COGNITIVE SCIENCE MAJOR
BEGINNING WITH THE CLASS OF 2020
Students planning on declaring a major must file 2020 COGS Major Worksheet and submit it electronically to the Chair (Lindsay Whaley) for approval by steering committee prior to approval in DartWorks. Students designing a new focus must provide a rationale for their focus area explaining how each course fits in.
- COGS 1: Introduction to Cognitive Science (needed to declare the major- offered in the Spring term)
- A 10-level statistics course (PSYC 10; ECON 10; GOV 10 or equivalent)
II. CORE COURSES:
- Linguistics 1
- Computer Science 1
- COGS 25 (Philosophy of Cognitive Science)
- Psychology 28 (Cognition)
III. FOCUS AREAS:
Each COGS major will have to satisfy four courses in a focus area. In some cases, students will be allowed to design their own focus area, which must include a description of a coherent problem area and rationale for the course of study, and 4 relevant (and available) courses. Focus area proposals must be approved by the advisor and the chair of the Cognitive Science steering committee.
- Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
- Cognitive Engineering
- Computational Modeling
- Language Acquisition and Development
- Learning and Education
- Perception, Representation and Knowledge
IV. LABORATORY REQUIREMENT:
- In addition, one elective course, either in or beyond the focus area, must involve a laboratory component (PSYC 11 or other course with laboratory by approval; courses in a number of departments could fulfill this requirement).
V. ADVANCED RESEARCH:
- Junior seminar in Cognitive Science, COGS 80, offered in the fall term. This course will be a series of lectures by faculty working in Cognitive Science across the college. Students will discuss readings prior to the lecture, and will meet after the lecture with the speaker for intensive discussion. Majors must take this at least once.
- One course or course sequence that satisfies the requirement for a culminating activity, which may be met in one of three ways:
- Completing a cogs_honors_theses_copy.pdf (Cognitive Science 86, 87). See below.
- Carrying out a one or two term cogs_independent_study_copy.pdf(Cognitive Science 85)
- For either options students must complete cogsci_letter.pdf
- Completing a second term of the Junior Cognitive Science seminar, with an advanced term paper.
Proposal due dates: by the eight week of the spring term prior to thesis work beginning in the fall, and by the fifth week of the fall term prior to thesis work beginning in the winter.