Cognitive Science

High School Background Required
Life After Graduation

First Year Requirements
Further Information

Cognitive Science is a new and exciting multidisciplinary field of study that draws from such areas as psychology, computing, philosophy, linguistics and neuroscience. The program in Cognitive Science focuses on intelligence in artificial and living systems.

Have you ever thought about how the brain works -- how we use it to play chess, play the guitar or throw a ball? And have you thought about how we might program a computer to do the same? Can we write computer programs to diagnose medical problems or to understand English or French? When humans perform such tasks, we say they are showing intelligent behaviours. We think of "intelligence" as being a pretty complicated thing -- it involves the ability to perceive properties of our environment from sight, hearing, touch, and the other senses. It also requires the ability to learn and remember information and to judge, predict and communicate relevant properties of our environment. If we can understand these intelligent capabilities in humans and other animals, then perhaps we can build them into computer systems.

The Cognitive Science program was designed to give students broad exposure to the areas of psychology, computer science and mathematics -- this is done in the first two years of the program. Then in years three and four, students explore areas such as perceptual and cognitive psychology, artificial intelligence, and relevant aspects of philosophy and linguistics.

High School Background Required

Any grade 4U Mathematics required; Computer Science recommended.

Life After Graduation

  • Artificial intelligence and robotics
  • Virtual reality/telepresence
  • Graduate studies

First Year Requirements

Go to Choose Your First Year Courses for more information

Further Information

R. Browse, School of Computing, browse@cs.queensu.ca (613) 533-6069

Cognitive Science Web Page

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