - Psychology of Face Perception
PSY/NEU 417 The Neural Basis of Goal-Directed Behavior
PSY/NEU 421 Cognitive Neuroscience of Selective Attention
PSY/NEU 516 Brain Imaging in Cognitive Neuroscience Research
cross-list PSY 260 The Life Cycle of Behaviors
COS 402 - Artificial Intelligence
EEB 323 - Integrative Dynamics of Animal Behavior
ELE/PSY/NEU 480 fMRI Decoding: Reading Minds
 

*These requirements are for the class of 2017 and beyond. If you are in the class of 2016 and have any questions, please contact Tim Tayler.