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Graduate Program in Cognitive Science

 

Head of Program: İnci Ayhan

Executive Committee: İnci Ayhan, Mine Nakipoğlu, Albert Ali Salah, Cem Say, Lucas Thorpe

Professors: H. Levent Akın, Ethem Alpaydın, Ayşecan Boduroğlu, Reşit Canbeyli, Yağmur Denizhan, Tunga Güngör, Fikret Gürgen, Berna Kılınç, A.Sumru Özsoy, A.C. Cem Say, Ali Tekcan, Stephen Voss, Pınar Yolum

Associate Professors: Didar Akar, Haluk Bingöl, Elena Guerzoni, Mine Nakipoğlu, Arzucan Özgür, Albert Ali Salah

Assistant Professors: İnci Ayhan, Nazik Dinçtopal, Elif Ayisimi Duman, Pavel Logačev, Esra Mungan, Gaye Soley, Karanfil Soyhun, Lucas Thorpe, Emre Uğur

The Master of Arts Program in Cognitive Science aims at introducing the students to the investigation of cognitive processes of various dimensions. It is offered through the cooperation of the Computer Engineering, Linguistics, Philosophy and Psychology Departments/disciplines.

To fulfill the requirements of the M.A. program, students must complete a minimum of 26/32 credits of course work and submit a thesis supervised by their academic advisor.  The course work consists of three courses in each of the two areas selected by the student, plus two free elective graduate courses.  In the second year, students are expected to write a thesis on a topic that involves the two areas in which they specialized in their first year.

The advisor of the program oversees the selection of courses by the student and the course list for each semester is finalized upon the advisor’s consent.

Each student is expected to take a maximum of eight undergraduate courses in their remedial year in preparation for the program. Four of those courses, one from each disipline, are taken in the first semester of the remedial year. In the second semester, students are expected to select two areas for specialization and take two courses in each of these areas. Those students who hold a Bachelor’s degree in any one of the four disciplines must choose two areas out of the remaining three. An additional requirement for the remedial year is that students take COGS 500 Introduction to Cognitive Science. If any of these courses (or their equivalent) were already taken by the student, those course requirements can be waived by the consent of the advisor.

The courses and their distributions in terms of the semester during the academic year follows.

  

M. A. PROGRAM IN COGNITIVE SCIENCE

 

REMEDIAL

 

 

 

First Semester

        Credit/ECTS

Second Semester

Credit/ECTS

CMPE 150 Intro to Computing

3/8

 

Elective in Area A*

3/6

LING  101 Intro to Lang & Ling

3/6

 

Elective in Area A*

3/6

PSY      —  Area elective

3/6

 

Elective in Area B*

3/8

PHIL    —  Area elective

3/6

 

Elective in Area B*

3/8

COGS 500 Intro. Cognitive Science 3/6

 

 
 

15/32

 

 

12/28

 

 

 

 

 

PROGRAM

 

 

 

 

First Semester

         Credit/ECTS

Second Semester     Credit/ECTS
Elective in Area 1**

3/6

 

Elective in Area 1**

3/6

Elective in Area 1**

3/6

 

Elective in Area 2**

3/8

Elective in Area 2**

3/8

 

Elective in Area 2**

3/8

Unrestricted Elective

3/8

 

Unrestricted Elective

3/8

 

COGS 579 Graduate Seminar  0/3
 

 

COGS 690 Thesis 0/30
 

12/28 

 

 

12/63 

 

 

 

 

 

Third Semester

         Credit/ECTS

Fourth  Semester     Credit/ECTS
COGS 690 Thesis

0/30

 

COGS 690 Thesis

0/30

 

 

 

 

 

*Students are to choose two disciplines out of the available four, when they enter the program as their specialization areas for the remedial year.  Those two have to be different from the one in which they obtained their Bachelor’s degree.

**The two areas at the graduate level do not have be the same as those at the remedial year.  That is, if the sudent was a graduate of one of the disciplines represented in the program, then s/he may choose that discipline as one of the areas at the graduate level.

 

COURSES

Below is a list of courses you may take as a Cognitive Science student. However, please do not restrict yourself to this list, as some of the courses may not be offered in every term and other/unlisted courses may be offered instead. Moreover, please keep in mind that, you will need the consent of the instructor to take most of the courses listed in here.

