The Center for Cognitive Science offers a Bachelors Degree in Cognitive Science (B.A.). Below is a description of the requirements for fulfilling the new Cognitive Science Major and the five possible tracks.
To declare the major, students need to have taken:
- 1 course in the Computational/Logical Reasoning Component
- 1 course in the Statistical Reasoning Component
- 185:201 Introduction to Cognitive Science.
Beginning Fall 2017, students will be able to declare the new Cognitive Science Major using myMajor.
Once you declare, you will be able to follow progress toward the degree using Degree Navigator.
If you have questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Majors may receive Honors in Cognitive Science. Review requirements and procedures on our honors page.
Tracks and Requirements
There are 5 possible tracks for the major:
- (1) Cognitive Neuroscience
- (2) Decision Making
- (3) Language
- (4) Mind, Machines & Computation
- (5) Perception
Each track is structured into 5 segments: (i) Quantitative Reasoning, (ii) Foundational, (iii) Distributional, (iv) Topics Courses, and (v) Capstone. Each track will have the same two requirements in Logical and Statistical Reasoning, the same Foundational course in Cognitive Science, a set of three Distributional requirements in cognate areas, and one Capstone Course involving independent research. The selection of courses that satisfy the Topic Electives segment will vary by track.
Each track will have the same two requirements in Logical and Statistical Reasoning, the same Foundational course in Cognitive Science, a set of three
Note: Courses used to satisfy the distribution requirement cannot also be used to satisfy the track elective requirements.
The major must consist of a minimum of 36 credits:
- Students will be required to complete a minimum of 4 courses in Cognitive Science (curriculum code 185).
- Grades of C or better must be earned in all courses counted toward the major.
- At least two thirds of the total credits must be from courses offered by the School of Arts and Sciences.
- At least two thirds of the total credits must be at the 300-level or above.
- No more than 4 courses from Philosophy and no more than 4 courses from Computer Science may be counted toward the major.
- No more than 3 courses from any other department (not listed above) may be counted toward the major.
After selecting from one of 5 tracks (above), the remaining credits will be completed by taking a minimum of three Topics Courses in a specific area of concentration. Note: there is no double-counting of courses; even though some courses appear on multiple lists, any one course can only count for satisfying one requirement.