Minor in Cognitive Science

Cognitive science is the scientific study of the mind with the goal of understanding the nature of thought. Students learn the ways in which converging sources of evidence may be integrated to discover the mechanisms underlying the complex adaptive properties of human cognition. The minor can augment a major course of study by adding a broader perspective than one particular discipline can offer.

 The minor in cognitive science broadens the academic background of students majoring in related fields. The goal is to provide students with the methods and foundations for understanding cognitive issues in an interdisciplinary framework.

Minor course requirements (8 units)

  • Introductory courses: 2 courses chosen from 207, 210, 211
  • Basic methodology courses: 2 courses (at least 1 from outside the department or program for the student's major.) chosen from COGSCI 202; PSYCH 201; COMP SCI 110, 111
    • (PSYCH 205 can substitute for COG SCI 202)​
  • Electives (4): 4 courses chosen from at least two areas, at least 3 at the 300 level and at least 3 outside the department or program for the student's major. For available areas, see the advanced electives for the major. At least 1 course must be chosen from the courses listed below.
    • Artificial Intelligence: EECS 348
    • Cognitive Neuroscience: PSYCH 212, 361, 365, CSD 303
    • Cognitive Psychology: PSYCH 228
    • Learning Sciences: LOC 213, 313
    • Linguistics: LING 250, 260, 270
    • Philosophy of Mind: PHIL 225, 325
    • Music Cognition: Mus Thry 251