Brain and Cognitive Sciences

How do we recognize sounds and learn our native language? What is the brain doing as we listen to speech, identify a face, or reach for a pencil? How do we remember what happened yesterday or during our childhood? These and other questions are studied as part of brain and cognitive sciences. At Rochester, the major offers a rigorous but accessible program for students interested in the brain and how it enables us to perceive, think, and learn.

Both the bachelor of arts (BA) and bachelor of science (BS) degrees are built around a common curriculum that integrates biological, behavioral, and computational approaches to the study of perception, language, thinking, learning, and the development of these capacities.