Undergraduate Course Listings

Description of Courses Offered by Cognitive Science

185:201 Cognitive Science: A Multi-disciplinary Introduction (4 credits) is a lecture/recitation course taught by a single instructor. This course introduces students to the diverse set of concepts and formal and experimental techniques used in cognitive science. Taught in Fall semesters.

185:301 Cognition and Decision Making (4 credits) is a lecture/recitation course taught by a single instructor. This course introduces students to the subjects of reasoning and decision-making as a means of exploring a number of issues central to the field of cognitive science. Successfully completing this course helps meet one of the Core Curriculum requirements: “Quantitative and Formal Reasoning” goal (QQ). Taught in Spring semesters.

185:310 The Concepts of "Concepts" in Cognitive Science (3 credits) is a lecture course taught by a single instructor. This course introduces students to the study of concepts from a broad interdisciplinary point of view, surveying how concepts are understood in Psychology, Philosophy, Computer Science and Neuroscience. Emphasis is on both differences in how these various disciplines view concepts as well as commonalities in the underlying ideas.

185:320 Research Methods in Cognitive Science (3 credits) is a lecture course taught by a single instructor. This course introduces students to a foundation for thinking critically about research in cognitive science. Topics may include the scientific method and consideration of strengths and weaknesses of a range of approaches, statistical reasoning and principles for ethical conduct of research.

185:395/396  Research in Cognitive Science (3 credits) is a supervised research internship in cognitive science. May include laboratory/library research. Final written report required. Pre-requisite: permission of instructor.

185:410 Language and Cognition (3 credits) is a lecture course taught by a single instructor. Topics may include speech perception, language acquisition, priming, disorders, speech errors, sentence processing, memory, color, and numerosity.

185:411 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science (4 credits) is a seminar course team-taught by faculty affiliated with the Center for Cognitive Science. Faculty from psychology, computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and cognitive science will give single seminars in which they show how these diverse set of concepts and formal and experimental techniques are used to address a particular problem within cognitive science. Taught in Spring semesters.
Pre- or co-requisites: course in computer science, linguistics, philosophy, or psychology or being assigned a permission number by the instructor.

185:412 Advanced Topics II in Cognitive Science (3 credits) is a multisectioned course with each section investigating advanced problems and issues in cognitive science. Check the Center’s Upcoming Courses Webpage for titles, descriptions, and requirements of any sections being offered.

185:495/496 Research in Cognitive Science (3 credits) is a supervised research experience or independent study. May include library or laboratory research. Written agreement with supervisor and final written report required.
Pre- or co-requisites: 01:185:201 OR 01:185:411, an approved formal/analytic course, and permission of instructor and undergraduate program director. Open only to juniors and seniors.

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