2017-18 Catalog

Cognitive Science

Program Director: Barbara Malt, Ph.D. (Stanford)

Email: bcm0@lehigh.edu    ♦  Phone: 610-758-4797

Website:  http://cogsci.cas2.lehigh.edu/

Supported by the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs 610-758-3996; incasip@lehigh.edu
Williams Hall, 31 Williams Drive


Core Faculty

Kate Arrington, Ph.D. (Psychology); Mark Bickhard, Ph.D. (Philosophy and Psychology); Amanda Brandone, Ph.D. (Psychology); Nancy Carlisle, Ph.D. (Psychology); John Gatewood, Ph.D. (Sociology and Anthropology); Jeffrey Heflin, Ph.D. (Computer Science and Engineering); Almut Hupbach, Ph.D. (Psychology); Kiri Lee, Ph.D. (Modern Languages and Literatures); Barbara Malt, Ph.D. (Psychology); Jessecae Marsh, Ph.D. (Psychology); Hector Munoz-Avila, Ph.D. (Computer Science and Engineering); Padraig O’Seaghdha, Ph.D. (Psychology); Dominic Packer, Ph.D. (Psychology); and Aladdin Yaqub, Ph.D. (Philosophy)


The mission of the Cognitive Science Program is to advance the study of minds and brains, real or artificial, in all their aspects, through research and teaching. This interdisciplinary field, encompassing the fields of psychology, linguistics, computer science, philosophy, anthropology, and neuroscience, provides excellent preparation for life in the age of information.  The program aims to instill in students a solid grasp of the intellectual problems, frameworks, and methodologies currently available; to provide experience exploring these through guided research; and to foster the desire to create and disseminate new knowledge. With this foundation, students are well prepared for a wide variety of careers in technology, human thought and behavior, or their interaction, or for graduate studies in Cognitive Science or any of the contributing disciplines.

We offer an undergraduate major in Cognitive Science, an undergraduate minor, a graduate minor, and a graduate certificate. A Cognitive Science major is easy to combine with a second major in the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, or computer science.

B.A. in Cognitive Science

The B.A. with a major in Cognitive Science requires a minimum of 13 courses. All majors take COGS 007, an introduction to cognitive science, core courses in cognitive psychology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, and cognitive neuroscience, and collaterals in computer science and math.  They also complete a course in research methods or tools.  Students then pursue their individual interests by completing at least five electives from three tracks..  A capstone integration occurs in the required two-semester senior project (COGS 301 and COGS 302, or, for Honors, COGS 391 and COGS 392), in which students focus on a topic of their choice spanning at least two cognitive science sub-disciplines.

Additional coursework in affiliated disciplines is recommended, to be selected in consultation with the major adviser and dependent upon anticipated career path.  These courses may fulfill college distribution requirements.  Note: A number of courses have pre-requisites.   Students considering this major should check pre-requisites and plan accordingly. A preliminary meeting with the program director may be useful.  Click here for Cognitive Science Major Declaration Form.

Collateral Requirements
Breadth of Computing
Survey of Computer Science
Fundamentals of Programming
Calculus I
Survey of Calculus I
One course in research methods and tools from the following: PSYC 110 Statistical Analysis of Behavioral Data; PSYC 210 Experimental Research Methods and Laboratory (pre-requisite PSYC 110); ECO 045 Statistical Methods; SOAN 111 Research Methods and Data Analysis; CSE 160 Introduction to Data Science; BIOS 130 Biostatistics
Introductory Course
Introduction to Cognitive Science
Disciplinary Core Courses
Cognitive Psychology
Cognitive Neuroscience
Philosophy of Mind
Artificial Intelligence Theory and Practice
Major Electives
Select a minimum of five electives, with at least one course from each of the three tracks.
Senior Project
Senior Project in Cognitive Science: Proposal
and Senior Project in Cognitive Science: Execution
or
Honors Thesis in Cognitive Science: Proposal
and Honors Thesis in Cognitive Science: Project Execution and Thesis

MAJOR ELECTIVES

Artifical Intelligence and Formal Models
Programming and Data Structures
Game Design
Discrete Structures
Programming Languages
Introduction to the Theory of Computation
Fundamentals of Machine Learning
User Interface Systems and Techniques
Topics on Intelligent Decision Support Systems
Reinforcement Learning
Data Mining
AI Game Programming
Introduction to Mobile Robotics
Semantic Web Topics
Intelligent Agents
Symbolic Logic
Topics in Philosophical Logic
Philosophy of Mathematics
Mathematical Logic
Axiomatic Set Theory
Computability Theory
Cognition, Culture, and Meaning
Culture and the Individual
Introduction to Linguistics
Computers, the Internet, and Society
Philosophy Of Science
Modern Philosophy
Contemporary Philosophy
Ways of Knowing
Topics in the Philosophy of Science
Making Sense of Words
Higher Order Cognition
Person Perception
Social Cognition
Psychology of Language
Health Care Reasoning and Decision Making
Children's Thinking
Inside the Infant Mind
Cognition in Practice & Policy
Human Development in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Self and Identity
Human Communication
Cognitive Neuroscience
Human Evolution and Prehistory
Human Evolution
Biology Core III: Integrative & Comparative Biology
Central Nervous System and Behavior
Experimental Neuroscience Laboratory
Neurobiology of Sensory Systems
Diseases of the Nervous System
Endocrinology of Behavior
Synapses, Plasticity and Learning
Genes and the Brain
The Talking World: Psychology and Neuroscience of Speaking
Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory
Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience
Memory Under Construction
Attention and Attentional Failures
Cognitive Neuroscience Techniques

Minor in Cognitive Science

Click here for Cognitive Science Minor Declaration Form.

