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To declare your minor in Cognitive Science, please submit a minor declaration form: http://mymajor.sas.rutgers.edu

 

General Description of the Minor Program

Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary area of scholarship concerned with understanding the nature and development of such intelligent capacities as perception, language, reasoning, planning, problem-solving, and related skills, whether these capacities are instantiated in biological or artificial systems. The goal of the Cognitive Science minor is to provide a structured way for undergraduates to study and carry out research in cognitive science with guidance from faculty members affiliated with the Program in Cognitive Science. Any undergraduate may pursue a minor in cognitive science, regardless of his or her major. The interdisciplinary Cognitive Science minor is likely to be of particular interest to undergraduates majoring in fields that are directly related to cognitive science (e.g., computer science, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, biological sciences, mathematics, statistics, biomathematics, communication, and engineering).
 

Undergraduate Minor Requirements

The interdisciplinary minor in Cognitive Science consists of a minimum of 18 credits, distributed as follows:

  1. At least three of the following courses offered by RuCCS:
    • 01:185:201 Cognitive Science: A Multi-disciplinary Introduction (4 credits;  offered each fall)
    • 01:185:253 Human Nature and Diversity (4 credits)
    • 01:185:301 Cognition and Decision Making (4 credits; offered every other spring semester)
    • 01:185:310 The Concept of "Concepts" in Cognitive Science (3 credits; offered every other fall)
    • 01:185:320 Research Methods in Cognitive Science (3 credits)
    • 01:185:410 Language and Cognition (3 credits)
    • 01:185:411 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science I (4 credits; offered each spring)
    • 01:185:412 Advanced Topics II - Cognitive Science (3 credits)
    • 01:185:430 Cognitive Neuroscience through Case Studies (4 credits)
  2. A minimum of 3 credits in formal or analytic methods used in cognitive science. 
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    • 01:198:107: Computing for Math and the Sciences (3)
    • 01:198:111: Introduction to Computer Science (4)
    • 01:198:112: Data structures (4)
    • 01:198:205: Introduction to Discrete Structures I (4)
    • 01:198:206: Introduction to Discrete Structures II (4)
    • 01:615:305: Syntax (3)
    • 01:615:315: Phonology (3)
    • 01:615:325: Semantics (3)
    • 01:615:411: Morphology (3)
    • 01:640:300: Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning (3)
    • 01:640:338: Discrete and Probabilistic Models in Biology (3)
    • 01:640:339: Mathematical Models in the Social Sciences (3)
    • 01:640:361: Set Theory (3)
    • 01:640:428: Graph Theory (3)
    • 01:640:454: Combinatorics (3)
    • 01:640:461: Mathematical Logic (3)
    • 01:640:477: Mathematical Theory of Probability (3)
    • 01:640:478: Probability II (3)
    • 01:640:481: Mathematical Theory of Statistics (3)
    • 01:730:201: Introduction to Logic (3)
    • 01:730:315: Applied Symbolic Logic (3)
    • 01:730:407: Intermediate Logic I (3)
    • 01:730:408: Intermediate Logic II (3)
    • 01:830:200: Quantitative Methods in Psychology (4)
    • 01:960:379: Basic Probability and Statistics (3)
    • 01:960:381: Theory of Probability (3)
    • 01:960:382: Theory of Statistics (3)
    • 01:960:401: Basic Statistics for Research (3)

