Cognitive Science

Gerry Altmann, an internationally known researcher in the field of psycholinguistics, will join the expanding cognitive science program in fall 2014. His research focuses on how what we hear affects what we see. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)
The research of Gerry Altmann, an internationally known researcher in the field of psycholinguistics, focuses on how what we hear affects what we see.

Course descriptions

Cognitive Science is the study of how intelligent beings (including people, animals, and machines) perceive, act, know, and think. It explores the process and content of thought as observed in individuals, distributed through communities, manifested in the structure and meaning of language, modeled by algorithms, and contemplated by philosophies of mind. Its models are formulated using concepts drawn from many disciplines, including psychology, linguistics, logic, communication sciences/disorders, computer science, anthropology, and philosophy, and they are tested using evidence from psychological experiments, clinical studies, field studies, computer simulations, and neurophysiological observation.

This program is intended to prepare students for graduate training in cognitive science and related disciplines or to work in the information sciences. The distribution requirements ensure that students will acquire a truly interdisciplinary education. The research and formal systems requirements provide basic knowledge concerning the experimental and theoretical foundations of cognitive science. Finally, majors are encouraged to learn about theory building and testing in a variety of natural and physical sciences. One way to achieve this is to fulfill the requirements of the Bachelor of Science degree.

General Requirements

The requirements for the cognitive science major include 40 2000-level or above credits, no more than 21 of which may be taken in any one department. There are several 1000-level courses that are required preparation for the 2000-level and above requirements. These courses should be taken during the first four semesters and may fulfill general education requirements.

A maximum of six 2000-level or above transfer credits may count toward the major with approval of advisor. Students must earn a grade of C- (1.7) or higher in each course that is counted toward the major.

Core Courses (16 credits)

COGS 2201, 3584 and four of the following courses: ANTH 3002; CSE 4705; LING 2010Q; PHIL 3250/W; PSYC 2501; SLHS 4245/W

Research Courses (6 credits)

Statistics (one of the following for at least 3 credits): PSYC 2100Q or 2100WQ; STAT 2215Q, 3025Q (Calculus level).

Research Methods (one of the following for at least 3 credits): ANTH 3004 (if elected for 3 credits); LING 3110; PSYC 3250/W, 3251/W, 3253, 3450W, 3550W, 3551W, 3552

Formal Systems Courses (3 credits)

Advanced Courses (12 credits)

Must include courses from at least 3 departments. Can include core courses not needed to satisfy the core course requirement.

Electives (3-6 credits)

One or two additional courses (from above lists or other related courses from any department), chosen with the approval of the advisors.

a The following courses may be used to fulfill both the Formal Systems and Advanced Courses requirements: CSE 3500, 3502; LING 3310Q, 3410Q, 3511Q. In this event, two electives are required.

b PSYC 3470 is a variable topics course and may only be counted toward the major with advisors’ approval.

Competency and Writing Requirements

The exit requirements for computer technology and information literacy will be met by satisfaction of the Research Methods Requirement. The exit requirements for writing in the major are met by taking any W course on the Plan of Study. Students in the program will have an advisor and an associate advisor, each in different departments contributing to the cognitive science program. Students will consult with both of them to plan a course of study.

A minor in Cognitive Science is described in the “Minors” section.

 

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