Cognitive Science Major

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

Course Title
Major Requirements (16 units)
3 introductory courses:
COG_SCI 207-0Introduction to Cognitive Modeling
COG_SCI 210-0Language and the Brain
COG_SCI 211-0Learning, Representation & Reasoning
3 basic methodology courses:
COMP_SCI 110-0Introduction to Computer Programming
or COMP_SCI 111-0 Fundamentals of Computer Programming
PSYCH 201-0Statistical Methods in Psychology
COG_SCI 202-0Evaluating Evidence (PSYCH 205-0 Research Methods in Psychology may be substituted for COG_SCI 202-0 Evaluating Evidence)
3 core courses: 1 course each from three of the following areas:
Artificial Intelligence
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Cognitive Neuroscience
Introduction to Neuroscience
Brain Damage and the Mind
Brain and Cognition
Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Learning Sciences
Redesigning Everyday Organizations
Learning and Thinking in Organizations
Linguistics
Sound Patterns in Human Language
Formal Analysis of Words & Sentences
Meaning
Philosophy of Mind
Minds and Machines
Philosophy of Mind
Music Cognition
Intro to Music Cognition
1 advanced proseminar:
COG_SCI 366-0Cognitive Science Proseminar (ideally should be taken in sophomore year)
6 advanced electives, at least 3 in a concentration listed below and at least 2 outside that area, chosen from:
Other 300- and 400-level courses may be counted as advanced electives with consent of the cognitive science adviser.
Independent study (399) in cognitive science or in one of the departments listed above, which is strongly recommended, may count as an advanced elective.
For students pursuing honors, the second quarter COG_SCI 398-2 Senior Thesis Seminar may count as an advanced elective.
  • At most 5 courses counted toward the cognitive science major may be double-counted toward another major. Courses used to meet major requirements may not be double-counted toward a minor.

Advanced Elective Areas

Anthropology

Course Title
ANTHRO 360-0Language and Culture
ANTHRO 361-0Talk as Social Action
ANTHRO 377-0Psychological Anthropology

Artificial Intelligence

Course Title
COMP_SCI 325-1Artificial Intelligence Programming
COMP_SCI 337-0Natural Language Processing
COMP_SCI 338-0Practicum in Intelligent Information Systems
COMP_SCI 344-0Design of Computer Problem Solvers
COMP_SCI 348-0Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
COMP_SCI 349-0Machine Learning
COMP_SCI 371-0Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
COMP_SCI 372-0/472-0Designing & Constructing Models with Multi-Agent Language
Relevant sections of:
Special Topics in Computer Science

Cognitive Neuroscience

Course Title
BIOL_SCI 302-0Fundamentals of Neurobiology
CSD 303-0Brain and Cognition
CSD 310-0Biological Foundations of Speech and Music
NEUROSCI 320-0Animal Behavior
NEUROSCI 326-0Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
NEUROSCI 360-0Neuroscience of Brain Disorders
NEUROSCI 377-0Neurobiology of Sensation and Perception
PSYCH 324-0Perception
PSYCH 325-0Selected Topics in Neuroscience and Psychophysiology
PSYCH 327-0Brain and Cognition
PSYCH 328-0Brain Damage and the Mind
PSYCH 336-0Consciousness
PSYCH 374-0Human Memory
PSYCH 379-0Neuroscience & Behavior Laboratory
Relevant sections of:
Advanced Seminar in Cognition or Neuroscience
Special Topics in Cognition
Topics in Brain, Behavior, and Cognition

Cognitive Psychology

Course Title
COG_SCI 245-0Presenting Ideas & Data
PSYCH 328-0Brain Damage and the Mind
PSYCH 333-0Psychology of Thinking
PSYCH 336-0Consciousness
PSYCH 338-0Psychology of Instructional Design and Technology
PSYCH 344-0Cultural Psychology
PSYCH 370-0Cognitive Development
PSYCH 372-0Language and Cognition
PSYCH 373-0Decision Making
PSYCH 374-0Human Memory
PSYCH 461-0Reasoning and Representation
PSYCH 466-0Analogy and Similarity
Relevant sections of:
Advanced Seminar in Cognition or Neuroscience
Special Topics in Cognition

