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Cognitive Science

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – 2 field degree program - Minor Field

Which processes do we consciously control and which do we have no influence over? How do we receive information, find our way around a new city or solve complex problems? And how can we transfer all this to an artificial model that simulates human cognition?

All this and more is taught on the Cognitive Science degree both theoretically and through practical exercises and projects. In addition to cognitive science theories, you will develop sound knowledge in various interdisciplinary fields, and can apply it together with comprehensive skills to your own research at the end of the degree.

Academic calendar:

Winter Semester

Standard Period of Study:

6 semesters required for the full degree programme

Scope of services:

180 ECTS-Points for the full degree programme

Admission: First semester:

without special prerequisites for admission (free admissions)

Higher semesters:

free admission

Application period: First semester: 1 June – 4 October
Higher semesters: Winter Semester: until 30.09., Summer Semester: until 31.03.
Important information regarding required application materials for higher semesters.
Application: Apply now!
Faculty affiliation: Faculty of Economics and Behavioral Sciences

The main components of the curriculum for a minor in Cognitive Science include: cognitive architectures, i.e., the structural and functional organization of biological and technical systems that are capable of cognitive activity, as well as the foundations of – and problems understanding – cognition as information processing; the representation and organization of general and domain-specific knowledge as well as learning processes involved in the acquisition of knowledge and inference processes involved in the use of knowledge; the processing of natural language as it pertains to information processing as well as perception and sensorimotor processes (control of action); applied cognitive science: human-computer interaction; computerized learning systems; the technology of knowledge-based systems: artificial intelligence programming (“expert systems”) and knowledge engineering; as well as concepts for applying and evaluating “intelligent” computer systems as a further related area. The goals of the course of study are the acquisition of methodological skills from the humanities and the empirical sciences to the extent that they are necessary for research in cognitive science and, in particular, mastery of the methods of cognitive modeling, including programming techniques of artificial intelligence (AI), the acquisition of a broad knowledge base in general cognitive science in combination with specialized knowledge in one of the subdisciplines named above, and the integration and practice of cognitive analysis and modeling of representations and processes in cognitive systems through project work.

An overview of all the subjects that can be taken in combination with subject Cognitive Science by students who started their B.A. degree programme in the winter semester 2013/14 or later:

Ancient Civilization Studies | Archaeological Sciences | Educational Science and Education Management | German Studies | English and American Studies | Cultural and Social Anthropology | FrancoMedia – French Language, Literature, and Media Culture | German Studies from a German–French Perspective | History | IberoCultura – Spanish Language, Literature, and Culture | Islamic Studies | Jewish Studies | Classical Philology | Cultural Analysis/European Ethnology | Art History | Media and Cultural Studies | Musicology | Early Modern and Modern History | Philosophy | Political Science | Romance languages and literatures | Sinology | Scandinavian Studies | Slavic Studies | Sociology | Ancient Near Eastern Studies

For information on subject combinations, see also the "Joint Committee of the Faculty of Philology, Philosophy, and Economics and Behavioural Sciences". Subject combinations for students who started their degree programme before the winter semester 2012/13 can also be found there. » more [de]

Please note:
From the summer semester 2020 on there may be deviations from individual regulations of the admission regulations, selection and entrance examination regulations as well as the study and examination regulations from the Corona Statutes [de].

The versions of statutes with relevance to teaching and learning provided on this page by the Department of Legal Affairs (in particular admission and selection regulations as well as subject and examination regulations) are primarily for information purposes. This means that all amendments subsequently agreed upon by the University Senate have been integrated into the respective text of the original statutes; in the case of the examination regulations for bachelor's and master's degree programmes, this generally relates to extracts of the respective examination regulations (framework examination regulations, subject-specific provisions, and appendices).
The greatest care has been taken in writing these versions. Nevertheless, it cannot be entirely ruled out that errors may have occurred. Consequently, it is solely the officially announced statutes and statute amendments that are legally binding, i.e. as published in the Amtlichen Bekanntmachungen der Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg im Breisgau [de] or, up to the year 2000, in the official gazette of the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts.

Central Academic Advising Office

The University's Service Centre Studies - Central Student Advisory Service (ZSB) provides information and advice on all questions that may arise prior to, at the beginning of, and during a course of study. If you are seeking subject-specific advice in addition to this, you can also contact the respective subject academic advisor.

Departmental Academic Advising

Prof. Dr. Lars Konieczny
Institut für Psychologie, Kognitionswissenschaft und Genderforschung
Raum 03 014
Hebelstr. 10
79104 Freiburg
Tel.: +49 761 203-4942
Fax: +49 761 203-4938

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Examination Office

Werthmannstr.8/Rückgebäude, 79098 Freiburg

Bachelor- und Masterstudiengang, Lehramtsstudiengang gemäß GymPO I
Dr. Tobie Walther
Tel. 203-3221
Raum 02 010/2. OG
Sprechstunde: Dienstag 10.15-12.30 Uhr, Donnerstag 14.00-16.00 Uhr

Achtung: In der vorlesungsfreien Zeit gelten gesonderte Sprechstunden, bitte informieren Sie sich rechtzeitig vor einem Besuch.