Structure of the Minor

In general, it is expected that students in the minor will take COGST 1101 or COGST 2140 as their introductory course requirement; either COGST 4120, COGST 4160, COGST 4500, or COGST 4700 as their lab course requirement; and three courses at the 3000- and 4000-level in at least two departments (or certain suitable 2000- level courses by petition). Courses are to be chosen by student and advisor to provide a coherent program. Although only five courses are required to complete the minor, we assume students interested in Cognitive Science will often end up taking more. An independent research project (e.g., COGST 4700 if this is not used to satisfy the lab requirement) and a research workshop (COGST 4710) are encouraged. Please note: some modifications to this outline may be made in extenuating circumstances by the advisor, in consultation with the program director(s).

The Cognitive Science program faculty [see field member links] have designed five structured tracks that offer students different ways of satisfying the minor. However, students are able to construct their own plan of study subject to approval by the program.

The five tracks are as follows:

    1. Perception and Cognition;
    2. Language and Cognition;
    3. Cognition and Information Processing;
    4. Cognitive Neuroscience; and
    5. Independent Study (designed by student and professor).

Complete descriptions of each track and suggested courses, along with an approved list of courses, are listed in the Courses of Study catalogue under the Cognitive Science Program in the Special Programs and Interdisciplinary Studies section; however, this list can be expanded upon by the student in consultation with his/her advisor.

The student must submit his/her Plan of Study to the Cognitive Science program manager upon completion.