Undergraduate Courses

Course Course Information Instructor
DSGN 1
Design of Everyday Things
TR 11:00-12:20 in SOLIS 107 (website)  
Description: A team taught course highlighting development of the field and the broad range of topics covered in the major. Example topics include addiction, analogy, animal cognition, human-computer interaction, language, neuroimaging, neural networks, reasoning, robots, and real-world applications.
Meyer, Michael Wayne
COGS 1
Introduction to Cognitive Sci
TR 09:30-10:50 in PRICE THTRE  
Description: A team taught course highlighting development of the field and the broad range of topics covered in the major. Example topics include addiction, analogy, animal cognition, human-computer interaction, language, neuroimaging, neural networks, reasoning, robots, and real-world applications.
COGS 3
An Introduction to Computing
MWF 12:00-12:50 in WLH 2005  
Description: A practical introduction to computers. Designed for undergraduates in the social sciences. Topics include: basic operations of personal computers (MAC, PC), UNIX, word processing, e-mail, spreadsheets, and creating web pages using the World Wide Web. No previous background in computing required.
COGS 9
Introduction to Data Science
MWF 10:00-10:50 in SOLIS 104  
COGS 11
Minds & Brains
TR 11:00-12:20 in PCYNH 106  
Description: How damaged and normal brains influence the way humans solve problems, remember or forget, pay attention to things; how they affect our emotions, and the way we use language in daily life.
COGS 14A
Intro. to Research Methods
TR 14:00-15:20 in WLH 2005  
COGS 17
Neurobiology of Cognition
TR 17:00-18:20 in RBC AUD  
Description: Introduction to the organization and functions of the nervous system. Topics include molecular, cellular, developmental, systems, and behavioral neurobiology. Specifically, structure and function of neurons, peripheral and central nervous systems, sensory, motor, and control systems, learning and memory mechanisms. (Students may not receive credit for both Biology 12 and Cognitive Science 17. This course fulfills general-education requirements for Marshall and Roosevelt Colleges as well as Warren by petition.)
Johnson, Christine M.
COGS 87
Freshman Seminar: Knowing the Limits of Science
F 13:00-13:50 in CSB 180  
Description: The Freshman Seminar Program is designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman Seminars are offered in all campus departments and undergraduate colleges, and topics vary from quarter to quarter. Enrollment is limited to fifteen to twenty students, with preference given to entering freshmen.
COGS 87
Freshman Seminar: Minds Making Religion
W 15:00-15:50 in CSB 180  
Description: The Freshman Seminar Program is designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman Seminars are offered in all campus departments and undergraduate colleges, and topics vary from quarter to quarter. Enrollment is limited to fifteen to twenty students, with preference given to entering freshmen.
DSGN 90
Undergraduate Seminar: Understanding/Designers Search
 
Description: In this one week course, the research goal will be to answer the question: How do designers (in many different fields) solve design problems with search engines? We know (from earlier work) that search is actually fairly important in the day-to-day for designers. Do they use search engines to find inspiration? Do they use them to help solve prosaic problems that are a pain to solve otherwise? Do they use them to find services that they need to help solve tough problems? Instructor will be in touch with when the course will meet. Questions about the course details can be directed to Daniel Russell <drussell@google.com>; for administrative questions about the course to contact ugradinfo@cogsci.ucsd.edu.
COGS 100
Cyborgs Now and in the Future
TR 15:30-16:50 in SOLIS 107  
COGS 101A
Sensation and Perception
TR 12:30-13:50 in PRICE THTRE  
Description: An introduction to the experimental study of cognition with a focus on sensation and perception. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 1.
COGS 107A
Neuroanatomy and Physiology
TR 17:00-18:20 in WLH 2001 (website)  
COGS 109
Modeling & Data Analysis
MWF 11:00-11:50 in SOLIS 104  
Description: Exposure to the basic computational methods useful throughout cognitive science. Computing basic statistics, modeling learning individuals, evolving populations, communicating agents, and corpus-based linguistics will be considered. Prerequisites: Mathematics 20F and CSE 7 and (Cognitive Science 14B or ECE 109 or Mathematics 11 or Mathematics 180A) or consent of instructor.
COGS 110
The Developing Mind
TR 09:30-10:50 in CENTR 214  
COGS 118B
Intro to Machine Learning II
TR 08:00-09:20 in PCYNH 122  
Description: This course is an introduction to computational modeling of biological intelligence, focusing on neural networks and related approaches to unsupervised learning. Topics include density estimation, clustering, self-organizing maps, principal component analysis, information theoretic models, and evolutionary approaches. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 109, Mathematics 20E, Mathematics 20F, and Mathematics 180A or consent of instructor.
DSGN 119
Design at Large
 
