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The certificate in Cognitive Science

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Why a certificate?


The study of cognitive science is inherently interdisciplinary. While graduate students in constituent departments can always, in principle, engage in cross-departmental interdisciplinary research, our certificate program is meant to serve as a catalyst to inspire students to escape their disciplinary boundaries and acquire new skills in the adjoining programs.

For specific questions about the certificate program, please send an email to​​

Certificate requirements

To obtain a certificate students must:

  1. ​Complete 15 credits of graduate level courses from the approved list below
  2. Complete 9 to 12 hours outside their home department
  3. S​ubmit a plan of study to the cognitive science certificate steering committee as early as possible. Students must have competed no more than six credits of course work towards the certificate when the plan of study is presented. The plan, which should be developed in consultation with the student's major advisor, must be accompanies by a cohesive rationale for the specific set of courses included in the plan. The plan must designate a member of the faculty from one of the relevant departments other than the student's home department as certificate advisor, who must approve the plan of study
Application and completion of the certificate
When applying to complete a certificate students should:
  1. Fill out their Plan of Study and send it electronically (a scanned copy will do) to for approval.  The space for the "Certificate Advisor" should be left blank.
  2. Once the form is reviewed by the steering committee, the student will be notified via email whether the plan is approved; if it is, the student will receive an electronic copy of the signed form and some feedback if the plan needs to be revised.
  3. When the plan has been carried out, the student should fill out an Application for Graduate Certificate Formand submit it to the Program Director​​, along with a short (1- to 2-page) document that illustrates how the coursework ​ment​​ioned in the plan contributed to the student's research. Unless revisions are necessary, the signed form is returned to the student who can then take it to the Graduate Office.
  4. Once the form is processed by the Graduate Office, the student will receive the certificate upon graduation.​
Approved courses


  • ANTH666 Independent Study

Computer & Information Sciences

  • CISC601 Elements of the Theory of Computation
  • CISC681 Artificial Intelligence
  • CISC689 Machine Learning
  • CISC886 Multi-Agent Systems


  • EDUC665 Elementary Statistics
  • EDUC802 Seminar in Reading
  • EDUC807 Writing Processes in Educational Settings
  • EDUC812 Regression and Structural Equation Modeling
  • EDUC816 Literacy Problems
  • EDUC817 Individual Intelligence Testing
  • EDUC820 Contexts for Learning
  • EDUC821 Cognition and Instruction
  • EDUC823 Learning and Development
  • EDUC833 Research and Theory of Mathematics Learning
  • EDUC834 Research and Theory of Mathematics Teaching
  • EDUC835 Research and Theory of Mathematics Curriculum
  • EDUC848 Language Acquisition
  • EDUC856 Introduction to Statistical Inference
  • EDUC862 Design and Analysis of Experiments
  • EDUC865 Educational Measurement Theory
  • EDUC870 Child Neuropsychology
  • EDUC873 Multilevel Models in Education
  • EDUC874 Applied Multivariate Data Analysis

Linguistics & Cognitive Science

  • CGSC604 Animal Minds
  • CGSC610 Embodied cognition
  • CGSC618 Meaning and Language Use
  • CGSC620 Research Methods in Cognitive Science
  • CGSC633 Introduction into Acoustic Phonetics
  • CGSC650 Recent Topics in the Philosophy of Mind
  • CGSC651 Topics in Cognitive Science
  • CGSC670 Elements of Cognitive Science
  • CGSC671 Discovering Human Language: Introduction to Field Linguistics
  • CGSC685 Seminar in Cognitive Science
  • CGSC696 Psycholinguistics
  • CGSC850 Topics in Experimental Methods
  • CGSC890 Studies in Linguistics
  • LING604 Structure of Language
  • LING651 Logical Structures in Language
  • LING667 Computational Linguistics
  • LING691 Semantics
  • LING890 Studies in Linguistics
  • LING861 Topics in Phonology
  • LING862 Acquisition in Phonology
  • LING/CGSC866 Independent Study (needs approval from steering committee based on topic)

Mathematical Sciences

  • MATH611 Numerical Analysis
  • MATH630 Probability Theory and Applications
  • MATH672 Vector Spaces
Mechanical Engineering
  • MEEG624 Dynamic Systems Analysis
  • MEEG671 Introduction to Robotics
  • MEEG873 Applied Nonlinear Control

Physical Therapy

  • PHYT623 Clinical Neuroscience


  • PHL866 Special Problems


  • NSCI631 Current Topics in Neuroscience / Learning, Memory & Brain / Developmental Behavioral Neuroscience / Seminar on Spatial Cognition / Stress and the Brain
  • NSCI629 Integrative Neuroscience
  • PSYC642 Mental Representation and Memory
  • PSYC667 Seminar: Visual Cognition / Language and Cognition / Early Perceptual- Cognitive Development
  • PSYC806 Social Cognition
  • PSYC809 Research Design
  • PSYC860 Psychological Statistics
  • PSYC867 Cognition, Emotion & Individual Differences

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