Cognitive Science, B.S.


Department of Linguistics

Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements

Cognitive Science Major

The general objectives for the B.S. in Cognitive Science are to develop and provide a thorough foundation in the study of cognitive science, drawing in perspectives from computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology; to provide a foundation in cognitive science with which students will be able to pursue graduate education in cognitive science, computer science, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, or related fields; and to provide a foundation for the pursuit of jobs in business and industry where a multidisciplinary background is highly desirable.

The primary instructional objectives of the B.S. in Cognitive Science are to give an education in recent approaches to cognition and cognitive science and to give an overview of current methodologies used within cognitive science, including those methodologies used in the core disciplines of computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology.

Cognitive Science

1. Major requirements (43-47 units)
The core consists of the two cognitive science foundational courses, plus a set of courses from each of the primary cognitive science disciplines represented at Fresno State: computer science, communicative disorders, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology.

Core requirements (34-35 units)
CGSCI 100, CSCI 40, CSCI 41, LING 100, PHIL 45, PSYCH 42, PSYCH 128, PSYCH 144, CSCI 60 or MATH 114

Electives (9-12 units)
Select three courses from the following list: PSYCH 121, PSYCH 124, PHIL 145, PHIL 146, LING 139, LING 142, LING 143, LING 151, LING 165, CSCI 119, CSCI 164, CSCI 166, CGSCI 101*

Additional requirements
(Double counted in G.E.) PHIL 151, PSYCH 10, PSYCH 126

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total units (120)**

* Course may be taken twice.

** G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. See advisor for details. 


For faculty phone numbers and e-mail, see the campus directory.

For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
The faculty pages are updated by the department or program.


B.S. in Cognitive Science

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

For the most up-to-date roadmap, please contact the College Advising Center or check your My Degree Plan.

Please note: Roadmaps are not a guarantee of course availability.

If you are looking for archived roadmaps, please click here.


Student studying on bench in front of Music Building

Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science is an emerging field that brings together various approaches to the study of human cognition, drawing from psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy and computer science. Historically, study in Cognitive Science has been conducted within these traditional disciplines and such study still represents important areas of research, as in cognitive psychology within psychology or artificial intelligence within computer science. However, increasingly many researchers and practitioners are feeling a need for a background that integrates basic knowledge in the foundational disciplines and prepares them to work across academic fields.

The broad-based multidisciplinary degree program in Cognitive Science develops and provides a thorough foundation in the study of cognitive science, drawing in perspectives from computer science, linguistics, philosophy, and psychology; and to provide a foundation in cognitive science

What You Can Do

Pursue jobs in business and industry where a multidisciplinary background is highly desirable, such as the technology industry, publishing, or law enforcement.

Pursue graduate education in:

  • Cognitive Science
  • Computer Science
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology


Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Topics in Cognition, Perception, and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Introduction to Logic
  • General Phonetics
  • Critical Thinking and Computer Science


What You Can Learn

  • Problem-solving strategies, algorithm design, and data abstraction
  • Principles of operation of the human memory system
  • Sensory and perceptual processes in vision, touch and hearing
  • Integration of quantitative and expert knowledge with the computer for improving the decision-making process


About the College

The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.

College Contact Information

College of Arts & Humanities
Office of the Dean
2380 E. Keats MS/MB99
Fresno CA 93740-8024

(559) 278-3056
FAX: (559) 278-6758

Where We Are Located

We are located in the west wing of the Music Building in Room 186.

Department Contact Information

Department of Linguistics

Mail Stop: M/S PB92

Phone: 559.278.2441 
Fax: 559.278.7299

The Department of Linguistics is located in Peters Business Building, room 383.