Minor in Cognitive Science

Murli NairMinor in Cognitive Science

About the Minor in Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science encompasses the description, modeling, analysis, and general study of cognitive (knowing, perceiving, conceiving) processes. The departments of mathematics, computer science, philosophy, and psychology cooperate to offer a minor in cognitive science. An interdisciplinary committee oversees the minor program. Contact any of the above faculty members for information about the Cognitive Science Program.

  • At least 3 credit hours from each of the areas of computer science or mathematics, philosophy, and psychology, chosen from the courses listed above, must be included in the program, subject to the following exception. Because no course can count toward both a major and a minor, students who major in one of the departments listed above (mathematics, computer science, philosophy, or psychology) may be allowed to count an extra course in one of the other departments toward the cognitive science minor if they need to apply all courses listed above in their major area toward that major. This substitution is subject to the approval of the Cognitive Science Committee.
  • All minor programs require approval by the Cognitive Science Committee. Courses not listed above may be included with permission of the committee. Such courses are not restricted to the areas of mathematics, computer science, psychology, and philosophy; there may also be appropriate courses from anthropology, linguistics, or neuroscience, among others.

Requirements (15 cr.)

All courses are 3 credit hours, unless otherwise designated.

Note | Because their content varies, these courses can only count toward the minor when offered with subtitles or topics specifically approved by the committee for the minor (see asterisks).

Cognitive Science (3 cr.)
  • COGS-B 190 Human Behavior and Social Institutions
    VT: How the Mind Works: Explorations in Cognitive Science

Computer and Information Sciences
  • CSCI-A 201 Introduction to Programming (4 cr.)
  • CSCI-C 101 Computer Programming I (4 cr.)
  • CSCI-C 201 Computer Programming II (4 cr.)
  • CSCI-C 243 Introduction to Data Structures (4 cr.)
  • CSCI-C 251 Foundations of Digital Computing
  • CSCI-C 463 Artificial Intelligence I
  • CSCI-C 490 Seminar in Computer Science (1-3 cr.)

  • MATH-M 343 Introduction to Differential Equations I
  • MATH-M 344 Introduction to Differential Equations II
  • MATH-M 365 Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • MATH-M 447 Mathematical Models and Applications 1
  • MATH-M 463 Introduction to Probability Theory 1
  • MATH-M 466 Introduction to Mathematical Statistics

Philosophy (3 cr. minimum)
  • HPSC-X 100 Human Perspectives on Science*
  • HPSC-X 200 Scientific Reasoning
  • HPSC-X 220 Issues in Science: Humanities
    VT: Historical and Philosophical Perspectives on Science*
  • HPSC-X 303 Introduction to Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL-P 250 Introductory Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL-P 312 Topics in Theory of Knowledge
  • PHIL-P 313 Theories of Knowledge
  • PHIL-P 320 Philosophy and Language
  • PHIL-P 360 Introduction to Philosophy of Mind
  • PHIL-P 366 Philosophy of Action
  • PHIL-P 383 Topics in Philosophy*

Psychology (3 cr. minimum)
  • PSY-P 325 The Psychology of Learning
  • PSY-P 326 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSY-P 329 Sensation and Perception
  • PSY-P 335 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY-P 390 Special Topics in Psychology*
  • PSY-P 423 Human Neuropsychology
  • PSY-P 438 Language and Cognition
  • PSY-P 443 Cognitive Development
  • PSY-P 459 History and Systems of Psychology
  • PSY-P 495 Readings and Research in Psychology (1-3 cr.)
    VT: Supervised Research

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