Queen's School of Computing
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Computers can play chess – could they one day diagnose illnesses or write symphonies? These are questions explored in our Cognitive Science program. Drawing from principles of psychology, philosophy, linguistics, neuroscience, and computing, this program explores the science of the mind and thought. Cognitive scientists are probing the concept of intelligence in humans and animals in order to program intelligent computers that are not only capable of performing complex tasks, but of thinking complex thoughts.

Degree Outline

What follows is a list of the required unit credits for the Cognitive Science program. This information is meant as a guide and is subject to change. The precise and up-to-date requirements for Computing degree plans can be found online in the Arts and Science Calendar. In case of discrepancies, the calendar should be considered as the official definition.

Typical 4-years honours programs consist of 120 unit credits. A one-term course is worth 3 units, while a full year (two-term) course is worth 6 units. All courses listed below are 3 units unless specified with a /6.0 after the course code.

Computing Prerequisite Chart
Prerequisite Chart
  • CISC 121 Introduction to Computing Science I
  • CISC 124 Introduction to Computing Science II
  • COGS 100 Introduction to Cognitive Science
  • One of the following Linear Algebra options:
    1. MATH 112 Linear Algebra
      and
      CISC 102 Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science I
    2. MATH 111/6.0 Linear Algebra
      and
      CISC 102 Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science I
    3. MATH 110/6.0 Linear Algebra
  • COGS 201 Cognition and Computation
  • CISC 203 Discrete Mathematics for Computing Science II
  • CISC 204 Logic for Computing Science
  • CISC 221 Computer Architecture
  • CISC 235 Information Structures
  • STAT 263 Introduction to Statistics
    or another Statistics course option (see calendar for complete list).
  • CISC 352 Artificial Intelligence
  • CISC 360 Programming Paradigms
  • One of the following two courses:
    • CISC 452 Neural and Genetic Computing
    • COGS 400 Neural and Genetic Cognitive Models
  • CISC 453 Topics in Artificial Intelligence
  • CISC 497 Social, Ethical and Legal Issues in Computing
  • Two of the following three streams:
    Stream i - Linguistics
    • LING 100/6.0 Introduction to Linguistics
    • One of the following three courses:
      • LING 310 Phonetics
      • LING 320 Phonology
      • LING 330 Morphology
    • LING 340 Syntax
    • LING 415 Semantics
    Stream ii - Philosophy
    • One of the following two courses:
      • PHIL 111/6.0 Great Works
      • PHIL 115/6.0 Fundamental Questions
    • PHIL 250/6.0 Epistomology and Metaphysics
    • One of the following six courses:
      • PHIL 154 Philosophy of Science
      • PHIL 261 Philosophy of Mathematics
      • PHIL 270 Minds and Machines
      • PHIL 311 Philosophy of Psychology
      • PHIL 351 Philosophy of Mind
      • PHIL 359 Philosophy of Language
    Stream iii - Psychology
    • PSYC 100/6.0 Principles of Psychology
    • PSYC 221 Cognitive Psychology
    • One of the following three courses:
      • PSYC 203 Research Methods
      • PSYC 215 Perception
      • PSYC 271 Brain and Behaviour I
    • One of the following courses:
      • PSYC 203 Research Methods in Psychology
      • PSYC 205 Experimental Psychology: Learning
      • PSYC 215 Experimental Psychology: Perception
      • PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology
      • PSYC 271 Brain and Behaviour I
      • PSYC 300 Advanced Experimental Psychology
      • PSYC 305 Human Memory
      • PSYC 321 Psycholinguistics
      • PSYC 322 Attention
      • PSYC 323 Laboratory in Attention
      • PSYC 352 Cognitive and Language Development
      • PSYC 355 Comparative Cognition
      • PSYC 365 Psychology of Reading
      • PSYC 370 Brain and Behaviour II
      • PSYC 380 Advanced Perception
      • PSYC 420 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology
      • PSYC 422 Selected Topics in Attention
      • PSYC 423 Selected Topics in Real-World Scene Perception
      • PSYC 452 Developmental Psycholinguistics
      • PSYC 457 Atypical Development
  • 9.0 units in the following courses:
    • LING 100/6.0 Introduction to Linguistics
    • PHIL 154 Philosophy of Science
    • PHIL 115/6.0 Fundamental Questions
    • CISC 220 System-Level Programming
    • CISC 223 Software Specifications
    • PHIL 261 Philosophy of Mathematics
    • PHIL 270 Minds and Machines
    • PSYC 203 Research Methods in Psychology
    • PSYC 205 Experimental Psychology: Learning
    • PSYC 215 Experimental Psychology: Perception
    • PSYC 251 Developmental Psychology
    • PSYC 271 Brain and Behaviour I
    • CISC 325 Human-Computer Interaction
    • CISC 340 Digital Systems
    • CISC 365 Algorithms I
    • LING 310 Phonetics
    • LING 320 Phonology
    • LING 330 Morphology
    • LING 340 Syntax
    • PHIL 311 Philosophy of Psychology
    • PHIL 359 Philosophy of Language
    • PSYC 300 Advanced Experimental Psychology
    • PSYC 305 Human Memory
    • PSYC 321 Psycholinguistics
    • PSYC 322 Attention
    • PSYC 323 Laboratory in Attention
    • PSYC 352 Cognitive and Language Development
    • PSYC 355 Comparative Cognition
    • PSYC 365 Psychology of Reading
    • PSYC 370 Brain and Behaviour II
    • PSYC 380 Advanced Perception
    • CISC 425 Advanced User Interface Design
    • CISC 454 Computer Graphics
    • CISC 465 Foundations of Programming Languages
    • CISC 481 Syntax Systems for Natural Language
    • LING 415 Semantics
    • NSCI 401 Introduction to Theoretical Neuroscience
    • PSYC 420 Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology
    • PSYC 422 Selected Topics in Attention
    • PSYC 423 Selected Topics in Real-World Scene Perception
    • PSYC 452 Developmental Psycholinguistics
    • PSYC 457 Atypical Development
  • One of the following project courses:
    • COGS 499 Advanced Undergraduate Project
    • CISC 500/6.0 Advanced Research Project

Admission Requirements

Admission to a degree program in the Faculty of Arts and Science from an Ontario Secondary School is based on the completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Please see Admissions for details.

How to Apply

Apply at the Ontario Universities Application Centre using the program code QD (Queen's University, Computing).

Upon completion of second year, students must declare that they are entering the Cognitive Science Subject of Specification.

More Info

More information may be obtained by sending mail to undergrad@cs.queensu.ca or by contacting the Cognitive Science advisor:

For information about our Artificial Intelligence Computing Major option, click here.