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Cognitive Science B.S.

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Cognitive Science can be characterized as the interdisci​plinary study of the mind as an information processor.  It is a relatively new discipline that arose in the middle of the 20th century from the convergence of conceptual revolutions primarily in psychology, computer science, and linguistics.  Today it also draws from fields such as philosophy, neuroscience, and anthropology.  One goal of cognitive science is to determine structures and processes that underwrite cognitive tasks such as perception, memory, attention, language and motor control.  A second aim is to explain how organisms come to possess such structures and processes.  These two types of projects play an important role in more applied research in areas such as artificial intelligence, educational psychology, and cognitive and communication disorders. 


There is not just one career path for Cognitive Science majors. It is anticipated that most graduates of the program will seek postgraduate training to satisfy their professional aspirations. Our undergraduates have pursued a broad range of degrees at both the master's and PhD level.  Examples (in alphabetical order) include: audiology, business, cognitive science, computer science, linguistics, medicine, neuroscience, nursing, occupational therapy, public health administration, speech-language pathology, philosophy, and psychology.  The career one chooses is determined by his or her interests and goals.  Cognitive science prepares one to pursue those goals with a solid educational foundation in human cognition and considerable skills in scientific reasoning, critical thinking, and clarity of expression. We have an excellent record of graduate placement and success.

IMPORTANT:  Because admission to graduate programs is highly competitive, we strongly recommend that students maintain a 3.6 GPA or higher. 

Major Requirements: 

There are two parts to the Cognitive Science B.S. The first is a set of core courses required of all cognitive science majors.  The second is a minimum of 21 credits in an area of specialization. 

  • No course can be used to satisfy more than one requirement.  For example, if you take PSYC314 as one of your core requirements (Advanced CGSC/PSYC), you may not use it towards your area of specialization.
  • Students must earn a C- or higher in all courses within the major, including those that make up the area of specialization. 
  • However, CGSC378, CGSC379, and CGSC380 have a pre-requisite requirement of a C or better in CGSC375 or CGSC376.
  • 600-level courses count only for those working towards an honors B.S. in Cognitive Science.
  • CGSC majors who are majoring or minoring in linguistics may not use the same courses to count towards both degrees or programs, with the exception of LING 101.​

CGSC BS, Core Courses, 22 Credits

A. All of the Following, 9 Credits​
​    CGSC 170. Introduct​​ion to Cognitive Science​​ Take 1st or 2nd year in major​
​    LING 101. Introduction to Linguistics​ Take 1st semester in major
​    PSYC 100. General Psychology​ Take in 1st year in major​​
​​ ​B. Advanced Psyc/CGSC Course, One of the Following, 3 Cr, ​Take late sophomore yr or later.
​​​    CGSC 410. Embodied Cognition
​    CGSC 420. Research Methods in Cognitive Sci.​ ​Pre-req: PSYC 209 or STAT 200 (or equivalent)​
​    CGSC 451. Topics in Cognitive Science​​
    ​PSYC 314. Brain & Behavior​​​Pre-req: PSYC 100 or NSCI 100
   ​ PSYC 340. Cognition (X-list CGSC 340)​ ​Pre-req: PSYC 207 & PSYC209 (or STAT 200)

​ ​   PSYC 350. Developmental Psychology

​ ​Pre-req:​​ PSYC 207 & PSYC 209 (or STAT 200)
​​​C. Biology Requirement, One of the Following, 4 Credits​
   ​BISC 104.  Principles of Biology with Laboratory
​   BISC 207.  Introductory Biology I​ 
​​​​D. Computational Requirement, One of the Following, 3 Credits
   CISC 101. Principles of Computing
   ​CISC 103. Intro. to Computer Sci. w/Web Apps Acceptable Substitute for CISC 103:  CISC 106
   CISC 108. General Computer ScienceTake 1st semester in major
   ​LING 202. Science of Language​Pre-req.: LING 101
   PHIL 205. Logic Take in 1st year in major​
​​​E. Statistics Requirement, One of the Following, 3 Credits
   MATH 202. Introduction to Statistical Methods  Pre-req:  MATH 201
​   MATH 205. Statistical Methods​Pre-req:  MATH 210 or MATH 230
   ​PSYC 209. Measurement and Statistics​Pre-req: PSYC 100
   SOCI 301. Introduction to Sociological ResearchPre-req: SOCI 201 and A&S Math Skills ​
   STAT 200. Basic Statistical Practice​​​

Area of Specialization Requirement: Select One of the Following Areas

Computational, Mathematical, & Logical Foundations of Cognitive Science, 21 credits

Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive Science, 21 Credits

Psychological Foundations of Cognitive Science, 21 credits

Science of Language, 21 Credits

Pre-Professional Speech-Language Pathology, 27 Credits

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  • Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science
  • 125 E. Main Street
  • University of Delaware
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • Phone: 302-831-6806
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