Brain & Cognitive Science, BSLAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Brain & Cognitive Science

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department faculty: Psychology Faculty

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The Brain and Cognitive Science major introduces the student to a simple question: How do intelligent systems work? Our world provides two examples of complex intelligent systems—human beings (and possibly some other animals) and intelligent computer systems. Brain and Cognitive Science majors investigate the brain and behavior of intelligent biological systems (e.g. people) from the perspective that the brain is a kind of computer. Consequently, students must learn about how brains and computers work, and how these can explain what we know about mental functions including perception, learning, memory, and language. Brain and Cognitive Science majors make use of discoveries from a number of different disciplines, including psychology, neuroscience, computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and anthropology, and has applications to the development of technology in education, health, language sciences, and design.

The Brain and Cognitive Science major provides fundamental training in psychology, neuroscience, and computation, and it allows a great deal of flexibility with regard to more advanced courses. The major requires training in statistics, a laboratory course, and the capstone course. Students should contact our Undergraduate Advising Office for help in creating a plan of study and research that best meets their goals and interests.

Academic Advising

The Psychology Undergraduate Advising Office is open to help students choose patterns of courses relevant to their interests, as well as to help students explore graduate school, professional school, and career options. Advising is done by an award-winning staff of academic professionals along with mentoring by faculty for students with research interests. Peer registration assistants are also available to help with the registration process.

Undergraduate Degree Programs in Psychology

BSLAS in Brain & Cognitive Science

BSLAS in Psychology with the following concentrations:

For the Degree of Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences Major in Brain and Cognitive Science

A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Academic Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours).

Departmental distinction: To be eligible for graduation with Distinction in Psychology, a student must complete a two-semester research sequence in PSYC 494, submit a Senior Thesis that must be approved by the department, and maintain an overall 3.0 GPA at the time of submission. A student can also enroll in PSYC 492 to facilitate the preparation of a Bachelor's thesis.

To be eligible for High or Highest Distinction, a student must first be admitted to the Honors Program (requirements: junior standing, 3.5 GPA in Psychology overall, and completion of the statistics an laboratory requirements). The student then has to complete the three semester Honors sequence (PSYC 398, PSYC 498, PSYC 499), submit a Senior Thesis that must be approved by the department, and maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0 to be awarded High Distinction or a GPA of 3.5 for Highest Distinction.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.

Minimum required major and supporting course work: Normally equates to 42 hours of coursework, including at least 12 hours of advanced coursework.

Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level in the major must be taken on this campus.

Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

BCOG 100Introduction to the Brain and Cognitive Science3
BCOG 200Introduction to Programming for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences4
Statistics Course4
Intro to Statistics (or equivalent)
Multi-disciplinary Breadth Courses Select two of the following:6-7
Introduction to Anthropology
Human Origins and Culture
Talking Culture
Biology of Human Behavior
Little Bits to Big Ideas
Introduction to Computer Science
Intro to Language Science
Society and the Brain
Intro to Philosophy-ACP
Introduction to Philosophy
Logic and Reasoning
Logic and Reasoning QR II
Intro Psych
Intro Experimental Psych
Intermediate Required CoursesSelect one of the following:3
Images of Mind
Intro to Brain and Cognition
Behavioral Neuroscience
Intermediate Elective CoursesSelect one of the following:3
Biological Anthropology
Sociality of the Great Apes
Language in Culture
Discrete Structures
Basic Discrete Mathematics
Data Structures
Child Psych
Cognitive Psych
Perception & Sensory Processes
Learning and Memory
Language, Mind, and Brain
Language, Technology & Society
Symbolic Logic
Conceptions of Human Nature
Philosophy of Science
BCOG 458Advances in Brain and Cognitive Science3
Required LabSelect one of the following:4
Behavioral Neuroscience Lab
Cognitive Psych Lab
Perception Lab
Developmental Child Psych Lab
Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Neural Network Modeling Lab
Advanced ElectivesSelect four of the following:12
Topics in Lang & Culture
Capstone Undergraduate Research (Cognitive Science Capstone)
Probability & Statistics for Computer Science
Artificial Intelligence
Animal Behavior
Genes and Behavior
Human Factors
Elements of Syntax
Elements of Phonology
Elements of Morphology
Elmnts Semantics & Pragmatics
Intro to Psycholinguistics
Brain, Behavior & Info Process
Integrative Neuroscience
Logic and Linguistic Analysis
Philosophy of Mind
Theory of Knowledge
Formal Logic and Philosophy
Advanced Symbolic Logic
Contemporary Phil of Science
Philosophy of Psychology
Applied Neuroscience
Thinking and Reasoning
The Psychology of Aging
Intro Clin Neuropsych
Memory and Amnesia
Cognitive Neuroscience
Human Behavior Genetics
Advanced Neuropsychopharmacology
Brain, Learning, and Memory
Principles of Psychophysiology
Language Acquisition
Evolutionary Neuroscience
Cognitive Psychophysiology
Neurobio of Aging
Cog Neuroscience of Vision
General Speech Science
Language and the Brain
Total Hours42-43