Cognitive Science Minor

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Davie Hall, CB# 3270

(919) 843-5467

Dr. Beth Kurtz-Costes, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Dr. Steven Buzinski, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of the Karen M. Gil Internship Program

Dr. Marsha Penner, Director for Undergraduate Research in Psychology

Mr. Christopher Coffey, Student Services Manager

Ms. Rachael Hall, Undergraduate Instructional Program Coordinator and Program Manager of the Karen M. Gil Internship Program

The cognitive science minor consists of five disciplinary areas: behavioral, biological, computational, linguistic, and philosophical. Each course, except the overview, falls into one or more disciplinary areas.

Students interested in pursuing the minor should contact the program director for further information

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In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least 9 credits of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

Core Requirements
PSYC 330Introduction to Cognitive Science (prerequisites PSYC 101 and PSYC 210)3
Four other courses distributed over at least two disciplinary areas, at least two of which must be numbered 400 or above, as follows:12
Human Evolution and Adaptation
Animal Behavior
Behavioral Neuroscience
Applications of Natural Language Processing
Learning H
Sensation and Perception H
Cognitive Psychology H
Advanced Perceptual Processes
Human Memory
Psychology of Language
Behavioral Decision Theory
Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive Development
Evolution and Development of Biobehavioral Systems
Animal Behavior
Behavioral Neuroscience
Behavioral Ecology
Sensation and Perception H
Fluency in Information Technology
Introduction to Scientific Programming
Foundation of Programming H
Models of Languages and Computation
Information Systems Analysis and Design
Human Information Interactions
Information Retrieval
Applications of Natural Language Processing
Introduction to Database Concepts and Applications
Information Visualization
Systems Analysis
Text Mining
Introduction to Numerical Analysis
Behavioral Decision Theory
Foundations of Decision Sciences
Decision Making Using Spreadsheet Models
Introduction to Probability
Machine Learning
Linguistic Phonetics
Applications of Natural Language Processing
Linguistic Variation and Language Change
Language and Computers
Phonological Theory I
Mathematical Linguistics
Language Deficits and Cognition
Language and Communication H
Philosophy of Language
Psychology of Language
The Nature of Moral Consciousness: A Course in General Anthropology
Consciousness and Symbols
Symbolic Logic
Language and Communication H
Introduction to Mathematical Logic H
Morality and Business
Experience and Reality H
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Language
Total Hours15

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Students must earn a grade of C or better in at least four of the five courses. Courses used to satisfy psychology core requirements cannot also satisfy requirements in the cognitive science minor. The minor is open to all, including psychology majors, who are still limited to no more than 45 credit hours in the department. Students and their advisors should take careful note of the specified prerequisites for advanced offerings in this listing. The specified courses (or their equivalent from other institutions) provide a necessary background for entry into these advanced courses. 

See program page here for special opportunities.