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 mean 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

Choose your Concentration

Designed for students interested in how emotion and motivations affect cognitive behavior, the Psychology concentration will give you a deeper understanding of the psychological foundations of Cognitive Science.
For students who want to understand the interplay between cognitive behaviors and the human body, the Biology concentration will give you advanced coursework in evolution and genetics.
Math/Computer Science
Designed for students interested in how statistics and data can help explain cognitive processes, the Math & Computer Science concentration features coursework in linear algebra and data analysis.
Designed for students interested in pursuing graduate school, the Research concentration features additional research experience coursework plus a senior thesis. Students must apply for acceptance into the Research Concentration after completing CG 262. Minimal requirements include: (a) completion of six hours of coursework at Avila, (b) a 3.25 cumulative grade point average, (c) a “B” grade or better in CG 261 and CG 262, and (d) recommendation of their advisor.

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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“Companies increasingly seek out candidates who can use a wide variety of tools and methods to critically address and solve problems, and because of its multidisciplinary nature, cognitive science is an excellent major.”

Jared Branch / Chair / Department of Cognitive Science


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

Dr. Jared Branch, Associate Professor of Psychology
P: 816-501-2447 / E:

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