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Minor in Cognitive Science

The Minor in Cognitive Science requires 6 credits, distributed as follows: 

  • ONE credit for the introductory course COGS 001
  • THREE credits from different breadth areas (excluding Mathematics), and
  • TWO credits from a single concentration.

Core Course: 1 credit

The interdisciplinary field of Cognitive Science is surveyed in the following course, which should normally be your first stop if you are interested in the major or minor in COGS. It is offered in the Fall term annually.

  • Introduction to Cognitive Science (COGS 001/CIS 140/LING 105/PHIL 044/PSYC 107)

Breadth Requirement: 3 credits

To ensure more substantive knowledge of the wide-ranging fields that contribute to Cognitive Science, all students must take one course from three of the five breadth areas listed below. The list below includes all breadth areas affiliated with the COGS major, with the exception of Mathematics. Please note that the courses listed below have historically been approved for breadth requirements - this is not a list of required courses.

  • Psychology (PSYC 001, PSYC 151)
  • Computation (CIS 110, CIS 120, PHIL 005/LGIC 10)
  • Language (LING 001, LING 106)
  • Philosophy (PHIL 004, PHIL 244, PHIL 205)
  • Neuroscience (BIBB 249/PSYC 149, BIBB/BIOL/PSYC 109)

To determine whether a course meets the breadth requirement for the COGS minor, please contact Dr. Charles Yang at:cogs-pd@sas.upenn.edu. Advanced Placement credit will not be counted toward the minor requirements.

Concentration: 2 credits

COGS minors are required to take two courses from a single concentration within the Program: Cognitive Neuroscience, Computation and Cognition, or Language and Mind.

The Program Director advises students when they are first considering the major and while still fulfilling the breadth requirements; handles administrative duties such as major declaration and certification; and is the final authority in all matters relating to the major requirements. To determine whether a course meets the concentration requirement, please contact Dr. Charles Yang at: cogs-pd@sas.upenn.edu.

The list below indicates courses that have historically been approved for Concentration requirements. This is not a list of required courses.

Concentration 1: Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Introduction to Brain and Behavior (BIBB 109/BIOL 109/PSYC 109)
  • Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience (PSYC 149/BIBB 249)
  • Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology (BIBB 251/BIOL 251)
  • Visual Neuroscience (PSYC 117/BIBB 217)
  • Neuroendocrinology (PSYC 139/BIBB 260 OR BIBB 460)
  • Animal Behavior (BIBB 231/BIOL 231/PSYC 131)
  • Animal Cognition (BIOL 432/PSYC 431)
  • Drugs, Brain and Mind (BIBB 370/PSYC 125)
  • Physiology of Motivated Behaviors(BIBB 227/PSYC 127)
  • Biological Bases of Psychological Disorders (BIBB 480)
  • Systems Neuroscience (BIOL 451)
  • Perception (PSYC 111)
  • Learning (PSYC 121)
  • Language and Thought (PSYC 151)
  • Cognition and Perception (PSYC 411)
  • Language Acquisition (LING 270)
  • Computer Analysis and Modeling of Biological Signals and Systems (LING 525)
  • Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (BIOL 442/PSYC 421)
  • Psycholinguistics (PSYC 435)
  • Philosophy of Biology (PHIL 226)
  • Smell and Taste (BIBB 420)
  • Human Memory (PSYC 159)
  • Developmental Neurobiology (BIBB 350)
  • Behavioral Pharmacology (BIBB 481)
  • Functional Imaging of the Human Brain (BIBB 421)
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases (BIBB 475)

