Researchers in this interdisciplinary field seek to understand such mental
phenomena as perception, thought, memory, the acquisition and use of language,
learning, concept formation, and consciousness. Some investigators focus on
relationships between brain structures and behavior, some work with computer
simulation, and others work at more abstract philosophical levels.
Cognitive Sciences Degree RequirementsStudents majoring in cognitive sciences must complete 8 core courses and 6 additional courses . Among the 6 additional courses, at least 3 and no more than 4 must be in a single area of concentration—linguistics, philosophy, psychology, or neuroscience. Note that these requirements are new for 2016. Students who matriculated prior to 2016 may still graduate under the old requirements (5 core, 7 additional).
Research Opportunities in Cognitive SciencesStudents who would like the opportunity to engage in research in Cognitive Sciences can apply for the Honors Program or enroll in CSCI 390. Both the Honors Program and CSCI 390 allow students to conduct an independent research project under the guidance of Cognitive Sciences faculty.