Five College Program in Cognitive Neuroscience

Information about courses associated with the program:


Many courses in addition to those listed below may be eligible for fulfilling the requirements of the Five College Cognitive Neuroscience Certificate. Students are encouraged to consult a Cognitive Neuroscience  Program campus advisor to identify courses that are appropriate for their interests.


Amherst College Approved Courses





1. Overview of Cognitive Science
PSYC 233 Cognitive Psychology
PSYC 234 Memory

2. Scientific Foundations
PHYS 117 Introductory Physics II:Electromagnetism and Optics
COMP 112 Introduction to Computer Science II
CHEM 151 Fundamental Principles of Chemistry
BIOL 191 Molecules, Genes, and Cells


3. Research Methods, Design, and Analysis
PSYC 122 Statistics and Experimental Design

4. Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 333 Philosophy of Mind

5. Neuroscience
PSYC 226 Introduction to Neuroscience (cross-listed as Neur 226)

6. Advanced Topics
PSYC 366 Music Cognition
PSYC 368 Autobiographical Memory


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Hampshire College Approved Courses

1. Overview of Cognitive Science

CS 128 Cognitive Science: An Introduction Through Vision
CS 218 Birth of Mind: Biological Foundations of Psychological Development
CS 230 Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience

2. Scientific Foundations
CS 205 Introduction to Computer Science
CS 121 Programming Artificial Life
CS 216 Data Structures and Algorithms
NS 2xx Endocrinology
NS 220 Physiology
NS 234 Molecular Biology
NS 247 Cell Biology
NS 262 Biochemistry

3. Research Methods, Design, and Analysis
CS 246 Cognitive Psychology
CS 313 Electrophysiological Methodologies 
CS 212 Brain and Cognition II
And various courses in statistics

4. Philosophy of Mind
CS 132 Minds, Brains, & Machines
CS Consciousness Reconsidered
CS 202 Philosophy of Mind

5. Neuroscience
CS 134 Brain and Cognition I
CS/NS/SS 269 The Plastic Brain: Culture, Experience & Environment in Mind/Brain Development
NS 244 Neuroendocrinology
NS3xx Neurophysiological Mechanisms

6. Advanced Topics
CS 272 Emotions and the Brain
CS/NS/SS 278 Sex on the brain: Gender, Sex & Biology
CS/NS 158/358 Evolution of Behavior
CS 228 Music: Brain and Development
CS 274 Bioacoustics
CS 278 Evolution of Neurally-Controlled Robots
CS 254 Genetic Programming
CS 287 Evolving Artificial Neural Networks
CS 370 Brain, Mind, and Culture
CS 338 Current Issues in Cognitive Science


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Mount Holyoke Approved Courses

1. Overview of Cognitive Science 
PSY 240 Cognitive Psychology

2. Scientific Foundations
Physics (electricity and magnetism)
PHY 204 Phenomena of Physics
PHY 216 Waves and Electromagnetism
CSC 101 Problem Solving and Structured Programming
CHM 101 General Chemistry I
BIO 150 Introduction to Biology

3. Research Methods, Design, and Analysis
PSY 201 Statistics
MTH 240 Elementary Data Analysis and Experimental Design
PSY 200 Research Methods

4. Philosophy of Mind
PHI 264 Philosophy of Mind
PHI 350 Epistemology and Psychology

5. Neuroscience
PSY 250 Introduction to the Biological Bases of Behavior
BIO 333 Neurobiology

6. Advanced Topics
PSY 241 Visual and Auditory Perception
PSY 349 Seminar in Perception and Cognition
PSY 359 Seminar in Biological Bases of Behavior


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Smith College Approved Courses

1. Overview of Cognitive Science 

PSY 111 Introduction to Psychology
PSY 218 Cognitive Psychology 
PPY 209 Philosophy and History of Psychology

2. Scientific Foundations
PHY 105 Principles of Physics
PHY 116 General Physics II
CSC 111 Computer Science I
CHM 111 Chemistry I
BIO 150 Cells, Physiology & Development

3. Research Methods, Design, and Analysis
PSY 192 Introduction to Research Methods
NSC 230 Experimental Methods in Neuroscience
MTH 245 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
MTH 248 Design of Experiments

4. Philosophy of Mind
PHI334 Seminar: Mind
PHI 100 Thinking about Thinking
PHI 234 Philosophy and Human Nature: Theories of the Self

5. Neuroscience
PSY 210 Introduction to Neuroscience
PSY 221 Physiology of Behavior
NSC 311 Neuroanatomy
Bio 330 Neurophysiology

6. Advanced Topics
PSY 219 Cognitive Neuroscience 
PSY 314 Seminar in Foundations of Behavior
PSY 313 Research Seminar in Psycholinguistics


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UMass Amherst Approved Courses


1. Overview of cognitive science 

PSYCH 404 History and Systems in Psychology
PSYCH 315 Cognitive Psychology

2. Scientific Foundations
Physics- Various courses
Chemistry- Various courses
Biology- Various courses
COMPSCI 121 Introduction to Problem Solving with computers

3. Research Methods, Design, and Analysis
PSYCH 240 Statistics in Psychology
PSYCH 241 Methods of Inquiry in Psychology

4. Philosophy of Mind
PHIL 383 Philosophy of Psychology

5. Neuroscience
PSYCH 330 Behavioral Neuroscience 
PSYCH 305 Brain, Mind, and Behavior

6. Advanced Topics
PSYCH xxx Cognitive Neuroscience (new course)
PSYCH 391 Seminar: Scientific Studies of Consciousness
PSYCH 530 Human Neuropsychology
PSYCH 535 Drugs and Behavior
PSYCH 335 Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
PSYCH 591 Seminar: Primate Behavior
LINGUIST 411 Introduction to Psycholinguistics
LINGUIST 412 Language Processing and the Brain
PSYCH 318 Psychology of Language


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