Academics / Undergraduate program

Brain science and cognitive science are complementary and interactive in their research objectives. Both approaches examine perception, performance, and intervening processes in humans and animals. Central issues in the discipline include the structure, acquisition, use, and internal representation of human language; the interpretation of sensory experience; the development of formal and informal reasoning skills; the reception, manipulation, storage, and retrieval of information within the nervous system; and the planning and execution of motor activity.

The Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences gives students a broad background in an exciting scientific discipline. It prepares students to be highly literate members of a complex society, and for a range of advanced professional degrees including graduate, medical, law or business school. Our students are well prepared for graduate training in neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, and artificial intelligence (particularly those aspects concerned with vision and movement control), as well as further work in the area of efficient human-machine interaction. The undergraduate program is designed to provide instruction in the relevant aspects of these various disciplines. Faculty members from these disciplines serve as advisors to majors, helping them select a coherent set of subjects from within the requirements, including participation in supervised research.