- Information about the Major
- Required Coursework
- Honors Program in Cognitive Sciences
- Change of Major Requirements
The B.S. in Cognitive Sciences is structured to provide students with a challenging introduction to the broad field of Cognitive Sciences that is strongly grounded in theory and an empirical approach emphasizing experimental/computational methods. To ensure an intellectually coherent experience students in the major are able to choose courses from areas including: (a) Cognitive Neuroscience; (b) Experimental Psychology–Sensation, Perception, Attention, and Memory; (c) Language Science; and (d) Computational Cognitive Science. In addition, students are required to acquire a background in (a) calculus, (b) statistics, (c) introductory computer programming, and (d) some combination of the natural sciences, logic and philosophy of science, linguistics, or more advanced computer science or mathematics.
The Cognitive Science (B.S.) major prepares students for a research career in cognitive science, focusing on any of the current dominant approaches of the field. The study of cognition can be approached though cognitive neuroscience, behavioral experiments, language science, computational and mathematical modeling, or any combination of those. The major combines strong technical skills with deep knowledge of at least one of these approaches.
NOTE: Students may complete either the B.A. in Psychology or B.S. in Cognitive Sciences but not both.
The Departmental Requirements for the Major have changed effective Fall 2016 and are listed below.
If you are following the previously approved major requirements, please refer to your catalogue year at: http://catalogue.uci.edu/previouseditions/
|A. Complete the following:|
|MATH 2A & 2B||Single-Variable Calculus|
|COG SCI 110 or STATS 110||
Quantitative Methods for Cognitive Sciences Research or Statistical Methods for Data Analysis I
|PSYCH 114M or I&CS SCI 31||
MATLAB Programming or Introduction to Programming
|PSYCH 9A - 9B - 9C||Psychology Fundamentals|
|COG SCI 109||Cognitive Sciences Research Seminar|
|PSYCH H101A||Honors Seminar in Psychology I|
|PSYCH H111A||Honors Experimental Psychology (LEC and LAB)|
|PSYCH 111BW-H111B||Honors Advanced Experimental Psych / Honors Advanced Experimental Psych Lab|
|PSYCH H111C||Honors Research in Experimental Psych (LEC and LAB)|
|B. Select three (3) courses from the following list:|
|BIO SCI 35||The Brain and Behavior|
|BIO SCI 36||Drugs and the Brain|
|BIO SCI 37||Brain Dysfunction and Repair|
|BIO SCI 38||Mind, Memory, Amnesia, and the Brain|
|BIO SCI 93||From DNA to Organisms|
|BIO SCI 94||From Organisms to Ecosystems|
|I&CS SCI 31||Introduction to Programming (1)|
|I&CS SCI 32||Programming with Software Libraries|
|I&CS SCI 33||Intermediate Programming|
|IN4MATX 41||Informatics Core Course I|
|IN4MATX 42||Informatics Core Course II|
PHYSICS 3A-3B-3C or
|Basic Physics I - II - III or Classical Physics|
|NOTE: Careful selection should be made in order to satisfy general education requirements and prerequisites for upper-division courses.|
C. Three additional courses must be taken in Biology, Physics, Computer Science, Linguistics,
Logic and Philosophy of Science, Mathematics, or Statistics.
|LINGUIS 1||Languages of the World|
|LINGUIS 3||Introduction to Linguistics|
|LINGUIS 10||Introduction to Phonology|
|LINGUIS 20||Introduction to Syntax|
|LINGUIS 51||Acquisition of Language|
|LINGUIS 68||Introduction to Language and Culture|
|LPS 30||Introduction to Symbolic Logic|
|LPS 31||Introduction to Inductive Logic|
|MATH 2D||Multivariable Calculus|
|MATH 2E||Multivariable Calculus|
|MATH 3A||Introduction to Linear Algebra|
|MATH 3D||Elementary Differential Equations|
|MATH 4||Mathematics for Economists|
|PHYSICS 15||Physics of Music|
|PSYCH 56L||Acquisition of Language|
|STATS 111||Statistical Methods for Data Analysis II|
|STATS 112||Statistical Methods for Data Analysis III|
|D. Three core courses must be selected from this list:|
|PSYCH 120A||Abnormal Psychology|
|PSYCH 120D||Developmental Psychology|
|PSYCH 120H||History of Psychology|
|PSYCH 120P||Personality Theories|
|PSYCH 130A||Perception and Sensory Processes|
|PSYCH 140C||Cognitive Science|
|PSYCH 140L||Principles of Learning Theory|
|PSYCH 140M||Human Memory|
|PSYCH 150||Psychology of Language|
|PSYCH 160A||Introduction to Cognitive Neuroscience|
|PSYCH 160D||Brain Disorders and Behavior|
|E. Four core electives must be selected from this list:|
|COMPSCI 171||Introduction to Artificial Intelligence|
|COMPSCI 178||Machine Learning and Data-Mining|
|COMPSCI 183||Introduction to Computational Biology|
|LINGUIS 102||Formal Languages and Automata|
|LINGUIS 111||Intermediate Phonology|
|LINGUIS 121||Intermediate Syntax|
|PSYCH 112R - LR||Cognitive Robotics / Cognitive Robotics Lab|
|PSYCH 156A||Acquisition of Language II|
|PSYCH 161||Language and the Brain|
|PSYCH 161H||Hearing and the Brain|
|PSYCH 162B||Human Memory Disorders|
|PSYCH 162N||Human Neuropsychology|
|F. Six additional electives must be selected from the lists under requirements D and E only. (2)|
|G. All courses for the above major requirements must be taken with a grade of B- or
Students must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 for courses within the major.
(1). If not used to satisfy Introductory Programming Requirement.
The two-year Honors Program in Cognitive Sciences is open to selected juniors who are majoring in cognitive sciences. It provides an opportunity for outstanding cognitive sciences majors to pursue advanced work in independent research via participating and earn Honors in Cognitive Sciences upon graduation. Admission to the program is based on a formal application that is normally submitted in the spring quarter of the sophomore year. Applicants must have an overall grade point average of 3.2 and a grade point average of at least 3.5 in cognitive sciences major courses.
Students who participate in the program must complete the Honors Seminar in Psychology (PSYCH H101B-PSYCH H101C) in the fall and spring quarters of their senior year.
To graduate with Honors in Cognitive Sciences, a student must successfully complete the requirements for the B.S. degree in Cognitive Sciences with an overall grade point average of 3.2 and a grade point average of at least 3.5 in Cognitive Sciences major courses. In addition, honors students must successfully complete a senior honors thesis as part of the senior-year course work.
For more information about the Honors Program, please visit here.
In order to change your major to the B.S. in Cognitive Sciences, you must meet the following requirements:
Cumulative UC GPA
Must complete Math 2A, 2B, Stats 7 and either ICS 31 or PSYCH 114M with no grade less
than a B-.
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