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:
EECS 110-0Introduction to Computer Programming
or EECS 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
Music and Mind
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

Artificial Intelligence

Course Title
EECS 325-1Artificial Intelligence Programming
EECS 337-0Natural Language Processing
EECS 338-0Practicum in Intelligent Information Systems
EECS 344-0Design of Computer Problem Solvers
EECS 348-0Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
EECS 349-0Machine Learning
EECS 371-0Knowledge Representation and Reasoning
EECS 372-0/472-0Designing & Constructing Models with Multi-Agent Language
EECS 432-0Advanced Computer Vision
Relevant sections of:
Special Topics in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Cognitive Neuroscience

Course Title
PSYCH 249-0Buddhist Psychology
BIOL_SCI 302-0Fundamentals of Neurobiology
CSD 303-0Brain and Cognition
CSD 310-0Biological Foundations of Speech and Music
PSYCH 312-2Selected Topics in Neuroscience and Psychophysiology
NEUROSCI 320-0Animal Behavior
PSYCH 321-0Neuroscience & Behavior Laboratory
PSYCH 324-0Perception
PSYCH 336-0Consciousness
NEUROSCI 360-0Neuroscience of Brain Disorders
PSYCH 361-0Brain Damage and the Mind
PSYCH 365-0Brain and Cognition
PSYCH 368-0Human Memory
NEUROSCI 377-0Neurobiology of Sensation and Perception
Relevant sections of:
Advanced Seminar in Cognition or Neuroscience
Special Topics in Cognition
Topics in Brain, Behavior, and Cognition

Cognitive Psychology

Course Title
PSYCH 333-0Psychology of Thinking
PSYCH 334-0Language and Thought
PSYCH 335-0Decision Making
PSYCH 336-0Consciousness
PSYCH 344-0Cultural Psychology
PSYCH 346-0Psychology of Instructional Design and Technology
PSYCH 362-0Cognitive Development
PSYCH 368-0Human 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 303-0Brain and Cognition
CSD 306-0Psychoacoustics
CSD 309-0Culture, Language and Learning
CSD 342-0Language and Cognition in Atypical Development
CSD 392-0Language Development and Usage
CSD 406-0Medical Aspects of Audiology
CSD 453-0Overview of Language Disorders
CSD 454-0Language Disorders
Relevant sections of:
Language Science

Culture and Cognition

Course Title
LOC 214-0Culture and Cognition
ECON 330-0Behavioral Economics
PSYCH 334-0Language and Thought
LING 341-0Language Typology
PSYCH 344-0Cultural Psychology
ANTHRO 389-0Ethnographic Methods and Analysis
Relevant sections of:
Topics In Anthropology
Field Study in Anthropology

Learning and Instruction

Course Title
CSD 303-0Brain and Cognition
CSD 306-0Psychoacoustics
LOC 313-0Learning and Thinking in Organizations (if not counted as a core course)
CSD 342-0Language and Cognition in Atypical Development
CSD 373-0Learning Disabilities
CSD 392-0Language Development and Usage
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

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

Music Cognition

Course Title
MUS_THRY 251-0Music and Mind
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 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.