The undergraduate minor in Cognitive Science requires five courses:

COGS 007Introduction to Cognitive Science4
Four additional courses selected from among the major's core courses and major electives, with at least two of these being Disciplinary Core Courses12-16
Total Credits16-20

Program Honors

Majors seeking to graduate with honors in cognitive science must have a 3.30 GPA in the major, a 3.30 GPA overall, and complete a high quality senior thesis. Theses submitted for honors will be evaluated by a committee of at least three cognitive science faculty. 

For Graduate Students

There are two concentrations in Cognitive Science available for post-baccalaureate students: a Graduate Minor and a Graduate Certificate. The minor is intended for students currently enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program at Lehigh University.  The certificate is intended for non-degree students.

Graduate Minor in Cognitive Science

The minor gives students enrolled in Lehigh University graduate degree programs, such as computer science, psychology, and educational technology, an opportunity to develop expertise at the intersection of information processing by humans and intelligent machines. Graduate students are encouraged to participate, with the approval of an advisor in their major program, by contacting the Director of the Cognitive Science Program. On completion of the program, the Director of the Cognitive Science Program will issue a letter to the student certifying that or she has met the requirements of the minor.

The Graduate Minor requires five graduate level courses.

Required
COGS/PSYC 423Foundations of Cognitive Science3
Electives
Four electives from the list below (or approved substitutions). At least two of the four electives must be taken outside the student’s home department. Special topics courses with a cognitive science emphasis may also count toward the minor, with the approval of the Cognitive Science Program Director. Courses taken toward the minor may also fulfill requirements of the student’s major program, with the approval of the major department.12-16
User Interface Systems and Techniques
AI Game Programming
Theory of Computation
Pattern Recognition
Semantic Web Topics
Intelligent Agents
Topics on Intelligent Decision Support Systems
Reinforcement Learning and Markov Decision Precesses
Data Mining
Mobile Robotics
Developmental Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Social Cognition
Cognitive Neuroscience Techniques
Seminar in Psychology of Language
Naive Realism in Social Judgement
Seminar In Cognition
Ontological Psychology
Seminar in Cognitive Development
Total Credits15-19

Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science

This concentration is intended for people working in technology-related businesses and other qualified individuals with an interest in cognitive science. It provides non-degree post-baccalaureate students with an interdisciplinary perspective on human and machine intelligence.

The Graduate Certificate requires four graduate level courses: the core course COGS/PSYC 423 and three electives.  At least two of the tree electives must be at the 400-level, and the three electives must be spread over at least two departments. 

COGS 423Foundations of Cognitive Science3
Three electives from the list below.9-12
Computer Science
Artificial Intelligence Theory and Practice
User Interface Systems and Techniques
Multimedia Design and Development
Topics on Intelligent Decision Support Systems
AI Game Programming
Pattern Recognition
Semantic Web Topics
Intelligent Agents
Topics on Intelligent Decision Support Systems
Reinforcement Learning and Markov Decision Precesses
Data Mining
Mobile Robotics
Psychology
Higher Order Cognition
Person Perception
Social Cognition
Psychology of Emotion
Psychology of Language
Language Development
Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory
Children's Thinking
Inside the Infant Mind
Cognition in Practice & Policy
Human Development in Cross-Cultural Perspective
Memory Under Construction
Attention and Attentional Failures
Developmental Psychology
Cognitive Psychology
Social Cognition
Seminar In Language Acquisition
Seminar in Psychology of Language
Naive Realism in Social Judgement
Seminar In Cognition
Ontological Psychology
Seminar in Cognitive Development
Philosophy 1
Philosophy of Mind
Making Sense of Words
Sociology and Anthropology
Culture and the Individual
Total Credits12-15
1

Note: These particular 200-level courses may be taken by graduate students.

