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Minor in Cognitive Science (COGSMIN)Cognitive Science Program

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements.


The Minor in Cognitive Science provides an introduction to a select set of main themes in cognitive science, including math, logic, philosophy, computation, linguistics, and experimental approaches. As cognitive science is broadly interdisciplinary, the cognitive science minor will complement a wide variety of majors.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Core. Two (2) courses:
  2. Math, Logic, or Computation. One (1) additional option from the Math, Logic, or Computation list.
    • Both of the following:
      • (may be exempted for students with strong computational backgrounds)
  3. Electives. Additional credit hours from the Related Courses list.
    • (approved topic: "Animal Thinking")
    • CSCI-A 201 Introduction to Programming I
    • CSCI-A 202 Introduction to Programming II
    • CSCI-A 304 Introductory C++ Programming
    • CSCI-A 306 Object-oriented Programming in C++
    • CSCI-A 321 Computing Tools for Scientific Research
    • CSCI-A 346 User-interface Programming
    • CSCI-B 351 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    • INFO-I 101 Introduction to Informatics
    • INFO-I 210 Information Infrastructure I
    • INFO-I 211 Information Infrastructure II
    • INFO-I 300 Human-computer Interaction Design and Programming
    • INFO-I 320 Distributed Systems and Collaborative Computing
  4. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.