The School of Social Sciences
Researchers in this interdisciplinary field seek to understand such mental phenomena as perception, thought, memory, the acquisition and use of language, learning, concept formation, and consciousness. Some investigators focus on relations between brain structures and behavior, some work with computer simulation, some use experimental methodology, and others work at more abstract theoretical levels. See http://cogsci.rice.edu/ .
Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in Cognitive Sciences
Upon completing the BA degree, a student majoring in Cognitive Sciences will be able to:
Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in Cognitive Sciences
For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in Cognitive Sciences (CSCI) must complete:
The Cognitive Science major offers the following areas of specialization:
CORE REQUIREMENTS Students must complete 8 courses (minimum 24 credit hours) as listed below to complete the Cognitive Sciences major's Core Requirements. No more than 4 courses may be fulfilled via transfer credit.
Computer Science Core CourseStudents must complete 1 course (3-4 credit hours) from the following.
Advanced Computing Core CourseStudents must complete 1 course (3-4 credit hours) from the following:
Linguistics Core Course Students must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following:
Neuroscience Core CourseStudents must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following:
Philosophy Core Course Students must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following:
Psychology Core CourseStudents must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following:
Advanced Psychology Core Course Students must complete 1 course (3 credit hours) from the following:
Statistics Core CourseStudents must complete 1 course (3-4 credit hours) from the following:
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATIONStudents must complete at least 3 courses (9-11 credit hours), and no more than 4 courses (12-14 credit hours) in one of the following groups to satisfy the Area of Specialization requirement. Students may not use the same course to fulfill both a Core Course requirement and an Area of Specialization requirement.
Note: LING 409 Special Topics only counts toward the Cognitive Sciences major when the topic is related to Cognitive Science. For example, "Computational Linguistics" and "Gesture, Cognition, and Communication" count but "Variation in U.S. Hip Hop" does not. For questions regarding a specific instance of LING 409, consult a CSCI major advisor.
NeuroscienceMany of the neuroscience courses are taught by Baylor College of Medicine faculty. For more information, see http://neuroscience.rice.edu/.
Note: Most 500-level NEUR courses will also count toward this requirement, but the actual list of such courses varies considerably from year to year.
Note: PSYC 480 Advanced Topics only counts toward CSCI when the topic is related to Cognitive Science. For example, "Genes and Cognition" and "Medical Human Factors" count, but "Topics in Clinical Psychology" does not. For questions regarding a specific instance of PSYC 480, consult a CSCI major advisor.
ELECTIVESTo fulfill the remaining Cognitive Sciences major requirements, students must complete a total of 2 to 3 additional courses (6-12 credit hours) from the list below. If the Cognitive Sciences major chooses 3 courses (9 credit hours minimum) to satisfy the Area of Specialization requirement, they must complete a total of 3 courses (9 credit hours minimum) to fulfill the Elective requirement. If the Cognitive Sciences major chooses 4 courses (12 credit hours minimum) to satisfy the Area of Specialization requirement, they must complete a total of 2 courses (6 credit hours minimum) to fulfill the Elective requirement.
The courses that are eligible to fulfill the Electives requirement are the same as the courses required to fulfill the Area of Specialization requirement (with the additions listed below). However, courses used to fulfill the Elective requirement must come from outside the Area of Specialization. For example, if the student’s Area of Specialization is Psychology, all Elective courses must come from areas other than Psychology.
Additional Elective Courses
Up to six credit hours of research courses (CSCI 390, NEUR 485, CSCI 481) may be applied to the major.
Students with a 3.5 GPA in cognitive sciences and 3.3 overall GPA may apply for the cognitive sciences honors program. Students in the honors program are expected to conduct an independent research project of either one or two semesters under the guidance of a member of the cognitive sciences faculty. Students who wish to enter this program should consult with prospective advisors during their junior year and submit a proposal by the end of the semester preceding the initiation of the project. Typically, this means submitting a proposal by the end of the junior year and beginning the project during the fall of the senior year. Proposal will be reviewed by both the supervisor and the program director. Students who undertake a two-semester project will be allowed to continue into the second semester only if their advisor judges that sufficient progress has been made during the 1st semester. At the end of a project, honors students are expected to submit a final paper to both their advisor and the program director and make an oral presentation to faculty and students. For more details, contact the program director.
Majors may undertake supervised independent research by enrolling in CSCI 390 or the honors program. Students who wish to take CSCI 390 must complete a CSCI 390 contract and have it approved by their supervisor and the program director prior to the end of the first week of classes. All students taking CSCI 390 also must write a substantive research paper, which is to be submitted to both their advisor and the program director at the end of the semester, and presented in the Rice Undergraduate Research Symposium as a poster. (Copies of the contract form and instructions are available on the “forms” section of the cognitive sciences website.)
Note: Internally, the university uses the following abbreviations (4-digit codes) to identify the Cognitive Sciences undergraduate degree and major. The following is a quick reference:
Course Catalog/Schedule - Course offerings/subject code: CSCI Department Description and Code - Cognitive Sciences: CSCI Degree Description and Code - Bachelor of Arts degree: BA Major Description and Code - Major in Cognitive Sciences: CSCI
Cognitive Sciences does not offer an academic program at the graduate level.
The official course offerings, including course descriptions, listed in the Cognitive Sciences Undergraduate Requirements section can be found in Rice's Course Catalog.
To view the most recent course schedule for the 2016-2017 academic year, see Rice's Course Schedule.
For additional information regarding Naval Science, see the department's website: https://cogsci.rice.edu/.