Cognitive Science is the multidisciplinary study of cognition in humans and machines. It encompasses the traditional disciplines of psychology, computer science, neuroscience, linguistics and philosophy. The goal of cognitive science is to understand the principles of intelligence with the hope that this will lead to better comprehension of the mind and of learning and to develop intelligent devices that extend human abilities.
The growth of technology, globalization of economies, and rapid increases in population and per capita consumption have all had dramatic environmental impacts. The Interfaculty Program Environment for the Bachelor of Arts and Science is designed to provide students with a broad “Liberal Arts/Science” training. In combination with careful mentoring, this program offers a great degree of flexibility, allowing students to develop the skills and knowledge base required to face the myriad of environmental problems that currently need to be addressed.
Sustainability, Science and Society
The grand challenge of the 21st century is sustainable well-being; that is, to improve human well-being while maintaining the Earth’s life-support systems. This B.A. & Sc. program provides the interdisciplinary and integrative knowledge and skills required to effectively understand and address this challenge in its multiple dimensions-scientific-technological, socio-economic, political-institutional, ethical, and human behavioural-and to chart a transition to sustainability.
Do research with BASC 396
BASC 396 is the Arts & Science research course. It’s one of the 396 (research courses) offered by the Faculty of Science. For this course, all you need to do is come up with a research area that is a) interesting to you, and b) substantial enough for you to do a semester’s worth of work for it.
You can kind of think about this course as an unofficial thesis course for your B.A. & Sc. degree. It provides a great opportunity for you to explore interdisciplinary topics that you’ve always thought about, or to act as a capping stone that brings your majors/ major and minors together.
The only downside is that you’ll have to go find a professor who is interested in supervising you – however, the upside is that you’ll really get to know this professor well throughout the semester!If you want to see what projects have been done in the past, check them out here.
Ampersand Journal, an interdisciplinary publication
The annual Arts and Science academic journal, showcasing integrative student research at McGill since 2007. Do you have papers to submit or wish to help edit the publication? Check out The Ampersand Journal for our student interdisciplinary research publication.
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