Knyckolas Sutherland is a student whose passionate pursuit of knowledge impressed his teachers and earned him good grades, but made it difficult to decide on a major.
Sutherland, who attended Union County Magnet High School, where he excelled in the sciences, considered engineering when he arrived at Rutgers. But he was drawn to the array of course offerings at SAS. And he had a strong experimental bent. He took classes in computer science, linguistics, and behavioral economics.
“The courses were compelling,” he said. “But I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do.”
He didn’t know it at the time, but he was building an impressive background in an emerging field that would soon become one of SAS’s newest undergraduate majors: cognitive science.
“Ultimately, I am fascinated with learning why people interact with the world in the way they do,” Sutherland says. “Cognitive science is a good scientific basis for study of many of these questions.”