Cognitive Science



A total of at least 48 units to be distributed as follows:

Fundamental courses:

  1. Cognitive Science 101: Introduction to Cognitive Science
  2. Cognitive Science 242: Computational Approaches to Cognition
  3. Philosophy 225: Formal Logic
  4. Psychology 306: Cognitive Psychology
  5. Cognitive Science 310: Research Methods in Cognitive Science
  6. At least one of the following: Cognitive Science 104: Introduction to Neuroscience, Cognitive Science 320: Cognitive Neuroscience
  7. At least one of the following: Cognitive Science 330: Linguistics for Cognitive Science, Linguistics 301: Introduction to Linguistics, Linguistics 350: Psycholinguistics
  8. At least one of the following: Philosophy 360: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy 365: Philosophy of Science, Philosophy 370: Philosophy of Language, Philosophy 375: Theory of Knowledge, Philosophy 380: Wittgenstein
  9. Cognitive Science 490: Senior Seminar in Cognitive Science

Elective courses: 

Electives can be drawn from the list above, can be a course cross-listed with cognitive science, or can come from the list below. A total of 4 units can be applied to the major from either directed research or independent study.

All students are encouraged to take a statistics course from the list below (e.g., Biology 268, Mathematics 146, or Psychology 201). Those students intending to do an empirical project for their senior comprehensives or who intend to go on to graduate school in cognitive science are strongly encouraged to take one of these statistics courses. Students who intend to go to graduate school in cognitive science or in a related field should discuss course choices with their advisor.

Cognitive Science
Cognitive Science 210: Artificial Intelligence
Cognitive Science 230: Mind, Brain, and Behavior
Cognitive Science 241: Cognition of Music and Sound
Cognitive Science 292: Brain Plasticity
Cognitive Science 295: Topics in Cognitive Science
Cognitive Science 301. Applied Cognitive Science & Education
Cognitive Science 343: Probabilistic Models of Cognition

Biology 240: Vertebrate Physiology
Biology 268: Biostatistics
Biology 320: Developmental Biology
Biology 333: Neurobiology
Biology 340: Advanced Animal Physiology
Biology 378: Animal Behavior

Computer Science
Computer Science 311: Data Structures and Algorithms
Computer 353: Information Theory

Economics 305: Game Theory
Economics 340: Behavioral Economics

English Writing
English Writing 401: Science Writing

Kinesiology 301: Human Anatomy II (nervous system)
Kinesiology 307: Human Physiology
Kinesiology 310: Motor Learning and Control

Linguistics 355: Sociolinguistics

Mathematics 146: Statistics
Mathematics 150: Data Analysis
Mathematics 186: Network Models
Mathematics 330: Probability
Mathematics 350: Mathematical Logic
Mathematics 352: Computability and Complexity
Mathematics 354: Set Theory and Foundations of Mathematics
Mathematics 370: Numerical Analysis
Mathematics 392: Mathematical Models in Biology

Philosophy 250: Bioethics
Philosophy 305: Topics in Modern Philosophy
Philosophy 325: Metalogic
Philosophy 355: Philosophy of Space and Time

Psychology 111: Origins of Knowledge
Psychology 201: Statistics in Psychological Science
Psychology 302: Perception
Psychology 322(L): Physiological Psychology
Psychology 403: Psychophysiology
Psychology 444: Thinking and Reasoning

Writing Requirement: To pass the departmental writing requirement students must attain a B- or better in a 300-level fundamental course or 300-level cognitive science class by the end of their junior year.

Comprehensive Requirement: In the senior year the student carries out a project or writes a thesis on a topic in Cognitive Science related to their prior coursework. The project or thesis is coordinated with the work of the Cognitive Science Senior Seminar. All majors take the Senior Seminar in the fall semester of the senior year.

Honors: Honors in Cognitive Science may be awarded to graduating seniors who demonstrate excellence in their course work and distinction in their senior comprehensive project. To be eligible, students must have a 3.5 grade point average in the major and a 3.25 overall grade point average. In addition, the comprehensive project or thesis must be judged as a "pass with distinction."

Minor: A total of 24 units, including Cognitive Science 101 and five other courses any of which can come from the list of fundamental courses or have a cognitive science designation. One of these can be a course without a cognitive science designation from the list of electives for the major.