What Can I Do With a Major In Cognitive Science?
UGA Specific Information for Cognitive Science
Cognitive science is an emerging new science of mind and intelligent processes involving humans, animals, computers, and the abstract. The field spans a wide variety of standard disciplines including psychology, computer science, anthropology, linguistics, biology, and education. Cognitive science is expected to play a large role in the development of the technologies, training, and intervention programs of the twenty-first century. The curriculum of this interdisciplinary major includes courses in artificial intelligence, psychological foundations, language and cultural foundations, and philosophical foundations.
For the AB degree, students take lower-level classes in computer science, linguistics, philosophy, psychology, and statistics. At the upper-division level, all majors take Introduction to Cognitive Science (ARTI/PHIL/PSYC 3550), Cognitive Psychology (PSYC 4100), and choose between either Artificial Intelligence (CSCI/PHIL 4550) or Generative Syntax (ENGL/LING 3150).
Students then focus on two (or more) of four areas of concentration:
- Artificial Intelligence Foundations
- Philosophical Foundations
- Psychological Foundations
- Language and Culture (Linguistics and Anthropology)
A cognitive science major is preferable preparation for students who plan to go on to graduate programs in cognitive science, educational technology, artificial intelligence, instructional psychology, cognitive psychology, cognitive philosophy, or cognitive neuroscience. Cognitive science A.B. holders typically find themselves employed in technology-related positions demanding excellent technical, writing, and speaking skills.
Class of 2019 Career Outcomes for Cognitive Science*
** Includes Self-Employed
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- ACM at UGA
- ACM-W girls.code()
- Computer Science Graduate Student Association
- Computer Science Interview Prep
- Girls Who Code
- Minorities in Technology
- Linguistics Club
- Linguistics Society at UGA
- Philosophy Graduate Student Association
- Philosophy Undergraduate Student Association
- Pre-Counseling Club
- Psi Chi the National Honor Society in Psychology
- AB in Cognitive Science
- Cognitive Science AB/Artificial Intelligence MS
- Evolutionary Computation and Machine Learning Lab
- Heterogeneous Robotics (HeRo) Lab
- MS in Artificial Intelligence
- THINC lab
- What I got out of my Cognitive Science major at UGA
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Find alumni on LinkedIn who have graduated from UGA with their Cognitive Science degree. See what they are currently doing and how they got there! To find UGA alumni, search for UGA's LinkedIn profile and select Alumni from the menu in the left margin.
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Specific Job Boards and Internships
- AI Societies and Organizations
- Labs (mostly without University affiliation)
- Universities with AI Programs and Groups
The information below represents employers and position titles from the Class of 2019 Career Outcomes Survey. To view historical Career Outcomes for this major, click here and select "Historical Data" from the navigation menu.
|Apiro||Data Scientist||AT&T||Technology Development Engineer I||BrandSafway||Project Controls Analyst||FIS||Technologist Engineer I||Golden Pantry||Manager||Honeywell||Cybersecurity Architect and Engineer||Manhattan Associates||Software Analyst||Princeton University||Research Specialist||University of Georgia||Executive Process Specialist||WCJB TV||Morning Show Producer|
GRADUATE/PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS ATTENDED BY UGA Cognitive Science - Bachelor's Degree MAJORS FOR THE CLASS OF 2019**
|Georgia State University||Occupational Therapy, OTM||University of Florida||Human-Centered Computing, PhD||University of Georgia||Artificial Intelligence, MS; Business Administration (STEM MBA Program), MBA||University of North Carolina - Charlotte||Human Computer Interaction, Degree Not Specified|