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Cognitive Science Program


Coordinator and Advisor

N. Hedberg BA, PhD (Minn), 9202 Robert C. Brown Hall, 778.782 -3479 Tel, 778.782 -5659 Fax

The following programs are offered.

BA with a major in cognitive science

Honors in cognitive science: option A and option B

In the last 30 years research has surged in various aspects of cognition. This affects many fields including psychology, linguistics, philosophy, computing science, education, anthropology, communications, and sociology. The extent of the influence varies, but the greatest impact within psychology has been the subfields of psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, and developmental psychology; within philosophy, on philosophy of language, philosophical logic, and philosophy of mind; within linguistics, on semantics, syntax, phonology, and phonetics; and within computing science, on artificial intelligence.

People working in these areas find they read the same literature and ask closely related questions in their research and teaching. Evidently, an increasing amount of work in these fields belongs to a common area which cuts across traditional departmental organization. Several journals and many essay collections contain articles from each of these fields.

Within the University, this interrelation is reflected in a number of courses which draw on research conducted in these areas. Presently, courses in the study of cognition and language are spread over several different departments. The cognitive science program draws many of these together into a unified program, and offers students a structured and integrated study of cognition.

Breadth Requirements

Students enrolled in this program must fulfil the Faculty of Arts breadth requirements (see "Breadth Requirements".).

Languages Other Than English

Most graduate schools require some proficiency in one or two languages other than English. Those who contemplate graduate studies are advised to include language courses in their programs.

Major Program

A GPA of 2.0 or higher in each discipline is required for continuation and graduation. Only courses from each discipline, that satisfy the requirements of the program, will be used to calculate this GPA.

Lower Division Requirements Introductory Courses (25-28 credit hours hours)

A student must take COGS 100 plus the courses listed below.

Computing Science

CMPT 101-4 Introduction to Computer Programming

CMPT 150-3 Introduction to Computer Design

Additionally, students who choose intermediate level computing science, must be complete the following.

MACM 101-3 Discrete Mathematics I

Linguistics

LING 220-3 Introduction to Linguistics

Additionally, students who choose linguistics at the Intermediate level must complete the following course.

LING 130-3 Practical Phonetics

Philosophy

PHIL 100-3 Knowledge and Reality

Psychology

PSYC 100-3 Introduction to Psychology I

PSYC 102-3 Introduction to Psychology II

Intermediate Courses (14-24 hours)

A student must fulfil the requirements listed below for at least three of the four disciplines.

Computing Science

CMPT 201-4 Data and Program Organization

Linguistics

LING 221-3 Introduction to Phonology

LING 222-3 Introduction to Syntax

Philosophy

PHIL 210-4 Elementary Formal Logic I

Psychology

PSYC 201-4 Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology

PSYC 210-4 Introduction to Data Analysis in Psychology

PSYC 221-3 Introduction to Cognitive Psychology

PSYC 280-3 Introduction to Biological Psychology

Upper Division Requirements (30-34 hours)

A student must choose COGS 300, plus fulfil the requirements listed below for the three disciplines selected previously at the intermediate level.

Computing Science

one of

CMPT 383-3 Comparative Programming Languages

CMPT 384-3 Symbolic Computing

plus any two of

CMPT 310-3 Artificial Intelligence Survey

CMPT 411-3 Knowledge Representation

CMPT 412-3 Computational Vision

CMPT 413-3 Computational Linguistics

CMPT 414-3 Model-based Computer Vision

Linguistics

any three of

LING 321-3 Phonology

LING 322-3 Syntax

LING 323-3 Morphology

LING 324-3 Semantics

LING 330-3 Phonetics

Philosophy

any three of

PHIL 341-3 Philosophy of Science

PHIL 343-3 Philosophy of Mind

PHIL 344-3 Philosophy of Language I

PHIL 444-4 Philosophy of Language II

Psychology

any three of

PSYC 303-4 Perception

PSYC 325-4 Memory and Mind

PSYC 330-4 Attention

PSYC 335-3 Sensation

PSYC 382-3 Cognitive Neuroscience

Honors Program

A GPA of 3.0 in all courses in the cognitive science program is required for entrance and continuation in this program. Those interested in the honors program should consult the coordinator of the cognitive science program.

Two options are available: option A and option B.

Option A

A student must fulfil the requirements for a major in cognitive science and choose the courses listed below for one of the disciplines, and complete

COGS 490-5 Honors Project I

COGS 491-5 Honors Project II

Computing Science

MACM 300-3 Formal Languages and Automata with Applications

MACM 402-3 Automata and Formal Languages

plus any two of the following courses which have not been taken previously

CMPT 383-3 Comparative Programming Languages

CMPT 384-3 Symbolic Computing

CMPT 411-3 Knowledge Representation

CMPT 412-3 Computational Vision

CMPT 413-3 Computational Linguistics

CMPT 414-3 Model-based Computer Vision

CMPT 419-3 Topics in Artificial Intelligence

Linguistics

any four of

LING 400-3 Formal Linguistics

LING 401-3 Advanced Phonetics

LING 403-3 Advanced Phonology

LING 405-3 Advanced Syntax

LING 406-3 Advanced Semantics

LING 423-3 Advanced Morphology

Philosophy

PHIL 301-3 Epistemology

PHIL 331-3 Selected Topics II

PHIL 340-3 Philosophical Methods

PHIL 453-4 Background to Analytical Philosophy

Psychology

any three of the following courses which have not been taken previously

PSYC 303-4 Perception

PSYC 330-4 Attention

PSYC 430-5 Selected Topics in Cognition

PSYC 432-5 Selected Topics in Cognition II

PSYC 480-5 Selected Topics in Biological Psychology I

PSYC 482-5 Selected Topics in Biological Psychology II

Option B

A student must fulfil the requirements for a major in cognitive science and choose any combination of courses listed above totalling at least eleven credit hours and accepted by the cognitive science steering committee, and choose COGS 490 and 491.

Co-operative Education

The Co-operative Education Program, for qualified students who wish practical experience in cognitive science, entails planned semesters of study and employment in the student's choice of area.

To be eligible for co-op education admission, students must normally have completed 30 credit hours including COGS 100 and four other Cognitive Science Program courses. At least 15 of these 30 credit hours must be completed at Simon Fraser University with a minimum CGPA of 2.75.

College transfer students must complete at least 15 credit hours at Simon Fraser University for co-op admission eligibility and must satisfy the requirements given above, or their equivalents.

College transfer students who participated in co-op programs elsewhere may be credited with the semester(s) already taken. The applicability of such semesters depends on the evaluation of the Cognitive Science Program.

The following four courses are completed during four work semesters.

COGS 370-0 Cognitive Science Practicum I

COGS 371-0 Cognitive Science Practicum II

COGS 470-0 Cognitive Science Practicum III

COGS 471-0 Cognitive Science Practicum IV

Arrangements for work semesters are made through the Faculty of Arts co-op co-ordinator at least one semester in advance. Interested students should see "Cooperative Education". for further details.

To continue in the program, students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.75 in the academic course work.

Contact the cognitive science co-ordinator for further information and refer to the Co-operative Education section (page 214).



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