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.