Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Social Science Interdisciplinary BA - Cognitive Science Concentration

Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Degree Programs (SSC)

203 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670
716-645-2245 x0
Shelley Kimelberg, PhD
(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP: 45.0101 Social Sciences, General)

Why study Social Science Interdisciplinary BA - Cognitive Science Concentration at UB?

Cognitive Science is one of six concentration areas in the Social Sciences Interdisciplinary major. It is designed for students interested in using an interdisciplinary approach to study the cognitive aspects of such fields as philosophy, artificial intelligence, cognitive psychology, and computational linguistics. It is the study of how the mind works. It investigates thought and consciousness, the senses and emotions, the structure of language, cultural patterns, neural organization, and the computational analogs of mental processes. It examines how these areas interact, how they develop in the growing human, and how they appear in other animals.

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. They will 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 SSC/Cognitive Science major is designed to offer choice and flexibility in building the program most suitable for individual interests and career goals. There are approximately 15 students enrolled currently as SSC/Cognitive Science majors.

Courses are taught in both large lecture and small seminar formats. Prerequisite and introductory courses for the major typically enroll 75-200 students per class. Intermediate and upper level courses enroll 20-50 students per class.

About Our Facilities

The Office for SSC/Cognitive Science is 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

Thirty-six faculty members in cognitive science represent eleven academic departments within the College of Arts and Sciences including psychology, linguistics, and anthropology as well as departments from other areas of the university, such as industrial engineering and computer science and 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 faculty.

Career Outlook

The interdisciplinary structure of the major prepares students to go on to graduate work in psychology, cognitive science or linguistics. Students who have combined the major with extra course work in the hard sciences have used the major in preparation for physician assistant, medical or dental school.

Academic Advising

Admission to the major and advisement for students are coordinated through the program’s office in 203 Clemens Hall. There is at least one advisor assigned to each major area. 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) 645-2245 ext. 0 to speak with an advisor in your major area of interest.

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 six 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:

  • UB Financial Aid, including Scholarships
  • Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships
  • UB College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships and Awards
Published: August 16, 2018 09:19:59 AM