Cognitive Science: Individualized, BA

Cognitive science is the empirical study of intelligent systems, including the human mind. An interdisciplinary science, it combines results from biology, computer science, linguistics, mathematics, neuroscience, philosophy and psychology to the study of language processing, perception, action, learning, concept formation, inference and other activities of the mind, with applications for information technology and the study of artificial intelligence.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 36. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Core Requirement
COGS 1001Introduction to Cognitive Science 21
Breadth Requirement
PSYC 0001Introduction to Experimental Psychology1
or PSYC 1310 Language and Thought
Select one of the following:1
Introduction to Computer Programming
Programming Languages and Techniques I
Introduction to Logic
LING 0001Introduction to Linguistics1
or LING 0500 Introduction to Formal Linguistics
Select one of the following:1
History of Modern Philosophy
Introduction to Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Language
Philosophy of Psychology
NRSC 2249/PSYC 1230Cognitive Neuroscience1
or NRSC/BIOL 1110/PSYC 1210 Introduction to Brain and Behavior
Select one of the following:1
Introductory Statistics
Calculus, Part I
Calculus, Part II
Calculus, Part II with Probability and Matrices
Concentration Requirement
Select 9 course units of Concentration Electives 3,49
Total Course Units36

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


May be taken as CIS 1400 Introduction to Cognitive Science, LING 1005 Introduction to Cognitive SciencePHIL 1840 Introduction to Cognitive Science, or PSYC 1333 Introduction to Cognitive Science.


ALL Courses must be approved by your advisor.


See COGS website for lists of approved courses.


Required: A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and 3.5 in major related courses.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.