Certificate Program FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions:
Can I use a COS course that is cross-listed with another department, or even a course that is not a COS course, to count for the PAC program?
Answer:Yes you can, as long as the course is listed by the COS department as a departmental.
Can I use a Junior Independent Work Project or Senior Independent Work Project instead of a thesis?
Answer:No, this is not permitted. If you do not use a thesis, it must be a COS departmental.
Can I use a course that is a core requirement for my major to count toward PAC?
Answer:No, you cannot use a core requirement, but you may use an elective.
I'm a Computer Science major, and I'm interested in Applications of Computing too. Can I do the CS major and also the certificate program?
Answer:No. The same restriction applies to Electrical and Computer Engineering majors who concentrate in a computational area of ECE.
I'm an Electrical and Computer Engineering major and I'm interested in Applications of Computing. Can I do the ECE major and also the certificate program?
Answer:ECE majors who want to receive the PAC certificate must concentrate in a non-computational area of ECE. The following ECE Concentrations are eligible: Electronic Devices and Materials, Circuits and Systems, Quantum Information and Applied Physics, Biomedical Engineering, Optics and Photonics, Energy and Environment. The following ECE Concentrations are NOT eligible: Data and Information, Computer Systems, Robotics and Cyberphysical Systems, Security and Privacy.
Am I permitted to use a course taken at another institution, for example, through Study Abroad or a pre-approved summer course?
Answer:No. Only courses taken at Princeton are permitted.