Graduate Minor in Cognitive Science

This interdisciplinary minor adds a competitive edge to graduate students in fields such as computer science, English, foreign languages, human biology, psychology and sociolinguistics.

Cognitive Science at Work

Grad Student Pursues her Passions

Lindsey Chandler is fascinated by the workings of the brain in learning and producing language. She’s studying both Hispanic linguistics and cognitive science at NC State.

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Graduate students who minor in cognitive science must complete a minimum of 9 credit-hours of courses (or more as determined by the student’s committee), with a grade of B or better, distributed as follows:

One core course (3 hrs):

PHI/PSY 525 Introduction to Cognitive Science

Two additional courses (6 hrs) outside the student’s degree-granting program from the following:

BIO 588 Neurobiology
CSC 520 Artificial Intelligence I
CSC 522 Automated Learning and Data Analysis
CSC 707 Automata, Languages and Computability Theory
CSC 720 Artificial Intelligence II
ENG 524 Introduction to Linguistics
ENG 584 Studies in Linguistics
PHI 540 The Scientific Method
PSY 500
Visual Perception
PSY 502 Physiological Psychology
PSY 508 Cognitive Processes

For descriptions of the above courses, search the NC State Course Catalog.

Any student who has previously completed the equivalent of the above core course for credit toward another degree (e.g., PHI/PSY 425 as an undergraduate) is required to complete an additional course (3 hours) from the above list.

Up to three credits of equivalent graduate course work may be substituted for one course on the list above, subject to the approval of the Director for the Cognitive Science Program.


Graduate students who wish to minor in cognitive science must declare the minor in their graduate Plan of Work, which they develop with their graduate advisory committee. This committee must include a representative of the minor, and the student must send a copy of his or her Plan of Work to the Director of the Cognitive Science Program.