Academic Programs Catalog

College of Arts and Letters

Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages

Undergraduate Programs
Minor in Cognitive Science

The Minor in Cognitive Science introduces students to one of the most important remaining mysteries in science: the nature of the mind and how biological systems process complex information to produce thought and adaptive behavior, and how artificial systems can be endowed with the same capabilities. The scientific study of the nature of mind requires familiarity with many different theoretical perspectives and empirical traditions, and an appreciation for the concerns of several different academic disciplines. Students enrolled in this minor will gain understanding from a variety of disciplinary viewpoints, of problems in cognitive science.

The Minor in Cognitive Science is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the Minor in Cognitive Science should consult the undergraduate advisor for cognitive science.

Requirements for the Minor in Cognitive Science

Students must complete a minimum of 18 credits from the courses listed below. Independent study and special topics courses must be approved in advance by the advisor for the minor, to ensure that the content of the course is specifically related to cognitive science. Students are encouraged to take advantage of research opportunities with specific faculty members through independent study. The students program of study must be approved by the advisor for the minor.

1. Complete the following course (3 credits):  
  LIN 463 Introduction to Cognitive Science 3
2. Complete at least 6 credits from one of the following disciplinary areas. Additional courses in the focus area may be approved by the advisor.  
  Communicative Sciences and Disorders  
  CSD 203 Introduction to Communication Sciences and Disorders 3
  CSD 213 Anatomy and Physiology of Speech and Hearing Mechanisms 3
  CSD 232 Descriptive Phonetics 2
  CSD 333 Oral Language Development 3
  Computer Science and Engineering  
  CSE 440 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 3
  CSE 460 Computability and Formal Language Theory 3
  CSE 484 Information Retrieval 3
  KIN 365 Sensorimotor Control 3
  KIN 443 Psychophysiological Aspects of Kinesiology 3
  LIN 401 Introduction to Linguistics 4
  LIN 424 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology 3
  LIN 431 Introduction to Morphology 3
  LIN 434 Introduction to Syntax 3
  LIN 437 Semantics and Pragmatics 3
  LIN 450 Child Language Acquisition 3
  LIN 455 Neurolinguistics 3
  LIN 471 Sociolinguistics 3
  NEU 301 Introduction to Neuroscience I 3
  NEU 302 Introduction to Neuroscience II 3
  PHL 330 Formal Reasoning 4
  PHL 360 Philosophy of Language 3
  PHL 431 Topics in Philosophy of Logic and Language 3
  PHL 462 Philosophy of Mind 3
  PSY 200 Cognitive Psychology 3
  PSY 301 Cognitive Neuroscience 3
  PSY 401 Expertise and Skill (W) 3
  PSY 402 Sensation and Perception (W) 3
  PSY 410 Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (W) 3
  ZOL 313 Animal Behavior 3
  ZOL 402 Neurobiology 3
  ZOL 415 Ecological Aspects of Animal Behavior (W) 3
3. Complete at least 9 additional credits in course work as approved by the advisor for the minor. Additional courses may be chosen from courses above except from the focus area chosen.