SACS is the Student Association of Cognitive Science at McGill University. The Cognitive Science curriculum takes an interdisciplinary approach and gives students the freedom to study in a variety of areas that interest them. Topics of study can be as diverse as Programming Languages and Issues in Drug Dependence.
This program allows students to focus their studies on one of five streams of study:
- Computer Science
Students can opt for the Honours program which requires a GPA above 3.3 and a full year research course.
When students are planning their curriculum, they should keep in mind that they need to fulfill all the BA&Sc. requirements to graduate including Freshman Program requirements. Visit the official page of the Cognitive Science program at McGill or check with your advisor for more details.
To provide prospective and current Cognitive Science students with information related to the program. Given the interdisciplinary nature of Cognitive Science program, Cog Sci students have trouble finding each other and may have limited knowledge of the program. SACS aim to provide a bridge for students who wish to find fellow Cog Sci students and the program at McGill.
SACS hold a variety of events throughout the year: movie nights, Gerts night, Wine and Cheese, and many more! In addition to more information, Cog Sci students can get more opportunities to get involved in McGill's Cog Sci community. SACS will create the environment for students to foster invaluable friendships, and through our mentor program, students can share their experiences with fellow students, interact with professors to help students develop future career paths.
SACS will provide an abundance of opportunities; not just opportunities, but choices within the opportunities. SACS will be the frame of the Cognitive Science jigsaw puzzle, but the students are the core pieces of the Cognitive Science at McGill.
What is Cognitive Science?
Cognitive Science is the interdisciplinary study of neuroscience, psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and computer science. First, neuroscience allows us to study the physical entities of our mind, consciousness, memory and other metaphysical entities. Second, psychology allows us to study the behavioural outputs of aforementioned disciplines of neuroscience and interactions between human beings. Third, linguistics allows us to analyze the language that is used for interpersonal relations. Fourth, philosophy allows us to study the thoughts, ideas, and ethical dilemmas that are discussed through the language. Fifth, computer science allows us to study analogous experiments and visualize complex models and mathematical relations.