Undergraduate students majoring in psychology and neuroscience; philosophy; linguistics; computer science; speech, language and hearing sciences; education; integrative physiology; information science; or architecture and planning may be interested in extending the breadth of their undergraduate studies to earn a 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.

Students interested in the program can learn more on the department's Undergraduate Program webpage.


To earn the certificate, students must take at least six courses for a minimum of 18 credit hours. Students must receive a grade of C or better in all courses for the certificate and must have an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better.

Additional credit hours may be required as prerequisites to classes chosen to fulfill the certificate plan of study, but these courses usually also fulfill degree requirements. Proposed substitute courses must be preapproved by the ICS Academic Director.

Required Courses and Credits

Required Courses
PSYC 2145Introductory Cognitive Psychology3
CSCI 3702/PHIL 3310/LING 3005/PSYC 3005/SLHS 3003Cognitive Science3
Advanced Skills Requirements12-14
Take a two-course advanced skills sequence from two of the following five areas, one sequence may be in the student's major.
Taking classes in the psychology focus area would require a minimum of 7 units, and an aditional minimum of 4 units for prerequisites.
Advanced Cognitive Psychology
Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Cognitive Neuroscience/Neuropsychology
Psychology of Perception
Computational Cognitive Neuroscience
Language and Mind
Taking classes in the linguistics focus area would require a minimum of 6 units, and an additional minimum of 3 units for prerequisites.
Language Sound Structures
Language and Mind
Morphology and Syntax
Language Development
Computer Science
Taking classes in the computer science focus area would require a minimum of 6 units and an additional minimum of 4 units for prerequisites. Choose two of the following:
Fundamentals of Human Computer Interaction
Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
Special Topics in Computer Science
Taking classes in the Philosophy focus area would require a minimum of 6 units, and an additional minimum of 3 units for prerequisites. Two of the following six courses in Philosophy:
Philosophy of Mind
Philosophy of Science
Modal Logic
Philosophy of Language
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences
Taking classes in the speech, language and hearing Sciences focus area would require a minimum of 6 units, and an additional 3 units for prerequisites.
Hearing Science
Anatomy, Physiology, and Science of Speech
Language Disorders Across the Lifespan
Language Development
Total Credit Hours18-20