Computer and Cognitive Science, BAS
The BAS in Computer and Cognitive Science through the School of Engineering and Applied Science combines the application of theoretical insights from Computer Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Psychology to the formal study of intelligence, perception, reasoning, and other properties of mind, and their application in the service of Information Technology. The degree combines a form grounding in relevant aspects of Computer Science, from programming to algorithms to artificial intelligence, with a concentration in specific courses from the contingent disciplines. The non-computer science courses have been selected for formal rigor and scientific relevance. The degree prepares students for a wide variety of careers in a number of distinct academic, industrial, and professional arenas relating to psychology, philosophy and linguistics. In particular, these careers pertain to the impact of knowledge and information technology on the professions, including those in Media and Communications, Software Development, and Education (among many others), in which a broad background in computer science must be combined with a deep understanding of the human mind. The BAS in Computer and Cognitive Science is intended to address the need for properly trained computer scientists who have sufficient understanding of these other disciplines to be able to solve the many open problems in applications, research, and development that must be addressed if we are to realize the full potential of information processing technologies in these domains. Employment opportunities for students going through such a program are excellent at major information technology companies, software houses, and research labs, as well as in the standard career structures in the areas identified above.
Computer and Cognitive Science (ASCC) Major Requirements
40 course units are required. Read more about the Undergraduate Student Handbook.
|CIS 110||Introduction to Computer Programming||1|
|CIS 120||Programming Languages and Techniques I||1|
|CIS 121||Programming Languages and Techniques II||1|
|CIS 140||Introduction to Cognitive Science||1|
|CIS 240||Introduction to Computer Systems||1|
|CIS 320||Introduction to Algorithms||1|
|CIS 421||Artificial Integlligence||1|
|CIS Elective 1||2|
|EAS 499||Senior Capstone Project||1|
|MATH 104||Calculus, Part I||1|
|MATH 114||Calculus, Part II||1|
|CIS 160||Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science||1|
|CIS 262||Automata, Computability, and Complexity||1|
|PHYS 140||Principles of Physics I (without laboratory)||1|
|PHYS 141||Principles of Physics II (without laboratory)||1|
|Natural Science 2||2|
|Select 8 course units||8|
|Social Sciences and Humanities 3|
|EAS 203||Engineering Ethics||1|
|Select 2 Social Science courses||2|
|Select 2 Humanities courses||2|
|Select 2 Social Science or Humanities or Technology in Business & Society courses||2|
|Select 3 course units of free electives||3|
|Total Course Units||40|
A CIS elective is a CIS or NETS engineering course. The SEAS handbook defines all CIS and NETS classes numbered 1xx-5xx as engineering courses, with the following exceptions that cannot be used: CIS 105 Computational Data Exploration, CIS 106 Visualizing the Past., CIS 125 Technology and Policy, CIS 160 Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science, CIS 261 Discrete Probability, Stochastic Processes, and Statistical Inference, CIS 262 Automata, Computability, and Complexity.
ESE 350 Embedded Systems/Microcontroller Laboratory can also be used to satisfy the CIS elective requirement.
Science labs are not required. Labs taken can be used as Natural Science credit.
The Social Science & Humanities Depth, Writing & Ethics Requirement can be satisfied with the 7 total course units.
Department approval is required.
- Option 1: Any approved minor, or sequence of approved courses. Remaining must be Math, Natural Science or Engineering. (Minors are strongly encouraged.)
- Option 2: Any 8 course units from Math, Natural Science, Engineering, or from the following specified tech electives:
Course List Code Title Course Units LING 106 Introduction to Formal Linguistics 1 PHIL 231 Epistemology 1 PHIL 244 Introduction to Philosophy of Mind 1 OIDD 220 Introduction to Operations Management 1 OIDD 321 Introduction to Management Science 1 OIDD 325 Computer Simulation Models 1
For ASCC Majors, Nat Sci may also include the following Cog Sci Courses:
|LING 230||Sound Structure of Language||1|
|LING 250||Introduction to Syntax||1|
|LING 520||Phonetics I||1|
|LING 530||Phonology I||1|
|LING 531||Phonology II||1|
|LING 550||Syntax I||1|
|LING 551||Syntax II||1|
|LING 603||Topics in Phonology||1|
|LING 630||Seminar in Morphology||1|
|PSYC 109||Introduction to Brain and Behavior||1|
|PSYC 151||Language and Thought||1|
The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2018 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.