Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science is the interdisciplinary study of intelligence in humans and machines. It encompasses work done in computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy and psychology. Drawing on the concepts, theories, and methodologies of these disciplines, cognitive scientists seek an understanding of such mental phenomena as perception, language, learning, and reasoning in information-processing terms, and they aim to integrate this understanding with a neurophysiological account of how the human brain implements these information-processing phenomena. Cognitive Science also offers a science major program. The arts major program has a "Perception and Attention" stream, a "Language and Cognition" stream, and a "Thinking and Reasoning" stream; the science major has a "Computational Cognition" stream and a "Cognition and the Brain" stream.

 

Admission Information

  • Bachelor of Arts Program
    • Apply to either the Humanities admission category on the St. George campus
    • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English are required
    • A senior high school math course is recommended
    • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits
  • Bachelor of Science Program
    • Apply to the Physical & Mathematical Sciences admission category on the St. George campus
    • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English and Calculus and Vectors are required
    • A senior high school math course is recommended
    • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits

 

Honours Bachelor of Science Program

  • Cognitive Science (major)

 

Honours Bachelor of Arts Program

  • Cognitive Science (major)

 

First-Year Courses

There are no specific first-year courses in Cognitive Science. However, there is a second-year course, COG 250Y1 – Introduction to Cognitive Science, that is open to first-year students.

 

Advice for First Year Bachelor of Science Students

Students interested in pursuing a Cognitive Science major (Science) should enroll in CSC 108H – Introduction to Computer Programming, CSC 148H1 – Introduction to Computer Science, MAT 137Y1 – Calculus!, and COG 250Y1 (latter may be taken as a co-requisite in second year). Students interested in the science major option are advised to consider also registering for a Computer Science specialist (for the "Computational Cognition" stream) or a Human Biology Neuroscience specialist or major (for the "Cognition and the Brain" stream).

 

Advice for First Year Bachelor of Arts Students

Students interested in pursuing a Cognitive Science major (Arts) should enrol in CSC 108H – Introduction to Computer Programming, LIN 100Y1 – Introduction to General Linguistics, and COG 250Y1.

 

Careers

Students graduating with a Cognitive Science degree have the tools to think more clearly and to evaluate the reasoning processes of others more precisely than most. This preparation is valuable and will serve the individual well, whether the student moves to a career in business, government or education.   Many students who get degrees in this area go on to graduate programs in Cognitive Science or one of its founding disciplines, such as psychology, philosophy, computer science, or linguistics.


Direct career options include:
  • Artificial intelligence designer
  • Computer programmer
  • Electroneurodiagnostic technician
  • Health administrator
  • Rehabilitation counsellor

 

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