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