Declaring the Major



For students who were admitted to Berkeley Spring 2018 and earlier, Cog Sci 1/1b/N1 is no longer a prerequisite to declare the Cognitive Science major. For those students, the requirements for declaration are now: 

  1. One of the following: Math 1A/Math16A (or equivalent) with a grade of “C” or better/ Score of 3 or higher on the Calculus AB or BC exam

  2. One of the following: CS 61A/Engineering 7 (or equivalent) with a grade of “C” or better.

We are now accepting applications to declare from students who have completed these requirements. Please submit your completed major declaration form below.

Please note that, pending university approval, we will be adding additional requirements for students who are admitted for the term Fall 2018 and later. If you anticipate beginning your Berkeley career in Fall 18 or later and want to be a CogSci major, please keep checking this page for updates about the new requirements.


 If you wish to discuss your application in person, please  make an appointment with MacKenzie Moore or Catherine Byrne to go over the paperwork. 

Take 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 same or an alternate course in that category for a letter grade. Example: Grade was a P in Math 55, student must take Math 55 or CS 70 for a letter grade. 

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

There is no deadline to declare for the Cognitive Science major. 

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