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Curriculum

The cognitive science major has three components. (The complete list of prerequisite, required, and elective courses for each track is included below under each track.)

Number of Credits: minimum: 27/maximum: 35 credits
Students must receive a minimum letter grade of C or better in all courses counting towards the major.

  1. Introduction to Cognitive Science Course (Gateway Course; 3 credits)
  2. Track-Specific Requirements
    1. Prerequisites (depend on track and electives; typically 4-6 courses or 12-18 credits)
    2. Three required courses (9-12 credits)
    3. Five elective or "depth" courses chosen from a track-specific list (15-20 credits)
    4. The set of required and elective courses must be drawn from three different departments.
  3. Senior Capstone Course (The Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science Undergraduate Committee will identify capstone courses in the Fall and Winter terms for graduating students. The selected capstone courses vary by semester.)

Curriculum by Track

Computation & Cognition

Pre-Requisites

  • COGSCI 200: Introduction to Cognitive Science (gateway course)

Requirements

  • PSYCH 240: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
    (Prereq: PSYCH 111, 112, or 114 OR PSYCH 115 or 116) OR
    PSYCH 245: Cognitive Neuroscience
    (Prereq: PSYCH 111, 112, or 114)
  • EECS 281: Data Structures and Algorithms
    (Prereq: EECS 203: Discrete Math and EECS 280: Programming and Introductory Data Structures with a grade of at least C)
  • EECS 492: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    (Prereq: EECS 281: Data Structures and Algorithms with a grade of at least C)
  • Senior Capstone Course

Electives

Five selected from:

  • EECS 445: Introduction to Machine Learning
    (New course)
  • EECS 595/LING 541/SI 561: Natural Language Processing
    (Prereq: Senior standing)
  • LING 313: Sound Patterns
    (Prereq: LING 111 or 210)
  • LING 315: Introduction to Syntax
    (Prereq: LING 209, 210 or 212)
  • LING 316: Aspects of Meaning
    (Prereq: LING 111 or 210)
  • LING 347/PSYCH 349: Talking Minds
    (Prereq: AT least one of PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115 or LING 111 or 210)
  • LING 441: Computational Linguistics
    (Advisory Prereq: LING 315 and 316)
  • PHIL 345: Language and Mind
    (Prereq: One PHIL course with at least C-)
  • PHIL 383: Knowledge and Reality
    (Prereq: One PHIL course with C- or better)
  • PHIL 417: Logic and Artificial Intelligence
    (Advisory Prereq: PHIL 414 or permission of instructor)
  • PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory
    (Prereq: Two courses in PHIL, PSYCH or ECON or combination therefore AND satisfaction of Quantitative Reasoning req. OR permission of instructor)
  • PHIL 450: Philosophy of Cognition
    (Prereq: Two PHIL courses)
  • PHIL 482: Philosophy of Mind
    (Prereq: PHIL 345 or 383)
  • PSYCH 345: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology
    (Prereq: One of PSYCH 111, 112, 114, 115 or 116)
  • PSYCH 346: Learning and Memory
    (Prereq: PSYCH 240 or 345)
  • PSYCH 348: Psychology of Thinking
    (Prereq: PSYCH 240)
  • PSYCH 352/LING 352: Development of Language and Thought
    (Advisory Prereq: PSYCH 250)
  • PSYCH 355: Cognitive Development
    (Advisory Prereq: PSYCH 250)
  • PSYCH 445/LING 447: Psychology of Language
    (Prereq: PSYCH 240)
  • PSYCH 448: Mathematical Psychology
    (Prereq: Two MATH [but NOT MATH 105, 110, 127, or 128] or STATS courses [200 level or above])
  • PSYCH 449: Decision Processes
    (Prereq: STATS 250 or 425)

Decision & Cognition

Pre-Requisites

  • COGSCI 200: Introduction to Cognitive Science (gateway course)

Requirements

  • PHIL 361: Ethics
    (Prereq: One philosophy course with at least C-)
  • PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory
    (Prereq: Two courses in Phil, Psych or Econ (or some combination therefore) AND satisfaction of Quantitative Reasoning req. OR permission of instructor) OR
    ECON 408/PHIL 408: Philosophy and Economics
    (Prereq: Econ 401 Intermediate Mircoeconomic Theory with a grade C- or better, advisory for Econ 401: Econ 101 or 102: Principles of Economics) OR
    PHIL 444: Groups and Choices
  • PSYCH 449: Decision Processes
    (Prereq: Stats 250: Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis or Stats 425: Introduction to Probability; prereq for Stats 425: Math 215)
  • Senior Capstone Course

