Major Requirements

The department offers both a B.A. and a B.S. degree. The B.S. requires completion of a slightly more rigorous course work. The B.S. degree may be taken optionally with a specified area of specialization. There is also an honors program for exceptional students in both degree programs.

So What's the Difference?

Getting a B.S., rather than a B.A., requires that you take more lower division classes and more specific major approved upper division classes. If you choose the B.S., you have the option of specializing in one of five areas: Clinical Aspects of Cognition, Design and Interaction, Language and Culture, Machine Learning and Neural Computation, and Neuroscience. If you choose to specialize, four of your six electives must be on the list of approved courses for that specialization. If you are particularly interested in one area of cognitive science, we strongly recommend that you specialize in that area since it is likely that the only difference in course work between a B.A. and a B.S. with a specialization is one more lower division class.

Grade Requirements for the Major

A minimum grade-point average of 2.0 is required for admittance to and graduation from the B.A. or B.S. degree program. Students must receive a grade of C- or better in any course to be counted toward fulfillment of the major requirements. All courses must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of Cognitive Science 195, 198, and 199, which are taken Pass/No Pass.

Four-Year Plan of Study

The four-year plan of study below assures that all prerequisites and requirements for the cognitive science major are completed. The department does enforce course prerequisites and several courses are offered only once a year, so careful planning is important. It is recommended that lower-division courses be taken in the first two years, core courses in the third year, and electives in the final year. Check with a departmental advisor and the current course offerings page to find out which quarter cognitive science courses will be offered each academic year. Check with a college advisor about course planning to meet college requirements.