Undergraduate Minor in Cognitive Science

Please use Degree Navigator to generate an academic report for the Cognitive Science minor. Degree Navigator is an advising tool designed to help students make informed decisions regarding their academic progress. It allows you to manage your general education, major, and minor requirements.

To declare your minor in Cognitive Science, please submit a minor declaration form using myMajor.

(NOTE: For Pre-2015 Minor Requirements, click here.)


General Description of the Minor Program

Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary area of scholarship concerned with understanding the nature and development of such intelligent capacities as perception, language, reasoning, planning, problem-solving, and related skills, whether these capacities are instantiated in biological or artificial systems. The goal of the Cognitive Science minor is to provide a structured way for undergraduates to study and carry out research in cognitive science with guidance from faculty members affiliated with the Program in Cognitive Science. Any undergraduate may pursue a minor in cognitive science, regardless of his or her major. The interdisciplinary Cognitive Science minor is likely to be of particular interest to undergraduates majoring in fields that are directly related to cognitive science (e.g., computer science, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, biological sciences, mathematics, statistics, biomathematics, communication, and engineering).

Undergraduate Minor Requirements

Note: Click here to see the minor requirements prior to Jan 1, 2015, if you started your minor before that.

The interdisciplinary minor in Cognitive Science consists of a minimum of 18 credits, distributed as follows (click each category to view complete list of approved courses):

This course list will be updated periodically as appropriate.


Additional requirements:

  1. Grades of C or better must be earned in all courses counted toward the minor.
  2. No more than 4 credits at the 100-level may be counted towards the minor.
  3. At least half of the credits towards the minor must be at the 300-level or above.
  4. The same course cannot be used to fulfill both the formal/analytic and elective requirements.
  5. No more than two courses can be taken in any one department.


How to Declare a Minor in Cognitive Science

To declare a minor in Cognitive Science, please use myMajor. Students are recommended to declare the minor at the same time, or shortly after, they declare a major field of study.

Students should be aware that many of the courses listed have prerequisites and not all of the courses are offered each semester. Students should contact the departments that offer courses to learn about prerequisites and course schedules. Students may petition the Undergraduate Program Director, Dr. Mary Rigdon, to have additional courses count as formal/analytic or elective courses; email: undergrad@ruccs.rutgers.edu