IMPORTANT:

The Individualized Major in Cognitive Science is being replaced with a Major in Cognitive Science resulting in some changes in the requirements for the degree. Unless you have already declared the Individualized Major, you will need to declare the new major.

To learn more about the requirements for the new major, please CLICK HERE.

To contact the Undergraduate Director, Dr. Mary Rigdon, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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The Individualized Major in Cognitive Science is administered through the Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science (RuCCS). It offers an opportunity for exceptional, creative, self-motivated students to explore innovative and multi-disciplinary approaches to the study of the foundational and computational workings of the mind. Satisfactory completion of the Individualized Major leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree.

The Individualized Major must consist of at least 36 credits, distributed as follows:

  1. One of the following courses: 185:201 (Cognitive Science: A Multi-disciplinary Intro) and/or 185:301 (Cognition and Decision Making) and/or 185:310 (The Concept of Concepts in Cognitive Science) and/or 185:320 (Research Methods in Cognitive Science) and/or 185:410 (Language and Cognition) and/or 185:411 (Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science I).
  2. Grades of C or better must be earned in all courses counted toward the major.
  3. At least one formal/analytic requirement. For courses that automatically satisfy the requirement, click here

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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)
    • 01:730:101: Logic, Reasoning, and Persuasion (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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  4. A minimum of 3 credits of cognitive science research directed by the student’s primary faculty advisor, 185:495 Research in Cognitive Science. Students may also fulfill this requirement via Departmental Honors or College Honors courses.
    For a list of faculty who can supervise the required 185:495 research course, please check the following two webpages:
    Executive Council Faculty
    Affiliate Members
  5. Two thirds of the total credits must be from courses offered by the School of Arts and Sciences.
  6. Three fourths of the total credits must be at the 300-level or above.

Students should select from one of four possible tracks: Cognitive Neuroscience, Generalist, Language, and Vision. Each track has course recommendations for fulfilling the requirements of the Individualized Major.

 

Applying for the Individualized Major in Cognitive Science:

  1. Select from one of the 4 tracks (listed above).
  2. For a list of faculty members in the Center for Cognitive Science who can advise the required research course, please click here and here.
  3. Submit a written application no later than the first term of your junior year. (Part-time and transfer students may extend this deadline to completion of 75 credits.) 

The application can be downloaded at the following address:
http://ruccs.rutgers.edu/images/downloads/individualized%20major.pdf

Your application must include:

  1. 1-page Statement of Purpose and Learning Goals describing your academic objectives and clearly explaining why they cannot be accomplished within the current structure of majors, minors, and electives open to SAS students.
  2. Proposed listing of courses you intend to complete and the semester when you intend to take the courses. Include short lists of “elective courses” within the major from which you will choose a set number. For example, you can list three specific courses in Psychology and indicate that you will take a minimum of one course from that list for 3 credits.
  3. Signature of your primary faculty advisor who will direct your research course.
  4. The approval and signatures of the Undergraduate Director (2nd signature) and Director of the Center (3rd signature).
  5. The approval and signature of the SAS Dean for Educational Initiatives and the Core Curriculum (Susan Lawrence) or the Vice Dean for Undergraduate Education (Michael Beals). Their offices are located at 35 College Avenue.

 

Advising Centers:

Busch Campus
Busch Campus Center, Rm. 172
732-445-0163

College Avenue Campus
Milledoler Hall, Rm. 103
732-932-7731

Douglass Campus
College Hall, Rm. 104
732-932-9729

Livingston Campus
Lucy Stone Hall, Rm. A-216
732-445-2050

What is Cognitive Science?

Your mind is incredibly complex. It can compute the precise amount of effort needed to pick up a glass, it can recall the lyrics to the Oscar Meyer hot dog song, and it can build a space shuttle. How does our mind compute and manipulate information so well? Researchers in cognitive science have often used the analogy that the mind is like a “computer” – it takes in input, processes the information, and finally gives some output, typically behavioral in nature.

Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary field that studies the mind and brain. Cognitive scientists draw ideas from several fields such as computer science, linguistics, mathematics, neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology. Each discipline contributes their unique expertise to reach a common goal.

The goal of cognitive science is to understand the code of the mind, focusing on how the mind represents and manipulates knowledge and how mental representations and processes are realized in the brain.

About the Club

The Cog Sci Club is a student organization that typically presents a forum of meetings related to Cognitive Science that bring together presenters and audience members from such fields of study as: Neuroscience, Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy, and Psychology, as well as anthropology, biological sciences, mathematics, statistics, biomathematics, communication, and engineering. Additionally, members meet in social gatherings to watch movies or attend special events. The club offers a free space to interact, engage, learn, and share ideas with like-minded peers and professionals from varying perspectives.

