Cognitive Science Undergraduate Program

The Undergraduate Program in Cognitive Science at UConn is an interdisciplinary program, that allows students to study the mind and brain from various vantage points. Students can earn either BA a BS in Cognitive depending on the chosen course sequence. Graduates from our program go on to medical school, law school, business school, or to pursue a PhD in cognitive science or related field. Others go directly in jobs in information sciences or business.

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Cognitive Science Major

General Education Requirements

All students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences must complete the CLAS general education requirements to earn a baccalaureate degree.

These requirements are designed to expose you to diverse ideas and perspectives and give you the skills necessary to face the changes and challenges of our future. These courses also allow you to discover new interests and explore majors and minors before you declare them.

Click here for more information on the CLAS general education requirements.

Major Requirements

The requirements for the cognitive science major include 40 2000-level or above credits, no more than 21 of which may be taken in any one department. There are several 1000-level courses that are required preparation for the 2000-level and above requirements. These courses should be taken during the first four semesters and may fulfill general education requirements.

A maximum of six 2000-level or above transfer credits may count toward the major with approval of advisor. Students must earn a grade of C- (1.7) or higher in each course that is counted toward the major.

Major Plans of Study

Find below the Plans of Study for the Cognitive Science major. Plans are arranged by catalog year. Your catalog year is the year you declared your first major/minor in CLAS. You may elect to use a Plan of Study from a later catalog year. When you have completed your plan of study, please send it to the DUS for approval.




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COGS Honors Students

Approved mechanisms to satisfy the 'Honor Engagement in the Major' requirement:

  1. Participate in at least one day of a professional academic conference in some area of cognitive science. The student should contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies for assistance in selecting a suitable conference. The student must provide brief written synopses of at least three presentations at the conference.
  2. Participate for one day with UConn K.I.D.S. in an event recruiting families for participation in cognitive science research at UConn. Participation includes explaining the types of research conducted to parents in the communities surrounding UConn.

Click here to view past UConn Honors Theses in CogSci.


Core Courses (16 Credits)

Core courses (16 credits required) are offered by the Cognitive Sciences Program, and the Departments of Anthropology, Computer Science, Linguistic, Philosophy, Psychological Sciences, and Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences.

COGS 2201 Foundations of Cognitive Science

COGS 3584 Seminar in Cognitive Science

Four of the following courses:

ANTH 3250 Cognitive Anthropology*

CSE 4705 Artificial Intelligence

LING 2010Q The Science of Linguistics

PHIL 3250/W Philosophy of Mind

PSYC 2501 Cognitive Psychology

SLHS 4245/W Neuroscience of Cognition and Communication Disorders

In addition to the Core courses, students complete four categories of required coursework: ResearchFormal SystemsAdvanced, and Electives. No more than 21 credits can be taken from any one department, to ensure that an interdisciplinary education is received. Undergraduate students can also gain research experience in a research laboratory on campus by taking COGS 3589 as an elective.

Research Courses (6 Credits)

Statistics (one of the following for at least 3 credits):

PSYC 2100Q or 2100WQ Principles of Research in Psychology

STAT 2215Q Introduction to Statistics II

STAT 3025Q Statistical Methods (Calculus level)

Research Methods (one of the following for at least 3 credits):

ANTH 3003 Field Research in Social Settings (if elected for 3 credits)

ANTH 3004 Cultural Research (if elected for 3 credits)*

ANTH 3090 Directed Field Research in Anthropology (if elected for 3 credits)*

LING 3110 Experimental Linguistics

PSYC 3250W Lab in Animal Behavior and Learning

PSYC 3251 Lab in Physiological Psychology

PSYC 3253 Sensory Neuroscience Lab

PSYC 3450W Lab in Developmental Psychology*

PSYC 3552 Lab in Sensation and Perception

Formal Systems Courses (3 Credits)

COGS 2500Q Coding for Cognitive Science

CSE 2300W Digital Logic Design

CSE 2500 Introduction to Discrete Systems

CSE 3500 Algorithms and Complexity a

CSE 3502 Theory of Computation a

CSE 3802 Numerical Methods

LING 3000Q Introduction to Computational Linguistics a

LING 3310Q Phonology a

LING 3410Q Semantics  a

LING 3511Q Syntax a

MATH 2210Q Applied Linear Algebra

MATH 2410Q Elementary Differential Equations

MATH 3160 Probability

MATH 3210 Abstract Linear Algebra

MATH 3230 Abstract Algebra

PHIL 2211Q Symbolic Logic

PHIL 3214 Symbolic Logic II *

Competency and Writing Requirements

Competency and Writing Requirements The exit requirements for computer technology and information literacy will be met by satisfaction of the Research Methods Requirement. The exit requirements for writing in the major are met by taking any W course on the Plan of Study. Students in the program will have an advisor and an associate advisor, each in different departments contributing to the cognitive science program. Students will consult with both of them to plan a course of study.

