Note: For students (freshmen and transfer) admitted to UCB Spring 2015 and earlier, an average GPA of 2.0 or higher in the three prerequisites is required for admission to the major. This is in addition to a 2.0 overall UCB GPA.

For students (freshmen and transfer) admitted to UCB Fall 2015 and later, a “C” grade or higher in each of the three prerequisite courses will be required for admission to the major. This is in addition to a 2.0 overall UCB GPA.

Students may repeat courses one time only with the repeated grade being final. In the case of prerequisites, only one repeat per category is allowed.

IMPORTANT: The College of Letters and Science will no longer entertain requests for retroactive changes from P/NP grades to a letter grade. Cognitive Science program continues to require a letter grade for all major courses. If a student receives a  "P" (pass) in any major course, the student must retake the alternate course in that category for a letter grade. Example: Grade was a P in Math 55, student must take CS 70 for a letter grade. 

All courses for the major must be taken for a letter grade.

Lower Division Requirements

Prerequisites for declaring major:
CogSci 1/N1 (Introduction to Cognitive Science)
Math 1A (Calculus) or Math 16A (Analytical Geometry and Calculus).  Math 1A is preferred.
CS 61A (Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs) or Engineering 7 (Introduction to Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers).  CS 61A is preferred.
Note: Some upper division courses have additional prerequisites.
Other lower-division requirements:
MCB / Psych C61 (Brain, Mind, and Behavior) or MCB 64 (Exploring the Brain: Introduction to Neuroscience)
Math 55 (Discrete Mathematics) or CS 70 (Discrete Mathematics and Probability Theory)
Note: These two lower-division requirements are not prerequisites for admission to the major, but should be completed as early as possible, as they provide the foundations for other required courses.

Upper Division Requirements

All students must complete at least 30 upper division units. These must include 9 Cognitive Science courses, as follows: 6 courses fulfilling distribution requirements (below) + 3 elective courses. Students may also choose to concentrate in 1 of the 6 areas, as described below. Elective courses may be drawn from those specified below for either distribution or concentration requirements. Courses marked with a * are designated as gateway courses for a particular discipline within cognitive science; students who choose to concentrate in a particular discipline are required to take one gateway course in that discipline.
Note: Directed Group Study (198), Supervised Independent Study (199), or Honors (H195A-H195B) courses may not be used to fulfill the upper-division requirements.
Distribution requirements:
1 course from each of the following 6 areas:

Cognitive Neuroscience:

Anthropology 107 (Evolution of the Human Brain)
CogSci/Psychology C127 (Cognitive Neuroscience)
Psychology 117 (Human Neuropsychology)
Psychology 133 (Psychology of Sleep)

Cognitive Psychology:

*CogSci C100/Psychology C120 (Basic Issues in Cognition)
CogSci C102/Psychology C129 (Scientific Approaches to Consciousness)
CogSci/Psychology C124 (Psycholinguistics)
CogSci/Psychology C126 (Perception)
Psychology 122 (Introduction to Human Learning and Memory)
Psychology C143/Ling C146 (Language Acquisition)
Psychology 164 (Social Cognition)

Computational Modeling:

Cog Sci 131 (Computational Models of Cognition) **NOTE, this class only offered in the Fall semester. 
CS 188 (Introduction to Artificial Intelligence)


*Linguistics 100 (Introduction to Linguistic Science)
*CogSci C101/Linguistics C105 (The Mind and Language)
CogSci/Linguistics C142 (Language and Thought)
CogSci/Linguistics C147 (Language Disorders)


Philosophy 122 (Theory of Knowledge)

Philosophy 132 (Philosophy of Mind)

Philosophy 133 (Philosophy of Language)
Philosophy135 (Theory of Meaning)
Philosophy 136 (Philosophy of Perception)
Philosophy 3 (The Nature of Mind)**
Philosophy 12A (Introduction to Logic)**
Philosophy 25A (Ancient Philosophy)**
Philosophy 25B (Modern Philosophy)**
**Important: Beginning in Fall 16 Students have the option to to fulfill the Philosophy requirement by taking one of the listed lower division classes (Phil 3, 12A, 25A, or 25B). Students who decide to take a lower division Philosophy course MUST  finish at least 30 upper division units in the major. This may require an additional upper division elective. Honor's thesis units (H195A or B) can replace an additional elective for students who opt for lower division Philosophy. 