Electives

Five selected from:

  • ECON 309: Experimental Economics
    (Prereq: ECON 101 and ECON 102 [unless ECON 101 completed with B or higher])
  • ECON 408/PHIL 408: Philosophy and Economics
    (Prereq: ECON 401)
  • ECON 490: Topics in Mircoeconomics: Economics and Psychology
    (Prereq: ECON 401; Advisory Prereq: ECON 404 or 405)
  • EECS 492: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    (Prereq: EECS 203, 280, and 281)
  • PHIL 340: Minds and Machines
  • PHIL 366: Introduction to Political Philosophy
    (Advisory Prereq: One introductory course in Philosophy)
  • PHIL 429: Ethical Analysis
    (Prereq: PHIL 361 or 366)
  • PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory
    (Prereq: Two courses in Phil, Psych or Econ (or some combination therefore) AND satisfaction of Quantitative Reasoning req. OR permission of instructor)
  • POLSCI 391: Modeling Political Processes
    (Advisory Prereq: One POLSCI course)
  • POLSCI 490: Game Theory and Formal Models
  • PSYCH 335: Introduction to Animal Behavior 
    (Prereq: One of PSYCH 111, 112, 114, 115; BIO 162, 163, 171, 172, 195; OR ANTHRBIO 161)
  • PSYCH 345: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology
    (Prereq: One of PSYCH 111, 112, 114, 115, or 116)
  • PSYCH 346: Learning and Memory
    (Prereq: PSYCH 240 or 345)
  • PSYCH 348: Psychology of Thinking
    (Prereq: PSYCH 240)
  • PSYCH 433: Biopsychology of Motivation
    (Prereq: PSYCH 230, 240, or 345)
  • PSYCH 448: Mathematical Psychology
    (Prereq: Two MATH [but NOT MATH 105, 120, 127, or 128] OR STATS courses [200 level or above])
  • PSYCH 476: Positive Psychology
    (Prereq: Junior or Senior standing and PSYCH 230, 240, 250, 260, 270, 280, or 290)

Language & Cognition

Pre-Requisites

  • COGSCI 200: Introduction to Cognitive Science (gateway course)

Requirements

  • LING 313: Sound Patterns
    (Prereq: LING 111 or 210), OR
    LING 315: Introduction to Syntax
    (Prereq: LING 209, 210 or 212) OR
    LING 316
    : Aspects of Meaning
    (Prereq: LING 111 or 210)
  • PHIL 345: Language and Mind
    (Prereq: One PHIL course with at least C-) OR
    PHIL 409
    : Philosophy of Language
    (Prereq: PHIL 296 (Prereq. for PHIL 296: Honor student or permission of instructor) , 303 or 414 (Prereq. for PHIL 414: One PHIL or MATH course) OR
    PHIL 426/LING 426:
    Philosophy of Linguistic Theory
  • LING 347/PSYCH 349: Talking Minds
    (Prereq: AT least one of PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115 or LING 111 or 210)
  • Senior Capstone Course

Electives

Five selected from:

  • EECS 376: Foundations of Computer Science
    (Prereq: EECS 203 and 280)
  • EECS 492: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    (Prereq: EECS 281 with a grade of at least C)
  • EECS 595/LING 541/SI 561: Natural Language Processing
    (Prereq: Senior standing)
  • LING 313: Sound Patterns
    (Prereq: LING 111 or 210)
  • LING 315: Introduction to Syntax
    (Prereq: LING 209, 210 or 212)
  • LING 316: Aspects of Meaning
    (Prereq: LING 111 or 210)
  • LING 342: Perspectives of Bilingualism
    (Prereq: LING 111, 210 or 272)
  • LING 412: Speech Perception
    (Prereq: LING 313)
  • LING 421: Morphology
  • LING 440: Language Learnability
    (Advisory Prereq: LING 315 and 316)
  • LING 441: Computational Linguistics
    (Advisory Prereq: LING 315 and 316)
  • LING 442: Computational Linguistics II
    (Prereq: LING 441)
  • LING 446: Comparative Linguistics
    (Advisory Prereq: One LING or language analysis course)
  • PHIL 340: Minds and Machines
  • PHIL 345: Language and Mind
    (Prereq: One PHIL course with at least C-)
  • PHIL 409: Philosophy of Language
    (Prereq: PHIL 296, 303, or 414)
  • PHIL 414: Mathematical Logic
    (Advisory Prereq: One PHIL or MATH course)
  • PHIL 426/LING 426: Philosophy of Linguistic Theory
    (Advisory Prereq: One introductory PHIL course or introductory logic course)
  • PSYCH 344/LING 351: Second Language Acquisition
    (Prereq: At least one of PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115 or LING 111 or 210)
  • PSYCH 352/LING 352: Development of Language and Thought
    (Advisory Prereq: PSYCH 250)
  • PSYCH 445/LING 447: Psychology of Language
    (Prereq: PSYCH 240)

