- 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 the B.A. in Psychology, the B.S. in Psychology, or B.S. in Cognitive Sciences. You may not double major within the majors offered by the department.
The current degree requirements can be found in the UCI Catalogue. For prior catalogue years, please refer to this link: http://catalogue.uci.edu/previouseditions/
NOTE: The BS Cog Sci degree requirements have changed effective Fall 2021, as noted in the UCI Catalogue and as listed below. Please refer to prior catalogue editions for previous degree requirements.
|A. Complete the following:|
|MATH 2A & 2B||Single-Variable Calculus I & II|
Probability and Statistics in Psychology I-II-III
Computational Lab Skills
|PSYCH 114M or COGS 14P or I&C SCI 31||
MATLAB Programming or Scientific Python for Research or Introduction to Programming
|PSYCH 9A - 9B - 9C||Psychology Fundamentals|
|COG SCI 109||Cognitive Sciences Research Seminar|
|B. Select three (3) courses from the following list:|
|PSYCH 112A - 112LA||Experimental Psychology - Experimental Psychology Laboratory|
|PSYCH 112BW - 112LB||Advanced Experimental Psychology - Advanced Experimental Psychology Laboratory|
|PSYCH 112C - 112LC||Research in Experimental Psychology (LEC and LAB)|
|COGS 112P - 112LP||Research in Perception and Psychophysics - Research in Perception and Psychophysics Laboratory|
|COGS 112R - 112LR||Cognitive Robotics - Cognitive Robotics Laboratory|
|C. Select six 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|
|COGS 14P||Scientific Python for Research (1)|
|I&C SCI 31||Introduction to Programming (1)|
|I&C SCI 32||Programming with Software Libraries|
|I&C SCI 33||Intermediate Programming|
|LSCI 3||Introduction to Linguistics|
|LSCI 10||Introduction to Phonology|
|LSCI 20||Introduction to Syntax|
|LSCI 51||Acquisition of Language|
|LPS 30||Introduction to Symbolic Logic|
|LPS 31||Introduction to Inductive Logic|
|MATH 2D||Multivariable Calculus I|
|MATH 2E||Multivariable Calculus II|
|MATH 3A||Introduction to Linear Algebra|
|MATH 3D||Elementary Differential Equations|
|PHYSICS 3A-3B-3C||Basic Physics I - II - III|
with labs PHYSICS 7LC and PHYSICS 7LD
|PHYSICS 15||Physics of Music|
|PSYCH 14M||MATLAB Programming (1)|
|STATS 7||Basic Statistics|
|STATS 110||Statistical Methods for Data Analysis I|
|STATS 111||Statistical Methods for Data Analysis II|
|STATS 112||Statistical Methods for Data Analysis III|
|NOTE: Careful selection should be made in order to satisfy general education requirements and prerequisites for upper-division courses.|
D. Select three courses from the following:
|Upper Division Core Courses|
|PSYCH 130A||Perception and Sensory Processes|
|PSYCH 140C||Cognitive Science|
|PSYCH 140J||Judgment and Decision Making|
|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. Select seven courses from the following list. Up to three courses may also be taken from Requirement B and Requirement D: (2), (3)|
|COMPSCI 171||Introduction to Artificial Intelligence|
|COMPSCI 178||Machine Learning and Data-Mining|
|COMPSCI 183||Introduction to Computational Biology|
|LSCI 102||Formal Languages and Automata|
|LSCI 111||Intermediate Phonology|
|LSCI 121||Intermediate Syntax|
|PSYCH 112R - LR||Cognitive Robotics / Cognitive Robotics Lab|
|PSYCH 120A||Abnormal Psychology|
|PSYCH 120D||Developmental Psychology|
|PSYCH 120H||History of Psychology|
|PSYCH 120P||Personality Theories|
|PSYCH 156A||Acquisition of Language II|
|PSYCH 161||Language and the Brain|
|PSYCH 161H||Hearing and the Brain|
|PSYCH 162N||Human Neuropsychology|
(1). If not used to satisfy Introductory Programming Requirement.
The Honors Program in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences is an advanced educational and research program for outstanding undergraduate students in these two majors.
The program emphasizes advanced competence in scientific research, and allows participants the opportunity to pursue advanced work in independent research, in addition to earning honors upon graduation. While the program is designed for students who are interested in pursuing graduate study or seeking challenging research experiences as a capstone to their undergraduate experience, all Psychology and Cognitive Sciences majors who meet the minimum eligibility requirements are welcome to apply.
For more information about the Honors Program, please visit here.
Effective 2021-22, in order to change your major to the B.S. in Cognitive Sciences, you must meet the following requirements:
Cumulative UC GPA
Must complete the following courses with no grade less than a C:
For a listing of change of major requirements for all majors at UCI, please visit here.
For academic advising (e.g., coursework required, change of major requirements), contact the School of Social Sciences' Undergraduate Student Affairs Office at: email@example.com or (949) 824-6803.
Program Learning Outcomes - B.S. in CogSci
Acquire a Broad, Multidisciplinary Knowledge of Cognitive Sciences
- Majors can describe important questions, results, and theories in each of the following areas: consciousness, language, learning, memory, perception, and decision making.
- Majors have a foundation in biology, chemistry, physics, and/or mathematics to provide a scientific basis for the multidisciplinary study of cognitive sciences.
- In each of four areas of more intensive study, majors can use theories in those areas to predict, evaluate, or interpret behavior in circumstances such as those they might encounter in their work or daily life.
Acquire understanding of the relationship between Cognitive Sciences and Neuroscience
- Majors understand and can describe how aspects of mental function relate to activity in the brain.
Interpret and Evaluate Research Results
- Majors can evaluate critically and apply to their life and work scientifically-based information available in the media as well as research journals in psychological science.
- Majors can explain how research method and design choices constrain the possible inferences from data.
- Majors understand the issues surrounding reproducibility and transparency in science
Obtain an in-depth understanding of research methods in Cognitive Sciences
- Majors have an understanding of the different research methods used in cognitive sciences including behavioral experiments, psychophysics, neuroscience methods, and mathematical modeling.
- Majors have a mastery of at least one scientific programming language and computational research methods