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Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate

A graduate certificate in the exciting and fast-growing interdisciplinary field of Cognitive Science can be earned by completing 12 credits selected from among five disciplinary course groups of contemporary inquiry: Cognition and Computation; Philosophy and Cognition, Psychology and Cognition, Language and Cognition and Neuroscience and Cognition. Both PhD candidates and Master’s degree candidates from any department in the Rackham Graduate School are eligible for certification. Students interested in the Graduate Certificate should email cogsci-gradcertificate@umich.edu.

New Curriculum Beginning Fall 2020

Starting in Fall 2020, there are new requirements for the Cognitive Science Graduate Certificate. Certificate students must complete four classes, including:

  • COGSCI 700, the new interdisciplinary Current Topics in Cognitive Science seminar class

  • 3 additional classes from at least 2 different disciplinary Groups (Cognition and Computation; Philosophy and Cognition, Psychology and Cognition, Language and Cognition and Neuroscience and Cognition)

Below are the course lists for each disciplinary group. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are less frequently offered courses. Courses marked with double asterisk (**) are topics classes for which only specific sections have been approved. 

Students who began the Certificate prior to Fall 2020 can earn a Certificate under the old requirements (see below) or the new requirements.

 

Computation and Cognition

EECS 492 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

EECS 545 Machine Learning

EECS 592  Foundations of Artificial Intelligence

LING 541/EECS 595/SI 561 Natural Language Processing

PSYCH 643 Theory of Neural Computation*

PSYCH 721 Mathematical Psychology*

PSYCH 808 Complexity and Emergence**

PSYCH/EECS 644 Computational Modelling of Cognition**

SI 563 Game Theory

SI 630 NLP: Algorithms & People

 

Language and Cognition

LING 512 Intro to Phonetics

LING 513 Introduction to Phonology

LING 515 Generative Syntax

LING 516 Semantics and Pragmatics

LING 541/EECS 595/SI 561 Natural Language Processing

LING 612 Advanced Phonetics*

LING 613 Advanced Phonology*

LING 615 Advanced Syntax

LING 616 Advanced Semantics

LING 792 Intro to Neurolinguistics**

LING 792 Topics in Neurolinguistics**

LING 812 Seminar in Phonetics*

LING 815 Seminar in Syntax*

PHIL 409 Philosophy of Language*

PHIL 615 Seminar in Philosophy of Language(*)(**)

PSYCH 547 Exper Methods in Lg Processing Rsrch

PSYCH 808 Analyzing Language Corpora**

PSYCH 808 Seminar in Psycholinguistics**

PSYCH 808 Seminar in Second Language Acquisition**

PSYCH/LING 745 Psychology of Language

PSYCH/LING 756 Development of Lg and Comm Skills

 

Neuroscience and Cognition

BIOMED 517 Neural Engineering

LING 792 Intro to Neurolinguistics **

MATH/BIOINF 568 Mathematical & Computational Neuroscience

PSYCH 643 Theory of Neural Computation

PSYCH 741 Basic Processes in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience

PSYCH 758 Developmental Neuroscience of Human Behavior

PSYCH 808 Neurophysiology of Decision-Making **

PSYCH 808 Neuroimaging Data, Concepts, & Analysis **

PSYCH 808    The Science of Self Control **

PSYCH 840/BioMed 499 Introduction to Functional FMRI

PSYCH 841 Designing and Analyzing Functional MRI Experiments*

PSYCH 958 Developmental Population Neuroscience **

PSYCH 988 Genetics for Behavioral and Social Sciences **

Philosophy and Cognition

LING 516 Semantics and Pragmatics

LING 616 Advanced Semantics

PHIL 409 Philosophy of Language*

PHIL 413 Formal Methods

PHIL 443 Foundations of Rational Choice Theory

PHIL 444 Groups & Choices

PHIL 615 Philosophy of Language(*)(**)

PSYCH 808    The Science of Self Control **

PSYCH 958 Concepts and Categories**

SI 563 Game Theory

 

 

Psychology and Cognition

PSYCH 547 Exper Methods in Lg Processing Rsrch

PSYCH/EECS 644 Computational Modelling of Cognition

PSYCH 721 Mathematical Psychology*

PSYCH 741 Sensory Processes

PSYCH 743 Human Learning and Memory  

PSYCH 744 Perception

PSYCH/LING 745 Psychology of Language

PSYCH/LING 756 Development of Lg and Comm Skills

PSYCH 747 Models of Thinking*

PSYCH 748 Complex Cognitive Processes

PSYCH 751 Cognitive Development

PSYCH 808 Complexity and Emergence**

PSYCH 808 Seminar in Psycholinguistics**

PSYCH 808 Seminar in Second Language Acquisition**

PSYCH 808 Social Cognition in Development**

PSYCH 808    The Science of Self Control **

PSYCH 958 Concepts and Categories**

PSYCH 958 Learning, Thinking & Problem-Solving**

SI 563 Game Theory

SI 588 Fundamentals of Human Behavior

 

