About the Major

Major Requirements

Broadly, the Cognitive Science major consists of at least 10 approved courses taken at UVA that will total at least 30 credit hours and meet all the requirements of the major. 



Approved Course Requirement

UVA Cognitive Science courses are selected from disciplines across grounds which contain significant content related to the inter-disciplinary scientific study of the mind and its processes. All courses which count for the COGS major, are vetted and approved by our director and/or area specialist faculty.  For this reason, course lists change each term to encompass new areas of exploration. 

You must take at least one approved course in each of the five areas of the study of cognitive science: computer science, linguistics, neuroscience, philosophy, and psychology.

You must complete two upper level  approved courses in the same concentration area. For the areas of computer science, linguistics, and philosophy—the courses must be at the 3000 level or above. For psychology and neuroscience—the courses must be from the 4000 level or above. The computer science concentration requires you to complete a CS Concentration Form and have it reviewed and approved by our area specialist--Dr. John Hott.

Two to four approved COGS elective Courses

Elective courses can be chosen from any of the five area approved lists and can also be higher level MATH courses above and beyond the COGS math requirementThe number of elective courses you will need to take to reach 30 hours depends upon if you have transfer or test credit for the math requirement and if you only take two upper level courses in your concentration. Please note that there are courses that can only count as elective credit and cannot be used for core course requirements.

Minimum course grade requirement:

A minimum grade of "C" is required for all courses to be applied to the major. Ungraded courses cannot be applied to the major. Exceptions to this rule because of the pandemic include UVA COGS approved courses taken Spring 2020 where we accepted CR/GC grading. We accepted a grade of CR for the academic year 20-21, and for Summer Session 2021.

Math/Calculus Requirement

The COGS math requirement is the only program requirement which can be fulfilled with test or transfer credit. Courses that fulfill the requirement include: Math 1220 or Math 1310 or higher or APMA 1090 or higher for Engineering studentsPlease note if you take MATH 1190 or Math 1210 at UVA--it will not fulfill the COGS math requirement and you cannot also take 1310. PSYC 2005 and STAT classes are not accepted to fulfill the COGS math requirement.  If test or transfer credit for MATH 1220, MATH 1310 (or higher), or APMA 1090 (or higher) appears on your UVA transcript--it will not count toward the 30 program hours but will fulfill the requirement.

Program GPA Requirement:

An overall grade point average of 2.0 (grade of C) or better is required for all Cognitive Science courses completed at the University.

Important Policies

Please note university policy: "The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://www.virginia.edu/registrar/."