Cognitive Science Concentration

Program Director: Joseph Toscano, Ph.D.
Office Location: Tolentine Hall Rm M52
Telephone: (610) 519-4755


The Cognitive Science Program offers a course of study in the interdisciplinary field of Cognitive Science, bringing together perspectives from cognitive psychology, computer science, philosophy, and biology to understand how intelligent systems function. An undergraduate concentration and an undergraduate minor are available to all students in undergraduate colleges of the University. The program is particularly well-suited to students majoring in Psychology, Computing Sciences, Philosophy, and Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience.



Concentration Required Courses (21 credits)

Program Notes:

  • Special topics, research, and independent study electives (BIO 6409, BIO 6509, CSC 5900, CSC 5930, CSC 5993, PHI 2990, PHI 4990, PSY 2900, PSY 5900) require approval of the Cognitive Science Program.
  • For courses that have prerequisites, Cognitive Science students should apply to have the prerequisites waived. Decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the course instructor, or in some cases, the Director of the Cognitive Science Program, after considering the particular student's background. In most cases, it is expected that the prerequisites will be able to be waived.
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The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Fall 2020. Please consult the appropriate archived handbook available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog.