Michael Loose


Cognitive Science: Requirements

Cognitive Science: Requirements

To familiarize students with basic methodological approaches to the study of the mind and brain, the following core courses in psychology and neuroscience are required for the concentration. Note that NSCI 201 can act as the prerequisite for PSYC 207 and PSYC 209.

Core Courses

  • PSYC 207 – Memory and Learning OR PSYC 209 Complex Cognition
  • NSCI 201 – The Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience  

In addition to the core course requirement, students must take four elective courses. To ensure breadth, each of the four elective courses must be from a different participating department within the cognitive sciences concentration (i.e., psychology, neuroscience, computer science, philosophy, economics, anthropology, etc. See below list.). Students should be aware that some of the elective courses have prerequisites and plan accordingly. An appropriate full course private reading or other course offering may count as one of the electives upon approval by the Cognitive Sciences Chair.

Elective Courses


  • ANTH 204 – Introduction to Linguistic Anthropology
  • ANTH 321 – Language and Body

Computer Science

  • CSCI 299 – Mind and Machine
  • CSCI 364 – Artificial Intelligence


  • ECON 232 – Experimental Economics
  • ECON 313 – Games and Strategy in Economics

Music Theory

  • MUTH 317 – Music & Embodied Cognition


  • NSCI 319 – Neurophysiology: Neurons to Networks to Cognition
  • NSCI 350 – Behavioral Neuroscience
  • NSCI 357 – Sensory Neuroscience
  • NSCI 360 – Cognitive Neuroscience


  • PHIL 200 – Deductive Logic
  • PHIL 201 – Reason and Argument
  • PHIL 220 – Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL 228 – Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL 347 – Cognitive Science of Rationality and Morality


  • PSYC 207 – Memory and Learning
  • PSYC 209 – Complex Cognition
  • PSYC 303 – Advanced Methods in Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 305 – Advanced Methods in Human Psychophysiology
  • PSYC 450 – Seminar in Language and Thought

Any student, regardless of major or minor, can pursue a Cognitive Sciences Concentration. The Cognitive Sciences Concentration does not substitute for a major or minor. Its completion will be noted on the student's final transcript along with majors, minors, and Honors. No course with a grade below C-/CR/P may be used for the Cognitive Sciences Concentration. Students wishing to pursue the concentration should consult with the Chair of the Cognitive Sciences Concentration Curricular Committee: Michael Loose (Neuroscience).

*Download Declaration of Cognitive Science Concentration Form