Students must complete at least one course in each of these areas of study:

I. Overview of Cognitive Science
Rationale: A broad outlook of issues related to cognitive neuroscience.

II. Scientific Foundations (Physics, Computer Science, Chemistry and Biology)
Rationale: A greater coverage of a topic supporting the cognitive neuroscience framework. To be determined under the guidance of the student's Cognitive Neuroscience Certificate faculty advisor. It is recommended that this be in an area outside the student's major.

III. Research Methods, Design and Analysis
Rationale: The methodological foundation needed to understand, interpret and conduct basic research.

IV. Philosophy of Mind
Rationale: The fundamental philosophical insights to the mind-body problem, a key issue in the field of cognitive neuroscience.

V. Neuroscience (Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology)
Rationale: The basics in brain anatomy and function.

VI. Advanced Topics
Rationale: A more in-depth coverage of empirical and theoretical issues central to cognitive processes.

VII. Independent research
The student must also complete at least one semester of independent research through a thesis, course project or special study. The course project may be completed in conjunction with one of the classes listed under the Research Methods areas. An adviser approved summer research project would also meet the research requirement. 

Learn more about courses available to fulfill certificate requirements at all five campuses.

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