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College Catalog 2018-2019 
College Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cognitive Science Concentration

Structure of the Concentration

The concentration requires one statistics course, six content courses from the categories described below, and a poster presentation at the annual Cognitive Science Poster Session. To ensure distinction between the concentration and the student’s major, at least four courses must be independent of the student’s major. In addition, no more than three courses can be drawn from any one department, and at least four courses must be at the 200-level or above. When appropriate, students may propose to meet their concentration objectives by taking other courses, including those offered at other institutions or abroad. In all situations, students are strongly encouraged to seek the advice of a steering committee member in selecting a coherent set of courses that meet their educational goals and complement their major. Students should also consult with a steering committee member regarding the contents and scheduling of their poster presentation. Courses marked with an asterisk (*) include projects that would be appropriate to present as posters. Other courses in the concentration may also include projects that would be appropriate, and students should inquire if they would like more information about a particular course.

Statistics course (one)

One of the following is required for the concentration:

GEOG 378 - Statistical Research Methods in Geography  
MATH 155 - Introduction to Statistical Modeling  
POLI 269 - Empirical Research Methods  
PSYC 201 - Research in Psychology I  
SOCI 269 - Social Science Inquiry  

Content Courses (six total)

A. Two courses that are primarily about ways of understanding cognitive systems:

ECON 490 - Behavioral and Experimental Economics  *
EDUC 220 - Educational Psychology  
PHIL 213 - Philosophy of Mind  *
PHIL 315 - Contemporary Epistemology  *
PSYC 242 - Cognitive Psychology  
PSYC 244 - Cognitive Neuroscience  *
PSYC 246 - Exploring Sensation and Perception  
PSYC 385 - Mind Reading: Understanding Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging  *

B. Two courses related to and substantially about cognition:

COMP 484 - Introduction to Artificial Intelligence  *
PHIL 311 - Philosophy of Language  
PHIL 312 - Philosophy of Mathematics  
PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology  
PSYC 180 - Brain, Mind, and Behavior  
PSYC 377 - Moral Psychology  *
PSYC 378 - Psychology of Language  *

C. Two courses that provide rich examples, background knowledge or skills, or analytical frameworks that enrich the understanding of cognitive science (Section A or B courses can be substituted for Section C courses):

COMP 112 - Introduction to Data Science  
COMP 123 - Core Concepts in Computer Science  
COMP 261 - Theory of Computation  
COMP 380 - Bodies/Minds: AI Robotics  *
COMP 440 - Collective Intelligence  *
ECON 119 - Principles of Economics  
ECON 361 - Intermediate Microeconomic Analysis  
ENGL 260 - Science Fiction: From Matrix Baby Cannibals to Brave New Worlds  
LING 100 - Introduction to Linguistics  *
LING 204 - Experimental Linguistics  *
PHIL 110 - Critical Thinking  
PHIL 111 - Introduction to Symbolic Logic  
PHIL 201 - Modern Philosophy  
PHIL 225 - Ethics and the Internet  
PHIL 310 - Philosophy of Science  
PHIL 313 - Advanced Symbolic Logic  
PHIL 314 - Contemporary Metaphysics  
POLI 270 - Rhetoric of Campaigns and Election  
PSYC 254 - Social Psychology  

Poster Presentation at Cognitive Science Poster Session

The Cognitive Science Poster Session will be held annually during the spring semester and will provide an opportunity for students to present their work in cognitive science as well as hear about their peers’ work. Students will be required to present a poster describing a completed cognitive science project during at least one of these annual sessions. The project will be based on work completed for a class or independent study, and the poster will describe the project and how it fits into the larger discipline of cognitive science. Students will typically present their poster during the senior year, although it is possible that some situations would warrant presenting during the junior year. As noted above, all students will consult with a steering committee member regarding the contents and scheduling of their poster presentation. In addition, all concentrators will be encouraged to attend the poster session every year, even when they are not presenting.