Society, Culture, and Cognition:

Anthropology 166 (Language, Culture, and Society)
CogSci C103/History C192/Media Studies C104C/Info C103 (History of Information)
CogSci/Linguistics C104 (The Mind, Language, and Politics)
Economics 119 (Psychology and Economics)
Education 140AC (Literacy: Individual and Societal Development)
Linguistics 150 (Sociolinguistics)
Psychology 107 (Buddhist Psychology)
Psychology 160 (Social Psychology)
Psychology 164 (Social Cognition)
Psychology 166AC (Cultural Psychology)
Sociology 150 (Social Psychology)

Note: Courses that are listed within more than one area of concentration can be counted for only one requirement. The student is free to choose which one.
Electives (can also be used for concentrations):
As mentioned above, all students must complete at least 30 upper division units, including 6 courses fulfilling distribution requirements and at least 3 elective courses.
Students may wish to add an optional concentration, which consists of 3 courses, all within one of the six cognitive science areas. Students who choose to concentrate in an area should select at least 2 of their 3 electives from that area. These 2 within-area electives, together with that area's distribution requirement, comprise the concentration. NB: In both the cognitive psychology and linguistics concentrations, one of the 3 courses must be a gateway course (designated with an *). You may also petition to substitute another course not listed here, provided it is clearly relevant to your concentration. Note that some of the courses listed below have additional prerequisites. Note also that enrollment in upper division computer science courses is typically restricted to Computer Science majors.  Please visit the Computer Science Getting Into CS Classes page for more information.
Note: Concentrations are not recorded on the transcript or diploma, and progress toward them is not tracked.

Click here to find a spreadsheet containing a comprehensive list of all courses that can be used for the Cog Sci Major. 

Cognitive Neuroscience:

IB 245/245L (Functional Neuroanatomy and Lab)
MCB 160 (Celluar & Molecular Neurobiology)
MCB 163 (Mammalian Neuroanatomy)
MCB 160L (Neurobiology Lab)
MCB 161 (Circuit, Systems, and Behavioral Neuroscience)
MCB 165 (Molecular Neurobiology)
MCB 166 (Biophysical Neurobiology)
Psychology 110 (Biological Psychology)
Psychology 114 (Biology of Learning and Neural Plasticity)

Cognitive Psychology:

CogSci / Psychology C127 (Cognitive Neuroscience)
Psychology 107 (Buddhist Psychology)
Psychology 121 (Animal Cognition)

Psychology 125 (Developing Brain)
Psychology 133 (Psychology of Sleep)
Music 108 or 108M (Music Perception and Cognition)
Music 109 or 109M (Music Cognition: The Mind Behind the Musical Ear)
Education 224A (Mathematical Thinking and Problem Solving)
Education 229A (Problem Solving and Understanding)

Computational Modeling:

CS 160 (User Interface Design and Development)
CS 170 (Efficient Algorithms and Intractable Problems)
CS 186 (Introduction to Database Systems)
CS / Vision Science C280 (Computer Vision)
CS 287 (Advanced Robotics)
CS 288 (Artificial Intelligence Approach to Natural Language Processing)
Vision Science 265 (Neural Computation)


CogSci / Psychology C124 (Psycholinguistics)
CogSci C140 / Linguistics C160 (Quantitative Methods in Linguistics)
Linguistics 106 (Metaphor)
Linguistics 110 (Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology)
Linguistics 115 (Phonology and Morphology)
Linguistics 120 (Introduction to Syntax and Semantics), optionally followed by Linguistics 121 (Logical semantics)
Linguistics 123 (Pragmatics)
Linguistics 125 (Gesture, Cognition, and Culture)
Linguistics 158 (Computational Methods)
Linguistics 181 (Lexical Semantics)
Psychology 143 (Language Acquisition)


Philosophy 128 (Philosophy of Science)
Philosophy 138 (Philosophy of Society)
Philosophy 140A,B (Intermediate Logic)
Philosophy 176 (Hume)
Philosophy 178 (Kant)
Philosophy 185 (Heidegger)
Philosophy 186 A,B (Wittgenstein)
Philosophy 188 (Phenomenology)

Society, Culture, and Cognition:

Anthropology 149 (Psychological Anthropology)
Anthropology 160AC (Forms of Folklore)
Anthropology 161 (Narrative Folklore)
Information 146 (Foundations of New Media)
Linguistics 130 (Comparative and Historical Linguistics)
Linguistics C139 / Slavic C139 (Language Spread)
Linguistics 151 (Language and Gender)
Linguistics 170 (History, Structure and Sociolinguistics of a Particular Language)
Native American Studies 151 (Native American Philosophy)
Media Studies 101 (Visual Communications)
Media Studies 102 (Effects of Mass Media)
Philosophy 153 (Chinese Philosophy)
Political Science 161 (Public Opinion, Voting and Participation)
Political Science 164A (Political Psychology and Involvement)
Psychology 167AC (Stigma and Prejudice)
Rhetoric 103 A,B (Approaches and Paradigms in the History of Rhetorical Theory)
Rhetoric 110 (Advanced Argumentative Writing)
Rhetoric 170 (Rhetoric of Social Science)


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