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Cognitive Science BA

(HEGIS: 20.00 , CIP: 30.2501 Cognitive Science, General)

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (SSC)

203 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670

Shelley Kimelberg, PhD

Why study Cognitive Science BA at UB?

Cognitive Science is one of five majors in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary program. It is designed for students interested in using an interdisciplinary approach to understand how the mind works as manifested in organisms and machines, modeled through computational processes, and investigated biologically. Students explore questions such as: How do we acquire knowledge and exhibit creativity? What constitutes intelligent behavior in human and non-human entities? The curriculum draws from courses in psychology, linguistics, philosophy, computer science, anthropology, and neuroscience while also allowing students flexibility in choosing a specific area of concentration.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this concentration students will be able to:

  • Understand several social scientific approaches to cognitive science.
  • Identify how cognition changes through the life cycle.
  • Identify and use computational models of human cognition and perception processes.
  • Apply symbolic and connectionist methods and the theory of computation.
  • Understand cognition apart from physiological implementation. 
  • Identify and use abstract principles of thought.
  • Identify language phenomena at the elementary physiological level through its abstract characterization.
  • Understand how the brain implements thought, sensation, perception and consciousness .
  • Identify symbolic information systems across disciplines and manipulate traditional information processing approaches.

The Learning Environment

The Cognitive Science major is designed to offer choice and flexibility in building the program most suitable for individual interests and career goals.

Courses are taught in both large lecture and small seminar formats. Prerequisite and introductory courses for the major typically enroll 200 students per class. Intermediate and upper level courses typically enroll 20-100 students per class.

About Our Facilities

The Cognitive Science BA is administered by the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Program (SSC) located in 203 Clemens Hall on UB’s north campus. The program holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls that can accommodate the program’s teaching philosophies.

About Our Faculty

Students take courses from across the College of Arts and Sciences and university, allowing them to interact with faculty from various departments including anthropology, geography, linguistics, math, philosophy, and psychology, as well as other units at the university, such as computer science and engineering and industrial engineering. Instruction or grading responsibilities for some of these courses may be assigned to teaching assistants.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs department website for additional information about our faulty who teach in other majors.

Career Outlook

The interdisciplinary structure of the Cognitive Science major prepares students to go on to graduate study in psychology, computer science, cognitive science, philosophy, or linguistics. Additionally, the major's focus on analytical thinking, cognition, and human behavior provides an excellent skillset and knowledge base for industry careers such as information technology, education, human factors research, marketing, and government intelligence.

Academic Advising

Admission to the major and advisement for students are coordinated through the program’s office in 203 Clemens Hall. We provide advisement for students on major and university requirements. Our advisors work closely with the general advising office, financial aid and student accounts to help students find answers to questions about all aspects of being an undergraduate at UB.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Please call our office at (716) 645-02247 to make an appointment with an advisor.

Scholarships and Financial Support

With the help of its alumni donors, SSC has established a Study Abroad Award to encourage undergraduate students who are in one of the five SSC majors to pursue an opportunity to study abroad. The award is available for study abroad in fall, spring or summer semesters.

Students in our program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of other sources, including:

Published: Feb 01, 2023 08:49:45