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Cognitive Science, Minor

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Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study of intelligent systems, both human and artificial. It aims to understand the processes and representations that are the basis for intelligent actions. Research questions center on cognition, memory, problem solving, vision, and their computational embodiment. The interdisciplinary program in Cognitive Science is designed to provide students with an introduction to the questions of cognitive science and the variety of approaches used to answer those questions, including approaches drawn from Psychology, Computing, Philosophy, Linguistics, and Cognitive Neuroscience. Students completing a minor will add an interdisciplinary perspective to the training received in their major, better preparing them for employment or further study in a variety of sciences and social sciences.

The Minor in Cognitive Science is awarded only to students completing an undergraduate major at UNC Charlotte. A Minor in Cognitive Science consists of 18 semester hours: three hours of required coursework, nine hours of restricted electives outside of the student’s primary major, and the remaining six hours of unrestricted electives. To qualify for the Cognitive Science minor, students must have a GPA of at least 2.0 in courses applied to the minor. Because additions and deletions of courses may be made to correspond to current University offerings, students are encouraged to consult with the Director as they plan their schedules.

Program Requirements

Prerequisite Courses

It is recommended that students take the following prerequisite courses. However, these courses are not part of the minor and they do not count toward the Minor in Cognitive Science.

Restricted Electives* (minimum 9 credit hours)

Students must take 3 of the following 4 options from courses outside of their major:


*Students with a Major in Computer Science or Software and Information Systems must fulfill the restrictive electives in Psychology, Linguistics, and Philosophy. Students with a Major in Psychology must fulfill the restrictive electives in Computing, Linguistics, and Philosophy.

Graduate Studies

A Graduate Certificate in Cognitive Science is also offered through the Graduate School. See the UNC Charlotte Graduate Catalog for more details.

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