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Social Science Interdisciplinary BA - Cognitive Science Concentration - Program Requirements

(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)

Completing the Social Science Interdisciplinary BA - Cognitive Science Concentration Program

Academic Requirements

Students in the SSC/Cognitive Science major must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the major. All courses taken by a student that are included in a student's chosen curriculum within the major will be used in calculation of the major GPA. For example, if a curriculum requires a student to select two courses from a particular section and the student completes three courses from that section, all three courses would be used to calculate a student's major GPA.

Academic Advice

Each course taken may be counted only once and applied toward only one requirement (e.g., CSE 463 may be applied to the content courses or to the focus area, but not to both). Many courses in the focus areas have prerequisite requirements. For more information students should check individual course descriptions in the undergraduate catalog and/or speak with the Cognitive Science advisor.

For students not continuously registered at UB or who are newly admitted transfer students, courses taken more than 10 years prior to the date of admission or readmission to the University may constitute no more than 20% of a major program in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs. Students who have more than 20% of course work over 10 years old will be required to complete additional courses in the major.

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs does not support joint majors. Students pursuing a double major may use a maximum of two advanced courses towards both majors.

Transfer Credit Policy

All transfer courses officially articulated to UB courses used in the SSC/Cognitive Science major will be accepted to meet major requirements.

Students should consult with an academic advisor to determine how any non-articulated transfer or exam credit may be utilized in meeting general education, prerequisite, or major requirements.

For students not continuously registered at UB or who are newly admitted transfer students, courses taken more than 10 years prior to the date of admission or readmission to the University may constitute no more than 20% of a major program in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs. Students who have more than 20% of course work over 10 years old will be required to complete additional courses in the major.

Residency Requirement

At least 50 percent of coursework toward the major must be completed at UB.

Prerequisite Courses

PSY 342 Introduction to Cognitive Science: Concepts of the Mind

Required Courses

SSC 391 Cognitive Science Colloquium (the course should be taken three times; SSC 391 is graded P/F)
Three methods courses
Three content courses
Six courses in a single focus area

Methods Courses: (Choose Three)

APY 320 Seminar in Cognitive Anthropology
CSE 113 Introduction to Computer Programming I or CSE 115 Introduction to Computer Science for Majors I
CSE 116 Introduction Computer Science for Majors II (pre-req CSE 115)
PHI 175 Introduction to Deductive Logic or PHI 215 Symbolic Logic
PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
PSY 350 Scientific Inquiry in Psychology

Content Courses: (Choose Three)

APY 106 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
CSE 463 Knowledge Representation or CSE 467/LIN 467 Computational Linguistics
LIN 205 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis or LIN 207 Language, Society, and the Individual
PHI 320 Philosophy of Mind or PHI 321 Philosophy of Science
PSY 341 Cognitive Psychology or PSY 351 Biopsychology

Focus Area Courses: (Choose Six)

Most courses in these areas have at least one prerequisite requirement. Students should check individual course entries in the catalog and/or speak with the cognitive science advisor. In the chosen focus area, students have the option of completing 6 courses or 5 courses and a senior thesis. During the course of one semester in the senior year, the student works in collaboration with a cognitive science faculty member to perform research on an original topic and produce a written report. 

COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

APY 344 Animal Communication
CDS 301 Language Development in Children
CDS 402 Language Disorders in Children
CSE 474 Introduction to Machine Learning
LIN 320 Language and the Brain
LIN 355 Child Language Development
LIN 455 Language Acquisition
NSG 250 Human Growth and Development
PSY 336 Developmental Psychology
PSY 427 Adult Development and Aging
PSY 428 Language Development
PSY 446 Animal Cognition
PSY 448 Psycholinguistics
PSY 457 Cognitive Development

COMPUTATIONAL MODELING

CSE 463 Knowledge Representation
CSE 467/LIN 467 Computational Linguistics
CSE 473 Introduction to Computer Vision and Image Processing
CSE 474 Introduction to Machine Learning
IE 323 Human Factors in System Design
IE 435 Human-Computer Interaction
LIN 438 Semantics
LIN 443 Semantics II
LIN 448 Formal Semantics
MTH 309 Introductory Linear Algebra
MTH 455 Mathematical Modeling
MTH 460 Theory of Games
PHI 415 Logical Theory I
PHI 416 Logical Theory II
PHI 417 Modal Logic
PSY 343 Sensory Processes and Perception

