Degrees Offered:

  • Certificate

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Degree Requirements 

Undergraduate students majoring in: Psychology and Neuroscience, Philosophy, Linguistics, Computer Science, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Education or Architecture and Planning may be interested in extending the breadth of their undergraduate studies to include the cognitive sciences and earn a Certificate in Cognitive Science. 

Training in cognitive science prepares students admirably well for many of the fields that are targeted as the major growth fields of the 21st century: telecommunications, information processing, medical analysis, data retrieval, education and multimedia. As the world is enveloped by the information age, cognitive scientists will be uniquely positioned to deal with this information.

Students interested in the program should meet with the Faculty Fellows from their major department and fill out the admission/application form. Forms are available from the ICS main office in Muenzinger D414 or can be downloaded here.

Upon completion of the program requirements, students must provide a transcript to the Academic Program Director. The Academic Program Director will review the transcript to ascertain whether the student has met the requirements. Once approved, the Institute will contact the Registrar’s Office to include the certification on the student's official record. Certificates are awarded at the Institute’s spring celebration.

Undergraduate students usually apply for admission to the program during their sophomore year and typically no later than the beginning of their junior year. Applications are accepted year round. Earning the Certificate involves meeting the course requirements.

The ICS Academic Program Director will approve the enrollment on the basis of an unofficial transcript and the information provided by the student on the admission/application form.

The program requirements include two core courses, each in a different core discipline of cognitive science. These core courses provide the necessary interdisciplinary background.

In addition, there are two advanced skills sequences, each of which involves a different core discipline of cognitive science. One of these sequences can be in the student’s major. This advanced skills sequence addresses interdisciplinary depth of knowledge.

Further, students are required to major in one of the cognitive science core disciplines: psychology and neuroscience, philosophy, linguistics, computer science, education, architecture and planning, and speech, language and hearing sciences. To earn the Certificate, students must take at least eight courses for a minimum of 24 credit hours. 

Additional credit hours may be required as prerequisites to classes chosen to fulfill the Certificate plan of study, but these courses usually also fulfill degree requirements. 

Proposed substitute courses must be preapproved by the ICS Academic Director.

Finally, students must receive a grade of C or better in all courses for the certificate and must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better.  For a list of courses, please visit the certificate website.