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 the 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.

Lower Division Requirements

Prerequisites for declaring major:
CogSci 1/N1/1B (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.  Elective courses may be drawn from those specified below for either distribution elective requirements. Students are encouraged to concentrate their elective selections around a specific area of interest. Advisors are available to discuss elective selection with students. 
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 will not be offered Fall '17; it will be offered in Spring '18. 
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)

Ling 108: Introduction to Psycholinguistics (contact professor regarding preparation for this course)



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.
         Students who take more than one course from any distribution group above can count duplicates as upper division major electives. 

Please visit our comprehensive elective course list for elective course options. Each student must complete at least 3 electives and at least 30 upper division units in the major.