Concentration Requirements

Cognitive Science Concentration (CGSC)

Director: Professor Kathleen M. Galotti

Cognitive Science examines different approaches to questions concerning the nature of mind, the representation of knowledge, the acquisition, comprehension, and production of language, the development of learning and intelligence, the use of information to draw inferences and make decisions, and the assessment of "goodness of fit" between purportedly similar systems (e.g., the computer and the mind).

Exploration of some or all of these questions has been and is being undertaken in such disciplines as cognitive psychology, linguistics, philosophy, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, social cognition and others. The concentration in Cognitive Science therefore represents a formal means of bringing together students and faculty in different disciplines who share common interests. We seek to enrich the view provided by any one discipline through an exploration or the methodologies of others.

The concentration is designed for students majoring in psychology, philosophy, computer science, or linguistics (as a special major), although all students are welcome.

REQUIRED COURSES

26 credits (four six-credit courses plus one two-credit lab course)

Course Grade(s) Credits Completed
CGSC 130   6  
Two of the following:
LING 115
CS 111
PHIL 210
  6x2=12  
CGSC 232/233 or PSYCH232/233   8  

Total specified credits: 26

ELECTIVE COURSES

24 credits (four courses) from the list below. At least one must be a 300-level course.

Course Term Grade(s) Credits Completed
         
         
         
         

Total elective credits:24

TOTAL CREDITS: 50


Requirements for the Concentration:

To encourage breadth within the concentration, normally no more than four courses taken from a single department or program may be counted toward the minimum eight required.

Core Courses: (26 credits- four six-credit courses plus one two-credit lab course)

CGSC 130 Introduction to Cognitive Science

CGSC/PSYC 232/233 Cognitive Processes and laboratory in Cognitive Processes (8 credits)

Plus any two of the following courses:

CS 111 Introduction to Computer Science

LING 115 Introduction to Theory of Syntax

PHIL 210 Logic

Elective Courses: 24 credits from the following list. At least one must be a 300-level course.

To ensure sufficient interdisciplinarity, no more than four courses may be taken from any one department or program.

  • BIOL 365 Topics in Neuroscience (not offered in 2015-16)
  • BIOL 368 Seminar: Developmental Neurobiology (not offered in 2015-16)
  • BIOL 379 Seminar: Behavioral Genetics
  • BIOL 386 Neurobiology
  • CGSC 100 How We Make Important Decisions
  • CGSC 130 How to Build A Mind: An Introduction to Cognitive Science (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CGSC 236 Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision Making (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CGSC 330 Embodied Cognition (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CGSC 380 Seminar in Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Development During the Preschool Years (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CGSC 385 Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CGSC 386 Adolescent Cognitive Development: Developing an Identity and Life Plans (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CS 100 Human Centered Computing (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CS 107 Explorations in Computer Science (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CS 254 Computability and Complexity
  • CS 321 Artificial Intelligence (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CS 322 Natural Language Processing
  • CS 328 Computational Models of Cognition
  • CS 344 Human-Computer Interaction (not offered in 2015-16)
  • CS 361 Evolutionary Computing and Artificial Life (not offered in 2015-16)
  • ECON 265 Game Theory and Economic Applications (not offered in 2015-16)
  • ECON 266 Experimental Economics (not offered in 2015-16)
  • ECON 267 Behavioral Economics (not offered in 2015-16)
  • ECON 395 Advanced Topics in Behavioral and Experimental Economics (not offered in 2015-16)
  • EDUC 234 Educational Psychology
  • LING 216 Generative Approaches to Syntax
  • LING 217 Phonetics and Phonology
  • LING 230 Language and Aspect (not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 265 Language and Brain (not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 270 Speech, Language & Evolution (not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 275 First Language Acquisition (not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 285 Japanese Linguistics in Kyoto Seminar: The Linguistics of the Japanese Writing System
  • LING 315 Topics in Syntax (not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 316 Topics in Morphology (not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 317 Topics in Phonology (not offered in 2015-16)
  • LING 325 Syntax of an Unfamiliar Language
  • LING 340 Topics in Semantics
  • MUSC 227 Perception and Cognition of Music
  • PHIL 100 Science, Faith and Rationality (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 100 Science, Faith and Rationality (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 112 Mind, Matter, Consciousness
  • PHIL 212 Epistemology (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 223 Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL 225 Philosophy of Mind (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 228 Heaps of Liars: Logic, Language, and Metaphysics (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 235 Analytic Philosophy's Greatest Hits (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 243 Animal Ethics: The Moral Status of Animals (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 253 Philosophy of Cognitive Science (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PHIL 301 Irrationality
  • PSYC 100 Brain, Mind and Behavior (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 216 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 220 Sensation and Perception (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 234 Psychology of Language (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 238 Memory Processes
  • PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 258 Social Cognition (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 267 Clinical Neuroscience
  • PSYC 362 Psychology of Spoken Words
  • PSYC 366 Cognitive Neuroscience (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 371 Evolutionary and Developmental Trends in Cognition
  • PSYC 372 Perceptual & Cognitive Expertise (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 375 Language and Deception (not offered in 2015-16)
  • PSYC 378 Consciousness (not offered in 2015-16)
  • SOAN 260 Myth, Ritual, and Symbolism (not offered in 2015-16)
  • SOAN 274 Language, Culture and Society (not offered in 2015-16)