Course Course Information Instructor
Introduction to Cognitive Sci
MWF 12:00-12:50 in PETER 110  
Description: A team taught course highlighting development of the field and the broad range of topics covered in the major. Example topics include addiction, analogy, animal cognition, human-computer interaction, language, neuroimaging, neural networks, reasoning, robots, and real-world applications.
An Introduction to Computing
MWF 09:00-09:50 in CSB 001  
Description: A practical introduction to computers. Designed for undergraduates in the social sciences. Topics include: basic operations of personal computers (MAC, PC), UNIX, word processing, e-mail, spreadsheets, and creating web pages using the World Wide Web. No previous background in computing required.
Hands-On Computing
TR 14:00-15:20 in CSB 115  
Description: Introductory-level course that will give students insight into the fundamental concepts of algorithmic thinking and design. The course will provide the students with first-person, hands-on experience programming a web crawler and simple physical robots.
Minds & Brains
TR 09:30-10:50 in SOLIS 104 (website)  
Description: How damaged and normal brains influence the way humans solve problems, remember or forget, pay attention to things; how they affect our emotions, and the way we use language in daily life.
Intro. to Research Methods
MWF 10:00-10:50 in PCYNH 106  
Intro. to Statistical Analysis
MWF 11:00-11:50 in CSB 001 (website)  
Uncensored Intro. to Language
TR 11:00-12:20 in WLH 2111  
Neurobiology of Cognition
TR 14:00-15:20 in SOLIS 104 (website)  
Description: Introduction to the organization and functions of the nervous system. Topics include molecular, cellular, developmental, systems, and behavioral neurobiology. Specifically, structure and function of neurons, peripheral and central nervous systems, sensory, motor, and control systems, learning and memory mechanisms. (Students may not receive credit for both Biology 12 and Cognitive Science 17. This course fulfills general-education requirements for Marshall and Roosevelt Colleges as well as Warren by petition.)
Freshman Seminar: Minds Making Religion
F 14:00-14:50 in CSB 180  
Description: The Freshman Seminar Program is designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman Seminars are offered in all campus departments and undergraduate colleges, and topics vary from quarter to quarter. Enrollment is limited to fifteen to twenty students, with preference given to entering freshmen.
Undergraduate Seminar: Understanding/Designers Search
Description: "Field study methods practicum: How do designers really search?" Understanding how designers search for information (about designs, about product requirements, about materials, about tools) is a broad and interesting topic. This class is an intensive class with a one-week field study that starts with understanding the pragmatics of doing field work from an ethnographic perspective, and then getting into the field for data collection, and ending up with analysis and presentation of the findings. This is a soup-to-nuts class that gets you into the field, collecting, organizing, analyzing, and presenting ethnographic data to understand a real customer segment. The last day of the class will be a presentation of your field results to a panel of experts, which will offer data collection, analysis, and presentation critiques.
TR 14:00-15:20 in CENTR 115  
Description: An introduction to structure of natural language, and to the cognitive processes that underline its acquisition, comprehension, and production. This course covers findings from linguistics, computer science, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience to provide an integrated perspective on human language abilities. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 1 and 14A.
Cognitive Design Studio
TR 12:30-13:50 in HSS 1330  
Description: This is a project-based course focused on the process of cognitive design. Students work in teams to design and evaluate a prototype application or redesign an existing system. Three hours of lecture and two hours of design laboratory. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 102B or consent of instructor.
Cognitive Neuroscience
TR 11:00-12:20 in PCYNH 106  
Description: This course reviews research investigating the neural bases for human mental processes, including processing of affective, social, linguistic, and visuospatial information, as well as memory, attention, and executive functions. Also discussed are brain development and brain aging, and the nature of intelligence and creativity. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 107B and its prerequisites.
COGS 110
The Developing Mind
MWF 11:00-11:50 in CENTR 113  
Blumenthal, Emily Jeanne
COGS 121
Human Comptr Interac Prog Stud
TR 14:00-15:20 in CENTR 113 (website)  
Description: This course covers fundamentals of user interface design and implementation of web-based systems. A major component is completion of a substantial programming project in which students work together in small teams. Three hours of lecture and one hour of laboratory. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 120, Cognitive Science 18 or Cognitive Science 3 or Computer Science and Engineering 5A or Computer Science and Engineering 8A or Computer Science and Engineering 8B or Computer Science and Engineering 11 or Computer Science and Engineering 12 or Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering 9, or consent of instructor.