Contact Information

To join or ask questions, email us at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or contact the club President:

Club Officials

  • President: Anthony Cruz, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Vice President: Anna Mallory, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Research Chair: Andrea Martinez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Treasurer: Gabi Reyes, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Secretary/PR Chair: Adriann Lai, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • High Skull/PR Chair: Yoni Friedman, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Spring 2017 Meetings

Meetings are every other Monday at 9pm in Room A139 of the Psychology Building Annex (Busch) on the following dates (also listed on Facebook): 

  • September 18, 2017 
  • October 2, 2017 
  • October 16, 2017 
  • October 30, 2017
  • November 13, 2017
  • November 27, 2017

There will be free pizza so we hope you will join us for food and conversation!

For information on upcoming meetings, please 'like' us on our Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/RUCogSciClub

Relevant Links

Our Directors

brian mclaughlin headshot small Brian McLaughlin  
Faculty Director 
Room A137, Psychology Building Addition, Busch Campus 
(848) 445-1612
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Staff Director
Room A135, Psychology Building Addition, Busch Campus
(848) 445-2973
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Graduate and Undergraduate Director 
Room A103, Psychology Building Addition, Busch Campus 
(848) 445-1601
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Staff

Radhames Camilo
Unit Computing Manager (Monday pm, Tuesday, Thursday)
Room A110, Psychology Building Addition, Busch Campus 
(848) 445-1606
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Hristiyan (Chris) Kourtev
Scientific Programmer
Room A111, Psychology Building Addition, Busch Campus
(848) 445-4380
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JoAnn Meli 
Administrative Assistant II
Room A129, Psychology Building Addition, Busch Campus
(848) 445-6660
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Business Manager  
Room A133, Psychology Building Addition, Busch Campus 
(848) 445-1625
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Special Visiting Research Undergraduate Students: (NOT MATRICULATED, NOT ENROLLED in CLASSES)

For J1 Visitors-In order to visit the Center for Cognitive Science, you are required to pay an Administration Fee of $1,500.  This fee covers administrative duties such as; the preparation of visas, approvals to audit undergraduate classes for education, and office space.

This administration fee is in addition to:

  1. The required Rutgers University SEVIS Administration Fee of $20/# of calendar months covered by the DS-2019  AND
  2. The one year request of $250.  If the one year request requires expedited visa processing there is a fee of $200 as well.
  3. Additionally, a late fee of $100 is required for:
    1. initial requests received within 6 weeks of the requested start date,
    2. extension requests received within 2 weeks of the requested start date
    3. transfers in to Rutgers’s J-1 program from another J-1 programs received within 2 weeks of the requested start date

Special Visiting Research Graduate Students/Research Scholars/Short Term Scholars:

For J1 VIsitors-In order to visit the Center for Cognitive Science, you are required to pay the following fees:

  1. The required Rutgers University SEVIS Administration Fee of $20/# of calendar months covered by the DS-2019  AND
  2. The one year request of $250.  If the one year request requires expedited visa processing there is a fee of $200 as well.
  3. Additionally, a late fee of $100 is required for:
    1. initial requests received within 6 weeks of the requested start date,
    2. extension requests received within 2 weeks of the requested start date
    3. transfers in to Rutgers’s J-1 program from another J-1 programs received within 2 weeks of the requested start date

 


 

Fall 2017 Visiting Student(s):

Undergraduate:

Junjie Lian
Affiliation: Shanghai University, College of Social Sciences (CHINA)
Date: September 1, 2017 to November 30, 2017

 

Fall 2016-Fall 2017 Visiting Student(s):

Graduate:

Jing Wang
Affiliation: Beijing Normal University, Department of Philosophy (CHINA)
Date: September 15, 2016 to September 14, 2017

 

Spring 2016-Spring 2018 Visiting Faculty:

Dr. Liqi Zhu
Affiliation: Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Psychology, Beijing, (CHINA)
Date: March 25, 2016 to March 24, 2018

Anthropology

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Computer Science

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Graduate School of Education

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Linguistics

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Philosophy

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Psychology

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SCILS

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Spanish & Portuguese

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Contact RuCCS

Psychology Building Addition
152 Frelinghuysen Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8020


Phone:

  • 848-445-1625
  • 848-445-6660
  • 848-445-0635


Fax:

  • 732-445-6715