Concentration 2: Computation and Cognition

  • Formal Logic I = Ideas in Logic and Computation (PHIL 005/LGIC 010)
  • Introduction to Decision Theory (PPE 110)
  • Perception (PSYC 111)
  • Psychology of Language (LING 135/PSYC 135)
  • Networked Life (NETS 112)
  • Intro to Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 151)
  • Judgments and Decisions (PSYC 153)
  • Attention and Memory (PSYC 155)
  • Strategic Reasoning (PPE 201)
  • What is Meaning? (PHIL 205)
  • Education and Cognition (PSYC 251)
  • Philosophy of Science (PHIL 225 or 425)
  • Epistemology (PHIL 231 or 331)
  • Programming Languages and Techniques I/II (CIS120, CIS121)
  • Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science (CIS160)
  • Discrete Probability, Stochastic Processes and Statistical Inference (CIS261)
  • Automata, Computability, and Complexity (CIS 262)
  • Language Acquisition (LING 270)
  • Decision Processes (OPIM 290)
  • Formal Logic II = Logic I (PHIL 006/MATH 570/LGIC 310)
  • Evolutionary Computation (OPIM 319)
  • Introduction to Algorithms (CIS 320)
  • Computer Simulation Models (OPIM 325)
  • Philosophy of Perception (PHIL 330)
  • Advanced Topics in Algorithms (CIS 334)
  • Language and Game Theory (LING 354)
  • Machine Perception (CIS 390)
  • Res. Experience in Perception (PSYC 311)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience (PSYC 349)
  • Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 351)
  • Robotics (CIS390)
  • Artificial Intelligence (CIS 391)
  • Introduction to Human Language Technology (CIS 430)
  • Recursion Theory (PHIL 411/CIS 571)
  • Logic II = Topics in Logic (PHIL 412/MATH 571/LGIC 320/CIS 518)
  • Set Theory (PHIL 413/CIS 571)
  • Philosophy of Mathematics (PHIL 414)
  • Model Theory (PHIL 416/LGIC 320)
  • Game Theory (PPE 417/PHL 417)
  • Philosophy & Visual Perception (PHIL 423)
  • Philosophy of Psychology (PHIL 426/526)
  • Philosophy of Mind (PHIL 430)
  • Theory of Knowledge (PHIL 431)
  • Origins of Analytic Philosophy (PHIL 442)
  • Modal Logic (PHIL 445)
  • Cognition and Perception (PSYC 411)
  • Visual Cognition (PSYC 459)
  • Neuroeconomics (PSYC 473)
  • Language and Neuroeconomics (LING 480)
  • Logic in Computer Science (CIS 482)
  • Computational Learning Theory (PHIL 517)
  • Machine Learning (CIS 520)

Concentration 3: Language and Mind

  • Introduction to Formal Linguistics (LING 106)
  • Introduction to Speech Analysis (LING 120)
  • Learning (PSYC 121)
  • Formal Logic I = Ideas in Logic and Computation (PHIL 005/LGIC 010)
  • Introduction to Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 151)
  • Cognitive Development (PSYC 181)
  • Animal Behavior (BIBB 231/BIOL 231/PSYC 131)
  • Psychology of Language (LING 125/PSYC 135)
  • Sound Structure of Language (LING 230)
  • Animal Communication (PSYC 241)
  • What is Meaning? (PHIL 205)
  • Introduction to the Philosophy of Mind (PHIL 244)
  • Introduction to Syntax (LING 250)
  • Formal Semantics and Cognitive Science (LING 255)
  • Language Acquisition (LING 270)
  • Special Topics in Development: Language Acquisition (PSYC 280)
  • Introduction to Semantics (LING 380/580)
  • Research Experience in Language (PSYC 335)
  • Language and Game Theory (LING 354)
  • Wittgenstein: Mind and Language (PHIL 344)
  • Morphological Theory (LING 404)
  • Philosophy of Language (PHIL 405)
  • Animal Cognition (BIOL 432)
  • Argument Structure (LING 411)
  • Language and Neuroeconomics (LING 480)
  • Philosophy of Language (PHIL 405)
  • Recursion Theory (PHIL 411/CIS 571)
  • Origins of Analytic Philosophy (PHIL 442)
  • Modal Logic (PHIL 445)
  • Dynamics of Language (LING 515)
  • Syntax I, II (LING 550, 551)
  • Semantics II (LING 554)
  • Pragmatics I, II (LING 590, 591)
  • Phonetics I, II (Ling 520, 521)
  • Computer Analysis and Modeling of Biological Signals and Systems (LING 525)
  • Phonology I, II (LING 530, 531)
  • Proof Theoretic Foundations of Linguistic Structure (LING 548)
  • Computational Learning Theory (PHIL 517)
  • Developmental Psycholinguistics (LING 570)
  • The Mental Lexicon (LING 575)
  • Computational Linguistics (CIS 530)

Additional information

No more than 3 of the 6 credits required for the COGS minor may be counted to fulfill the requirements of another major or minor. The minimum grade for any course counted toward the COGS program is C-.