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Course Title
CSD 301-0Anatomy and Physiology of the Vocal Mechanism
CSD 302-0Anatomy and Physiology of the Peripheral Hearing Mechanism
CSD 303-0Brain and Cognition
CSD 306-0Psychoacoustics
CSD 309-0Culture, Language and Learning
CSD 310-0Biological Foundations of Speech and Music
CSD 342-0Language and Cognition in Atypical Development
CSD 373-0Introduction to Learning Disabilities
CSD 376-0Diagnostic & Remedial Approaches for Children With Learning Problems
CSD 382-0Autism Spectrum Disorders
CSD 388-0Attention Deficit Disorder and Related Disorders
CSD 392-0Language Development and Usage
CSD 406-0Medical Aspects of Audiology
CSD 457-0Language Science
Relevant sections of:
Special Topics in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Culture and Cognition

Course Title
ANTHRO 389-0Ethnographic Methods and Analysis
CSD 309-0Culture, Language and Learning
ECON 330-0Behavioral Economics
LOC 214-0Culture and Cognition
LING 321-0Bilingualism
LING 341-0Language Typology
LING 342-0Structure of Various Languages
PSYCH 344-0Cultural Psychology
LING 350-0Fundamentals of Laboratory Phonology
PSYCH 372-0Language and Cognition
Relevant sections of:
Topics In Anthropology

Learning and Instruction

Course Title
CSD 303-0Brain and Cognition
CSD 306-0Psychoacoustics
CSD 342-0Language and Cognition in Atypical Development
CSD 373-0Introduction to Learning Disabilities
CSD 376-0Diagnostic & Remedial Approaches for Children With Learning Problems
CSD 392-0Language Development and Usage
CSD 444-0Development and Disorders of Mathematics
LOC 313-0Learning and Thinking in Organizations (if not counted as a core course)
LRN_SCI 301-0Design of Learning Environments
LRN_SCI 401-0Knowledge Representation for the Learning Sciences
LRN_SCI 425-0Introduction to Design for the Learning Sciences
LRN_SCI 426-0Design of Technological Tools for Thinking and Learning
LRN_SCI 429-0Design of Learning Environments
Relevant sections of:
Topics in Learning Sciences
Advanced Seminar in Cognition or Neuroscience

Linguistics

Course Title
LING 300-0Topics in Linguistics
LING 311-0Child Language
LING 315-0Experimental Approaches to Word Form Processing
LING 316-0Experimental Syntax
LING 317-0Experimental Pragmatics
LING 321-0Bilingualism
LING 330-0Research Methods in Linguistics
LING 334-0Introduction to Computational Linguistics
LING 341-0Language Typology
LING 342-0Structure of Various Languages
LING 350-0Fundamentals of Laboratory Phonology
LING 360-0Fundamentals of Syntax
LING 361-0Morphology
LING 370-0Fundamentals of Meaning
LING 371-0Reference
LING 372-0Pragmatics
LING 373-0Implicature
LING 450-1Laboratory Phonology I
LING 460-2Syntactic Analysis II

Music Cognition

Course Title
MUS_THRY 251-0Intro to Music Cognition
MUSIC_ED 437-0Psychology of Music Teaching & Learning
Relevant sections of:
Selected Topics in Music Theory
Selected Topics in Music Cognition
Selected Topics in Music Theory
Selected Topics in Music Cognition

Philosophy

Course Title
PHIL 250-0Elementary Logic II
PHIL 255-0Theory of Knowledge
PHIL 325-0Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 327-0Philosophy of Psychology
PHIL 330-0Practical Reasoning and Choice
PHIL 350-0Advanced Logic
PHIL 351-0Advanced Topics in Philosophical Logic
PHIL 353-0Philosophy of Language
Relevant sections of:
Seminar: Special Topics in Philosophy
Seminar in Philosophy of Mind

Honors in Cognitive Science

Majors with strong academic records and an interest in pursuing honors should contact the director of undergraduate studies in early spring of junior year. Qualifying students prepare a thesis proposal under the guidance of a faculty mentor and present the proposal, along with the names of the mentor and a second faculty reader, to the program committee for review. After committee approval of the proposal, students normally enroll in COG_SCI 398-1 Senior Thesis Seminar in fall and COG_SCI 398-2 Senior Thesis Seminar in winter of senior year. With the permission of the director of undergraduate studies, 1 quarter of COG_SCI 399-0 Independent Study may be substituted for one of either COG_SCI 398-1 Senior Thesis Seminar or COG_SCI 398-2 Senior Thesis Seminar.

Students whose projects, theses, and grades meet program criteria are recommended to the college for graduation with honors. For more information consult the director of undergraduate studies and see the section on Honors in the Major of the Weinberg Academic Options and Support Page.