Cognitive science is the study of cognition – thought, learning and mental organization – through the integrated use of methods from psychology, philosophy, computer science, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, mathematics, linguistics, biology and anthropology. Cognitive scientists ask questions such as: How do we perceive sensory input? How do we process information? What processes underly learning and memory? Can machines think? 

The cognitive science major offers students a unique opportunity to study the mind/brain in an interdisciplinary manner, through a combination of courses that examine cognition from different perspectives, theoretical frameworks and methodologies. Students integrate the different approaches through a capstone seminar in cognitive science.

Graduates of cognitive science programs enjoy a wide range of professional careers and graduate programs opportunities. These opportunities include psychology, medicine, research, software development, information technology, education, marketing and communication, industrial design and more.

Cognitive Science Major

The major in cognitive science consists of fifteen courses (46 credit hours), including five required courses (16 credit hours), six courses distributed across the content areas listed below (18-19 credit hours), and four electives electives (12-16 credit hours).

Required Courses
COSC 1010Introduction to Computer Programming4
PHIL 1001Foundations in Philosophy3
PSYC 1001General Psychology3
PSYC 3320Cognition3
INCG 4997Capstone in Cognitive Science3
Content Area Requirements
Philosophy: (6 credits)
PHIL 3460Philosophy of Language3
or PHIL 4450 Philosophy of Mind
Choose an additional course from the following:3
Metaphysics
Epistemology
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Science
Neuroscience - Choose one of the following: 3
Cellular Neurobiology
Systems Neuroscience
Functional Neuroanatomy
Biopsychology
Affective Neuroscience
Individual and Social Behavior - Choose one of the following:3
Language and Culture
Introductory Social Psychology
Learning and Behavior
Human Factors Engineering
Learning and Memory
Self, Language and Social Interaction
Mathematics and Statistics - Choose one of the following:3-4
Psychological Measurements and Statistics
Modern Elementary Statistics
Theory of Probability
Statistical Methods
Biostatistical Methods and Models
Social Statistics
English - Choose one of the following:3
Exploring the English Language
Studies in Language 1
Rhetorical Theories and Practices
Electives - Choose any four of the following not previously taken:12-15
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Human Evolutionary Process
Language and Culture
Cellular Neurobiology
Experimental Neurobiology
Laboratory Research Project in Biological Sciences 1
Systems Neuroscience
Functional Neuroanatomy
Diseases of the Brain
Biology, Moral Behavior and Policy
Object-Oriented Software Design
Data Structures for Engineers
Data Structures and Algorithms 1
Introduction to Data Science
Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence
Data Mining
Theory of Probability
Statistical Methods
Biostatistical Methods and Models
Logic
Metaphysics
Epistemology
Philosophy of Language
Twentieth Century Anglo-American Philosophy
Phenomenology and Existentialism
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Science
Topics in Philosophy 1
Undergraduate Seminar: 1
Research in Philosophy 1
Independent Study 1
Psychological Measurements and Statistics
Research Methods and Designs in Psychology
Developmental Psychology: Conception Through Adolescence
Introductory Social Psychology
Biopsychology
The Psychology of Prejudice
Psychology of Racism
Learning and Behavior
Biopsychology
Affective Neuroscience
Principles of Psychological Testing
Learning and Memory
Human Factors Engineering
Topics in Psychology 1
Advanced Undergraduate Research 1
Advanced Undergraduate Seminar 1
Independent Study in Psychology 1
Self, Language and Social Interaction
Total Credit Hours46-50

Courses

INCG 4997. Capstone in Cognitive Science. 3 cr. hrs.

Students become familiar with some of the dominant approaches in cognitive science and discuss fundamental issues pertaining to the methodology, basic premises and models in the discipline. In the first part, students examine foundational issues in cognitive science. In the second part, students explore specific aspects of cognition. Prereq: PSYC 3320 or cons. of instr.; one of the following: PHIL 3410, PHIL 3450, PHIL 3460, PHIL 3640, PHIL 3650, PHIL 4450, PHIL 4470 or cons. of instr.