Carnegie Mellon University

Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration

Students can begin with the first year sample schedule or the Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration sample schedule, as well as by contacting the advisors.

Complete Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration Requirements

General Science Requirements

21-120        Differential and Integral Calculus
21-122        Integration, Differential Equations and Approximation
   or 21-124    Calculus II for Biologists and Chemists
03-121        Modern Biology
03-220        Genetics (formerly 03-330)
33-111        Physics I for Science Students
15-112        Fundamentals of Programming and Computer Science
   or 15-110    Principles of Computing        
   or 02-201    Programming for Scientists
09-105        Introduction to Modern Chemistry I
09-106        Modern Chemistry II
09-217        Organic Chemistry I
   or 33-122    Physics II for Biologists and Chemists
09-207         Techniques in Quantitative Analysis
   or 03-124     Modern Biology Laboratory
36-200        Reasoning with Data
   or 36-217    Probability Theory and Random Processes
   or 36-225    Introduction to Probability Theory
   or 36-247    Statistics for Lab Sciences

Core Neuroscience Courses

85-219        Biological Foundations of Behavior
85-211        Cognitive Psychology
   or 85-213    Human Information Processing and Artificial Intelligence
03-362        Cellular Neuroscience
03-363        Systems Neuroscience
15-386        Neural Computation
   or 85-419    Introduction to Parallel Distributed Processing
   or 85-426    Learning in Humans and Machines
   or 86-375    Computer Perception
   or 02-319/03-360 Computational Neural Genomics

Cognitive Core

85-102        Introduction to Psychology
36-309        Experimental Design for Behavioral and Social Sciences
85-314        Research Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience
85-310        Research Methods in Cognitive Psychology

Cognitive Electives

Students must complete three of the following**:
85-221        Principles of Child Development
85-241        Social Psychology
85-261        Abnormal Psychology
85-356        Music and Mind: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Sound
85-370        Perception
85-371        Perception and Consciousness
85-385        Auditory Perception
85-390        Human Memory
85-406        Autism: Psychological and Neuroscience Perspectives
85-408        Visual Cognition
85-412        Cognitive Modeling
85-414        Cognitive Neuropsychology
85-419        Introduction to Parallel Distributed Processing*
85-424        Hemispheric Specialization
85-426        Learning in Humans and Machines
85-429        Cognitive Brain Imaging
85-442        Health Psychology
85-501        Stress, Coping and Well-Being

* If not used as a core course
** At least 18 of these hours must be 300 level or above

General Neuroscience Electives

Students must complete 18 units of course work from this list, at least 9 units must be at the 300-level or above.
(Concentration advisors can approve additional electives to fill this requirement)

Additional Graduation Requirements

Students must also complete:

  • Free elective hours to come to a total of 360 total course hours

Double-counting restrictions and additional majors & minors

Students may not major in two concentrations.

Students using Neuroscience as an additional major or who have an additional major or minor to Neuroscience may only double-count at most 3 courses between this an their other major or minor (this restriction does not apply to prerequisites, General Education Requirements, or the General Science Requirements – section A).

Other majors and minors may have more stringent double-counting restrictions, please consult with your neuroscience advisors and with the advising staff for the relevant host department for the other majors/minors.