HIGH-LEVEL MENTAL PROCESSES

APY 246 Introduction to Primate Behavior
APY 276 Introduction to Ethnomedicine
APY 320 Seminar in Cognitive Anthropology
APY 344 Animal Communication
APY 377 Magic, Witchcraft and Sorcery
APY 380 Myth, Ritual, Symbolism
CSE 463 Knowledge Representation
CSE 467/LIN 467 Computational Linguistics
CSE 474 Introduction to Machine Learning
GEO 102 Introduction to Human Geography
GEO 485 Cartography and Geographic Visualization
LIN 356 An Introduction to Contemporary Theories of Metaphor
LIN 404 Discourse-Pragmatics
LIN 413 Language and Cognition
LIN 417 Psycholinguistics
LIN 421 Linguistic Anthropology
LIN 438 Semantics
LIN 481 Cognitive Foundations of Language
PHI 215 Symbolic Logic
PHI 270 Early Modern Philosophy
PHI 320 Philosophy of Mind
PHI 328 Philosophy of Language
PHI 329 Metaphysics
PHI 333 Epistemology
PHI 345 Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art
PSY 416 Reasoning and Problem Solving
PSY 445 Memory
PSY 446 Animal Cognition
PSY 447 The Psychology of Music
PSY 448 Psycholinguistics
PSY 457 Cognitive Development

LANGUAGE

APY 344 Animal Communication
CDS 286 Phonetics
CDS 301 Language Development in Children
CSE 396 Introduction to the Theory of Computation
CSE 463 Knowledge Representation
CSE 467/LIN 467 Computational Linguistics
LIN 205 Introduction to Linguistic Analysis
LIN 207 Language, Society, and the Individual
LIN 301 Structure of English: The Sound System
LIN 302 Structure of English: Grammar and Lexicon
LIN 320 Language and the Brain
LIN 355 Child Language Development
LIN 356 An Introduction to Contemporary Theories of Metaphor
LIN 404 Discourse-Pragmatics
LIN 405 Bilingualism and Language Contact
LIN 410 Morphology
LIN 413 Language and Cognition
LIN 415 Syntax I
LIN 417 Psycholinguistics
LIN 421 Linguistic Anthropology
LIN 425 Typology and Universals
LIN 431 Phonetics
LIN 432 Phonology I
LIN 433 Phonology II
LIN 434 Syntax II
LIN 438 Semantics
LIN 439 Historical Linguistics
LIN 443 Semantics II
LIN 448 Formal Semantics
LIN 455 Language Acquisition
LIN 481 Cognitive Foundations of Language
PHI 215 Symbolic Logic
PHI 328 Philosophy of Language
PHI 415 Logical Theory I
PHI 416 Logical Theory II
PHI 417 Modal Logic
PSY 428 Language Development
PSY 445 Memory
PSY 448 Psycholinguistics

NEUROSCIENCES

CDS 387 Psychoacoustic Science
CDS 428 Neural Basis of Communication/Lab
CSE 474 Introduction to Machine Learning
LIN 320 Language and the Brain
PGY 451 Human Physiology I
PSY 343 Sensory Processes and Perception
PSY 351 Biopsychology
PSY 418 Behavior Modification and Behavioral Medicine
PSY 419 Biological Bases of Memory
PSY 426 Biological Bases of Mental Disorders
PSY 429 Psychophysiology
PSY 436 Neuropsychology
PSY 439 Biopsychology of Stress
PSY 451 Drug Addiction

SYMBOLIC SYSTEMS

CSE 305 Introduction to Programming Languages
CSE 396 Introduction to the Theory of Computation
CSE 451 Program Development
CSE 463 Knowledge Representation
CSE 467/LIN 467 Computational Linguistics
CSE 473 Introduction to Computer Vision and Image Processing
CSE 474 Introduction to Machine Learning
GEO 120 Maps: Earth from Above
GEO 381 Cartography
GEO 481 Geographic Information Systems
GEO 485 Cartography and Geographic Visualization
GEO 488 GIS Design
GEO 489 GIS Algorithms and Data Structures
IE 323 Human Factors in System Design
IE 435 Human-Computer Interaction
LIN 415 Syntax I
LIN 434 Syntax II
LIN 438 Semantics
LIN 443 Semantics II
LIN 448 Formal Semantics
MTH 413 Introduction to Mathematical Logic I
MTH 414 Introduction to Mathematical Logic II
MTH 460 Theory of Games
PHI 215 Symbolic Logic
PHI 415 Logical Theory I
PHI 416 Logical Theory II
PHI 417 Modal Logic
PSY 405 Data Analysis Techniques
PSY 416 Reasoning and Problem Solving
PSY 445 Memory

Departmental Honors Requirements

A student in the SSC/Cognitive Science major is eligible for departmental honors based on her/his University at Buffalo grade point average. Honors levels are Distinction with a GPA of 3.25 to 3.49, High Distinction with a GPA of 3.50 to 3.74 and Highest Distinction with a GPA of 3.75 or higher. A minimum of 50% of credits for the major must be completed at UB to be eligible for department honors.

Total Credit Hours Required

Total credit hours required for the Social Science Interdisciplinary BA - Cognitive Science Concentration degree
Credits Required for Major46
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum  39
Additional Credits Required for Electives 36
Total Credits Required for Degree 121

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This chart should not be used for financial aid purposes.

 
Published: Aug 16, 2019 13:21:07