Cognitive Science is the study of the mind/brain. The Cognitive Science program at Cornell is an interdisciplinary program, with connections to Psychology, Computer Science, Linguistics, Human Development, Philosophy, Neurobiology, Information Science, Mathematics, computational vision, and computational linguistics. One of the advantages of an interdepartmental program is the breadth of resources it affords its students and faculty.

With such a broad foundation, the program allows and encourages students and faculty to pursue research that spans many departments.


In addition to Sprocket, our bi-semester film series run in conjunction with COGST 1101, Introduction to Cognitive Science, the Cog Sci program is proud to sponsor a lecture series hosting international speakers throughout the academic year. Students and faculty are encouraged to attend these events in order to facilitate interesting and intellectual discussions and to gain exposure to a variety of related fields.


Cognitive Science is offered as an undergraduate or graduate minor. Undergraduates may take courses to fulfill one of five course tracks:


1. Perception and Cognition


2. Language and Cognition


3. Cognition and Information Processing


4. Cognitive Neuroscience


5. Independent Study (designed by student and advisor)

Please visit  http://courses.cornell.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=31&poid=15154#undergraduateminor to get a sampling of courses that would fulfill these tracks. Tracks listed here are suggestions only. If you’d like to devise your own plan of study, please contact Julie Simmons-Lynch, program manager of cognitive science.


Graduate students should gain solid experience with Cognitive Science methodologies within their major field, along with an appreciation and understanding of those in related departments.















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