Cognitive Science Major

  1. Six core courses: Cognitive Science 101, 205; Philosophy 110 or 115; Philosophy/Cognitive Science 241; Psychology 100; and Psychology/Cognitive Science 240.
  2. One unit chosen from the following language-related courses: Anthropology 209/Critical Identity Studies 251, Comparative Literature/Writing 215; Education and Youth Studies 246 (when it is 1 unit), 276 (when the topic is bi-lingual education); Greek, Latin, and Ancient Mediterranean Studies 121, 141; Chinese 105; French 105; Japanese 105; Spanish 110; Music 170; or other courses in consultation with advisor.
  3. One unit chosen from the following computational courses: Computer Science 111, 170 (when relevant, with approval of advisor), 175, 204, 245; Data Science and Data Analytics 210 (.5) and 215 (.5), 345; Engineering 105, 220; Philosophy 100. Other courses possible in consultation with advisor.
  4. One unit chosen from the following courses offering theories of humanity: Anthropology 100, 120; Critical Identity Studies 201, 285, 315; Health and Society 301; Music 276; Philosophy 200, 205, 234, 240 (when relevant, with approval of advisor), 250, 260, 275; Philosophy/Political Science 280; Psychology 250, 252; Theatre and Dance 300. Other courses possible in consultation with advisor.
  5. One unit chosen from the following courses examining behavior of systems at different levels of description: Anthropology 310; Biology 237, 257, 289, 340; Chemistry 117, 150; Education and Youth Studies 151; Environmental Studies/Sociology 271; Health and Society 140; Philosophy 285; Physics, Engineering, and Astronomy 102; Political Science/Psychology 207; Psychology 210, 215, 225, 230, 235, 260, 265; Sociology 216, 218, 225, 231. Other courses possible in consultation with advisor.

  6. One of the following options from among statistics offerings: Anthropology 240; Biology 247; Health and Society/Political Science 201; Mathematics 205, 310; both Psychology 161 and 162; Sociology 205 (and 211 recommended but not required). Students intending to pursue graduate study in cognitive science are strongly advised to take the Psychology 161 and 162 sequence. Other courses possible in consultation with advisor.
  7. One capstone course, chosen in consultation with advisor: Cognitive Science 350 (strongly recommended), 380 (honors thesis offered by invitation only), Data Science and Data Analytics 385, Interdisciplinary Studies 310, Philosophy 385 (with permission of instructor and advisor), Psychology 285 (with permission of instructor and advisor. Other courses possible in consultation with advisor.

  8. Honors in cognitive science: Students with a 3.7 GPA or above in courses in the major and a 3.5 GPA or above overall may apply at the end of the junior year to be considered honors students, who will complete a thesis with an appropriate topic.

Requirement Type

Major

Units Needed to Achieve

11.5 or 12

Primary Section

4796

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