Permission Codes Information
- All courses except Independent Study require a permission code to register. (Independent study has its own process.)
- Permission codes will be distributed first-come-first served based on seniority and need during the advising period the semester in advance of the semester which the codes are for. Fall advising for spring courses usually happens around mid-October and spring advising for fall courses usually happens around mid-March.
- Detailed information about upcoming courses, permission codes, and the advising period will be sent to majors and the interested student mailing list before the advising period starts.
- Students should use their permission codes to register as soon as their registration window opens. If a student decides they no longer want to take a course, they must let their advisor know immediately, so someone else can take their spot.
- Once all permission codes have been distributed, we will start taking names for waitlists for all courses. If a spot opens up in a class, we will offer it to those on the waitlist in the order that people were added to the list. The waitlist is managed internally, not through Albert.
- When will I know if I am off the waitlist and have a spot in the class? We keep an eye on registration and will be in touch if a space opens up and you are next on the list. There are many moving pieces and so enrollment changes often up to and through the add-drop period. We will contact you if a space becomes available to you; you should not contact us.
- Can I know my number on the waitlist? Because this is always changing, we cannot provide updates on this.
- Should I register for another course if I am on the waitlist for a neuro course? Absolutely. Being on the waitlist means you have a shot at the class but it is not at all guaranteed, so you must find and register for an alternative.
- Why does Albert still show the class as open? There are a variety of reasons why a student may have been granted a permission code to take a course but hasn't yet been able to register. We hold the space for that student while they resolve their logistic challenge so Albert will look open but all the seats are actually assigned.
- Why do classes have a enrollment cap? Courses are capped for a variety of reasons, including for the quality of the academic experience and sometimes for the space constraints of the classroom.
- Do the courses have pre-reqs?: Yes. The general pre-req for electives is BINS, but a few will just require Introns and Calc I and a few require CMNB as a co-req. You can see more by going to here: https://as.nyu.edu/cns/UndergraduateProgram/Courses.html
- Can the pre-reqs be waived?: No. You must have taken and passed the pre-reqs with a C or higher, or a B- or higher in the case of Intro to Neural Science.
- I am a non-neural science major (Biology, Psychology, Gallatin, etc.), can I take your courses? We must reserve first priority for all of our classes for our majors who need them to graduate. Anyone who isn't a major will be placed on a waitlist and we may be in touch if there is space in our courses once the semester has started. If you are interested in this field, you can also find interesting classes on related topics in biology, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and CAMS. You can also look at taking the Core course for non-majors: Brain and Behavior.
- I am a neural science major, how many neuro electives do I have to take? Three.
- Can I take more than three electives? We need to make sure that everyone who needs the electives gets into them first. If you have completed your three electives and want to take more, we will put you on the waitlists and be in touch near the start of the semester if we are able to get you into the class, but we can't guarantee that space will be available for this.
- I'm a junior and didn't get into any electives. Am I behind / will it be bad to take all neuro electives my senior year? No, many students end up taking their electives senior year because of the way their schedules work out and/ or because of space availability in the electives.
- I am a senior - will I be able to get into all the electives I need? We will get you into the classes you need to graduate on time. We schedule all of our electives at different times so they don't have time conflicts with each other and students can take multiple electives in the same semester. We can't guarantee that you will get all of your preferred electives but we will do our best to accommodate your preferences. Make sure to follow all advising email guidelines to give yourself the best shot and getting the classes you want.
- Can I take a relevant graduate class? You can ask the professor if they will allow you into the course. If they agree, you accept the responsibility that you are tackling a higher level course and it will likely be challenging.