Cognitive Science Minor

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

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Davie Hall, CB# 3270

(919) 843-0174

Donald T. Lysle, Chair

Regina M. Carelli, Associate Chair

Karen Gil, Associate Chair

Jeannie Loeb, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Desiree Griffin, Director of Undergraduate Psychology Advising

Kelly Giovanello, Director of Neuroscience Curricula

Rachel Penton, Director of Undergraduate Neuroscience Advising

Peter Gordon, Director of Cognitive Science Minor

Kaitlin Blakemore, Student Services Manager

Christopher Coffey, Undergraduate Instructional Program Coordinator

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 nine hours of their minor "core" 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 (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
Human Evolution and Adaptation
Animal Behavior
Behavioral Neuroscience
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
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
Introduction to Decision Analytics
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, Communication, and Human and Animal Minds H
Advanced Philosophy of Language
Psychology of Language
The Nature of Moral Consciousness: A Course in General Anthropology
Consciousness and Symbols
Symbolic Logic
Language, Communication, and Human and Animal Minds H
Truth and Proof: Introduction to Mathematical Logic H
Morality and Business
Mind, Matter, and Metaphysics: the Philosophy of Experience and Reality H
Theory of Knowledge
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Mind
Advanced Philosophy of Language
Additional Requirements
PSYC 101General Psychology3
Total Hours18

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 core 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 the program page here for special opportunities.