Cognitive Science

The Cognitive Science major at Avila

As the only program in the region, Avila’s cognitive science major will prepare you to understand how the mind processes information by investigating thinking, memory, and consciousness. An inherently interdisciplinary field, you’ll explore psychology, neuroscience, computer science, philosophy, and other disciplines to tailor the major to your interests.

Hands-on mentoring and cutting-edge technology will give you invaluable exposure to research opportunities in and out of the classroom. Specialized training in statistics and research methods means you’ll be prepared to explore multiple disciplines and career paths, including data science, instructional design, policy, software development, and many more.

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TAILORED TO YOU. Harness your natural curiosity and future-proof your life post-graduation as this interdisciplinary major prepares you for success along multiple career paths.
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Are you interested in cognitive science?
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Be Prepared for Your Career

Incoming first-year students are guaranteed access to an internship or research experience before graduation. Avila students have completed hands-on learning experiences at: 

  • Cerner
  • Burns & McDonnell
  • Kansas City, Missouri Police Department

Avila Cognitive Science graduates are prepared to pursue careers as:

  • Data Scientists
  • Programmers
  • Product Designers
Avila Cognitive Science graduates are prepared to work in a variety of fields:
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Data analysis
  • User interface
  • Game design
  • Education

What is Cognitive Science?

Cognitive science is the study of how the mind works, functions, and behaves. As a field of study, cognitive science encompasses ideas and concepts from multiple disciplines including philosophy, neuroscience, biology, psychology, computer science, linguistics and artificial intelligence. In order to understand how the brain makes decisions and performs tasks, students will take classes in a variety of program areas. Ultimately, cognitive science seeks to grasp intelligence and behavior in a way which can help improve human development and lives.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of the degree, cognitive science majors have a wide range of career and advanced study opportunities. Students will graduate with strong writing, research, and analytical thinking skills. Many will pursue careers in software development, healthcare administration, research, game design, and education. Other graduates will further their knowledge and research interests in masters and doctoral programs in linguistics, neuroscience, and psychology. A cognitive science degree is also a path toward medical school, law school, or an MBA program.

Transferring to Avila?

We work with you to make the most of your transfer credits so you’re on track to graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

An Environment to Enhance your Education

Hooley-Bundschu Learning Commons

This is not your mother’s library. State-of-the-art study rooms, public computers, tutoring, and access to 50,000+ books and millions of articles await you.

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Guaranteed Research Opportunity

All first-year undergraduate students in all majors are guaranteed an internship or research experience.

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Close to Everything Kansas City

At Avila you’re only 15 minutes from world-class museums, historical landmarks, and centers of culture, commerce, and industry.

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Find Your Mentor

Avila’s faculty will challenge you, inspire you, and become more than just another teacher.

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“Increasingly, companies are seeking out employees who use a wide variety of tools and methods to critically address and solve problems. Because of its multidisciplinary nature, cognitive science is an excellent major to obtain this set of skills.”

Jared Branch / Department of Cognitive Science


Avila University Department of Psychology , Foyle Hall
11901 Wornall Road / Kansas City, MO 64145 / 816-501-3661

Dr. Jared Branch, Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science
P: 816-501-2447 / E:

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