Degree Requirements

The Cognitive Systems Programme does not require a minimal GPA from those declaring a COGS major, but there is a strict limit on the number of places that are available in the programme’s BA and BSc streams.  Students wishing to declare a COGS major will be admitted to the programme only until these places are filled, with overall GPA being used to determine the order of priority.

Students wishing to take a BSc in COGS should apply in their second year, through the Faculty of Science’s coordinated admissions process.  Students wishing to take a BA in COGS  should apply to the programme directly.  Since the total number of students that can be accommodated in the programme is limited, students wishing to transfer into a COGS degree at a later point in their studies can be admitted only when others have transferred out.

Those students who declare their major in a stream of COGS that is hosted by a department that imposes a minimal GPA requirement are still subject to these requirements.  For example, the department of Computer Science’s GPA requirements apply to students wishing to enroll in the COGS Computational Intelligence and Design Steam.

Once you have been admitted to a COGS major, the requirements of your degree will vary depending on the faculty to which you belong, and on the specialization on which you choose to focus.  The degree requirements listed here are taken from the UBC Academic Calendar 2016/2017.


Faculty of Arts (B.A.) Faculty of Science (B.Sc)
Cognition & Brain Stream
(Psychology specialization)
Cognition & Brain Stream
(Psychology specialization)
Language Stream
(Linguistics specialization)
Computational Intelligence & Design stream
(Computer Science specialization)
Mind, Language & Computation
(Philosophy specialization)

Module List

All Cognitive Systems students must meet the ‘Module Course’ degree requirement specified by their stream. The list of approved module courses can be found here.

PhD Program

Cognitive Systems is currently available as a subject of study at the PhD level only for students who are enrolled in doctoral studies in the department of Linguistics.

Interdisciplinary graduate programmes in other COGS related disciplines can be persuaded through the UBC Interdisciplinary Studies programme, or through any one of the contributing departments.

Degree Requirements Archive

To look up old degree requirements from past years, please visit the UBC Calendar Degree Archive. Note that COGS degree requirements are listed by Faculty, then specialization (e.g. to look up Language stream requirements, look at the Linguistics section of the calendar archive).