Undergraduate Minor in Cognitive Science

This interdisciplinary minor adds value to many majors, including biology, computer science, English, foreign languages, philosophy and psychology.

Undergraduate students who minor in cognitive science must complete 15 hours of courses with a grade of C- or better, including at least three of the five participating disciplines -- psychology, neurobiology, computer science, linguistics, and philosophy (including logic). 


Courses for the Minor

Two of three advanced core courses (6 credit hours) among:

CSC 411 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
PHI/PSY 425 Introduction to Cognitive Science
PSY 420 Cognitive Processes

Three additional courses (9 credit hours) among:

BIO 488
CSC 333
Automata, Grammars & Computability
CSC 411 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
ENG 210 Introduction to Language & Linguistics
ENG 324 Modern English Syntax
ENG 524 Introduction to Linguistics
ENG 525 Variety in Language
ENG 527 Discourse Analysis
LOG/MA 335 Symbolic Logic
LOG 430 Varieties of Logic
LOG 435 Advanced Logic & Metamathematics
PHI 331 Philosophy of Language
PHI 332 Philosophy of Psychology
PHI 347 Neuroscience and Philosophy
PHI/PSY 425 Introduction to Cognitive Science
PHI 447 Philosophy, Evolution & Human Nature
PSY 340 Ergonomics
PSY 400 Perception
PSY 420 Cognitive Processes
PSY 430 Biological Psychology

The Minor Adviser will determine whether courses transferred from other institutions qualify for the minor. No more than two transferred courses may count toward the minor. Note also that no more than two courses may be "double-counted" toward both the minor and the departmental requirements of a major.


  • As soon as you are ready to declare the minor, you should complete and sign the NC State “Declare a Minor” form (available here) and bring it to the department’s Student Services Associate, Ms. Joanna King, in Withers Hall, Room 340.
  • Ms. King will obtain the required departmental signatures and submit the form to Registration and Records on your behalf so that a minor degree audit can be added to your record.
  • You should consult with the Minor Adviser, Dr. Catherine Driscoll, during each registration period to ensure that you are making headway toward completing the requirements of the minor.