Cognitive Science Major

George Fox cognitive science majors study at one of the top Christian colleges in the Pacific Northwest.

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 ...

General Concentration

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 Concentration

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.

Employment Opportunities

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
  • Biostatistics
  • 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.

Request more information about the cognitive science major at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

Cognitive Science majors at George Fox study at a top Christian college.

The cognitive science major is perfect preparation for students who plan to go on to graduate programs in cognitive science, neuroscience, educational technology, artificial intelligence, instructional psychology, cognitive psychology, philosophy or cognitive anthropology. Typical employment for recent graduates might be in a technology-related position demanding excellent technical, writing and speaking skills.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical scientists is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, depending on the area of focus.

  • Global Manager – Human Resources Investigations, Veritas Technology
  • Client Tech Analyst, CDK Global
  • Director of Training and Education, GPT Dental
  • Senior Human Resource Analyst, State of Oregon
  • Audiologist, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs
  • Bilingual Client Technical Analyst, ADP
  • Pacific University (Audiology)
  • Colorado State University (Nutrition)
  • Loma Linda University School of Medicine (Medicine)
  • University of Washington, Summer Research Program (Genetics)
  • University of Oregon, Summer Research Program (Genetics)
  • Florida Institute of Technology, AMALTHEA REU (Language Processing)

Student Experiences

Jennifer Salame

"The cognitive science program gave me a well-balanced education in the biological and psychological elements of the human mind. I am grateful for my undergraduate education because it provided me with a diverse foundation to understand a variety of elements pertinent to the human experience. This breadth of knowledge has allowed me to pursue my present endeavor, the study of medicine, with great confidence."

- Jennifer Salame

Benjamin Gowan

“The cognitive science program at George Fox is a remarkable interdisciplinary science experience. Computer science, biology and communications (with options to include yet other areas of interest) are tied together cohesively with a core of cognitive psychology courses. I was prepared at graduation to go directly into a role as a marketing research analyst, performing statistical analyses of branding perceptions and awareness in survey and focus groups studies.”

- Benjamin Gowan

Tina Amela

“My cognitive science degree has provided me the tools to evaluate human behavior from multiple angles and perspectives. This has proven to be an invaluable skill in the marketplace. In business it allows me to assess executives/business leaders to determine the best ways to present data and recommendations to gain agreement and compliance quickly. As an investigator, I have relied on my cognitive science background to evaluate human behavior during investigative interviews.”

- Tina Amela

Points of Distinction

  • George Fox is one of the few universities in the Northwest with a cognitive science program, as well as one of a small number of Christian universities in the country to offer this program.
  • Students develop a variety of research and technical skills that are valued by graduate schools and employers.
  • Students engage in learning about the brain and how it works from a biblical worldview.
  • Students enhance their critical thinking skills by exploring how multiple disciplines address a single issue.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.