Goals and Objectives

Upon completion of the B.S. in Cognitive Science graduates will:

  1. Be able to describe, explain, and analyze the major concepts, philosophical and theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and historical trends in cognitive science, including findings and trends related to cultural diversity and living in a global community.

  2. Be able to use cognitive science knowledge base to create their own methods for answering novel questions of either a theoretical or applied nature, and to critically evaluate the work of others in the same domain.

  3. Be proficient with basic cognitive science research methods, including both theory-driven and applied research design, data collection, data analysis, and data interpretation.

  4. Demonstrate the ability to integrate methodological knowledge and skills to design and execute independent research activities, in either the empirical, theoretical, or applied domains of cognitive science.

  5. Be proficient in using computer based laboratory technology to engage in cognitive science research activities.

  6. Value and use critical and creative thinking, open-minded inquiry, an appreciation of diversity, and a scientific approach to analyze and solve problems in cognitive science.

  7. Demonstrate effective communication skills in specific contexts and formats (formal and informal; oral, written, and online) within the cognitive science field.

  8. Demonstrate an effective approach to career planning, effectively utilizing mentoring for professional advancement and for responding to progress evaluations for cognitive science.

  9. Demonstrate an understanding and an ability to analyze ethical issues, including issues related to cultural diversity and living in a global community, relevant to cognitive science, and demonstrate the ability to apply this understanding to professional situations.  Students will be able to identify, evaluate and communicate ethical considerations for any given disciplinary activity.