The Cognitive Science Major
Graduate-bound students with an interest in teh fundamentsl of perceptual processing, neurophysiology, and human cognition will find what they are looking for in UE's Cognitive Science program.
At the lower division, students encounter a range of methods (computational and experimental) in the preliminary study of psychology, philosophy and computer programming. They are also introduced to cognitive science and the research methods used by professionals in the field. At the upper division, students confront questions of cognition in the context of specialized research from philosophy, neuroscience and psychology.
In keeping with the interdisciplinary spirit of cognitive science, majors are encouraged to add depth and breadth to their experience according to their choice of a senior thesis topic and the way they use the 32 elective credits permitted by the program. To supplement their degree, students may complete second majors, pick up additional minors, or design their own path through a variety of relevant courses.
To earn a Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science at the University of Evansville, students must complete the following 120-hour curriculum.
Required Lower-Division Courses - 28 hours
- Introduction to Cognitive Science - COGS 111 (3)
- Introduction to Psychology - PSYC 121 (3)
- Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience - PSYC 125 (3)
- Fundamentals of Programming I - CS 210 (3)
- Fundamentals of Programming II - CS 215 (3)
- Modern European Philosophy - PHIL 221 (3)
- Symbolic Logic - PHIL 231 (3)
- Statistics for Psychologists - PSYC 245 (3)
- Research Methods in Psychology - PSYC 246 (4)
Required Upper-Division Courses - 22 hours
- Epistemology - PHIL 324 (3)
- Sensation and Perception - PSYC 355 (3)
- Physiological Psychology w / Lab - PSYC 357-358 (4)
- Cognitive Psychology - PSYC 366 (3)
- Philosophy of Science - PHIL 445 (3)
- Philosophy of Mind - PHIL 447 (3)
- Seminar in Philosophy, Neuroscience and Psychology - COGS 498 (3)
Technical Electives - 6 hours
Select any two of the following:
- Algorithms and Data Structures - CS 315 (3) - Math 370 Required
- Artificial Intelligence - CS 430 (3) - CS 315 Recommended
- Human Evolution - ANTH 416 (3)
- Linguistic Anthropology - ANTH 440 (3)
- Language Development - PSYC 326 (3)
- Learning - PSYC 450 (3)
- Advanced Neuroscience - PSYC 457 (3)
- Cognitive Development - PSYC 466 (3)
- Senior Seminar - 3 hours
Senior Seminar in either Philosophy (PHIL 499) or Psychology (PSYC 490) - Thesis topic must be pertinent to cognitive science.
Elective Courses - 32 hours
Elective courses should be chosen carefully in consultation with an advisor to complement a student's education and career objectives.
A second major in philosophy can be completed using 12 elective hours: PHIL 121 (Introduction to Ethics), PHIL 211 (Ancient Greek Philosophy), PHIL 359 (Philosophical Classics), and one other course in philosophy over the 300-level.
A second major in psychology can be completed using 13 elective hours, assuming that a student has taken one technical elective in psychology: BIOL 100 (Fundamentals of Biology) or BIOL 107 (General Biology), PSYC 226 (Child and Adolescent Psychology), PSYC 229 (Social Psychology) and PSYC 259 (Abnormal Psychology).
Students interested in working in computer modeling or another computational aspect of cognitive science are strongly encouraged to complete a minor in computer science. Assuming that a student has taken both their technical electives in computer science, the minor can be completed using 9 elective hours
The recommended computer science minor for cognitive science majors is:
- CS 210: Fundamentals of Programming I (3)*
- CS 215: Fundamentals of Programming II (3)*
- CS 220: Logic Design and Machine Organization (3)
- CS 290: Objected-Oriented Design (3)
- CS 315: Algorithms and Data Structures (3)**
- CS 430: Artificial Intelligence (3)**
- CS 478: Embedded Systems and Real-Time Programming (3)
* included in the required courses above.
** included in the technical elective list.
Remaining General Education Courses - 29 hours
All students at the University of Evansville must complete a general education program according to the following distribution. See the UE 2007-2009 Catalog for the precise requirements.
- American Traditions (3)
- The Creative Dimension (3)
- Foreign Language (6)
- Health and Wellness (1)
- Human Behavior and Society (3) Met with PSYC 121 above
- International Perspectives (3) Met with PHIL 221 above*
- Mathematical Thought (3)
- The Philosophical / Spiritual Dimension (3)
- Science and Technology (7) Three hours met with PSYC 125 above
- Senior Seminar (3) Met with the senior seminar option above
- World Cultures (6)
* Phil 221 meets the general education requirement for either the Philosophical / Spiritual Dimension or International Perspectives.
Other Considerations and Recommendations for Majors
A grade of C- or better is required in each course applied to the major.
Graduate-school-bound majors in cognitive science are strongly encouraged to complete a "Research Experience for Undergraduates" (REU) or some other summer internship appropriate to their interests in graduate school.
Majors (and minors) are strongly encouraged to participate in the CNS Research Group.
The 18-hour minor in cognitive science is designed to provide general literacy to students who want to orient themselves within the field. It is a particularly worthy supplement for majors in biology, computer science, mathematics, philosophy and psychology, though it is applicable beyond these disciplines as well.
- COGS 111: Introduction to Cognitive Science (3)
- PSYC 125: Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience (3) or PSYC 357: Physiological Psychology (3)
- PSYC 366: Cognitive Psychology (3)
- PHIL 447: Philosophy of Mind (3)
- COGS 498: Seminar in Philosophy, Neuroscience and Psychology (3)
- One technical elective selected from the following:
- PHIL 221: Modern European Philosophy (3)
- PHIL 324: Epistemology (3)
- PSYC 326: Language Development (3)
- PSYC 355: Sensation and Perception (3)
- ANTH 416: Human Evolution (3)
- ANTH 440: Linguistic Anthropology (3)
- PHIL 445: Philosophy of Science (3)
- PSYC 450: Learning (3)
- PSYC 457: Advanced Neuroscience (3)
- PSYC 466: Cognitive Development (3)
- COGS 498: Seminar in Philosophy, Neuroscience and Psychology (3)*
* Minors may take an additional section of COGS 498 as a technical elective if the two sections taken for the minor are on different topics.