REMEDIAL COURSE LIST

Computer Engineering                                

  • CMPE 150 Introduction to Computing
  •      or an equivalent programming course
  • CMPE 210 Fundamentals of Object Oriented Programming
  • CMPE 220 Discrete Computational Structures
  • CMPE 300 Analysis of Algorithms
  • CMPE 350 Formal Languages and Automata Theory
  • CMPE 434 Introduction to Robotics
  • CMPE 480 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

Linguistics

  • LING 101 Introduction to Language & Linguistics
  • LING 201 Phonology
  • LING 202 Morphology
  • LING 203 Syntax
  • LING 305 Semantics
  • LING 316 Brain and Language
  • LING 341 Sociolinguistics
  • LING 350 Structure of Turkish Sign Language

Philosophy

  • PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 131  Logic I
  • PHIL 222  Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 232  Scientific Thought
  • PHIL 357 Philosophy of Social Sciences
  • PHIL 273  Epistemology
  • PHIL 284  Free Will and Determinism
  • PHIL 301  Problems in Contemporary Philosophy
  • PHIL 342  The problem of Perception
  • PHIL 372  Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL 375  Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL 380  Philosophy of Action
  • PHIL 382 Ontology
  • PHIL 400 Current Issues in Philosophy
  • PHIL 402  Ego
  • PHIL 420  Advanced Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 421  Theories of Rationality
  • PHIL 422  Mind and Cognition
  • PHIL 480-498 and PHIL 48A- 49Z Special Topics in Philosophy
  • PHIL 499  Individual Study

Psychology                                                    

  • PSY 201 Intro. to Statistics for Psychology I
  • PSY 202 Intro. to Statistics for Psychology II
  • PSY 228  Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 233  Life-Span Development: Biological and Cognitive Processes
  • PSY 271  Introduction to Neuroscience: Brain and Behavior
  • PSY 301  Research Methods in Social Sciences I
  • PSY 304  Experimental Psychology
  • PSY 326  Human Memory
  • PSY 327  Sensation and Perception
  • PSY 48A-Z Selected Topics in Psychology

AREA/ELECTIVE COURSE LIST

Computer Engineering

  • CMPE 530  Mathematical Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence
  • CMPE 537  Computer Vision
  • CMPE 540  Principles of Artificial Intelligence
  • CMPE 544  Pattern Recognition
  • CMPE 545  Artificial Neural Networks
  • CMPE 547 Bayesian Statistics and Machine Learning
  • CMPE 561  Natural Language Processing
  • CMPE 58Y Special Topics in Computer Eng.: Robot Learning
  • CMPE 590 Special Topics in Computer Eng.: Machine Translation
  • CMPE 59C Special Topics in Computer Eng.: Cyber-physical Systems
  • CMPE 59E Special Topics in Computer Eng.: Evolutionary Dynamics
  • CMPE 59I Special Topics in Computer Eng.: Brain Dynamics
  • CMPE 59M Special Topics in Computer Eng.: Interaction Design
  • CMPE 565  Autonomous Robots
  • CMPE 623  Speech Processing
  • CMPE 630  Intelligent Control

Linguistics***

  • LING 406 Language and Identity
  • LING 408 Language and Gender
  • LING 501 Aspects of Phonology
  • LING 504 Semantics
  • LING 512 Morphological Analysis
  • LING 522 English-Turkish Contrastive Grammar and its Application
  • LING 541 Syntactic Theory
  • LING 480-499 Special Topics in Linguistics
  • LING 580-599 Topics in Linguistic Theory

Philosophy

  • PHIL 505 Theory of Knowledge
  • PHIL 522 Mathematical Logic
  • PHIL 580-588, 591-599 Special Topics in Philosophy
  • PHIL 590 Directed Study
  • PHIL 644 Philosophy of Action
  • PHIL 648 Philosophy of Language
  • PHIL 652 Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL 674 Topics in the Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 676 Topics in Logic
  • PHIL 682 Freedom and Determinism

Psychology

  • PSY 428 Language Acquisition
  • PSY 501  Advanced Research Methods I
  • PSY 502  Advanced Research Methods II
  • PSY 521  Advanced Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 511 Modern Points of View in Psychology
  • PSY 528  Memory
  • PSY 531  Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • PSY 532  Cognitive Development
  • PSY 571 Psychobiology
  • PSY 572 Advanced Neuroscience
  • PSY 588-591  Special Topics in Cognitive Psychology

*** Those students who have selected Linguistics as one of the areas at the second year, are required to include “LING 501 Aspects of Phonology” or “LING 541 Syntactic Theory” as one of the three courses they must select from among the courses offered in this area.

OTHER COURSES

  • COGS 500 Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • COGS 579 Graduate Seminar in Cognitive Science
  • COGS 580 Special Topics in Cognitive Science: Cognitive Robotics
  • COGS 581 Special Topics in Cognitive Science: Cognitive Systems

 

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