The Individualized Major must consist of at least 36 credits. The courses listed below are recommended for students who are interested in an overview of cognitive science. 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. 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)
    01:198:205:  Introduction to Discrete Structures I (4)
    01:198:440:  Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (4)

  4. One or more of the following courses:
    01:615:201:  Introduction to Linguistic Theory (3)
    01:615:305:  Syntax (3)
    01:615:315:  Phonology (3)
    01:615:325:  Semantics (3)
    01:615:441:  Linguistics and Cognitive Science (3)

  5. One or more of the following courses:
    01:730:201:  Introduction to Logic (3)                 
    01:730:328:  Philosophy of Psychology (3)
    01:730:329:  Minds, Machines and Persons (3)
    01:730:360:  Philosophical Aspects of Cognitive Science (3)

  6. One or more of the following courses:
    01:830:301:  Sensation and Perception (3)
    01:830:305:  Cognition (3)                       
    01:830:351:  Psychology of Language (3)
    01:830:484:  Language Acquisition (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 cognitive neuroscience. 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. Two or more of the following courses:
    01:146:245: Fundamentals of Neurobiology (3)
    01:146:295: Essentials of Cell Bio and Neuro (3)
    01:146:445: Advanced Neurobiology I (4)
    01:146:447: Advanced Neurobiology II (3)
    01:447:380: Genetics (4)
    01:447:484: Behavioral and Neural Genetics (3)
    01:119:195: Brain, Mind and Behavior (3)

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

  5. Two or more of the following courses:
    01:830:305:  Cognition (3)
    01:830:313:  Physiological Psychology (3)
    01:830:361:  Developmental Psychobiology (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)

  6. One or more of the following courses:
    01:198:107:  Computing for Math and Sciences (3)
    01:198:111:  Introduction to Computer Science (4)
    01:198:440:  Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (4)
    01:640:338:  Discrete and Probabilistic Models in Biology (3)
    14:125:405:  Introduction to Neural Processes (3)

 

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Historically the posterior aspect of the parietal lobe has been considered solely a sensory area that associates sensory modalities and regulates attention.  However, recent studies have demonstrated that it has a major role in visually guided actions, including the representation of intentions, formation of movement plans, and decision making.  Moreover, the posterior parietal cortex contains a map of intentions, with sub-areas specialized for eye movements, reaching, and grasping.  Small inactivations of these sub-areas produce specific deficits consistent with this intention map.  These findings form the basis for the design of cognitive neural prosthetics, which are envisioned to read out the intent of paralyzed patients to control assistive devices such as robotic limbs and computer tablets.

The mission of the Rutgers University Center for Cognitive Science is to carry out excellent research in the interdisciplinary and complex field of Cognitive Science. Researchers from several disciplines (most prominently Psychology, Linguistics, Computer Science and Philosophy) come together at RuCCS to learn about the theories and research programs of other scholars with overlapping interests but very different backgrounds, enriching and enhancing their own research and capabilities. More generally RuCCS aims to support the development of Cognitive Science as a field, both nationally and internationally. RuCCS places great importance on the training of the next generations of scholars. Through its Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science it offers doctoral students in participating RU programs the opportunity to learn about areas outside their specialization, and to conduct research with a faculty member which introduces them to new ideas and techniques and broadens their own understanding of the disciplines which contribute to Cognitive Science. Through its undergraduate major and minor, and in the laboratory experiences that RuCCS offers, it affords RU undergraduates the opportunity to learn about and participate in outstanding research projects with leading researchers.

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