Cognitive science focuses on the understanding of intelligent systems, both biological and artificial. These can range from people and animals to Web search engines, computers and robots. This field requires diverse approaches to understanding these systems, including research from experimental psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, computer science, mathematics and engineering.
The UT Dallas cognitive science program offers a variety of interdisciplinary courses to provide a strong foundation. Students may tailor the program to meet their career goals and interests by selecting one of three areas of specialization.
Cognitive science is excellent preparation for a number of areas of graduate study including cognitive science, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, engineering, medical school and law school. Career opportunities in the areas of artificial intelligence and human-computer interactions (HCI) are also available to cognitive science majors.
The University’s Career Center is an important resource for students pursuing their careers. Professional career counselors are available to help clarify career goals, provide strategies for mastering job interviews and writing professional cover letters and resumes and help students connect with campus recruiters.
The BS in cognitive science requires 120 credit hours: 42 hours from the University's core curriculum, 18 hours of electives, and 60 hours of cognitive science courses including a specialization in one of these three fields:
The cognitive science minor requires 18 credit hours.
Junior and senior cognitive science majors with at least a 2.5 GPA are eligible to receive college credit for a volunteer internship in the community.
The Fast-Track program enables undergraduate students to take up to 15 hours of graduate courses that will count toward both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in applied cognition and neuroscience, communication disorders, or human development and early childhood disorders. Students must have at least 90 credit hours and meet the graduate admission requirements to qualify.
The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences is focused on the intersection of mind, brain and behavior. Through the school’s research-intensive culture, our professors and students work together to unravel mysteries that will improve human lives. They accomplish this by translating the latest research into treatments and sharing this knowledge through community outreach.
BBS Areas of study include:
Bachelor of Science: Child learning and development*, cognitive science, neuroscience, pyschology*, speech-language pathology and audiology*
Master of Science: Applied cognition and neuroscience, communication disorders, human development and early childhood disorders, psychological sciences
Doctor of Philosophy: Cognition and neuroscience, communication sciences and disorders, psychological sciences
Doctor of Audiology: Audiology
*May be combined with a teacher certification degree plan
In addition to the many research opportunities in faculty labs, students can also gain valuable experience through the school’s four affiliated centers committed to research, treatment and outreach.
To learn more about the research centers affiliated with the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences and to view a complete list of the school's research labs, visit
Melanie Spence, PhD
Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education
School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
The University of Texas at Dallas
800 West Campbell Road GR41
Richardson, TX 75080-3021