Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience B.S. (PC34)

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.

The B.S. in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience will appeal to students who are broadly interested in understanding links between neural activity and perception (e.g., color vision, attention), basic behaviors (e.g., appetitive drives), and higher level cognitive function (e.g., working memory and executive function) using multiple tools ranging from single-unit physiology to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG).

Lower-Division Requirements (36 units)

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience 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, 34, 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 of the following)

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

* 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 of the following) - Statistics must be taken for a letter grade.

  • PSYC 60
  • COGS 14B

By petition MATH 11 will be accepted for the major.

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

Research Requirements (8 units, 2 courses)

2 Research Experience Courses (choose two of the following courses)

  • PSYC 114, 115A, 115B, 116, 117, 121, 140, 193L, 194A/B/C*, 199**
  • COGS 102B, 102C, 118B, 119, 120, 121, 153, 160 (must pre-approve), 189, 190 A/B/C/D*, 199**

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

*Successful complete of either PSYC 194ABC or COGS 190 A/B/C/D (Dept. Honors) fully satisfies the research requirement.

**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.

Upper-Division Requirements (48 units)

4 CBN Core Courses

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

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 PSYC Courses (choose two of the following)

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

*By petition department will accept one PSYC 195 and/or one AIP 197.

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.