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Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018 Previous Edition

Cognitive Science, Minor

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 credit hours:  3 credit hours of required coursework, 9 credit hours of restricted elective courses outside of the student’s primary major, and the remaining 6 credit hours of unrestricted elective courses.  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.

Minor 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.

Required Core Course (3 credit hours)

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Restricted Elective Courses (9 credit hours minimum)

Students must take courses from 3 of the following 4 options of courses outside of their major.   [Note: Students with a Major in Computer Science must fulfill the restricted elective courses in Psychology, Linguistics, and Philosophy.  Students with a Major in Psychology must fulfill the restricted elective courses in Computing, Linguistics, and Philosophy.]

Option 1 (Computing)

Select one of the following:

Option 2 (Linguistics)

Select one of the following:

Option 3 (Philosophy)

Select one of the following:

Option 4 (Psychology)

Select one of the following:

Grade Requirements

To qualify for the Minor in Cognitive Science, students must have a GPA of at least 2.0 in courses applied to the minor.