Cognitive Science Major For Students Who Entered UCLA As Freshmen

Students may declare the Pre-Cognitive Science major once they have established a prep GPA by taking at least one prep course for a letter grade at UCLA and have an average prep GPA of 2.5 or higher.

All of the following Procedures and Requirements will be strictly enforced:

  • A C or better is required in each preparation course. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
  • An overall grade-point average of 2.50 is required in the preparation courses.
  • All of the preparation courses must be completed by 140 total units (does not include units completed before entering UCLA, i.e. AP or community college units).
  • Repetition of any preparation course more than once results in automatic denial of admission to the major.
  • Repetition of more than any two preparation courses results in automatic denial of admission to the major.

Students who fail to meet any of these preparation requirements will be changed from Pre-Cognitive Science to Undeclared.

Preparation Courses for the Cognitive Science Major
Life Sciences 1 or 7A or 15* or Physiological Science 3

Mathematics 31A & 31B
Mathematics 3A & 3B & 3C

Philosophy 7 or 8 or 9 or 23 or 31
Physics 1A or 5A or 6A+ or 10* or 11* or Chemistry 2* or 14A or 17 or 20A or Linguistics 1 or 20*
Program in Computing 10A
Two courses from: Program in Computing 10B or 10C or 15 or 16 or 20A or 30 or  40A or 60 or Psychology 20A or 20B
Psychology 10
Psychology 85
Psychology 100A**
Psychology 100B**

Suggestions for preparation workStudents should take the Program in Computing courses and Psych 85 as soon as possible.

*Recommended course.
**Must be declared Pre-Cognitive Science to enroll.

+Phsyics 6A will no longer be offered past Summer 17.  It has been replaced by Physics 5A.

Cognitive Science Major Requirements

To declare major standing, students must first complete all of the preparation courses (all grades assigned) and meet all of the requirements listed above. Students must declare the Cognitive Science major in the Psychology Advising Office in 1531 Franz Hall. An overall grade point average of 2.00 (C) is required in the upper division major courses. The Core, Laboratory, and Elective courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Three (3) Core Courses
Select three courses, one from each box:
Psychology 115* Psychology 120A or 120B One course from: Psychology 124A-K

* Psych M117A & M117B & M117C will count in lieu of Psych 115 and two Cognitive Science Electives.  Students will not receive any Cognitive Science elective credit unless all three classes have been completed. Petition the Undergraduate Advising Office upon completion of the series.

Two (2) Laboratory Courses
Select two courses:
Psychology 111, 116, 121, 186A, 186B, 186C, 186D or Computer Science 161*
Three (3) Elective Courses*
Select three courses from the following list:
Anthropology 124Q, 136A, M150 
Communication 118, 119, 126, M127, 129 
Computer Science 111-CM186
Ethnomusicology & Systematic Musicology 172A
Linguistics 103-185B
Math 110A-171
Music Industry 103
Neuroscience 102, M145, C177, 180, 181, 182
Philosophy 124-136
Psychology 110, 112A-D, 115, 116, M117J, 118, 119A-M119X, 120A, 120B, 124A-K, 130, 133B, 133E, 135, 137G, 142H, 160, 161, M166, 187A, 191CH**
Statistics 100A, 100B, 100C, 101B, 101C

*Please verify your eligibility to enroll in these courses and confirm you have taken the necessary prerequisite courses.  This information can be found in the Schedule of Classes.

**Prior approval by the Psychology Advising Office is required. If 191CH is used as an elective, it cannot be used towards the Fieldwork/Research requirement as well.

Two (2) Fieldwork/Research Courses
Two quarters of fieldwork and/or research in cognitive science (Psych 195B and/or Psych 196B).

Fieldwork and research may only be taken on a P/NP basis. With prior approval of the Psych Advising Office, students can also use independent study (Psych 199 or 191CH) with a cognitive science professor toward this requirement.


For information on planning your degree and sample program plans, see here.  Please note that these are sample guidelines, and that every student’s program plan will differ depending on course availability, scheduling, timing of the decision to pursue the major, and previous credit received.  We strongly recommend students work with the department and College to plan their own personal programs.