 

Philosophy & Cognition

Pre-Requisites

  • COGSCI 200: Introduction to Cognitive Science (gateway course)

Requirements

  • PSYCH 240: Introduction to Cognitive Psychology
    (Prereq: PSYCH 111, 112, or 114 OR PSYCH 115 or 116)OR
    PSYCH 245
    : Cognitive Neuroscience
    (Prereq: PSYCH 111, 112, or 114)
  • PHIL 340: Minds and Machines OR
    PHIL 482
    : Philosophy of Mind
    (Prereq: PHIL 345: Language and Mind OR PHIL 383: Knowledge and Reality)
  • PHIL 303: Introduction to Symbolic Logic OR
    PHIL 305
    : Introduction to Formal Philosophical Methods
  • Senior Capstone Course

Electives

Five selected from:

  • LING 315: Introduction to Syntax
    (Prereq: LING 209, 210 or 212)
  • LING 316: Aspects of Meaning
    (Prereq: LING 111 or 210)
  • LING 347/PSYCH 349: Talking Minds
    (Prereq: At least one of PSYCH 111, 112, 114, or 115 or LING 111 or 210)
  • PHIL 322: Methods of Science
  • PHIL 340: Minds and Machines
  • PHIL 345: Language and Mind
    (Prereq: One PHIL course with at least C-)
  • PHIL 361: Ethics
    (Prereq: One course in PHIL with at least C-)
  • PHIL 383: Knowledge and Reality
    (Prereq: One course in PHIL with at least C-)
  • PHIL 389: History of Philosophy: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
    (Prereq: One course in PHIL with at least C-)
  • PHIL 409: Philosophy of Language
    (Prereq: PHIL 296, 303, or 414)
  • PHIL 413: Formal Philosophical Methods
    (Prereq: Satisfaction of QR/1 with second semester calculus, advanced logic, ECON course, or STATS course above STATS 265)
  • PHIL 414: Mathematical Logic
    (Advisory Prereq: One PHIL or MATH course)
  • PHIL 417: Logic and Artificial Intelligence
    (Advisory Prereq: PHIL 414 or permission of instructor)
  • PHIL 443: Foundations of Rational Choice Theory
    (Prereq: Two courses in PHIL, PSYCH or ECON or combination therefore AND satisfaction of Quantitative Reasoning req. OR permission of instructor)
  • PHIL 444: Groups and Choices
  • PHIL 450: Philosophy of Cognition
    (Prereq: Two PHIL courses)
  • PHIL 482: Philosophy of Mind
    (Prereq: PHIL 345 or 383)
  • PHIL 485: Philosophy of Action
    (Prereq: Two PHIL courses or permission of instructor)
  • PSYCH 345: Introduction to Human Neuropsychology
    (Prereq: One of PSYCH 111, 112, 114, 115 or 116)
  • PSYCH 346: Learning and Memory
    (Prereq: PSYCH 240 or 345)
  • PSYCH 348: Psychology of Thinking
    (Prereq: PSYCH 240)
  • PSYCH 352/LING 352: Development of Language and Thought
    (Advisory Prereq: PSYCH 250)
  • PSYCH 355: Cognitive Development
    (Advisory Prereq: PSYCH 250)
  • PSYCH 445/LING 447: Psychology of Language
    (Prereq: PSYCH 240)
  • PSYCH 448: Mathematical Psychology
    (Prereq: Two MATH [but NOT MATH 105, 110, 127, or 128] or STATS courses [200 level or above])
  • PSYCH 449: Decision Processes
    (Prereq: STATS 250 or 425)

Course Petitions

To submit a course petition to the Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science, read the following information and fill out the form below. 

Course Petition Form - click here

Additional Information

Cognitive Science majors may choose to double major in BCN (Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience), Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Psychology, or other fields. However, to ensure that these students have devoted significant, independent effort to each major, only three courses can be counted towards both majors.

Students majoring in Cognitive Science and minoring in an aligned discipline are subject to the LSA restriction that only one course may count towards both declarations.

To declare a major in Cognitive Science:

  1. Register and complete COGSCI 200 - Intro to Cognitive Science. COGSCI 200 is the pre-requisite course to the major.
  2. Make a General Advising appointment with the Academic Program Specialist to complete a Major Declaration form.