Information Science and Cognitive Psychology, BS

The information science and cognitive psychology combined major provides a foundation in general psychology, psychology of language, cognition, and statistics. These are supplemented by an experimental laboratory course, seminar course, and psychology electives. Information science combines concepts and skills from computer science, behavioral and social science, and system design to create an integrated, people-centered curriculum. Students who choose this program often have a general interest in human psychology or specific interests in artificial intelligence or human-computer interaction.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Computer and Information Science Courses

Computer Science Overview
CS 1200Computer Science/Information Science Overview 11
CS 1210Computer Science/Information Science Overview 2: Co-op Preparation1
Computer Science Fundamental Courses
A grade of C– or higher is required:
CS 1800
and CS 1802
Discrete Structures
and Seminar for CS 1800
5
or CS 1801 Recitation for CS 1800
CS 2500
and CS 2501
Fundamentals of Computer Science 1
and Lab for CS 2500
5
CS 2510
and CS 2511
Fundamentals of Computer Science 2
and Lab for CS 2510
5
Computer Science Required Courses
CS 3500Object-Oriented Design4
CS 4100Artificial Intelligence (integrative course)4
CS 4800Algorithms and Data4
Information Science Required Courses
IS 2000Principles of Information Science4
IS 3500Information System Design and Development4
IS 4300Human Computer Interaction (integrative course)4
IS 4800Empirical Research Methods4
IS 4900Information Science Senior Project (integrative course)5

Psychology Courses

Required Courses
PSYC 1101Foundations of Psychology4
PSYC 2320Statistics in Psychological Research4
PSYC 3464Psychology of Language4
PSYC 3466Cognition4
Advanced Psychology
PSYC 3452Sensation and Perception4
or PSYC 3458 Biological Psychology
Laboratory in Psychology
Complete one of the following:4
Laboratory in Psycholinguistics
Laboratory in Cognition
Laboratory in Sensation and Perception
Seminar in Psychology
Complete one of the following:4
Seminar in Psycholinguistics
Seminar in Cognition
Seminar in Sensation and Perception
Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience
Psychology Electives
Note: Courses satisfying the categories above cannot be reused.
Complete two of the following:8
Social Psychology
Learning and Motivation
Learning Principles and Behavior Analysis
Sensation and Perception
Biological Psychology
Neuropsychology
Language and the Brain
Psychology of Reading
Cognitive Development
Categorization and Reasoning
Laboratory in Psycholinguistics
Laboratory in Cognition
Laboratory in Sensation and Perception
Seminar in Ethics in Psychology
Seminar in Psycholinguistics
Seminar in Cognition
Seminar in Sensation and Perception
Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience
With prior approval, directed study research and Honors Project courses can also be counted:
Junior/Senior Honors Project 1
Junior/Senior Honors Project 2
Directed Study Research

Major GPA Requirement

Minimum 2.000 GPA required in all CS and IS courses

Supporting Courses

Calculus
A grade of C– or higher is required:
MATH 1341Calculus 1 for Science and Engineering4
Computing and Social Issues
Complete one of the following:4
Technology and Human Values
The 21st-Century Workplace
Environment, Technology, and Society
Computers and Society
Wired/Unwired: Cybercultures and Technopolitics
Cyberlaw: Privacy, Ethics, and Digital Rights
Bostonography: The City through Data, Texts, Maps, and Networks

Computer Science Writing Requirement

College Writing
ENGW 1111First-Year Writing4
Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
ENGW 3302Advanced Writing in the Technical Professions4
or ENGW 3315 Interdisciplinary Advanced Writing in the Disciplines

Required General Electives

Complete eight general electives.32

NUpath Requirements Satisfied

  • Engaging with the Natural and Designed World
  • Conducting Formal and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Understanding Societies and Institutions
  • Analyzing and Using Data
  • Writing in the First Year
  • Advanced Writing in the Disciplines
  • Writing-Intensive in the Major
  • Demonstrating Thought and Action in a Capstone

 Integrating Knowledge and Skills Through Experience is satisfied through co-op.

Program Requirement

133 total semester hours required

Sample Patterns:

Four Years, Two Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5MATH 13414Vacation0
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5PSYC 34664Elective4 
CS 2500
and CS 2501
5Elective4  
PSYC 11014Elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 19 17 8 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
IS 20004CS 48004Elective4Co-op0
CS 35004IS 35004Elective4 
PSYC 23204IS 43004  
PSYC 34644PSYC 3452 or 34584  
 CS 12101  
 16 17 8 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0IS 48004Elective4Co-op0
 Computing and social issues4Elective4 
 PSYC elective4  
 PSYC seminar4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-op0CS 41004ENGW 33024Co-op0
 IS 49005Elective4 
 PSYC lab elective4  
 PSYC elective4  
 0 17 8 0
Total Hours: 134

Five Years, Three Co-ops in Summer 2/Fall

Year 1
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
CS 12001CS 2510
and CS 2511
5Vacation0Vacation0
CS 1800
and CS 1802
5PSYC 34664  
CS 2500
and CS 2511
5Elective4  
PSYC 11014Elective4  
ENGW 11114   
 19 17 0 0
Year 2
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
IS 20004IS 43004VacationVacation0
CS 35004CS 48004 Co-op
MATH 13414PSYC 23204  
PSYC 34644PSYC 3452 or 34584  
 CS 12101  
 16 17 0 0
Year 3
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opIS 35004Elective4Co-op
 ENGW 33024Elective4 
 PSYC elective4  
 Elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 4
FallHoursSpringHoursSummer 1HoursSummer 2Hours
Co-opCS 41004Elective4Co-op
 IS 48004Elective4 
 PSYC elective4  
 PSYC lab elective4  
 0 16 8 0
Year 5
FallHoursSpringHours  
Co-opIS 49005  
 PSYC seminar4  
 Computing and social issues4  
 Elective4  
 0 17  
Total Hours: 134