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Cognitive Science Minor

There has always been a fascination with how the mind works. How is information and knowledge represented in the mind? What is the nature of intelligence? How do we acquire and use language? How do we learn and reason? Can we build robots that perceive, solve problems, and make decisions like humans? How do brain lesions affect cognition? How is the human brain different from the brain of other animals? Questions such as these drive the field of cognitive science. In recent decades, researchers from a variety of disciplines (e.g., neuroscience, cognitive psychology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, linguistics, anthropology, religious studies, etc.) have joined forces to tackle these topics, acknowledging the limitations of each discipline in isolation, and recognizing the value in interdisciplinary contributions.

Students who minor in cognitive science will find this field has unlimited potential for future careers in industry as well as in academia in areas such as: computer industry (robotics, artificial intelligence, expert systems, language understanding, virtual reality, computer graphics, programming, analysts, etc.), biotechnology (e.g., cognitive neuroscience, biomolecular/genetic computing), medicine/medical research, clinical psychology/psychiatry (learning disabilities, dyslexia, autism, learning and memory, psycho pharmacy, psychotherapy,) education (curriculum, language acquisition, cognitive development, learning disabilities), human-computer interface design, human factors (tool design, telecommunications, work-place safety), language (speech pathology, language instruction), language translation and cross-cultural interpretation, lexicography (building dictionary databases, search engines, etc.), business, art, music, etc.

Students interested in the minor should contact the program coordinator, Steff Rocknak, or any of the cognitive science faculty.

Required Courses for the Cognitive Science Minor

  • PSYC 304 Cognitive Psychology (3 cr) (PR: Psyc 110, 111, 290, or PM)
  • PSYC 305 Biopsychology (3 cr) (PR: Psyc 290 or Biol 104 & 105 or PM)
  • PHIL 370 Philosophy of Mind (4 cr) (PR: 3 credits Phil or PM)
  • CISC 110 Lego Robotics, or CISC 120 Cracking the Code, or CISC 118 Game Programming
  • Capstone Project (1 - 4 cr):
  • at least 3 elective credits, selected from the following courses:
    • CISC 135 Visual Programming
    • PHIL 236 Logic
    • PHIL 249 Existentialism
    • PHIL 250 Language and Perception
    • PHIL 350 Analytic Philosophy
    • PHYS 129 Physics of Everyday Objects
    • RELS 250 tr\Philosophy of Consciousness/India

Cognitive Science Faculty
Susan Carbone (computer & information science), KinHo Chan (psychology), Alan Crooker (biology), Sandy Huntington (religious studies), Stanley Konecky (philosophy), Larry Nienart (physics), Lisa Onorato (psychology), Stefanie Rocknak (philosophy)