COGS 119
Programming/Experimental Res.
TR 14:00-15:20 in CSB 115  
COGS 120
Interaction Design
MWF 15:00-15:50 in CENTR 113 (website)  
COGS 124
HCI Technical Systems Research
MWF 14:00-14:50 in CSB 272 (website)  
COGS 143
Animal Cognition
TR 14:00-15:20 in CSB 003  
Description: Review of historical perspectives: introspectionist, behaviorist, and cognitivist models. Examination of how perceptual and motor constraints and ecological demands yield species-specific differences in cognitive repertoire. Contemporary issues in the comparative study of the evolution of human cognition. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.
Johnson, Christine M.
COGS 155
Gesture and Cognition
TR 14:00-15:20 in CSB 005  
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Civic Design
TR 17:00-18:20 in CENTR 115 (website)  
Description: Civic Design (http://civicdesign.ucsd.edu/): This studio course explores how to design services for complex socio-technical systems. The class will follow a human-centered design process that includes user research, concept generation, prototyping, and refinement. Students will work in teams to design a solution to a civic challenge effecting people in the San Diego area. This will be a good course for intermediate to advanced design students who want to build up their portfolio and to practice their skills with sketching, storyboarding, prototyping, and evaluating services for complex settings. As a prerequisite, students must have completed as least one prior project-based design or engineering course at UCSD (e.g., DSGN 1, DSGN 100, CSE 170/COGS 120, COGS 122...). Interested in this course? PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM: https://goo.gl/forms/3MW7lwwBJcRWick53
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Social Cognitive Development
(website)  
Description: This course is a mixed Practicum/Seminar course designed to provide hands-on experience in research on infancy and early childhood. Students learn skills and are assigned responsibilities based on the project to which they are assigned. Students also participate in a journal club and prepare brief end-of-quarter presentations and reports. It is a 3-quarter sequence. Content, skills, and responsibilities evolve and expand every quarter. Students work with a supervisor who oversees training and task progress. Pre-req: GPA of 3.3 or better, Commitment to this Cogs 160 for 3-quarter, permission of instructor based on interview and availability. Contact Dr. Deak [gdeak@ucsd.edu] for permission to enroll in this course. (http://cogdevlab.ucsd.edu/undergraduates/)
COGS 174
Drugs: Brain, Mind and Culture
MWF 10:00-10:50 in CSB 002  
Description: This course explores how drugs interact with the brain/mind and culture. It covers evolutionary and historical perspectives, brain chemistry, pharmacology, expectancies and placebo effects, and models of addiction. It also provides a biopsychosocial survey of commonly used and abused substances. Prerequisites: upper-division standing.
COGS 175
Alternate States/Consciousness
MWF 15:00-15:50 in WLH 2207  
Description: This course will review the literature that correlates brain rhythms in the human EEG with aspects of cognition, behavioral states, neuropsycho-pharmacology, and psychopathology in order to understand the psychological and neurophysiological underpinnings of these experiences. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 101A or Cognitive Science 107A.
COGS 179
Electrophysiology of Cognition
MWF 09:00-09:50 in HSS 1315  
COGS 181
Neural Networks/Deep Learning
TR 12:30-13:50 in CSB 001  
COGS 187A
Usability & Info. Architecture
TR 12:30-13:50 in HSS 1330  
Description: Examines the cognitive basis of successful web and multimedia design. Topics: information architecture, navigation, usability, graphic layout, transaction design, and how to understand user interaction. Prerequisites: CSE 7.

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