Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Science

Cognitive science is the study of complex information processing in humans and machines and includes the multidisciplinary study of biological and artificial systems. Such systems can range from people and animals to web search engines, computers, and robots. The field requires diverse multidisciplinary approaches to understanding these systems, which incorporates research from experimental psychology, neuroscience, machine learning, linguistics, computer science, mathematics, and bioengineering.

UT Dallas’ multidisciplinary cognitive science program offers a variety courses intended to provide a strong foundation in multiple areas of knowledge. Cognitive science students may choose to specialize in two of the following three areas: Neuroscience, Psychology/Human Computer Interactions, and Computational Modeling/Artificial Intelligence.

Careers in Cognitive Science

The cognitive science degree plan provides excellent preparation for a number of areas of graduate study including cognitive science, experimental psychology, neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, computer science, medical school, and law school. Career opportunities in the areas of machine learning, usability engineering and user experience 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.

Cognitive Science at UT Dallas

The BS in cognitive science requires 120 credit hours to graduate: 42 hours from the University’s core curriculum, 12 hours of core cognitive science courses, and 24 hours of major related cognitive science courses. Major related cognitive science courses are chosen from two of three specialization areas:

  • Neuroscience.
  • Psychology/human computer interactions.
  • Computational modeling/artificial intelligence.

The cognitive science minor requires 18 credit hours.


Cognitive science juniors and seniors with at least a 2.5 GPA are eligible to receive college credit for a volunteer internship in the community.

Fast Track

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.