Undergraduate students majoring in: Architecture and PlanningComputer ScienceInformation ScienceIntegrative PhysiologyLinguisticsPhilosophyPsychology and NeuroscienceSchool of EducationSpeech, Language, Hearing Sciences may be interested in extending the breadth of their undergraduate studies to include the cognitive sciences and earn an Undergraduate 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.


This program is only available to students currently enrolled at CU Boulder.

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 Undergraduate Certificate in Cognitive Science involves meeting the Course Requirements.

The ICS Academic Program Director will approve the enrollment on the basis of an unofficial transcript, Plan of Study, and the information provided by the student on the Admission Application Form.

Details on how to apply to the program can be found on the Admissions page.


Students desiring to complete and Undergraduate Certificate in Cognitive Science are required to major in one of the cognitive science core disciplines: Architecture and PlanningComputer ScienceInformation Science, Integrative PhysiologyLinguisticsPhilosophyPsychology and NeuroscienceSchool of Education, and Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences.

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. This advanced skills sequence addresses interdisciplinary depth of knowledge. One of these course sequences can be in the student’s major.

To earn the Certificate, students must take at least six courses for a minimum of 18 credit hours. 
Additional credit hours may be required as prerequisites to classes chosen to fulfill the CertificatePplan of Study, but these courses usually also fulfill degree requirements. 

Details on the program requirements are found on the Course Requirements page.

We look forward to receiving your application materials for the Undergraduate Certificate in Cognitive Science.

For more information:  Donna Caccamise
                                       ICS Associate Director and Academic Program Director