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  3. A minimum of an additional 6 elective credits. If you take more than the 3 required courses in the 185 curriculum (listed under 1.), any additional 185 course(s) will count as an elective. If you take more than 1 of the approved formal/analytic courses, any additional approved formal/analytic course listed may be counted as an elective. 
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    • 01:119:195: Brain, Mind and Behavior (3)
    • 01:146:245: Fundamentals of Neurobiology (for CBN majors) (3)
    • 01:146:295: Essentials in Cell Bio and Neuro (for non-CBN majors) (3)
    • 01:146:445: Advanced Neurobiology I (4)
    • 01:146:447: Advanced Neurobiology II (3)
    • 01:185:200: Apply Cog Sci to Probs in the Real & Virtual Worlds (3)
    • 01:185:201: Cognitive Science: A Multi-disciplinary Introduction (4 credits;  offered each fall)
    • 01:185:301: Cognition and Decision Making (4 credits; offered every other spring semester)
    • 01:185:310: The Concept of "Concepts" in Cognitive Science (3 credits; offered every other fall)
    • 01:185:320: Research Methods in Cognitive Science (3 credits)
    • 01:185:395: Research in Cognitive Science I (3)
    • 01:185:396: Research in Cognitive Science II (3)
    • 01:185:410: Language and Cognition (3 credits)
    • 01:185:411: Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science I (4 credits; offered each spring)
    • 01:185:495: Research in Cognitive Science I (3) * caveat
    • 01:185:496: Research in Cognitive Science II (3) * caveat
    • 01:198:314: Principles of Programming Languages (4)
    • 01:198:344: Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms (4)
    • 01:198:405: Seminar in Computers and Society (3)
    • 01:198:415: Compilers (4)
    • 01:198:428: Introduction to Computer Graphics (4)
    • 01:198:440: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (4)
    • 01:198:452: Formal Languages and Automata (3)
    • 01:447:380: Genetics (4)
    • 01:447:384: Genetics Analysis I (4)
    • 01:447:385: Genetics Analysis II (4)
    • 01:447:410: Research in Genetics-Writing Intensive (3)
    • 01:447:484: Behavioral and Neural Genetics (3)
    • 01:615:201: Introduction to Linguistic Theory (3)
    • 01:615:330: Historical Linguistics (3)
    • 01:615:350: Pragmatics (3)
    • 01:615:360: Theories of Language (3)
    • 01:615:371: Psychology of Language (3)
    • 01:615:373: Language Acquisition (3)
    • 01:615:421: Language Typology (3)
    • 01:615:431: Investigations into an Unfamiliar Language (3)
    • 01:615:433: Language Acquisition (3)
    • 01:615:435: Experimental Methodologies in Language Acquisition (3)
    • 01:615:441: Linguistics and Cognitive Science (3)
    • 01:615:445: Language and Cognition (3)
    • 01:615:451: Phonetics (3)
    • 01:615:471: Selected Topics in Linguistics (3)
    • 01:615:491: Practicum in Linguistics (3)
    • 01:730:210: Philosophy of Language (3)
    • 01:730:220: Theory of Knowledge (3)
    • 01:730:253: Human Nature and Diversity (4)
    • 01:730:328: Philosophy of Psychology (3)
    • 01:730:329: Minds, Machines and Persons (3)
    • 01:730:360: Philosophical Aspects of Cognitive Science (3)
    • 01:730:412: Epistemology (3)
    • 01:730:418: Philosophy of Science (3)
    • 01:730:419: Philosophy of Perception (3)
    • 01:730:420: Philosophy of Language (3)
    • 01:730:422: Philosophy of Logic (3)
    • 01:730:424: The Logic of Decision (3)
    • 01:730:425: Philosophy of Mind (3)
    • 01:730:428: Topics in the Philosophy of Psychology (3)
    • 01:830:301: Sensation and Perception (3)
    • 01:830:303: Memory (3)
    • 01:830:305: Cognition (3)
    • 01:830:307: Perception in Cognitive Science (3)
    • 01:830:310: Neuropsychology (3)
    • 01:830:311: Conditioning and Learning (3)
    • 01:830:313: Physiological Psychology (3)
    • 01:830:351: Psychology of Language I (3)
    • 01:830:353: Language Acquisition (3)
    • 01:830:361: Developmental Psychobiology (3)
    • 01:830:401: Advanced Topics in Human Cognition (3)
    • 01:830:402: Advanced Topics in Human Cognition (WI) (3)
    • 01:830:410: Advanced Topics in Psychobiology (3)
    • 01:830:411: Advanced Topics in Psychobiology WI (3)
    • 01:830:412: Neuropsychopharmacology (3)
    • 01:830:463: Behavioral Pharmacology (3)
    • 01:830:480: Advanced Topics in Visual Perception (3)
    • 01:830:484: Language Acquisition (3)
    • 01:940:363: Bilingualism in the Spanish-Speaking World (3)
    • 01:940:368: The Bilingual Mind (3)
    • 01:960:384: Intermediate Statistical Analysis (3)
    • 14:125:405: Introduction to Neural Processes (3)
    • 14:125:410: Sensory Processes, Mechanisms, Computer Models (3)

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This course list will be updated periodically as appropriate.

 

Additional requirements:

  1. Grades of C or better must be earned in all courses counted toward the minor.
  2. No more than 4 credits at the 100-level may be counted towards the minor.
  3. At least half of the credits towards the minor must be at the 300-level or above.
  4. The same course cannot be used to fulfill both the formal/analytic and elective requirements.
  5. No more than two courses can be taken in any one department.

