Double Majoring With Cognitive Science

Double Majoring In Cognitive Science in the College of Arts and Sciences

Double Majoring in Cognitive Science and Computer Science (BACS):

There are course-sharing rules for these two programs, and when declaring one of these as a 2nd major, students must complete the forms for this found on the Cognitive Science web-page.  The course sharing rules according to the College of Arts and Sciences are:

  1. Cognitive Science allows BACS students to share 3 CS XXXX and/or Integration Electives with Cognitive Science.  This can be any combination, but at a minimum, you must have one CS course to meet your CogSci core CS requirement. In addition to these 3, CS courses that are pre-reqs for the BACS can be used for COGS:
    1. If you declared BACS before Fall 2019, this means your CS111x course can be used for the COGS major since it is a CS pre-requisite and do not count as BACS degree hours
    2. If you declared in Fall 2019 or later, CS111x and CS2110 can also be used for the COGS major since they are CS pre-requisites and do not count as BACS degree hours
    3. Please realize that if either CS111X or 2110 came in as test or transfer credit, they will not count toward the Cognitive Science 30 major credit hours
    4. Double Majors must concentrate in one of the other four areas outside of Computer Science--Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Linguistics, or Philosophy-- to fully reap the benefits of completing the COGS major.

The BACS degree program has an admissions process, and students who want to major in both must follow that process. That process is described here on the CS department website. There’s also an info page like this one for the BACS at this link. Normally applications to declare the BACS open in January and are decided before the end of March.

Double Majoring in Cognitive Science and Psychology:

There are course-sharing rules for these two programs, and when declaring one of these as a 2nd major, students must complete the Psychology Double Major forms for this found on the Cognitive Science web-page. CogSci and Psychology have agreed to allow three courses to be shared.

Double Majoring in Cognitive Science and other Majors in the College:

The College will not allow sharing of more than three courses between majors and each major determines the number of courses they allow to be shared. For Cognitive Science, you may not concentrate in the area of your second major if it is Computer Science, Linguistics, Psychology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, or Neuroscience.

Adding a minor to the Cognitive Science major

When planning to add a minor to your course plan, you need to be aware that the College of Arts and Sciences does not allow sharing of any courses between it's majors and minors at UVA. This rule primarily impacts students minoring in Linguistics,  Philosophy, and Computer Science since these are concentration areas within Cognitive Science. Howefer, they can also impact Anthropology and Spanish minors since we have multiple approved courses in these subject areas as well.

Majoring in COGS and Getting a Minor in CS:

If you wish to complete the CogSci program and also get a minor in CS, no courses may be shared between the CogSci major and the CS minor.  This means that students minoring in CS must take one additional upper-level CS course (or a CogSci-approved course outside the required CS minor courses) to fulfill the CogSci CS area requirement.

Cognitive Science students minoring in CS must concentrate in one of the other four areas outside of Computer Science: Cognitive Psychology, Neuroscience, Linguistics, or Philosophy.  Our intent in COGS and CS is to develop depth in two different areas.