Special Considerations for Masters/Embedded Masters Students

If you are either pursuing a Master's degree or have completed an embedded Master’s while doing a PhD program, there are special considerations regarding overlapping coursework between your home program and your certificate curriculum. Please be sure to review Rackham’s policies on double-counting courses with Master’s degrees here.

 

Students Enrolled in Graduate Certificate Prior to Fall 2020

Students who began the Certificate prior to Fall 2020 will remain on the old curriculum requirements:

  • A graduate certificate in the exciting and fast-growing interdisciplinary field of Cognitive Science can be earned by completing 12 credits selected from among five distinct areas of contemporary inquiry: Cognition and Computation; Philosophy and Cognition, Psychology and Cognition, Language and Cognition and Neuroscience and Cognition.

  • The course list below is organized into these five groupings. Both PhD candidates and Master’s degree candidates from any department are eligible for certification. The interdisciplinary curriculum of the Certificate Program is drawn from existing courses within the departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Psychology, Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Linguistics. Of the four required courses (a minimum of 12 credit hours), the Certificate Program requires that at least two courses (a minimum of 6 credit hours) must be taken outside of the student’s home graduate program.

Previous Curriculum Course List (SP/SU 2020 or earlier)

Computation and Cognition

  • EECS 492 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

  • EECS 545 Machine Learning

  • EECS 592 Foundations of Artificial Intelligence  

  • PSY 643 Theory of Neural Computation

  • PSY/EECS 644 Computational Modelling of Cognition

  • PSY 721 Mathematical Psychology

  • PSY 808 Complexity and Emergence

 

Language and Cognition

  • LING 512 Intro to Phonetics

  • LING 513 Introduction to Phonology

  • LING 515 Generative Syntax

  • LING 541/EECS 595/SI 561 Natural Language Processing

  • PSY 547 Experimental Methods in Language Processing Research

  • LING 612 Advanced Phonetics

  • LING 613 Advanced Phonology

  • LING 615 Advanced Syntax

  • LING 815 Seminar in Syntax

  • LING 812 Seminar in Phonetics

  • LING 514 Semantics and Pragmatics

  • LING 614 Advanced Semantics

  • PSY 745/LING 745 Psychology of Language

  • LING/PSY 756 Development of Language and Communication Skills

  • PSY 808 Analyzing Language Corpora

  • PSY 808 Seminar in Psycholinguistics

  • PSY 808 Seminar in Second Language Acquisition

 

Neuroscience and Cognition

  • PSY 643 Theory of Neural Computation

  • PSY 741 Basic Processes in Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience

  • PSY 758 Developmental Neuroscience of Human Behavior

  • PSY 840/BioMed 499 Introduction to Functional FMRI

  • PSY 841 Designing and Analyzing Functional MRI Experiments

  • PSY 958 Developmental Population Neuroscience

  • PSY 988 Genetics for Behavioral and Social Sciences

  • PSY 808 Neurophysiology of Decision-Making

 

Philosophy and Cognition

  • 400 level Philosophy courses are already approved for graduate credit which can be earned only if the student meets extra work requirements as specified by the Instructor

    • PHIL 409 Philosophy of Language

    • PHIL 443 Rational Choice

    • PHIL 482 Phil of Mind

  • Courses that may be counted, depending on content and by petition:

    • PHIL 413 Formal Methods

    • PHIL 414 Mathematical Logic

    • PHIL 420 Philosophy of Science

    • PHIL 429 Ethical Analysis

  • Certificate candidates with more Philosophy background can take the following 500 and 600 level courses

    • PHIL 615 Philosophy of Language (a Weinberg funded seminar)

  • Courses that may be counted, depending on content and by petition:

    • PHIL 576 Topics in Social-Political Philosophy

    • PHIL 602 Philosophy of Science

    • PHIL 616 Philosophy of Mathematics 

    • PHIL 640 Seminar in Ethics

 

Psychology and Cognition

  • PSY 741 Sensory Processes

  • PSY 743 Human Learning and Memory  

  • PSY 747 Models of Thinking

  • PSY 748 Complex Cognitive Processes

  • PSY 751 Cognitive Development

  • PSY 958 Learning, Thinking & Problem-Solving