Required Courses and Electives for the B.A. Major
(How to Declare a Major.)
In addition to meeting the General Educaton Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences, a student who wishes to major in Cognitive Science shall complete a minimum of 30 semester hours in Cognitive Science and approved related coursework: 15 credit hours in the foundation component and 15 hours of elective coursework.
The Foundation Component
The Cognitive Science major provides all students with a common Foundation Component as a basis for the further study of cognition. These courses are all entry level and can be taken in any order. It is commonly the case that students take 101 & 201 simultaneously in the Fall and 102 & 202 simultaneously in the Spring, but this is not a required order. All majors must successfully complete all of the following Foundation courses:
The Cognitive Science major is designed to encourage students to explore any aspect of human higher-order cognition. Students work with Cognitive Science advisors to design a program of study appropriately suited to their interests in cognition. Possibilities for emphasis include cognition in art, mathematics and science, music, theater and dance, politics, economics, law, and society; cognitive neuroscience; cognitive linguistics; cognitive semiotics; gesture; representation; aesthetics; computational approaches to cognition through simulation and modeling; cognitive syndromes; the cognitive science of evolution and development; distributed cognition and culture; cognitive aspects of media and technology; basic mental operations of narrative, conceptual integration, conceptual connection; and a host of other established or prospective fields in cognitive science.
Fifteen approved elective credit hours are required—typically five courses. At least three of these courses must be at the 200 or 300 level. Students should be forewarned that some of these courses have additional prerequisites that may not count towards the requirements of the major.
COGS courses are always approved as electives provided at least three of the five electives are at the 200 or 300 level. Standard COGS electives are:
There are two COGS courses that fulfill SAGES requirements:
These courses are not required for the major, but for students who are under the SAGES GER, some SAGES departmental seminar and capstone are required for graduation. A situation could arise in which a student who double majors has fulfilled their SAGES requirements for a departmental seminar and a capstone in the other major. Such a student might petition to have either COGS 302 or COGS 397 count as electives toward fulfilling the COGS major requirements. See further discussion on this point below, under "Additional Requirements for SAGES."
Nota Bene: That a course without a COGS designation has been approved as an elective for a previous student does not automatically mean that it will be approved as an elective for a subsequent student. Advisors monitor a student's individual program for overall coherence. Some courses that have been approved for previous students are listed below:
* While students may enroll in up to 6 credits of independent study in cognitive science, only 3 of these credits may count toward the elective component of the major.
Additional Requirements for SAGES
As part of the General Education Requirements for an undergraduate degree in the College of Arts & Sciences, students in SAGES must take a SAGES departmental seminar in some department and a SAGES capstone seminar in some department. COGS 302 is the Cognitive Science SAGES Departmental Seminar. COGS 397 is the Cognitive Science Capstone course. Credits earned in these courses count toward the General Education Requirement but do not additionally count toward the the requirements of the major, except potentially in rare cases where a student is permitted to inscribe for more than one departmental seminar in the University or more than one capstone seminar in the University. Such students should consult with the chair of the department and the director of SAGES to consider how the additional departmental seminar or capstone seminar would count toward requirements. See our website page on "courses" for further explanations of the Cognitive Science Departmental Seminar and the Cognitive Science Capstone course. Further information on General Education Requirements is available from the Office of Undergraduate Studies.
Special Clarification on COGS 302 for students following the 2006-2007 Student Handbook:
As Dean Julie Amon in the Office of Undergraduate Studies will confirm for you, you are not required to take COGS 302 in order to fulfill your major requirements, but you are certainly welcome to take the class to fulfill your Department Seminar requirement under the SAGES General Education Requirements. This clarification may be useful to those of you who are double majors, and have satisfied the SAGES Departmental Seminar in another major. Questions should be addressed to the chair of the department.
If you need approval for an elective, or for a course to count as satisfying one of the five foundation requirements, especially the quantitative reasoning requirement
Obtain your Cogsci advisor's approval, download the Fillable Academic Advisement Report (the non-fillable version is available from the office of undergraduate studies here), complete it in Adobe Acrobat by typing in the text boxes and clicking the radio buttons and putting your digital signature in the right spot, and send it to your advisor as an attachment to email. Your advisor will add his or her digital signature and return it to you electronically for submission to the office of undergraduate studies. If you don't know how to make a digital signature, just type in your name.