Cognitive Science: Language & Mind, 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 001Introduction to Cognitive Science 21
Breadth Requirement
PSYC 001Introduction to Experimental Psychology1
or PSYC 151 Language and Thought
Select one of the following:1
Introduction to Computer Programming
Programming Languages and Techniques I
Formal Logic I
LING 001Introduction to Linguistics1
or LING 106 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
BIBB 249/PSYC 149Cognitive Neuroscience1
or BIBB/BIOL/PSYC 109 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 39
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 140 Introduction to Cognitive Science, LING 105 Introduction to Cognitive Science, PHIL 044 Introduction to Cognitive Science, or PSYC 207 Introduction to Cognitive Science.


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 2017 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.