 

How to Declare a Minor in Cognitive Science

To declare a minor in Cognitive Science, please use myMajor: http://mymajor.sas.rutgers.edu. Students are recommended to declare the minor at the same time, or shortly after, they declare a major field of study.

Students should be aware that many of the courses listed have prerequisites and not all of the courses are offered each semester. Students should contact the departments that offer courses to learn about prerequisites and course schedules. Students may petition the Undergraduate Program Director, Dr. Mary Rigdon, to have additional courses count as formal/analytic or elective courses; email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Cognitive Science Minor Program - Course Offerings

A complete list of courses offered in Cognitive Science can be found by visiting: http://ruccs.rutgers.edu/academics/undergraduate-course-listing

Upcoming courses offered in Cognitive Science can be found by visiting: http://ruccs.rutgers.edu/academics/undergraduate-courses

Other courses satisfying the requirements of the minor are offered in areas such as Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, Psychology and others. These courses are outlined in the above section, and can be looked up at the Rutgers Online Schedule of Classes. [if this link is broken, go to the Rutgers main page http://www.rutgers.edu, select "current students" and then "schedule of classes".]

WHEN: Friday, September 12, 9:30 am - 2 pm
WHERE: Busch Dining Hall, Room AB (on the right as you enter the building)

The goal of the workshop is to encourage interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration among students and faculty from the interlocking disciplines making up Cognitive Science at Rutgers. Discussion will center around a series of five short talks by graduate students from Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy and Psychology. We hope each talk will give rise to a lively discussion, and we encourage everyone interested in interdisciplinary cognitive science to attend. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by filling out the form below. Please be sure to respond so we can get an accurate headcount!

Schedule

9:30 am -- Coffee --
10:00 am Ron Planer (Philosophy, RuCCS): "On the co-evolution of future-oriented thinking and cumulative culture in humans"
10:40 am Brian McMahan (Computer Science, RuCCS): "An optimally robust observer for color descriptions"
11:20 am Vicky Froyen (Psychology, RuCCS): "Understanding perceptual grouping as mixture estimation"
12:00 pm -- Lunch --
12:40 pm Matthew Barros (Linguistics, RuCCS): "Saying things without words - the silent structure of ellipsis"
1:20 pm E. J. Green (Philosophy, RuCCS): "Toward a permissive view of visual objects"

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Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS)
Dr. Lila Gleitman
gleitman {at} psych.upenn.edu 

Psycholinguistics: morphological and syntactic structure. Language acquisition: representation of the soundwave; syntax; construction of the lexicon.

Dr. Zenon Pylyshyn (Psychology)
zenon {at} ruccs.rutgers.edu

Studies of visual attention and preattentive location indexing with application to visual tracking, perceptual- motor coordination, and teleoperation; empirical constraints on cognitive architecture, especially for imagery.

   
Computer Science
Dr. L. Thorne McCarty
   
Linguistics
Dr. Alan Prince
prince {at} ruccs.rutgers.edu

Phonological theory and the cognitive science of language; interaction of universal constraints on representational well-formedness to define grammatical systems.

   
Philosophy
Dr. Jerry Fodor
fodor {at} ruccs.rutgers.edu

Philosophical problems about psychology, including theoretical and experimental investigations of cognitive architecture, psycholinguistics and cognitive development.

   
Psychology
Dr. Charles Gallistel
galliste {at} ruccs.rutgers.edu

Fully automated, highly diagnostic behavioral screens for abilities in learning and memory in the mouse and zebra fish. Also, animal cognition: spatial, temporal, and numerical learning and reasoning in animals.

Dr. Rochel Gelman
rgelman {at} ruccs.rutgers.edu

Causal and quantitative reasoning, constraints on concept acquisition, and the role of informal environments (e.g., in cognitive development).

Dr. Charles Schmidt
Professor of Psychology and Computer Science, FAS-NB; Ph.D., Iowa

Human and machine planning; plan recognition; problem solving and learning

 

The Individualized Major must consist of at least 36 credits. The courses listed below are recommended for students who are interested in the cognitive science of vision. To learn more about a course, click on the name to bring up the department’s course description and pre-requisites required (if any).

