Cognitive Science - A.B.

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Overview

About the Degree: 

dpotter_0.jpgCognitive science is an emerging new science of mind and intelligent processes in humans, animals, computers, and in the abstract. The field spans a wide variety of standard disciplines including psychology, computer science, anthropology, linguistics, biology, and education. Cognitive science is expected to play a large role in the development of the technologies, training, and intervention programs of the twenty-first century. The curriculum of this interdisciplinary major includes courses in major areas including artificial intelligence, psychological foundations, language and cultural foundations, and philosophical foundations.

Academics

What you will learn: 

The AB in Cognitive Science is a demanding interdisciplinary program. In the major-related core, students take lower-level classes in computer science, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and statistics. At the upper-division level, all majors take courses in Cognitive Science (ARTI/PHIL/PSYC 3550), Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 4100) and choose between either Artificial Intelligence (CSCI/PHIL 4550) or Generative Syntax (ENGL/LING 3150). After being exposed to a wide range of interdisciplinary classes, students then focus in on two (or more) of our four areas of concentration: Artificial Intelligence Foundations, Philosophical Foundations, Psychological Foundations, and Language and Culture (Linguistics and Anthropology). Majors must take five classes across these subject areas, with at least two classes in two different areas.

A previous student wrote a compelling exit essay about her experience with the Cognitive Science Degree from UGA. It's worth a read.

Beyond the Classroom

Featured Research Labs/Research Areas: 
Research based in logic programming, expert systems, neural nets, genetic algorithms, natural language processing and computational psycholinguistics.

Careers

Salary: 
High Salary: 
$112,400
Low Salary: 
$39,000
Median Salary: 
$67,800
Employers: 

Possible Employers

  • Airwatch
  • AT&T
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Cisco
  • CyberCoders
  • Electronic Arts
  • Eli Lilly
  • Facebook
  • Google
  • Government Agencies
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • Hitachi Consulting
  • IBM
  • McAfee
  • Microsoft
  • Oracle
  • Peace Corps
  • Puppet Labs
  • Qualcomm
  • Scantron
  • Scientific Games
  • Siemens
  • SiteCrafting, Inc.
  • Strayer University
  • Symantic Corporation
  • Teach for America
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Virginia
  • Verizon
  • UPS
  • US Army
  • US Marines
  • Yahoo
     
Possible Job Titles: 

A cognitive science major is preferable preparation for students who plan to go on to graduate programs in cognitive science, educational technology, artificial intelligence, instructional psychology, cognitive psychology, cognitive philosophy, or cognitive neuroscience. Cognitive science A.B. holders typically find themselves employed in technology-related positions demanding excellent technical, writing, and speaking skills.

  • Business Analyst
  • Clinical Trial Manager
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computational Linguist
  • Counselor
  • Developer
  • Educator
  • Ergonomist
  • FBI/CIA Agent
  • Human Factors
  • Engineer
  • Human Resources
  • Industrial Psychologist
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Intelligence Specialist
  • IT Support Specialist
  • Linguist
  • Market Analyst
  • Mobile Designer
  • Psychologist
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Coordinator
  • Research Technician
  • Sales Manager
  • Software
  • Programmer
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Social Scientist
  • Technology Administrator
  • User Experience Designer
  • Web Developer
  • Web Producer