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Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science (COGSBA)Cognitive Science Program

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements.

Description

The Bachelor of Arts in Cognitive Science is structured to give students fundamental skills, applicable in a wide variety of information-related careers: psychology, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, media, information processing, medical analysis, data representation and information retrieval, education, scientific research, human-computer interaction, multimedia knowledge management, and information policy. The skills also have wide applicability to technical and expository writing, mathematical analysis, experimental techniques, and computer programming.

Cognitive Science explores the nature of intelligent systems, focusing on formal theories of mind and information and seeks a better understanding of mind, learning and teaching, cognitive skills, and the development of intelligent systems designed to augment human capacities in constructive ways. The field is inherently interdisciplinary, with contributions from computer science, psychology, philosophy, neuroscience, linguistics, biology, anthropology, and other fields. Both natural intelligence (in humans and in animals) and artificial intelligence fall within the scope of inquiry. The field deals with aspects of complex cognition, computational models of thought processing, knowledge representation, dynamics of real-world engagement, and emergent behavior of large-scale interacting systems.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 33 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Core.
    1. Philosophical Foundations. One (1) course:
    2. Programming for the Cognitive and Information Sciences. One (1) course:
    3. Computation in the Cognitive and Information Sciences. One (1) course:
    4. Mathematics and Logic for the Cognitive and Information Sciences. One (1) course:
    5. Experiments and Models in Cognition. One (1) course:
  2. Focal Area. Three (3) courses in one of the following areas (at least one must be at or above the 200 level, and at least two at or above the 300 level):
    • Cognition. Three (3) courses:
      • (approved topic: "Animal Thinking")
    • Computation. Three (3) courses:
      • CSCI-A 321 Computing Tools for Scientific Research
      • CSCI-B 351 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
      • One (1) of the following:
    • Foundations. Three (3) courses:
      • (approved topic: "Animal Thinking")
    • Informatics. Three (3) courses:
      • One (1) of the following:
        • CSCI-A 201 Introduction to Programming I
        • INFO-I 210 Information Infrastructure I
      • One (1) of the following:
        • CSCI-A 202 Introduction to Programming II
        • INFO-I 211 Information Infrastructure II
      • CSCI-A 346 User-interface Programming
      • INFO-I 300 Human-computer Interaction Design and Programming
      • INFO-I 320 Distributed Systems and Collaborative Computing
    • Language. Three (3) courses:
    • Logic. Three (3) courses:
    • Neuroscience. Three (3) courses:
    • In addition to these preapproved focal areas, other specialized focal areas may be designed by individual students and submitted for approval to the cognitive science undergraduate curriculum committee.
  3. Breadth. Three (3) additional courses from at least two different departments, outside of the focal area, from the Related Courses list.
    • (approved topic: "Animal Thinking")
    • CSCI-A 201 Introduction to Programming I
    • CSCI-A 202 Introduction to Programming II
    • CSCI-A 304 Introductory C++ Programming
    • CSCI-A 306 Object-oriented Programming in C++
    • CSCI-A 321 Computing Tools for Scientific Research
    • CSCI-A 346 User-interface Programming
    • CSCI-B 351 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    • INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics
    • INFO-I 210 Information Infrastructure I
    • INFO-I 211 Information Infrastructure II
    • INFO-I 300 Human-computer Interaction Design and Programming
    • INFO-I 320 Distributed Systems and Collaborative Computing
  4. Senior Seminar. One (1) course:
  5. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to major requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Bachelor of Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines. No more than 42 of these credit hours can come from the major.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.