Cognitive science

Understand the mind and its processes, including consciousness, language, learning, information processing, and decision making. This interdisciplinary program is explored at the intersection of linguistics, psychology, computing science, and philosophy to reach a broader and deeper understanding of cognition.

About cognitive science

The Department of Cognitive Science is an interdisciplinary academic unit that brings together faculty spanning a wide variety of departments, schools, and faculties across campus. The department offers students the unusual opportunity to undertake a cognitive science degree at the undergraduate level and offers major, minor, honours, and co-op programs in cognitive science.

Students in the cognitive science program customize their individual programs within a set of required and recommended courses according to their developing interests. Faculty associated with our program and the cognitive science community at Simon Fraser University contribute collaboratively to a wide range of research areas.

The department encourages interested students interested in academia to participate in research and seek opportunities to work with the cognitive science faculty. Such mentorship and collaboration opportunities have produced highly skilled and well-regarded graduates, many of whom have already published research by the end of their undergraduate degree.

Career pathways

The multi-faceted nature of cognitive science helps students develop a variety of skills and knowledge applicable to a variety of fields and career options. Our alumni have gone on to enjoy varied careers, including:

  • CNC programmer or machinist
  • Software developers
  • Project managers
  • Consultants
  • Technical writers
  • Academics and lecturers


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Programs available

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Get in touch

Got questions about cognitive science? Please contact Allen Yee, Undergraduate Advisor.

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