Degree Planning

Cognitive Systems offers five degrees (or streams) – 3 offered by the Faculty of Arts and 2 offered by the Faculty of Science:

All courses in the COGS streams are largely composed from those in Computer Science, Linguistics, Philosophy and Psychology. Regardless of the stream you choose, all students will complete the following core courses to graduate: COGS 200, 300, 303, 401 and 402.

Students are also required to complete Module Courses (essentially electives) chosen from courses offered throughout different departments that are directly relevant to Cognitive Systems.

Due to the multidisciplinary nature of the program, course planning should be well thought out and should begin in first-year (e.g. make sure you take prerequisite courses for the courses you want to take in third and fourth year!). In addition, we strongly advise against students attempting double majors or attempting a minor.

Simple Steps to Help Plan Your COGS Degree:

  1. Start by looking at the degree requirements page and take note of what courses are required for your stream. Slot these into your 4-year plan.
  2. Make sure to look at the faculty-wide requirements for Arts or the faculty-wide requirements for Science. Pay specific attention to prerequisites for upper-level courses and have several backup plans in place in case you can’t schedule the courses you want.
  3. Declaring your Major (Specialization):
    1. Arts majors (Linguistics/Psychology/Philosophy) declare their major by the end of second year. Students interested in the B.A. specializations in COGS should apply through the online application.
    2. Science majors declare their major before starting second year. For students in the B.Sc. Cognition and Brain stream, they should apply through the coordinated admissions process through the Faculty of Science. Students interested in the B.Sc. Computational Intelligence and Design Stream should talk to the advisors in the Computer Science department.
  4. Beware, the COGS program requires specific first- and second-year courses for each stream. Furthermore, most third- and fourth-year courses have first- and second-year prerequisites other than those specified in the COGS curriculum. Choose your electives wisely and be thinking about your long-range course planning from first year.
  5. Use first- and second-year electives to fulfill the lower-level (100 and 200) university requirements; use third- and fourth-year electives to fulfill the upper-level (300 and above) Faculty/Major requirements.