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Cognitive Science, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #24 (WUR) Evanston, IL, United States | Evanston, IL, United States
The Cognitive Science program of Northwestern University offers a major as a part of the Weinberg School of Arts and Sciences. Cognitive Science is also an excellent minor for any student who wants study mental processing within a broad interdisciplinary perspective.
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The Cognitive Science program of Northwestern University offers courses survey basic phenomena and approaches; basic methodology courses impart the required methods of cognitive science; core courses provide foundations of disciplines within cognitive science; and elective courses allow students to pursue more advanced study in particular disciplines. 

Program highlights

A proseminar focuses on ongoing research in the field by Northwestern faculty, and qualified seniors will be invited to take a senior honors seminar to engage in independent research under the guidance of department faculty and to write a senior thesis.

Cognitive science is the scientific study of the mind with the goal of understanding the nature of thought. Students learn the ways in which converging sources of evidence may be integrated to discover the mechanisms underlying the complex adaptive properties of human cognition. The minor can augment a major course of study by adding a broader perspective than one particular discipline can offer.

 The minor in cognitive science broadens the academic background of students majoring in related fields. The goal is to provide students with the methods and foundations for understanding cognitive issues in an interdisciplinary framework.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Required introductory courses
  • Basic methodology requirements
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Philosophy of Mind

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application or Coalition Application*
  • Official secondary school transcript and school report
  • Counselor recommendation
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • SAT or ACT scores†
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores‡ (ONLY required for international applicants whose first language is not English or whose schooling has not been in English)
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $75 or application fee waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement (ONLY Early Decision applicants)
  • Midyear transcript
  • Music audition (ONLY School of Music applicants)
  • Required for homeschooled applicants ONLY: 3 SAT subject tests

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56232 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56232 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Evanston

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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