Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary study of the mind with an emphasis on how people interact with computers.

To integrate research results from a wide range of disciplines into a more complete understanding of the mind, the programs draws on methods associated with psychology, computer science (artificial intelligence), linguistics, philosophy, anthropology and biology. You’ll start building a solid foundation in the field through two introductory courses that focus on the core values of cognitive science and the seminal ideas associated with contributing disciplines and the brain, mind and consciousness. In addition to learning more about yourself, you will be better equipped for success in our technologically vibrant society.

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The BA provides a broader liberal arts experience, while the BS is more focused on psychology and computer science applications.


Enroll in our BA degree program and select a set of three upper-division courses from a broad range of options — including Neural Networks, Cognitive Musicology, Computational Linguistics, Cognitive Neuroscience, Evolutionary Psychology and Artificial Intelligence. Or choose our more tightly focused BS degree program and pursue additional course work in psychology and computer science. Use your nine-semester-hour learning agreement to explore a particular aspect of the field in depth — and develop your own interest into a wealth of focused knowledge.


Opportunities include

  • Cognitive engineering
  • Human-computer interface design
  • Software design and development
  • Medicine
  • Clinical psychology
  • Research

Graduate studies may include

  • Speech pathology
  • Music therapy
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Neuroscience
  • Cognitive science
  • Computer science
  • Psychology


State-of-the-art facilities in the new Shineman Center include workspaces configured for class-based, small-group and individual activities. Our labs provide a great learning, testing and training ground for future success.

“With cognitive science being an interdisciplinary approach, the field has not only introduced me to the various sub-fields, (computer science, psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, anthropology and philosophy), but has also allowed me to hone my focus to those I find especially intriguing. Students are also taught how to interchangeably apply each of the sub-fields for methods of analysis, experimentation and learning.”

— Christopher Bartlett ’16