  1. One of the following courses: 01:185:201: Cognitive Science: A Multi-disciplinary Introduction, recitation included (4) and/or 01:185:301: Cognition and Decision Making, recitation included (4) and/or 01:185:310: The Concept of Concepts in Cognitive Science (3) and/or 01:185:320: Research Methods in Cognitive Science (3) and/or 01:185:410: Language and Cognition (3) and/or 01:185:411: Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science I, recitation included (4).

  2. 01:185:495: Research in Cognitive Science (minimum 3 credits). Students may also fulfill this requirement via Departmental Honors or College Honors courses.

  3. 01:830:301:  Sensation and Perception (3)

  4. 01:830:302:  Sensation and Perception Lab (1)

  5. One or more of the following courses:
    01:198:107:  Computing for Math and Sciences (3)
    01:198:111:  Introduction to Computer Science (4)
    01:198:112:  Data structures (4)
    01:198:344:  Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms (4)
    01:198:428:  Introduction to Computer Graphics (4)
    01:198:440:  Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (4)
    14:125:405:  Introduction to Neural Processes (3)

  6. One or more of the following courses:
    01:640:300:  Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning (3)
    01:640:338:  Discrete and Probabilistic Models in Biology (3)   
    01:640:428:  Graph Theory (3)
    01:640:461:  Mathematical Logic (3)
    01:640:477:  Mathematical Theory of Probability (3)
    01:640:478:  Probability 2 (3)
    01:640:481:  Mathematical Theory of Statistics (3)
    01:960:379:  Basic Probability Theory (3)
    01:960:381:  Theory of Probability (3)
    01:960:382:  Theory of Statistics (3)

  7. One or more of the following courses:
    01:730:328:  Philosophy of Psychology (3)
    01:730:329:  Minds, Machines and Persons (3)
    01:730:360:  Philosophical Aspects of Cognitive Science (3)     
    01:730:418:  Philosophy of Mind (3)

  8. One or more of the following courses:
    01:830:305:  Cognition (3)
    01:830:307:  Perception in Cognitive Science (3)
    01:830:313:  Physiological Psychology (3)
    01:830:480:  Topics in Visual Perception (3)
    01:146:245:  Fundamentals of Neurobiology (3)
    01:146:295:  Essentials of Cell Bio and Neuro (3)

 

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The Individualized Major must consist of at least 36 credits. The courses listed below are recommended for students who are interested in the cognitive science of language. To learn more about a course, click on the name to bring up the department’s course description and pre-requisites required (if any).

  1. One of the following courses: 01:185:201: Cognitive Science: A Multi-disciplinary Introduction, recitation included (4) and/or 01:185:301: Cognition and Decision Making, recitation included (4) and/or 01:185:310: The Concept of Concepts in Cognitive Science (3) and/or 01:185:320: Research Methods in Cognitive Science (3) and/or 01:185:410: Language and Cognition (3) and/or 01:185:411: Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science I, recitation included (4).

  2. 01:185:495: Research in Cognitive Science (minimum 3 credits). Students may also fulfill this requirement via Departmental Honors or College Honors courses.

  3. 01:615:201: Introduction to Linguistic Theory (3)

  4. 01:830:351: Psychology of Language (3)

  5. 01:830:352: Psychology of Language Lab (1)

  6. 01:830:353: Language Acquisition (3) OR
    01:830:484: Language Acquisition (3)

  7. One of the following courses:
    01:730:210: Philosophy of Language (3)
    01:730:420: Philosophy of Language (3)

  8. Two or more of the following upper-level linguistics courses:
    01:615:305: Syntax (3)
    01:615:315: Phonology (3)
    01:615:325: Semantics (3)
    01:615:411: Morphology (3)
    01:615:441: Linguistics and Cognitive Science (3)
    01:615:445: Language and Cognition (3)

  9. One or more of the following courses in logic:
    01:730:201: Introduction to Logic (3)
    01:730:315: Applied Symbolic Logic (3)
    01:730:407: Intermediate Logic I (3)
    01:730:408: Intermediate Logic II (3)
    01:640:461: Mathematical Logic (3)

  10. One or more of the following courses:
    01:198:107: Computing for Math and Sciences (3)       
    01:198:111: Introduction to Computer Science (4)
    01:198:112: Data structures (4))
    01:198:314: Principles of Programming Languages (4)
    01:198:344: Design and Analysis of Computer Algorithms (4)
    01:198:415: Compilers (4)
    01:198:440: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (4)
    01:198:452: Formal Languages and Automata (3)

 

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