Cognitive science is a young and diverse field which is unified and motivated by a single basic inquiry: What is cognition? How do people, animals, or computers ‘think,’ act, and learn? In order to understand the mind/brain, cognitive science brings together methods and discoveries from neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and computer science. UCSD has been at the forefront of this exciting new field and our Department of Cognitive Science was the first of its kind in the world. It is part of an exceptional scientific community and remains a dominant influence in the field it helped create.
The UCSD Department of Cognitive Science offers both a B.A. and a B.S. degree. Students are given the opportunity to take classes offered from the department, as well as from several other interdisciplinary departments across the campus.