Cognitive Sciences

Cognitive Sciences
https://cogsci.rice.edu/
209 Herring Hall
713-348-3770

Simon J. Fischer-Baum
Program Director
simon.j.fischer-baum@rice.edu

Researchers in the interdisciplinary field of Cognitive Sciences 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.

Cognitive Sciences does not currently offer an academic program at the graduate level.

Director

Simon J. Fischer-Baum

Professors

Michel Achard
Michael D. Byrne
Patricia DeLucia
Uriah Kriegel
Randi C. Martin
Frederick L. Oswald
James R. Pomerantz
Timothy Schroeder
Charles R. Stewart
Devika Subramanian
Marina Vannucci

Associate Professors

Robert Englebretson
Simon J. Fischer-Baum
Caleb Kemere
Suzanne E. Kemmer
Philip T. Kortum
David M. Lane
Nancy A. Niedzielski

Assistant Professors

Bryan Denny
Stephanie Leal
Lan Li
Alexander Morgan
Xaq Pitkow

Professors Emeriti

Steven J. Cox
Richard E. Grandy
Don Herrick Johnson
Mark Kulstad
Sydney M. Lamb
David J. Schneider
Stephen A. Tyler
James Young

Teaching Professor

David R. Caprette

Assistant Teaching Professor 

Jonathan R. Flynn

Senior Lecturers

Özge Gürcanli
Carissa A. Zimmerman

Lecturers

John Greiner
Jonathan Manker
Bart Moore

For Rice University degree-granting programs:
To view the list of official course offerings, please see Rice’s Course Catalog
To view the most recent semester’s course schedule, please see Rice's Course Schedule

Cognitive Sciences (CSCI)

CSCI 238 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Cognitive Sciences

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Laboratory, Lecture, Seminar, Internship/Practicum

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Lower-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

CSCI 340 - METHODS OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Short Title: METHODS OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE

Department: Cognitive Sciences

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Lecture

Credit Hours: 3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Cognitive science is a basic science of mental operations in humans, animals, and artificial systems. It is a highly interdisciplinary endeavor that draws on philosophy, psychology, biology, linguistics, and computer science, among other traditional disciplines. This course provides an integrated introduction to the primary empirical methods for studying the human mind. Students will learn how the scientific method is applied to study mental information representation, manipulation, and utilization in natural and artificial cognitive systems. It will teach students to understand and evaluate existing methodological approaches as well as recognize what is necessary to replicate results. Topics include the philosophical foundations of cognitive science, basic methods of cognitive psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computational modeling, data analysis, and ethical responsibility when conducting cognitive research.

CSCI 390 - SUPERVISED RESEARCH IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES

Short Title: SUPERV RESRCH COGNITIVE SCI

Department: Cognitive Sciences

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Research

Credit Hours: 1-3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Supervised research on topics relevant to the cognitive sciences. Limited to majors in Cognitive Sciences. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

CSCI 477 - SPECIAL TOPICS

Short Title: SPECIAL TOPICS

Department: Cognitive Sciences

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Internship/Practicum, Seminar, Lecture, Laboratory

Credit Hours: 1-4

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Topics and credit hours vary each semester. Contact department for current semester's topic(s). Repeatable for Credit.

CSCI 481 - HONORS PROJECT

Short Title: HONORS PROJECT

Department: Cognitive Sciences

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Course Type: Research

Credit Hours: 1-3

Restrictions: Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate, Undergraduate Professional or Visiting Undergraduate level students.

Course Level: Undergraduate Upper-Level

Description: Independent directed research toward preparation of an undergraduate honors project or thesis. Instructor Permission Required. Repeatable for Credit.

Description and Code Legend

Note: Internally, the university uses the following descriptions, codes, and abbreviations for this academic program. The following is a quick reference: 

Course Catalog/Schedule 

  • Course offerings/subject code: CSCI 

Program Description and Code 

  • Cognitive Sciences: CSCI 

Undergraduate Degree Description and Code

  • Bachelor of Arts degree: BA 

Undergraduate Major Description and Code 

  • Major in Cognitive Sciences: CSCI

Undergraduate Major Areas of Specialization Descriptions and Attribute Codes*

  • Area of Specialization in Linguistics: CSLN
  • Area of Specialization in Neuroscience: CSNR
  • Area of Specialization in Philosophy: CSPH
  • Area of Specialization in Psychology: CSPS

Please Note: Areas of Specialization are department/program-specific and are not formally recognized academic credentials. Unlike Major Concentrations, Areas of Specialization do not appear on the student's official academic transcript, etc.

CIP Code and Description1

  • CSCI Major/Program: CIP Code/Title: 30.2501 - Cognitive Science