A number of academic disciplines take an interest in understanding the mind. Cognitive science takes into account these varying interests and refers to a multi-disciplinary study of the mind. The cognitive science major is designed to expose students to those disciplines that help us understand and explain the brain and how the mind works.
The interdisciplinary major, taught through our psychology department, offers the flexibility to explore the aspect of the mind that most interests you (e.g., psychological, physiological, philosophical, computational). Take courses in neuroscience, the history and systems of psychology, and artificial intelligence. We also offer classes that equip you for research such as computer science, research methods and statistical procedures.
Students can explore the cognitive science major in one of three concentrations ...
The general concentration requires students to take courses in a number of disciplines associated with cognitive science. Therefore, students pursuing the general concentration will take courses in psychology, biology, mathematics, computer science, philosophy and anthropology. After completing this concentration, students will have a broad understanding of how different perspectives can enhance our understanding of the human mind.
Neuroscience is a growing field focusing on understanding and resolving health problems that affect millions of people. Professionals in neuroscience often interact with physicians, pharmaceutical executives, and health department officials as they attempt to understand and treat neurological conditions.
The neuroscience concentration of the cognitive science major prepares students for this career path. Courses within this concentration are primarily within psychology and biology. Students who complete this concentration will have an excellent understanding of the physiology of the central nervous system, the anatomical structures of the brain, and their corresponding cognitive functions.
Human and Artificial Intelligence Concentration
Attempting to understand the mind raises additional questions about how we solve problems, make decisions, and explain what we know about cognitive processes in a precise manner. The human and artificial intelligence concentration of the cognitive science major examines how cognitive processing can be studied, explained, and simulated using computer science. Courses within this concentration are primarily within psychology and computer science. Students completing this concentration will know how to translate our understanding of the mind into computer applications.
The federal government, colleges and universities, and corporations are the three largest employers of students with cognitive science degrees. Graduates may pursue careers in a wide variety of areas, including …
- Medical and clinical research
- Medical writing
- Medical education
- Memory and learning functioning
- Human-computer interaction.
Additional career options include clinical neuropsychology, health and rehabilitation psychology, experimental psychology, neurobiology, psychopharmacology, speech pathology and audiology, physical therapy, nursing, computer animation, and database management. Recent George Fox graduates have earned advanced degrees in medicine, audiology, nutrition and law.
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