Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Bachelor of Science (PC34)

Lower-Division Requirements (36 units)

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience is a joint major between the Department of Cognitive Science and the Department of Psychology.  Students may choose to be advised by either department.

Experimental psychology uses scientific tools and concepts: knowledge of formal systems such as logic or calculus, probability theory, computer science, chemistry, biology, physics, and statistics. Accordingly, students in upper-division courses must have an adequate background in these topics.

Lower-division courses for the major should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. These requirements will guarantee an adequate background for the topics of the upper division CBN courses.

3 Natural Science Courses

  • COGS 17

        Plus choose two of the following:

    • BILD: 1, 2, 3, 10, 20, 24, 26 (BILD 12 and 22 are NOT accepted)
    • CHEM: 4*, 6A, 6B, 6C, 11*, 12, 13
    • PHYS: 1A, 1B, 1C, 2A, 2B, 2C, 10, 11

* Only one of CHEM 4 or 11 can be taken for credit

4 Formal Skills Courses
  • MATH: 10A or 20A*
  • MATH: 10B or 20B*
  • MATH: 10C or 20C*
  • PSYC: 70 or COGS 14A

* Preferred calculus courses critical for the success of students who plan to pursue mathematically intensive areas of CBN.

1 Computer Programming Course (choose one)

  • COGS: 18*
  • CSE: 7*, 8A, 8B, 11, 12

By petition one of the following may be accepted for the major in 2015-2016: ECE 15 or MAE 8

* Preferred computer programming courses critical for the success of students who plan to pursue research careers in Cognitive Science or Psychology

1 Statistics Course (choose one)

  • PSYC: 60
  • COGS: 14B

By petition MATH 11 will be accepted for the major

Note: Statistics must be taken for a letter grade. All lower-division courses must be passed with a minimum grade of C- or P.

Upper-Division Requirements (56 units)

4 CBN Core Courses

  • COGS 107A
  • PSYC 102 or COGS 101A
  • PSYC 106 or COGS 107B
  • PSYC 108 or COGS 107C

2 Research Experience Courses

  • PSYC: 114, 115A, 115B, 116, 117, 121, 140, 199
  • COGS: 102B, 102C, 118B, 119, 120, 121, 153, 160 (must pre-approve), 189, 199

By petition one of the following will be accepted for the major: BIPN 105, CHEM 143A, CHEM 143B, or CHEM 143C

If the two research courses are 199s, at least one of them must culminate in a research paper approved by the faculty advisor and submitted to the corresponding department's Student Affairs Office prior to graduation. Please see the corresponding department for more information.

6 Upper-Division Courses in CBN (choose six of the following)

  • PSYC: 116, 122, 123, 125, 132, 133, 144, 150, 159, 169, 170, 171, 179, 181, 189
  • COGS: 115, 119, 154, 163, 164, 169, 171, 172, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 184
  • HDP 110

2 Additional Upper-Division Elective Courses (choose two of the following)

  • PSYC: 100, 101, 104, 105, 110–193
  • COGS: 101B, 101C, 102A, 102B, 102C, 109–189

Upper-Division Major Regulations:

  • All upper-division courses numbered 100-193 must be taken for a letter grade and a minimum grade of C- is required for the course to count toward the major.
  • Courses taken Pass/No Pass cannot count toward the upper-division CBN major requirement.
  • Excluded from credit towards the major are graduate seminars (2XX).
  • A maximum of three upper-division psychology courses may be taken outside of UC San Diego (see Petitions).
  • A grade-point average of at least 2.0 in the upper-division major courses is required for graduation.

UC San Diego Psychology Bachelor of Science Four Year Plan Effective Fall 2015