Graduate Specialization - Interdepartmental Graduate Specialization in Cognitive Science

Program:
Interdepartmental Graduate Specialization in Cognitive Science
Program Code:
4722 Cognitive Science
Program Level:
Graduate
Award Type:
Specialization Graduate - Doctoral
Start Term:
FS99
College:
College of Social Science
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College of Social Science

Interdepartmental Graduate Specializations

Interdepartmental Graduate Specialization in Cognitive Science

The Interdepartmental Graduate Specialization in Cognitive Science are available for students who are enrolled in master’s and doctoral degree programs in Audiology and Speech Sciences; Computer Science; Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior; Geography; Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian and African Languages; Neuroscience; Philosophy; Physics and Astronomy; Physiology; Psychiatry; Psychology; Telecommunication; and Zoology.  The College of Social Science administers the specialization.

One of the most important remaining mysteries in science is the nature of mind, whether mind be embodied in the neurons of the brain or in the silicon stuff of computer chips in an artificial brain-like system.   Cognitive Science explores how biological systems process information to produce thought and adaptive behavior and whether artificial systems can be endowed with the same capabilities.  The scientific study of the nature of mind requires a concerted effort by investigators from many different theoretical perspectives, empirical traditions, and academic disciplines. The program will make available  to students an interdisciplinary field that encompasses approaches to solving the problems of understanding the mind from a number of sharply different directions.  Students will learn about, and engage in,  research on these problems under more than one disciplinary umbrella.  The specialization is supervised by the Cognitive Science Graduate Affairs Committee.

Students seeking admission to the specialization must contact the Director of the Cognitive Science Program.  To be admitted, a student must have completed a bachelor’s degree with a grade-point average of at least 3.0 and have been admitted to a master’s or doctoral program in one of the participating departments.  Students should submit a cover letter and a personal statement describing  their interest in cognitive science  and their objectives in seeking admission.  Additional documentation may be requested.

Requirements for the Specialization in Cognitive Science

The Specialization in Cognitive Science is offered at both the master’s and the doctoral level.  No student may receive certification at both levels.  During the first year of the master’s or doctoral program, the student and the major professor select a guidance committee to assist in planning  both the student’s degree program and specialization.  At least one member of a master’s student’s guidance committee and two members of a doctoral student’s guidance committee shall be members of the Cognitive Science faculty, with one of the latter from a discipline outside the student’s major department.

Credits that are used to meet the requirements of the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the student’s major at the discretion of the department or college.  Courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization must be approved by the student’s guidance committee and should demonstrate competence in at least two areas of cognitive science.

Master’s Students must:

  1. Complete 18 credits of course work as specified below.
  2. Participate in a research project outside their major department, either by completing one semester of  work in a laboratory project or by enrolling in an independent study course involving collaborative work with a member of the cognitive science faculty.
    Plan A students will also complete a thesis reflecting the integration of the student’s discipline and Cognitive Science.

Doctoral Students must:

  1. Complete 18 credits or course work as specified below.
  2. Participate in a research project outside their major department, either by completing one semester of  work in a laboratory project or by enrolling in an independent study course involving collaborative work with a member of the cognitive science faculty.
  3. Complete a dissertation that reflects the integration of the student’s discipline and Cognitive Science.
                   
    Required Core Courses  
    PSY 863 Seminar in Cognitive Science 1
    At least 16 additional credits in courses relevant to Cognitive Science.  
    At least 6 of these credits, chosen from the following, must be in courses  
    outside the student’s major.        
    ASC 813 Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology of Speech, Language, and Hearing 3
    ASC 823A Acquired Language Disorders 3
    ASC 914A Speech Production and Perception I 4
    ASC 914B Speech Production and Perception II 4
    CSE 802 Pattern Recognition and Analysis 4
    CSE 803 Computer Vision     3
    CSE 841 Artificial Intelligence 3
    CSE 845 Knowledge-Based Systems 4
    CSE 847 Machine Learning     3
    CSE 848 Evolutionary Computation 3
    CSE 885 Artificial Neural Networks 3
    CSE 941 Selected Topics in Artificial Intelligence 3
    LIN 824 Phonological Theory I 3
    LIN 834 Syntactic Theory I
    3
    LIN 837 Advanced Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics 3
    LIN 850 Advanced Studies in Child Language Acquisition 3
    PHL 860 Seminar in Metaphysics and Epistemology 3
    PHL 880 Seminar in Philosophy of Science 3
    PSY 801 Sensation and Perception 3
    PSY 802 Basic Cognitive Processes 3
    PSY 803 Higher Order Cognitive Processes 3
    PSY 814 Psycholinguistics     3
    PSY 851 Neuropsychology     4
    ZOL 822 Topics in Ethology and Behavioral Ecology 3
    Other course may be substituted with prior approval of the Cognitive Science Graduate Affairs Committee.