DEGREE: BACHELOR OF SCIENCE MAJOR: COGNITIVE SCIENCE
The interdisciplinary field of cognitive science studies the human mind viewed as a computational process. It lies at the confluence of computer science, educational and cognitive development, linguistics, neuroscience, neurobiology, philosophy, psychology, and certain areas of mathematics. Cognitive science has arguably been the most important development in the study of human thinking in the past twenty years; its influence can be seen across a wide variety of disciplines, from logic to communication disorders.
As a nascent discipline, cognitive science seeks to model and explain such phenomena as language, reasoning and perception. The goal of cognitive science as a theoretical discipline is to determine those knowledge structures and processes that characterize organisms as biological information processing systems, as well as to explain how these organisms come to possess this knowledge. Applied cognitive science takes the results of this research to such diverse areas as language technology, cognitive approaches to education, human computer interaction etc. The latter field addresses the most effective use of technology by people and includes the study of user interfaces, graphical displays, visualization of data, virtual reality, technology-based education, intelligent agents, and computer-based assistive technology for persons with disabilities. At the University of Delaware the discipline of linguistics plays an especially strong role in cognitive science. This is true because linguists have developed successful models of natural languages in central areas of cognition, and because the Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science houses the BS in Cognitive Science.
Degree RequirementsConcentration RequirementRequirements for Honors BS in Cognitive ScienceCombined BS and M.A. Option
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