Undergraduate Courses

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COGS 1
Introduction to Cognitive Sci
 
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.
COGS 3
An Introduction to Computing
 
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.
COGS 11
Minds & Brains
 
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.
COGS 14
Design & Analysis of Expermnts
 
COGS 15
Uncensored Intro. to Language
 
Description: Human language is unlike any other naturally occurring communication system. It’s expressive, flexible, and in principle limitless. It’s also dirty. This class is an introduction to language through the lens of its dark underbelly. We’ll look at vulgarities, taboo words, and epithets. They will tell us a lot about how people learn language, how they pronounce words, how they put words together into sentences, how they understand meaning, and why language changes over time. There are no prerequisites for this course. However, students who believe they could be offended by the study of swearing and other taboo language might not find this course appropriate for them, and are encouraged not to enroll.
COGS 17
Neurobiology of Cognition
 
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.)
COGS 87
Freshman Seminar: Minds, Religion, Superstition
 
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.
COGS 91
SCANS Presents
 
Description: The department faculty and the Students for Cognitive and Neurosciences (SCANS) offer this seminar exploring issues in cognitive science. It includes informal faculty research presentations, investigations of topics not covered in the curriculum, and discussions on graduate school and careers. (May be repeated when topics vary.)
COGS 101C
Language
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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.
COGS 101C
Language
 
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.
COGS 102C
Cognitive Design Studio
 
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.
COGS 107C
Cognitive Neuroscience
 
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 115
Neurologcl Devlp & Cogntv Chng
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COGS 152
Cognitive Foundations of Math
 
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 160
Seminar on Special Topics
 
Description: Special topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.) Prerequisites: department approval.
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Cog. Processes in Children
 
Description: Special topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.) Prerequisites: department approval.
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Language Comprehension
 
Description: Special topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.) Prerequisites: department approval.
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Neural Computation in Cogsci
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Description: Despite powerful computers and sophisticated technologies, artificial intelligence systems still far lag the brain in processing and responding to sensory inputs. How does the brain cobble together such an impressive system from fallible, noisy biological hardware such as neurons and synapses? What are some of the computational principles that enable it to overcome its hardware limitations? What are some commonalities and uniqueness in the neural representation and processing of sensory information in different modalities: vision, audition, olfaction, somatosensation? How does information from these different modalities interact? And finally, how critical is active exploration to the brain's powerful sensory processing systems, such as strategic eye movements, orientating movements, whisking behavior in rodents and felines, etc. This seminar course will consist partly of lectures and partly of paper presentation and discussion. Students will be encouraged to think deeply through some of these major questions in sensory neuroscience and bring their thoughts to class for active discussions. Contact Dr. Angela Yu at ajyu@ucsd.edu for enrollment process
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Novel Interaction Techniques
 
Description: This is an upper-level undergraduate course focused on the design of gesture-based intearction techniques. The course will cover original research in HCI on various gesture-based input techniques, including mouse, pen, touch, and whole-body interaction. Students will work in small teams to complete prototyping activities related to various gesture-based techniques.
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Research in Neurofeedback
 
Description: Special topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.) Prerequisites: department approval.
COGS 176
From Sleep to Attention
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COGS 187B
Practicum in Pro Web Design
 
Description: This course follows up on the basics of multimedia design taught in Cognitive Science 187A. Students will probe more deeply into selective topics, such as animation, navigation, graphical display of information, and narrative coherence. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 187A or consent of instructor.

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