COGS 152
Cognitive Foundations of Math
TR 12:30-13:50 in MANDE B-104 (website)  
Description: How the human mind/brain creates mathematics: embodiment, innovation, and creativity. The emergence and power of abstract concepts, such as infinity, infinitesimals, imaginary numbers, or zero. Cognitive approaches that connect mathematics to human thought in general. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 1, or Philosophy 1, or Psychology 1, or Education Studies (20 or 30 or 31); upper-division standing.
COGS 154
Comm Disorders/Children&Adults
TR 15:30-16:50 in CENTR 113  
Description: Neural bases of language use in normal adults, and neural bases of language and communication development in normal children. Evidence on the language and communication deficits in adults (especially aphasia and dementia) and children (specific language impairment, focal brain injury, retardation, and autism). Prerequisites: upper-division standing.
Ellis, Erica Michelle
COGS 155
Gesture and Cognition
TR 09:30-10:50 in SOLIS 109  
COGS 157
Music and the Mind
TR 12:30-13:50 in CSB 005  
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Communication in Infancy
Description: COGS 160 is a mixed Practicum/Seminar course designed to provide hands-on experience in research on infancy and early childhood. Students learn skills and are assigned responsibilities based on the project to which they are assigned. Students also participate in a journal club and prepare brief end-of-quarter presentations and reports. It is a 3-quarter sequence. Content, skills, and responsibilities evolve and expand every quarter. Pre-req: upper-division coursework in Cognitive Science, Human Development, Linguistics, and/or Psychology, covering content including one or more cognition or cognitive development cognitive ethnography, neuroscience, psycholinguistics; GPA of 3.3 or better; Commitment to a 3-quarter, 4-credit sequence; Permission of instructor based on interview and availability.
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Language Research: A Practicum
Description: This course involves working about 10 hours per week in Dr. Coulson's lab on language research projects and writing a paper on the findings of one of them. The class meets weekly to talk about the motivation for the projects, to discuss how different language research techniques are used, and how to analyze and interpret data. For more information to contact Dr. Coulson [] directly.
COGS 163
Metabolic Disorders/Brain
TR 11:00-12:20 in CSB 180  
COGS 169
Genetic Information/Behavior
COGS 185
Adv. Machine Learning Methods
TR 09:30-10:50 in SOLIS 111 (website)  
COGS 200
Cognitive Science Seminar
F 15:00-16:50 in CSB 003  
Description: This seminar emphasizes the conceptual basis of cognitive science, including representation, processing mechanisms, language, and the role of interaction among individuals, culture, and the environment. Current developments in each field are considered as they relate to issues in cognitive science. (May be repeated for credit.)
COGS 202
Foundation:Comp Model. of Cogn
M 13:00-15:50 in CSB 003  
Description: This course surveys the development of symbolic and connectionist models of cognition. Selected readings from the late 1940s to the present are covered. Topics include: Turing machines, information theory, computational complexity, search, learning, symbolic artificial intelligence, and neural networks.
COGS 205
Introduction/Thesis Research
MW 09:30-10:50 in CSB 272  
Description: This course is taken to focus the students’ development of a thesis topic and research proposal. Students prepare an outline of thesis proposal and make an oral public presentation of the proposed topic prior to the end of the third year. S/U only.
Research Methods/Cogn Science
COGS 220
Information Visualization
W 09:00-11:50  
Description: This seminar surveys current research in information visualization with the goal of preparing students to do original research. The focus is on the cognitive aspects of information design, dynamic representations, and computational techniques. Topics vary each time course is offered.
COGS 260
Seminar on Special Topics: Animal Cognition
W 11:00-13:50 in CSB 003  
Description: Specific topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.)
COGS 260
Seminar on Special Topics: Cognitive Neuroscience
Description: Specific topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.)
COGS 260
Seminar on Special Topics: Auditory Learning & Plasticity
W 14:00-15:50 in CSB 272  
Description: Specific topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.)
COGS 260
Seminar on Special Topics: Neural Oscillations
W 14:00-16:50 in CSB 003  
Description: Specific topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.)
COGS 260
Seminar on Special Topics: The Social Brain: Past,Present
Description: Specific topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.)
COGS 260
Seminar on Special Topics
F 11:00-13:50 in CSB 180  
Description: Specific topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.)

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