Sample Program Plans

Sample Program Plans

2 year & 4 year

The program plans below are meant for reference only. Every student's program plan will look different depending on their priorities, strengths, goals, and relative preparation for coursework. We encourage all students to create a working program plan that they update regularly in consultation with staff and peer advisors.  

Sample Program Plan for First Year Admits

Semester 1

Math 1A (preferred)/ Math 16A (often completed with AP scores;

CS/Stat C8

Semester 2

CS 61A or Engin 7

Semester 3

Math 55/CS 70

MCB C61/C64

Cog Sci 1/1b

Semester 4

Cog Ling Dis. Group

Cog Psych Dis. Group

Semester 5 

Philosophy Dis. Group

Comp. Modeling Dis. Group

Cog Sci upper div elective

Semester 6 

Study Abroad (if desired; many students earn upper div elective credit for the major through courses taken abroad. See, [name of study abroad page on this site] for more information specific to Cognitive Science majors 

Semester 7 

Cog Neuro Dis Group

Cog Sci upper div elective

Research (possibly Honors)

Semester 8 

Society, Culture, and Cognition Dis Group

Cog Sci upper div elective

Research (possibly Honors)

Sample Program Plan for Junior Transfers 

Assumes students have completed equivalents for MCB C61/C64 and Math 1A/16A before first term at Cal (some may have done more).

Semester 1 

Cog Sci 1/1b

CS/Stat C8

CS 61A/Eng 7

Semester 2

Cog Ling Dis. Group

Cog Psych Dis. Group

Math 55/CS 70

Semester 3 

Philosophy Dis. Group

Comp. Modeling Dis. Group

Cog Sci upper div elective

Semester 4 

Cog Neuro Dis Group

Society, Culture, and Cognition Dis Group

Cog Sci upper div elective

Cog Sci upper div elective