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.


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
CGSC 232/233 or PSYCH232/233   8  

Total specified credits: 26


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


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 of four six-credit courses plus one two-credit lab course)

  • CGSC 130 Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • CGSC 232/CGSC 233/PSYC 232/PSCY 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 368 Seminar: Developmental Neurobiology (not offered in 2016-17)
  • BIOL 379 Seminar: Behavioral Genetics (not offered in 2016-17)
  • BIOL 386 Neurobiology
  • CGSC 236 Thinking, Reasoning, and Decision Making (not offered in 2016-17)
  • CGSC 330 Embodied Cognition (not offered in 2016-17)
  • CGSC 340 Phenomenology and Cognitive Science
  • CGSC 380 Seminar in Developmental Psychology: Cognitive Development During the Preschool Years (not offered in 2016-17)
  • CGSC 386 Adolescent Cognitive Development: Developing an Identity and Life Plans (not offered in 2016-17)
  • CS 254 Computability and Complexity
  • CS 321 Artificial Intelligence
  • CS 322 Natural Language Processing (not offered in 2016-17)
  • CS 328 Computational Models of Cognition (not offered in 2016-17)
  • CS 344 Human-Computer Interaction (not offered in 2016-17)
  • CS 361 Evolutionary Computing and Artificial Life
  • ECON 265 Game Theory and Economic Applications
  • ECON 266 Experimental Economics (not offered in 2016-17)
  • ECON 267 Behavioral Economics
  • EDUC 234 Educational Psychology
  • LING 216 Generative Approaches to Syntax
  • LING 217 Phonetics and Phonology
  • LING 265 Language and Brain (not offered in 2016-17)
  • LING 275 First Language Acquisition
  • LING 280 Field Methods in Linguistics (not offered in 2016-17)
  • LING 285 Japanese Linguistics in Kyoto Seminar: The Linguistics of the Japanese Writing System (not offered in 2016-17)
  • LING 315 Topics in Syntax
  • LING 316 Topics in Morphology (not offered in 2016-17)
  • LING 317 Topics in Phonology
  • LING 325 Syntax of an Unfamiliar Language (not offered in 2016-17)
  • LING 340 Topics in Semantics
  • MUSC 227 Perception and Cognition of Music
  • PHIL 100 Science, Faith and Rationality
  • PHIL 112 Mind, Matter, Consciousness
  • PHIL 212 Epistemology
  • PHIL 223 Philosophy of Language (not offered in 2016-17)
  • PHIL 225 Philosophy of Mind (not offered in 2016-17)
  • PHIL 228 Heaps of Liars: Logic, Language, and Metaphysics (not offered in 2016-17)
  • PHIL 235 Analytic Philosophy's Greatest Hits (not offered in 2016-17)
  • PHIL 301 Irrationality (not offered in 2016-17)
  • PHIL 372 Kant's Critique of Pure Reason (not offered in 2016-17)
  • PSYC 216 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 220 Sensation and Perception (not offered in 2016-17)
  • PSYC 234 Psychology of Language
  • PSYC 238 Memory Processes
  • PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC 258 Social Cognition
  • PSYC 267 Clinical Neuroscience (not offered in 2016-17)
  • PSYC 362 Psychology of Spoken Words (not offered in 2016-17)
  • PSYC 366 Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 371 Evolutionary and Developmental Trends in Cognition (not offered in 2016-17)
  • PSYC 372 Perceptual & Cognitive Expertise (not offered in 2016-17)
  • PSYC 375 Language and Deception
  • PSYC 378 Consciousness (not offered in 2016-17)
  • SOAN 260 Myth, Ritual, and Symbolism (not offered in 2016-17)