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Minor in Cognitive Science

Degree Requirements, Minor in Cognitive Science 

Cognitive Science studies the computational and representational structure of the mind by combining linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, computer science (especially artificial intelligence), and psychology. Courses for the minor in cognitive science focus on three areas:

1) broad foundational issues in linguistics, psychology, and computing;

2) more specialized issues in mental representation, computation, theoretical linguistics, and epistemology;

3) problems in cognition, data processing, language and formal representation that are related to students' particular interests.

The minor requires 18 credits, distributed as follows. 

  • Students must earn a C- or higher in each course in order for it to count as credit towards the minor.
  • Students minoring in linguistics and minoring in cognitive science may not use the same courses to count towards both minors, with the exception of LING 101.
  • Students may not take 600-level courses and have them count towards the minor in Cognitive Science.


A.  All of the Following, 9 Credits
CGSC 170
Introduction to Cognitive Science 3 Credits
LING 101 Introduction to Linguistics 3 Credits
PSYC 100 General Psychology 3 Credits
B.  One of the Following, 3 Credits
CISC 101 Principles of Computing 3 Credits
CISC 103 Intro to Computer Science, w/Web Applications 3 Credits
CISC 106 General Computer for Engineers
3 Credits
CISC 108 General Computer Science
3 Credits
CISC 181 Introduction to Computer Science   
3 Credits
  Prereq for CISC 181:  CISC106 or CISC108  
  Coreq for CISC 181:  MATH 115, MATH 117, MATH 171, MATH221, or MATH241
C.  One of the Following, 3 Credits
ANTH 205 Anthropology & Human Nature (X-list CGSC205)
3 Credits
LING 404 Structure of Language  (Prereq: LING101)
3 Credits
CGSC 418 Meaning & Lang Use (Prereq: LING101), X-list: LING418 & PHIL418 3 Credits
PHIL 205 Logic 3 Credits
PSYC 340 Cognition (Prereqs: PSYC207 & PSYC209), X-list: CGSC340 3 Credits
D.  One of the Following, 3 Credits
ANTH 300 Primatology 3 Credits
CGSC 330
Philosophy of Mind, cross-listed w/ PHIL330
3 Credits
CISC 220
Data Structures
3 Credits
CISC 481
Artificial Intelligence, cross-listed w/ CGSC481
3 Credits
LING 462
Lang. Acquisition, cross-listed w/ EDUC462 & PSYC462
3 Credits
     -- Or  --PSYC 344: Psychology of Lang. (Prereqs: PSYC209 & CGSC 170)
PSYC 310
Sensation & Perception (Prereqs: PSYC207 & PSYC209)
3 Credits
PSYC 314
Brain & Behavior, X-list: CGSC314 (Prereq: C- or better in PSYC100)
3 Credits
OR Any of the courses not chosen under C (see above)