Cognitive Science

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Department Philosophy
College Arts & Humanities
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Undergraduate Degree Type(s) BS, BA
Program Description Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary inquiry concerned with understanding the nature and development of such intelligent capacities as perception, language, reasoning, learning and problem-solving, whether these capacities are realized in biological or artificial systems. Such inquiry is by its very nature interdisciplinary, integrating methodological, theoretical and practical foci of Biology, Computer Science, Philosophy and Psychology into a single course of study. The cognitive science major is a broad major and does not require that a student complete a minor in addition to the major.
The structure of the major insures that students have a solid grounding in each of the four disciplines as well as a specific concentration in one area that draws on the interdisciplinary foundation. Graduates of the program will be prepared for a variety of post-baccalaureate options. They will be prepared for any of the careers open to graduates with degrees in one of the participating disciplines. They will be prepared for graduate study in traditional programs in Biology, Computer Science, Psychology or Philosophy. They will also be prepared for study in one of the many recently developed graduate Cognitive Science programs as well as graduate study in related programs such as cognition, brain, and behavior, cognitive neuroscience, biopsychology and human-computer interaction. Those who choose to study the law, a path frequently chosen by philosophy majors, will be well suited for legal practice concerned with the variety of legal complexities associated with the development of new technology.
Admission Requirements Admission to Major is granted by the department.
Minimum University admission requirements are:
  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (C)
Other Requirements Each Cognitive Science major will concentrate in one of the following disciplines: Biology, Philosophy or Psychology. The concentration typically requires 24 credits of work. In addition to the concentration each student with take core courses from each of the other participating disciplines: Biology, Computer Science, Philosophy and Psychology. Each core will typically require 12 credits of course work, a total of 36 credits. A student need not do the core for her or his area of concentration since the core is already included in the concentration.
Academic Bulletin A full description of the program including class listings and class descriptions are listed in the Academic Bulletin.
Program Contact Information Richard Liebendorfer
Department of Philosophy
227 Armstrong Hall
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-2012
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College of Arts & Humanities Advising
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