Courses

COGS 007 Introduction to Cognitive Science 4 Credits

What is a mind? How is the mind related to the brain? Could we make an artificial mind? Issues concerning knowledge representation and intelligence in minds and computers as investigated by psychologists, philosophers, linguists, neuroscientists, and researchers in artificial intelligence.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

COGS 117 (PSYC 117) Cognitive Psychology 4 Credits

The architecture and dynamics of the human mind: How we acquire knowledge through perception, represent and activate it in memory, and use it to communicate, make decisions, solve problems, and reason creatively. May not be taken pass/fail.
Prerequisites: PSYC 001 or COGS 007
Attribute/Distribution: SS

COGS 140 (ANTH 140, MLL 140) Introduction to Linguistics 4 Credits

Relationship between language and mind; formal properties of language; language and society; how languages change over time. May not be taken pass/fail.
Attribute/Distribution: SS

COGS 161 Supervised Research 1-3 Credits

Research under the direct supervision of a faculty member in the cognitive science program. Students must arrange the particular project with a faculty member before enrolling. Consent of program director required.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
Attribute/Distribution: ND

COGS 176 (PSYC 176) Cognitive Neuroscience 4 Credits

Perception and cognitive neuroscience as the link between mental processes and their biological bases. Visual and auditory perception; the control of action; neuropsychological syndromes of perception, language, memory, and thought; neural network (connectionist) models of mental processes. May not be taken pass/fail.
Prerequisites: PSYC 001 or COGS 007
Attribute/Distribution: NS

COGS 194 Special Topics in Cognitive Science 2-4 Credits

Topics vary from semester to semester. Topics are addressed at an intermediate level. Previous course work in cognitive science and consent of faculty sponsor is required.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.

COGS 250 (PHIL 250) Philosophy of Mind 4 Credits

An exploration of the mind-body problem. Are the body and mind distinct substances (dualism); or is there only body (materialism); or only mind (idealism)? Other views to be considered include behaviorism (the view that behavior can be explained without recourse to mental states), and the view that the mind is a complex computer. Must have completed one HU-designated course in Philosophy at 100-level or higher.
Attribute/Distribution: HU

COGS 300 Apprentice Teaching 1-4 Credits

COGS 301 Senior Project in Cognitive Science: Proposal 3 Credits

For students not intending to apply for program Honors. Background reading and preparation of a short written proposal are conducted in the first semester in consultation with a faculty adviser. Consent of program director and project adviser required.

COGS 302 Senior Project in Cognitive Science: Execution 3 Credits

For students not intending to apply for program Honors. Execution of the project is conducted in the second semester in consultation with a faculty adviser. A poster presentation will be given at the end of the semester. Consent of program director and project adviser required. Prerequisite: COGS 301 and consent of the program director.
Prerequisites: COGS 301

COGS 327 (CSE 327) Artificial Intelligence Theory and Practice 3 Credits

Introduction to the field of artificial intelligence: Problem solving, knowledge representation, reasoning, planning and machine learning. Use of AI systems or languages. Advanced topics such as natural language processing, vision, robotics, and uncertainty. CSE 261 is recommended.
Prerequisites: (CSE 001 and CSE 002) or CSE 017

COGS 361 Independent Research 2-4 Credits

Independent research in cognitive science with a faculty advisor. Students must arrange the particular project with a faculty advisor before enrolling. Consent of program director required.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
Attribute/Distribution: ND

COGS 391 Honors Thesis in Cognitive Science: Proposal 4 Credits

For students with 3.3 or higher GPA overall and in major by the spring of the junior year, who want to undertake a research project with the potential to result in program Honors. Literature review and preparation of a written proposal are conducted in the first semester in consultation with a faculty adviser. An oral presentation will be given at end of the semester. Consent of program director and project adviser required.

COGS 392 Honors Thesis in Cognitive Science: Project Execution and Thesis 4 Credits

For students with 3.3 or higher GPA overall and in major by the spring of the junior year, who want to undertake a research project with the potential to result in program Honors. Project execution and preparation of the written report is conducted in the second semester in consultation with a faculty adviser. An oral presentation will be given at the end of the semester. Theses will be evaluated for Honors by three cognitive science faculty.
Prerequisites: COGS 391

COGS 394 Special Topics in Cognitive Science 3-4 Credits

Topics vary from semester to semester. Topics are presented at an advanced level.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.

COGS 399 Senior Project in Cognitive Science: Thesis 1-3 Credits

Research during senior year culminating in senior thesis advised by a member of the Cognitive Science faculty. Execution and written report of project proposed and approved in COGS 301. Students must enroll for a total of three credits which may be split between the sections of a primary and secondary adviser. Theses submitted for honors will be evaluated by a committee of at least three cognitive science faculty. Prerequisite: COGS 301 and consent of the program director.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.
Prerequisites: COGS 301

COGS 405 Individual Study in Cognitive Science 1-6 Credits

Study of a topic not covered in regular course offerings. By arrangement with a consulting faculty member. Consent of program director required.
Repeat Status: Course may be repeated.

COGS 423 (PSYC 423) Foundations of Cognitive Science 3 Credits

Survey of fundamental theory and methodologies from artificial intelligence, linguistics, cognitive psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience, as well as salient research problems such as knowledge acquisition and representation, natural language processing, skill acquisition, perception and action, and the philosophical question of intentionality.

COGS 478 (PSYC 478) Ontological Psychology 3 Credits

Principles and constraints for modeling psychological phenomena. Representation; perception; memory; knowing; learning; emotions; consciousness; language; rationality.

Associate Professor. Padraig G O'Seaghdha, PhD (University of Toronto)