Cognitive Science Minor

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.

Requirements 

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

  • take at least nine hours of their minor "core" requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 in the minor core requirements. Some programs may require higher standards for minor or specific courses.

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

Core Requirements
PSYC 330Introduction to Cognitive Science (prerequisite, PSYC 101) 13
Four other courses distributed over at least two disciplinary areas, at least two of which must be numbered 400 or above, as follows:12
Behavioral:
Human Information Behavior
Human Computer Interaction
Human Factors in System Design
Applications of Natural Language Processing
Learning H
Sensation and Perception H
Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive Psychology H
Human Memory
Psychology of Language
Behavioral Decision Theory
Cognitive Development
Computational:
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Introduction to Programming and Data Science H
Introduction to Scientific Programming
Data Structures and Analysis
Models of Languages and Computation
Applications of Natural Language Processing
Artificial Intelligence
Introduction to Machine Learning
Introduction to Robotics H
Human Computer Interaction
Human Information Interactions
Information Retrieval
Applications of Natural Language Processing
Introduction to Database Concepts and Applications
Information Visualization
Text Mining
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Foundations of Decision Sciences
Introduction to Probability
Machine Learning
Linguistic:
Applications of Natural Language Processing
Applications of Natural Language Processing
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Language, Communication, and Human and Animal Minds H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Human Language and Animal Communication Systems
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Language and Computers
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Making Sense of Big Data: Textual Analysis with R
Mathematical Linguistics
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Language and Mind
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Language Deficits and Cognition
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Language, Communication, and Human and Animal Minds H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Advanced Philosophy of Language
Philosophical:
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Symbolic Logic
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Language, Communication, and Human and Animal Minds H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Truth and Proof: Introduction to Mathematical Logic H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Morality and Business
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Mind, Matter, and Metaphysics: the Philosophy of Experience and Reality H
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Theory of Knowledge
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Mind
IDEAs in Action General Education logo Advanced Philosophy of Language
Additional Requirements
PSYC 101IDEAs in Action General Education logo General Psychology F3
Total Hours18
H

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

F

FY-Launch class sections may be available. A FY-Launch section fulfills the same requirements as a standard section of that course, but also fulfills the FY-SEMINAR/FY-LAUNCH First-Year Foundations requirement. Students can search for FY-Launch sections in ConnectCarolina using the FY-LAUNCH attribute.

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 Recommended preparation, PSYC 210 or another quantitative reasoning course.

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 the program page here for special opportunities.

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Visit Program Website

Davie Hall, CB# 3270

(919) 843-0174

Chair

Regina M. Carelli

rcarelli@email.unc.edu

Associate Chair

Karen Gil

kgil@email.unc.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Jeannie Loeb

loeb@unc.edu

Director of Undergraduate Psychology Advising

Desiree Griffin

dgriffin@unc.edu

Director of Neuroscience Curricula

Sabrina Robertson

sabrinae@email.unc.edu

Director of Undergraduate Neuroscience Advising

Rachel Penton

pentonre@email.unc.edu

Associate Director of Cognitive Science Program

Vicki Chanon

vchanon@unc.edu

Student Services Manager

Rachel Mintel

remintel@email.unc.edu

Undergraduate Instructional Program Coordinator

Christopher Coffey

ctcoffey@email.unc.edu