Advising

Advising Documents

2018-19 Program Checklist
2018-19 Official Calendar Entry

2013-14 Program Checklist
2013-14 Official Calendar Entry

Only students with uninterrupted registration in the Cognitive Science program prior to the Fall 2016 semester may complete the 2013-14 (old) version of the Cognitive Science program.  All others must complete the 2018-19 (new) version.

If differences exist between the checklist and official calendar entry (hopefully not), the calendar entry is the official document that you must follow.


First Year Registration

Students starting in Cognitive Science are recommended to complete Core Complementary Courses in their first year, though some may be delayed to make room for courses from their focus area.  The 24 credits are listed below, divided by available semester.

Fall Semester

Winter Semester

  • PSYC 212 or PSYC 213
  • NSCI 201

Either Fall or Winter Semester

  • PHIL 210 (fall only) or MATH 318 (winter only) or COMP 230 (fall only, recommended take in U2)
  • COMP 202 or COMP 250 or COMP 204 (fall only)
  • PSYC 204 or MATH 203 or MATH 323
  • LING 201 or LING 260 (fall only) or LING 210 (winter only)
  • PHIL 200 (fall only) or PHIL 201 (winter only) or PHIL 221 (winter only)

It is expected that you will delay some of these courses until your second year in the program, depending on scheduling and the course.  COMP 230 for example, is a course that benefits from being delayed until the U2 year.  NSCI 200, if you choose to take it over PSYC 211, has significant prerequisites you may be missing, and requires that you take BIOL 200 and CHEM 212 as either co or prerequisites (leading to a crowded fall semester).

Assuming you are taking a normal course load (15 credits per semester), you will have empty spaces in your schedule after adding the core complementary courses listed above.  These spaces should be filled with BASC 201, courses taken from your minor program, or from the below lists, depending on your chosen area of focus within the Cognitive Science program.

Computer Science

  • COMP 202 Foundations of Programming 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • COMP 206 Intro to Software Systems 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • COMP 250 Intro to Computer Science 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • MATH 240 Discrete Structures 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

Linguistics

  • LING 201 Introduction to Linguistics 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • LING 330 Phonetics 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • LING 371 Syntax 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

Philosophy

  • PHIL 200 Intro to Philosophy 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PHIL 201 Intro to Philosophy 2 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PHIL 210 Intro to Deductive Logic 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PHIL 221 Intro to Hist & Phil of Sci 2 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PHIL 306 Philosophy of Mind 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

Psychology

  • PSYC 204 Intro to Psychological Stats 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYC 212 Perception 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYC 213 Cognition 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

Neuroscience

  • BIOL 200 Molecular Biology 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • CHEM 212 Intro Organic Chemistry 1 4 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • NSCI 200 Intro. to Neuroscience 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

    /
    PHGY 209 Mammalian Physiology 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • NSCI 201 Intro. to Neuroscience 2 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer

  • PSYC 211 Intro Behavioural Neuroscience 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


First Year Sample Schedule

A typical Cognitive Science student who is interested in Computer Science then, would choose courses from the 24 credit Core Complementary lists and from the Computer Science list, and create a schedule similar to the below for their first year of the program:

Fall

COMP 202
PSYC 211
BASC 201 (required for B.A.Sc. students)
MATH 240 (or MATH 133, if not yet taken)
Minor program course

Winter

COMP 206
COMP 250
PHIL 221
PSYC 212
Minor program course

Explanatory notes: courses towards the prospective minor are usually fit in where there is space around your Cognitive Science courses.  In this case, computer science courses were prioritized as the student planned to focus on computer science within the Cognitive Science program, and other core complementary courses were delayed to U2 to make space.


Creating a Cognitive Science schedule can be complicated.  If you have put together a course schedule and you would like feedback, send it by email to the Cognitive Science advisor, ryan.bouma [at] mcgill.ca (Ryan Bouma).