Cognitive Science BA, BS

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 draw 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.

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 coursework 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.

State-of-the-art facilities in the 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.


  • State, explain and debate from diverse perspectives
  • Attain ability to discuss fields of knowledge that are grounded in evolutionary theory
  • Gain ability to define and discuss language, culture, consciousness and psychological investigations

Career Opportunities

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

The best thing about Oswego is the camaraderie between students as well as the faculty. The students, unlike anywhere else I have been, grow closer and become friends or connections that seem to last a lifetime.

The summer before my junior year I was able to take part in a research program at Carnegie Mellon University.

Program Resources

The Oswego Guarantee

  • Timely course offerings
  • High touch connections to alumni
  • Small student to faculty ratio
  • Limited room & board increases each year
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