Undergraduate Courses

Course Course Information Instructor
COGS 1
Introduction to Cognitive Sci
MWF 11:00-11:50 in GH 242 (website)  
Description: A team taught course highlighting development of the field and the broad range of topics covered in the major. Example topics include addiction, analogy, animal cognition, human-computer interaction, language, neuroimaging, neural networks, reasoning, robots, and real-world applications.
DSGN 1
Design of Everyday Things
TR 11:00-12:20 in MANDE B-210 (website)  
Description: A team taught course highlighting development of the field and the broad range of topics covered in the major. Example topics include addiction, analogy, animal cognition, human-computer interaction, language, neuroimaging, neural networks, reasoning, robots, and real-world applications.
COGS 3
An Introduction to Computing
MWF 13:00-13:50 in SOLIS 104  
Description: A practical introduction to computers. Designed for undergraduates in the social sciences. Topics include: basic operations of personal computers (MAC, PC), UNIX, word processing, e-mail, spreadsheets, and creating web pages using the World Wide Web. No previous background in computing required.
COGS 11
Minds & Brains
TR 15:30-16:50 in CENTR 119 (website)  
Description: How damaged and normal brains influence the way humans solve problems, remember or forget, pay attention to things; how they affect our emotions, and the way we use language in daily life.
COGS 12
Language, Culture & Cognition
TR 11:00-12:20 in SOLIS 110 (website)  
COGS 14A
Intro. to Research Methods
MWF 14:00-14:50 in SOLIS 107  
COGS 14B
Intro. to Statistical Analysis
TR 14:00-15:20 in MANDE B-210 (website)  
COGS 17
Neurobiology of Cognition
TR 12:30-13:50 in CENTR 119 (website)  
Description: Introduction to the organization and functions of the nervous system. Topics include molecular, cellular, developmental, systems, and behavioral neurobiology. Specifically, structure and function of neurons, peripheral and central nervous systems, sensory, motor, and control systems, learning and memory mechanisms. (Students may not receive credit for both Biology 12 and Cognitive Science 17. This course fulfills general-education requirements for Marshall and Roosevelt Colleges as well as Warren by petition.)
Johnson, Christine M.
COGS 87
Freshman Seminar: Minds Making Religion
M 12:00-12:50 in CSB 003  
Description: The Freshman Seminar Program is designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman Seminars are offered in all campus departments and undergraduate colleges, and topics vary from quarter to quarter. Enrollment is limited to fifteen to twenty students, with preference given to entering freshmen.
COGS 87
Freshman Seminar: Knowing the Limits of Science
F 10:00-10:50 in CSB 003  
Description: The Freshman Seminar Program is designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small seminar setting. Freshman Seminars are offered in all campus departments and undergraduate colleges, and topics vary from quarter to quarter. Enrollment is limited to fifteen to twenty students, with preference given to entering freshmen.
COGS 100
Cyborgs Now and in the Future
MWF 11:00-11:50 in MANDE B-210  
COGS 101A
Sensation and Perception
MWF 09:00-09:50 in CSB 001 (website)  
Description: An introduction to the experimental study of cognition with a focus on sensation and perception. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 1.
COGS 101B
Learning, Memory and Attention
MWF 15:00-15:50 in PETER 108  
Description: A survey of the experimental study of learning, memory, and attention. Topics include conditioning, automaticity, divided attention, memory systems, and the nature of mental representation. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 1. Recommended: Cognitive Science 101A.
COGS 102B
Cognitive Ethnography
TR 17:00-18:20 in MANDE B-210  
Description: This course examines memory, reasoning, language understanding, learning, and planning directly in everyday, real-world settings. The course work includes projects in which students make observations of real-world activity and analyze their cognitive significance. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 102A.
Johnson, Christine M.
COGS 107B
Systems Neuroscience
TR 08:00-09:20 in SOLIS 107  
COGS 107B
Systems Neuroscience
(website)  
COGS 110
The Developing Mind
TR 12:30-13:50 in HSS 1330  
COGS 118D
Stats/Behavioral Data Analysis
TR 12:30-13:50 in MANDE B-104  
DSGN 119
Design at Large
 