Advanced Courses (12 Credits)

Must include courses from at least three departments. Can include core courses not needed to satisfy the core course requirement.

ANTH 3200 Human Behavioral Ecology *

ANTH 3405 Religion and Mind *c  

COGS 2345 Language and Racism

CSE 3500 Algorithms and Complexity a

CSE 3502 Theory of Computation a

LING 3000Q Introduction to Computational Linguistics a

LING 3310Q Phonology a

LING 3410Q Semantics a

LING 3511Q Syntax a

LING 3610W Language and Culture

PHIL 2208/W Epistemology c

PHIL 2210/W Metaphysics *

PHIL 2212/W Philosophy of Science *

PHIL 3241 Language: Meaning and Truth

PNB 3251 Biology of the Brain

PSYC 2200 Physiological Psychology

PSYC 2208 Sensory Systems Neuroscience

PSYC 2209 Learning & Memory: Brain to Behavior

PSYC 2400 Developmental Psychology

PSYC 2500 Learning

PSYC 3100/W History and Systems in Psychology

PSYC 3270 Current Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience

PSYC 3440 Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

PSYC 3470 Current Topics in Developmental Psychology b

PSYC 3500 Psychology of Language

PSYC 3501 Sensation and Perception

PSYC 3502 Psychology of Consciousness

SLHS 2203 Anatomy/Physiology of Speech & Hearing c

SLHS 2204 Speech and Language Acquisition

SLHS 4123 Bilingualism in Typical & Atypical Populations c

SLHS 4254/W Introduction to Language Disorders in Children

(SLHS 4376 Language Impairments and Literacy)

b Current Topics in Developmental Psychology, PSYC 3470 is a variable topics course and may only be counted toward the major with advisors’ approval.

Electives (3-6 Credits)

For Electives, students can choose one or two additional courses from Core, Formal Systems, or Advanced Courses, or other related courses from any department and must receive approval from the advisors.

**If students take one of the courses that fulfills both the Formal Systems and Advanced Course requirements, they must take two elective courses. (Please see the bottom of the Formal Systems Course breakdown)

a The following courses may be used to fulfill both the Formal Systems and Advanced Courses requirements: CSE 3500, Algorithms and Complexity; CSE 3502, Theory of Computation; LING 3000Q, Introduction to Computational Linguistics; LING 3310Q, Phonology; 3410Q, Semantics; 3511Q, Syntax. In this event, two electives are required.

* Courses marked with an asterisk are offered infrequently, meaning not on an annual basis

( ) Courses in parenthesis are not currently being offered but may be in the future


Cognitive Science Minor

Cognitive Science is the interdisciplinary study of mind and intelligence, bringing together course content from:

Psychology, Linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, Anthropology, Communication Disorders, Neuroscience, and Philosophy.

While available with any undergraduate major, the minor in Cognitive Science is especially appropriate for majors in the fields listed above.

Minor Requirements

To earn a minor in Cognitive Science, students must complete 15 credits at the 2000-level or above. Foundations of Cognitive Science, COGS 2201 is required, plus four additional courses coming from at least three areas (A through F). No more than two courses may be counted from any one department.

  1. Cognition: ANTH 3250, Cognitive Anthropology; CSE 4705, Artificial Intelligence; PHIL 3247/W, Philosophy of Psychology; PHIL 3250/W, Philosophy of Mind; PSYC 2500, Learning; PSYC 2501, Cognitive Psychology
  2. Language: LING 2010Q, The Science of Linguistics; LING 3610W, Language and Culture; PHIL 3241, Meaning and Truth; PSYC 3500, Psychology of Language.
  3. Perception: PHIL 3256/W, Philosophy of Perception; PSYC 3501, Sensation and Perception; PSYC 3502, Psychology of Consciousness.
  4. Development: PSYC 2400, Developmental Psychology; PSYC 3470/W, Current Topics in Developmental Psychology or SLHS 2204, Speech and Language Acquisition; SLHS 4254/W,  Introduction to Language Disorders in Children; SLHS 4376, Language Impairments and Literacy.
  5. Neuroscience: PHIL 3249/W, Philosophy of Neuroscience; PNB 3251, Biology of the Brain; PSYC 2200, Physiological Psychology; SLHS 4245W, Neuroscience of Cognitive and Communication Disorders.
  6. Formal Systems: CSE 2500, Introduction to Discrete Systems; CSE 3502, Theory of Computation; LING 3000Q, Introduction to Computational Linguistics; LING 3310Q, Phonology; LING 3410Q, Semantics; LING 3511Q, Syntax; PHIL 2211Q Symbolic Logic; PHIL 3214, Symbolic Logic II.

The minor is offered by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Minor Plans of Study

Find below the Plans of Study for the Cognitive Science minor. Plans are arranged by catalog year. Your catalog year is the year you declared your first major/minor in CLAS. You may elect to use a Plan of Study from a later catalog year. When you have completed your plan of study, please send it to the DUS for approval.




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