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Cognitive Science

The minor in Cognitive Science at Illinois State is designed to enhance your program of study in Cognitive Science-related fields by allowing you to create the best minor for your individual needs. Study in Cognitive Science will strengthen your resume and help prepare you for graduate work in biology, computer science, philosophy, psychology, and other related disciplines.

It is also good preparation for certain jobs in the industry, as Cognitive Science is at the forefront of much of the latest research and technology in artificial intelligence, computational applications, and knowledge representations.

Why Study Cognitive Science?

Cognitive Science is a pioneering interdisciplinary field which studies the nature of intelligent systems, both biological and artificial. Drawing from the fields of computer science, linguistics, philosophy, neuroscience, and psychology, with strong links to anthropology, education, physics, and engineering, this field of inquiry focuses on topics extending from accounts of human language and childhood mental development, to theories about how neurons in the brain process information; from attempts to model human thought in computer programs and to engineer robotic 'creatures' that live and learn, to studies of human vision and other forms of perception.

Application Information

Minors can only be declared by current Illinois State students. Current students can use the Apply to Your Program tool on My.IllinoisState.edu.

Application Period

Applications for the Cognitive Science minor are always being accepted.

Academic Advising

Name Office Email Phone Note
David Leech Anderson  Stevenson Hall 323C  dlanders@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-7175  Director & Philosophy Advisor 
Mary Elaine Califf  Old Union 106  mecalif@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-5203  Information Technology Advisor 
Byron A. Heidenreich  DeGarmo Hall 452  baheide@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-7106  Biological Sciences/Psychology Advisor 
Sunil Chebolu  Stevenson 303B  schebol@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-3893  Mathematics Advisor 
K. Aaron Smith  Stevenson 423A  kasmit3@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-2992  English Advisor 
Benjamin Schmeiser  Stevenson 241  schmeis@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-7703  Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Advisor 
James M. Stanlaw  Schroeder 354  stanlaw@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-7690  Sociology/Anthropology Advisor 
Heidi Verticchio  Fairchild 217D  hrfritz@ilstu.edu  (309) 438-3266  Communication Sciences and Disorders