Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science is the study of the mind and its processes including consciousness, language, learning, information processing, and decision making. This study is explored at the intersection of Linguistics, Psychology, Computing Science, and Philosophy. Through a variety of scientific and philosophical approaches, this interdisciplinary approach seeks a broader and deeper understanding of cognition.


The Cognitive Science program in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a core curriculum with interdisciplinary options.

Degree: Bachelor of Arts

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Admission requirements for Cognitive Science

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12, please see the program specific requirements listed for 2020. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

How to apply

Applying to the major program

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: Cognitive Science

The minor program

You may apply to the minor program after being accepted to a major program and completing a certain number of units. Speak to your faculty advisor.

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

Not sure where to start? Career Services can help you explore your options and create possibilities.

  • Advertising
  • Artificial Intelligence Assistant
  • Cognitive Education Researcher
  • Computer-Human Interactions Research Assistant
  • Counselling
  • Public Health
  • Psychologist/Psychiatrist
  • Health Administrator
  • Health Policy Planner
  • Health and Lifestyle Columnist
  • Information Officer
  • Neurologist
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Software Developer
  • Web Developer