Cognitive Science is the scientific study of the mind, and is an interdisciplinary field that draws from several academic disciplines, including Psychology, Computer Science, Philosophy, Linguistics and Neuroscience.

The Cognitive and Brain Sciences Program at Koç University is offered with joint contributions from the departments of Psychology, Philosophy, Computer Science, and the School of Medicine.

Certificate Coordinator Sami Gülgöz


Students in good academic standing who are enrolled in any degree program at Koç University are eligible to apply for this program. To achieve the “Cognitive and Brain Sciences Program” Certificate, students need to complete the three required courses and three of the elective courses listed below.

The courses specified below may be substituted for other equivalent courses upon authorization by the Faculty Council of the department offering that course. In addition, the department offering each course will designate the necessary prerequisites. A student can fulfill one Elective course requirement by taking an “Independent Study” course on a relevant topic from one of the participating departments with the prior consent of the program coordinator and the instructor offering the independent study.

The average grade from the six courses must be at least 2.50. In order to receive the certificate, the students must fulfill all of the requirements specified in this document. The Cognitive Science Program Certificate will be presented to the student along with their Bachelor’s degree at the time of their graduation from Koç University.

Required Courses

PSYC 348: Introduction to Cognitive Science
PHIL 338: Philosophy of Mind
PSYC 205: Psychology of Learning and Cognition

Elective Courses (three of the following – at least one COMP XXX and at least one other elective)

COMP courses:

COMP 130*: Introduction to Programming

COMP 110: Introduction to Computer Programming with Matlab

COMP 341: Artificial Intelligence
COMP 408: Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
COMP 442: Natural Language Processing
COMP 541: Machine Learning

UNIV 199: Introduction to Programming with Python

Other electives:

PHIL 131: Logic
PHIL 215: Epistemology
PHIL 325: Problems in Phenomenology
PHIL 334: Philosophy of Science
PSYC 220: Brain and Behavior

PSYC 352: Selected Topics: Language and Cognition

PSYC 352: Selected Topics: Languages&Minds
PSYC 415: Neural Bases of Memory
PSYC 427: Conditioning and Learning
PSYC 431: Human Memory
PSYC 433: Psychology of Language
PSYC 461: Physiological Psychology
NRVS 207: Neuroscience and Behavior
HSIC 502: Electromedical Instrumentation

HUMS 117: Rationality & Irrationality

PHIL 438: Philosophy of Action

*COMP 130 may be replaced with another relevant programming course with the consent of the program coordinator.

** Independent study courses can only be once approved by the advisor towards the completion of this program