Frequently Asked Questions for Undergraduate Students

It has recently come to my attention that I am not on the neuroscience certificate emailing list. I would like to be added to it. What should I do?
Send an email to neurocrt[at]princeton[dot]edu and request that you be added to the list.
I am a freshman who intends to enroll in the certificate program. I would like to know if there is anything else I need to do besides taking the prerequisite courses.
You are ahead of most people. You already know what you want to do. Besides taking the required courses, you can officially submit an enrollment form to join the program. This will make sure that you are informed about any internship opportunities that come up or any events on campus that may be of interest.
What are acceptable electives?
Neuroscience Electives for the Certificate Program.
I am a junior who is interested in the neuroscience certificate, but I have come upon that interest relatively late in the game. I was wondering if I could possibly schedule a meeting with someone about the feasibility of getting the certificate?
You should set up appointments with the directors of the program (Prof. Uri Hasson and Prof. H. Sebastian Seung) who will walk you through the choices in the program.
I am non-science major. What are the specific requirements regarding senior theses?
All students trying for the certificate are expected to incorporate neuroscience into their thesis. If you have problems finding a supervisor who is part of the Institute or if you are unable to incorporate “neuroscience” into your thesis, you should meet with a PNI faculty who will give you permission to work on a 20 page independent paper which has to be submitted on time and will be read by designated PNI faculty.
My senior adviser is a Psychology faculty member, is that okay?
Yes, you may work with your current adviser, however, you must also have a PNI faculty member co-advise you on the neuroscience piece of your thesis. If you choose to do the 20 page paper instead, you must also have a PNI faculty member co-advise you.
What is the recommended plan of study?
Normally, students entering the program will have completed the prerequisites and the Neuroscience requirements (other than electives) listed under the Program of Study by the end of their sophomore year. Students will identify an adviser for the senior thesis late in the junior year.
Do I have to follow the same pattern as everyone else? I am a sophomore. My other classes this semester will not permit me to take NEU 258 this year. Help!
It is strongly recommended to take NEU 258 and 259 in sophomore year, but it is possible to take them in the junior year. You might also be able to NEU 259 in the spring of your junior year. Junior independent work does not depend very strongly on NEU 258/259, although it is always better to have more background than less.
I will be on campus for the duration of the summer is it possible for me to assist in one of the neuroscience labs?
You could look through our website and identify which lab looks interesting to you. If the PI has a position open they will be happy to train you.
What are the extras I need to get a QCN certificate?
Quantitative and Computational Neuroscience is a special honors track within the Certificate in Neuroscience. QCN students must take 3 courses from a restricted list instead of taking 3 electives. NEU/MOL/ 408/PSY 404 Cellular and Systems Neuroscience is required. You then choose either NEU 501B Neuroscience:From Molecules to Systems to Behavior or NEU 502B Neuroscience:From Molecules to Systems to Behavior AND NEU/MOL 437 Computational Neuroscience or NEU/PSY 330 Introduction to Connection Models:Bridge between Brain and Mind or PSY/NEU 338 Animal learning and decision making - psychological, computational and neural perspectives. Finally, QCN students must conduct thesis research in quantitative and/or computational neuroscience with one of the QCN core faculty as either a thesis adviser or co-adviser. Students must have a B+ average in the required courses and thesis.