The cognitive science program at Mount Allison is one-of-a-kind in Atlantic Canada. It involves the interdisciplinary study of the mind and seeks to further understand what the mind does and how it works.
Cognitive science investigates how information is represented, processed, and transformed in both humans and machines.
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Degree options: BSc major
The study of cognitive science at Mount Allison involves incorporating perspectives from a variety of fields.
Topics covered in cognitive science include:
- memory and knowledge structures
- the use of language
In first year you will take introductory psychology, computer science, mathematics, chemistry, and physics courses.
In second year you will pursue courses in psychology, computer science, and philosophy such as:
- cognitive processes
- systems programming
- philosophy of science
In third and fourth year you will add courses in linguistics, while pursuing courses such as:
- sensation and perception
- behavioural neuroscience
- philosophy of mind
- artificial intelligence
- medical physics
Specific courses in psychology, computer science, physics, philosophy, and chemistry form the core of the program, and you select the remainder to focus on your particular interests.
You will also be encouraged to pursue independent summer research projects, directed studies projects, or to contribute to faculty research projects as a research assistant.
Find a list of cognitive science courses in the academic calendar - cognitive science.
Popular career paths for cognitive science graduates include:
- artificial intelligence/robotics specialist
- human-computer interface specialist
- software developer
- speech pathologist
- marketing representative
- web application developer
- product usability tester
- business analyst
- training development
- language processing specialist/linguistics adviser
- cognitive neuroscientist
- occupational therapist
"Mount Allison is one of the only universities in Canada that offers an undergraduate major in cognitive science. Most schools' only option is for students to supplement a more traditional program with a few cognitive science courses.
"I wanted a program that could introduce me to the various approaches to studying the mind, including computer science, psychology, and philosophy, and also provide opportunities to explore some research areas in more detail. The cognitive science program at MtA was very good at doing just that!"
Mariah Martin Shein
Double major, cognitive science & computer science (’15)
“When I was first applying to Mount Allison I was flipping through
the academic calendar trying to get a feel for all the degree majors
offered. I was interested in Sciences but wasn’t sold on the idea of
having to focus on a single topic (there’s just so much out there to
explore!). Cognitive science immediately caught my attention. Here was a
program that would allow me to explore all kinds of areas. I had never
taken any kind of computer science or psychology (both integral parts of
the cognitive science program) in high school but decided to take a
leap of faith. It definitely paid off in the end!”
Cognitive science, minors in biology, computer science, and psychology (’13)
Cognitive science is part of the Department of Psychology at Mount Allison. There are opportunities for students to work as research assistants during the summer and as research or teaching assistants during the academic year.
Students are also encouraged to pursue their own research and may apply for summer research awards.