COGS 120
Interaction Design
TR 09:30-10:50 in CICC 101  
COGS 151
Analogy and Conceptual Systems
TR 09:30-10:50 in WLH 2206 (website)  
COGS 155
Gesture and Cognition
TR 11:00-12:20 in WLH 2115 (website)  
COGS 157
Music and the Mind
TR 12:30-13:50 in PCYNH 120 (website)  
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Language Research: A Practicum
TR 12:30-13:50 in CSB 272  
Description: Special topics in cognitive science are discussed. (May be repeated when topics vary.) Prerequisites: department approval.
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Social Computing
TR 14:00-15:20 in HSS 1346 (website)  
Description: This course explores the intersection of social behavior and computational systems. The growth of online environments like Facebook, Wikipedia, Twitter, Instagram, WhatApp, blogs, online support groups, open-source development projects, and crowdsourcing platforms shows that web technology is not just about delivering information, but also connecting people. Social Computing is the study of social processes and the technology that supports and augments it. Students will examine a range of organizational, technical, and business challenges related to social computing, and learn how to use tools to analyze, design, and build online communities. Social computing draws from fields as diverse as cognitive science, software engineering, artificial intelligence, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and organizational behavior. Course work will include lectures, class discussion, homework, class presentations, and a group research or design project. Pre-req: Senior status and CogSci-HCI major or Design minor. Go to here for pre-authorization request to enroll in the course https://a4.ucsd.edu/tritON/Authn/UserPassword
COGS 160
Seminar on Special Topics: Lang Devlpmnt/Early Childhood
(website)  
Description: A mixed Practicum/Seminar course designed to provide hands-on experience in research on infancy and early childhood. Students learn skills and are assigned responsibilities based on the project to which they are assigned. Students also participate in a journal club and prepare brief end-of-quarter presentations and reports. COGS 160 is a 3-quarter sequence. Content, skills, and responsibilities evolve and expand every quarter. Students work with a supervisor who oversees training and task progress. Requirements for enrollment: 1) Upper-division coursework in Cognitive Science, Human Development, Linguistics, and/or Psychology, covering content including one or more cognition or cognitive development cognitive ethnography, neuroscience, psycholinguistics; 2) GPA of 3.3 or better; 3) Commitment to a 3-quarter, 4-credit sequence. To contact Dr. Deak [deak@cogsci.ucsd.edu] for permission to enroll in this course.
COGS 169
Genetic Information/Behavior
MWF 09:00-09:50 in APM 2301  
COGS 172
Brain Disorders and Cognition
TR 15:30-16:50 in PETER 104 (website)  
Description: A review of the patterns of impaired and intact cognitive abilities present in brain-damaged patients in terms of damage to one or more components of a model of normal cognitive functioning. (Cognitive science majors may not receive elective credit for both Psychology 139 and Cognitive Science 172.) Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 107A.
COGS 177
Space and Time in the Brain
TR 14:00-15:20 in HSS 1128A (website)  
COGS 181
Neural Networks/Deep Learning
MWF 09:00-09:50 in SOLIS 104 (website)  
COGS 187B
Practicum in Pro Web Design
TR 15:30-16:50 in HSS 1346  
Description: This course follows up on the basics of multimedia design taught in Cognitive Science 187A. Students will probe more deeply into selective topics, such as animation, navigation, graphical display of information, and narrative coherence. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 187A or consent of instructor.
COGS 189
Brain Computer Interfaces
MWF 10:00-10:50 in HSS 2154  
Description: This course will discuss signal processing, pattern recognition algorithms, and human-computer interaction issues in EEG-based brain-computer interfaces. Other types of brain-computer interfaces will also be discussed. Prerequisites: Cognitive Science 118B or Cognitive Science 118A or Cognitive Science 109. 

Search for undergraduate courses:

  • Course Number:
  • Instructor:
  • Quarter: