Undergraduate Minor in Cognitive Science (pre Jan 1, 2015)

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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:

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:  undergrad@ruccs.rutgers.edu

 

Cognitive Science Minor Program - Course Offerings

The courses below are offered in the subject area of Cognitive Science. 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".]

01:185:200 Apply Cog Sci to Problems in the Real & Virtual Worlds (3)

Examines how research findings have informed our understanding of human cognition, the role of essential processes from neurobiology, perception, and attention, and how these are used when we search, select and remember information, and when we make decisions.
Pre- or corequisite: A course in computer science, linguistics, philosophy, or psychology; or permission of instructor. 

01:185:201/202Cognitive Science: A Multi-disciplinary Introduction (3 credit course, 1 credit recitation)

A Multi-disciplinary Introduction 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.
Pre- or corequisite: A course in computer science, linguistics, philosophy, or psychology; or permission of instructor.

01:185:253 Human Diversity (3)

Critical analysis of facts, theories, and philosophical issues regarding human diversity in a variety of domains. May include: sex and gender; race; religion; diet; morality and norms; conceptions of the self; perceptions and cognition. Credit not given for both this course and 01:730:253.

01:185:301 Cognition and Decision Making (4)

Cognition and Decision Making 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. Taught in Spring semesters.
Pre- or corequisite: A course in computer science, linguistics, philosophy, or psychology; or permission of instructor.
Course satisfies Core Curriculum: Quantitative and Formal Reasoning (QQ). 

01:185:310    The Concepts of Concepts in Cognitive Science (3)

The Concepts of "Concepts" in Cognitive Science 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.
 

01:185:320 Research Methods in Cognitive Science (3)

Prereq: 185:201 or 185:411 or 185:301
Research Methods in Cognitive Science 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.

01:185:395 Research in Cognitive Science (3)

Prereq: Permission of Instructor
May be taken more than once.
Research in Cognitive Science is a supervised research internship in cognitive science. May include laboratory/library research. Final written report required. Pre-requisite: permission of instructor.

01:185:396 Research in Cognitive Science (3)

Prereq: Permission of Instructor
May be taken more than once.
Research in Cognitive Science is a supervised research internship in cognitive science. May include laboratory/library research. Final written report required. Pre-requisite: permission of instructor.

01:185:410 Language and Cognition (3)

Language and Cognition 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.
Pre- or corequisite: 01:185:201 & 202 and 01:615:201; or permission of instructor.
Course satisfies Core Curriculum: Quantitative and Formal Reasoning (QQ).

01:185:411 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science I (4)

Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science 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.

01:185:412 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Science II (3)

Seminar on computational, linguistic, philosophical, and psychological approaches taken within cognitive sciences through a survey of topics such as reasoning, language, vision, and cognitive development.

01:185:495 Research in Cognitive Science I (3)

Research in Cognitive Science 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.

01:185:496 Research in Cognitive Science II (3)

Research in Cognitive Science 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.

* Students who are interested in taking Cognitive Science 495 or Cognitive Science 496 are responsible for finding professors interested in supervising their research, and should approach faculty whose research interests are closest to theirs. Students interested in these courses should be aware that many professors expect a two semester commitment. In addition, students should realize that faculty who participate in the Cognitive Science Center, and hence, are likely to sponsor independent research courses, come from different departments (mainly philosophy, linguistics, computer science, and psychology), and these departments have different perspectives on research courses. For example, in psychology and, to a lesser extent, computer science, students frequently take research courses, but these research courses are usually research internships, with the student working on an ongoing project in the faculty sponsor's lab. In philosophy & linguistics, few students do supervised research projects, but when they do, their research may be somewhat more independent.

Special Permission Required, contact Sue Cosentino at 848-445-1625 or email: suecos@ruccs.rutgers.edu