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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 and psychology.

Minor Requirements

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.

  • PHI/PSY 525: Introduction to Cognitive Science

Students must choose two additional courses outside the student’s degree-granting program from the following options:

  • 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

Note: 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. Additionally, 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 of 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.