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Cognitive Science

Cognitive science is an interdisciplinary study of the mind with an emphasis on the interaction of people with computers. In addition to learning more about themselves, students of this program will be better equipped for success in our technologically vibrant society.

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A cognitive scientist is interested in various aspects of processing, problem-solving, and planning. Cognitive Science draws on research methods associated with the fields of:

  • Psychology 
  • Computer science (artificial intelligence)
  • Linguistics 
  • Philosophy
  • Anthropology
  • Neuroscience

Degree Programs

We offer majors leading to the baccalaureate of arts (BA) and the baccalaureate of science (BS) degrees in cognitive science, as well as a cognitive science minor. Both the BA and BS degrees provide a sound grounding in the field of cognitive science through courses where students explore cognitive concepts, methods of inquiry, and classic intellectual issues. 

Both degrees feature a 12-semester-hour learning agreement which provides an opportunity to explore some particular aspect of the field in depth, to develop an interest into a wealth of focused knowledge. The BS degree is a strict extension of the BA degree consisting of additional coursework in artificial intelligence and psychology. The minor provides a broad introduction to the field and can easily be tailored to nicely complement virtually any major. Learn more about the Cognitive Science program below.

Cognitive Science Program

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Distinguished Cognitive Science Award

The Distinguished Cognitive Science Senior Award recognizes the senior who demonstrated the greatest passion for, insight into, and potential to contribute to the field of cognitive science.

Award Winners
  • Victor Lockwood, 2024
  • Ezra Wingard, 2023
  • Quinn Ceilly, 2022
  • Kate Gordon, 2021
  • Rachel Simizon, 2020
  • Co-Recipients Charles Christ, Kimberly Hirsch, and Grace Roessling, 2019
  • Co-Recipients Priyanka Sandamal De Silva and Jennifer Niebling, 2018
  • Co-Recipients Noelle LeRoy and Sequoya FitzPatrick, 2017
  • Christopher Bartlett, 2016
  • Kathleen Kratz, 2015
  • Mark Willson, 2013
  • Carly Karas, 2012
  • Co-Recipients John P. McCartney and Bryan R. Kern, 2011
  • Elizabeth Trimber, 2010
  • Jeremy Lombardo, 2008
  • Matthew Noeller, 2007
  • David Stanko, 2007
  • Audrey Hager, 2006
  • Michael Smith, 2005
  • Katharine Dutton, 2003
  • Benjamin Marthia, 2002
  • Robert Levy, 2000

Student Resources

There are plenty of resources, on campus and online, that are available to students. Below is just a sample. You can also reach out to the faculty with questions, concerns, or to get more information.

  • Penfield Library offers a wealth of cognitive science materials through their research subject guides. 
  • For academic papers in cognitive science, explore Cogprints, a valuable electronic archive of research and scholarly articles.
  • The Cognitive Science Society, the premier professional organization in the field, offers extensive resources and information on cognitive science.
  • To learn about prominent figures in the Cognitive Science field, visit Celebrities in Cognitive Science for insights into leading thinkers and their contributions.
  • Despite the name, Neuroscience for Kids is an engaging resource  to understand brain science, with valuable information suitable for all ages.
  • You can watch cognitive science-related videos on Scientific American Frontiers, which offers archived shows on various scientific topics.