Choose Your Path: Neuroscience or Cognitive Science

Choose Your Path: Neuroscience or Cognitive Science

NSCS students will choose one of two tracks in the NSCS curriculum: Neuroscience or Cognitive Science.

The curriculum has a substantial common core group of foundation courses and NSCS core courses that give them a solid foundation in both Neuroscience and Cognitive Science. 

All students have:

  • a science foundation in biology, chemistry and physics;
  • a psychology/philosophy foundation focusing on the mind of the individual;
  • and a mathematics foundation in calculus, statistics and basic programming.
  • the gateway course NSCS 200: Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Cognitive Science.

As NSCS majors, students go beyond the common core courses by taking additional core course that are specific to the track in which they are interested. These additional upper division courses in each track are designed to enhance student knowledge and skills in the chosen content area. Finally, the program includes emphasis areas that constitute groups of courses aligned by theme.  These are elective courses within the major that allow students to customize the program to their own interests. They also give students the opportunity to substantially increase their depth of knowledge in a particular sub-area of neuroscience and cognitive science. Students are encouraged to include independent or directed research as part of their study with their chosen emphasis.

NSCS Track Requirements


CHEM 152 - General Chemistry II

CHEM 241A & 243A - Organic Chemistry I

PHYS 103 & 182 - General Physics II Lecture & Lab

NROS 310 - Molecular and Cellular Biology of Neurons

NROS 418 - Fundamental Principles in Systems Neuroscience

Cognitive Science

CGSC 344 - Modeling the Mind, Computational Models of Cognition

Three (3) courses from at least two (2) of the  following categories*:

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy

Two (2) Cognition Emphasis Courses

*see below for options

Cognitive Science Elective Course Options

Cognitive Psychology

LING 440 - The Bilingual Mind

PSY 333 - Judgement and Decision-Making

PSY 340 - Intro to Cognitive Development

PSY 426 - Advanced Human Memory

PSY 429 - Advanced Perception


LING 201 - Introduction to Linguistics

LING 341- Language Development

LING 432 - Psychology of Language

LING 449A - Biolinguistics


PHIL 202 - Introduction to Symbolic Logic

PHIL 346 - Minds, Brains and Computers

PHIL 442 - Knowledge and Cognition

PHIL 450 - Philosophy of Mind

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