Cindy Bukach, Coordinator (Psychology)
Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study of the structures and functions of the human mind. Cognitive science investigates such topics as our sensory/perceptual apparatus, including vision, audition, olfaction; internal mental processes such as language, thinking, reasoning, and problem solving; motor control and the organization of skilled behavior such as speech and musical performance; memory; consciousness; attention; and many other aspects of the human mind. Cognitive science requires a multi-disciplinary approach and includes such fields as psychology, biology, neuroscience, philosophy, anthropology, linguistics, sociology, and computer science.
The cognitive science major is offered as a Bachelor of Arts degree only.
The Cognitive Science Major
Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the major must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C- (1.70).
12 units, including
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychological Science
PSYC 200 Methods and Analyses
PSYC 331 Neuroscience
PSYC 333 Cognitive Science or PSYC 337 Human Cognition
PSYC 341 Cognitive Neuroscience
CMSC 101 Minds and Machines
CMSC 150 Introduction to Computing or CMSC 155 Introduction to Scientific Computing
LLC 350 Linguistics
PHIL 370 Philosophy of Mind
BIOL 391 Senior SeminarCMSC 395 Artificial IntelligencePSYC course in the 433-449 range
ANTH 101 Introduction to Cultural AnthropologyBIOL 343 NeurobiologyBIOL 350 Independent ResearchCMSC 221 Data StructuresCMSC 301 Computer OrganizationsCMSC 340 Independent ResearchPHIL 251 Symbolic LogicPHIL 390 Independent ResearchPSYC 361 Independent ResearchPSYC course in the 433-449 range
Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the major. Prerequisites do not count toward the major unless otherwise noted.