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Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - Cognitive Science Concentration - Program Requirements

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

Completing the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary BA - Cognitive Science Concentration Program

Academic Requirements

Students in the SSC/Cognitive Science major must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.000 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 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)

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

COMPUTATIONAL MODELING

HIGH-LEVEL MENTAL PROCESSES

LANGUAGE

NEUROSCIENCES

SYMBOLIC SYSTEMS

Departmental Honors Requirements

A student in the SSC/Cognitive Science major is eligible for departmental honors based on her/his major grade point average. 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. Honors levels are Distinction with a GPA of 3.250 to 3.490, High Distinction with a GPA of 3.500 to 3.740 and Highest Distinction with a GPA of 3.750 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 Major49
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum  38
Additional Credits Required for Electives 33
Total Credits Required for Degree 120

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

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: May 26, 2020 15:54:49