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: 

All students must meet the University Requirements.
All students must meet the School Requirements.
School requirements must be met and must include courses as specified below:

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  

    with labs PHYSICS 7LC and PHYSICS 7LD

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.
They can be chosen either from the list above or from the following list:

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 131A Vision  
PSYCH 131B Hearing  
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 better.
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.
(2). If accepted into the Honors Program, only four (*not* six) additional electives under Requirement F are needed.




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

3.00 GPA
3.00 GPA for the quarter prior to changing major

Course grades

Must complete Math 2A, 2B, Stats 7 and either ICS 31 or PSYCH 114M with no grade less than a B-.
PSYCH 9A-B-C no grade less than a B-.
Students must maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 for all courses within the major.

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: or (949) 824-6803. 


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