Cognitive Sciences B.S. Learning Outcomes

1. Acquire a Broad, Multidisciplinary Knowledge of Cognitive Sciences

  • Majors can describe important questions, results, and theories in each of the following areas: consciousness, language, learning, memory, perception, and decision making.
  • Majors have a foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, and/or mathematics to provide a scientific basis for the multidisciplinary study of cognitive sciences.
  • In each of four areas of more intensive study, majors can use theories in those areas to predict, evaluate, or interpret behavior in circumstances such as those they might encounter in their work or daily life.

2. Acquire understanding of the relationship between Cognitive Sciences and Neuroscience

  • Majors understand and can describe how aspects of mental function relate to activity in the brain.

3. Interpret and Evaluate Research Results

  • Majors can evaluate critically and apply to their life and work scientifically-based information available in the media as well as research journals in psychological science.
  • Majors can explain how research method and design choices constrain the possible inferences from data.
  • Majors understand the issues surrounding reproducibility and transparency in science

4. Obtain an in-depth understanding of research methods in Cognitive Sciences

  • Majors have an understanding of the different research methods used in cognitive sciences including behavioral experiments, psychophysics, neuroscience methods, and mathematical modeling.
  • Majors have a mastery of at least one scientific programming language and computational research methods

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