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.