B.A. Cognition and Brain (Arts PSYC stream)

Last updated: June 4, 2019

Please see the UBC Academic Calendar for the most updated information on degree requirements: http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,197,282,101#9034

Please note that it is not required for ALL courses listed under “First Year” to apply to COGS, but the following serves as a guideline for what courses to take when in order to be on track for graduation.

First Year
PSYC 100 (or 101 AND 102) 6 credits
CPSC 110 (or 103 AND 107) 4 credits While CPSC 110 is the recommended route, CPSC 103, 107 may be taken in its place using 2 credits of electives.
CPSC 121 4 credits CPSC 121 requires the following co-reqs:

  • Completion of Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-calculus 12
    and
  • Completion of CPSC 110 or 107
LING 100 3 credits
Electives 13 credits
  • Consult the current academic calendar for Faculty of Arts writing, literature, and language degree requirements.
  • Students enrolled in the 18-credit Arts One or Coordinated Arts programs should take PSYC 100 and LING 100 in their first year, and CPSC 121 and 110 in their second year.
  • Prerequisites for Cognitive Systems module courses are recommended as electives for each year of study. Modules are sets of recommended courses that are directly relevant to Cognitive Systems. For the list of module courses, look here. Courses explicitly listed as required cannot also be credited as module courses.
Total credits 30 credits
Second Year
COGS 200 3 credits
PHIL 220 (or 320) 3 credits The prerequisite PHIL 220 may be waived for PHIL 320 with the consent of the instructor.
PSYC 217 3 credits
PSYC 218 or STAT 200 3 credits STAT 200 requires integral calculus (MATH 101, 103, 105, 120, or instructor consent).
Electives 18 credits
  • Consult the current academic calendar for Faculty of Arts writing, literature, and language degree requirements.
  • Prerequisites for Cognitive Systems module courses are recommended as electives for each year of study. Modules are sets of recommended courses that are directly relevant to Cognitive Systems. For the list of module courses, look here. Courses explicitly listed as required cannot also be credited as module courses.
Total credits 30 credits
Third and Fourth Years
COGS 300, 303, 401, 402 13 credits COGS 402 is a research project which students need to independently find a project supervisor for. Learn more about the COGS 402 project here.
PHIL 326 or 351 or 441 or 451 or 455 6 credits
PSYC 365 3 credits
Module courses numbered 300 or above 18 credits
  • Prerequisites for Cognitive Systems module courses are recommended as electives for each year of study. Modules are sets of recommended courses that are directly relevant to Cognitive Systems. For the list of module courses, look here. Courses explicitly listed as required cannot also be credited as module courses.
  • At least 6 credits must be PSYC module courses, and at least 6 credits must be non-PSYC module courses (the remaining 6 credits can be either PSYC or non-PSYC). PSYC courses cannot be counted for non-PSYC module credit.
  • BIOL 455 and 458 can also be counted towards this requirement so long as PSYC 360 or PSYC 304 has not been taken.
Electives 20 credits
Total credits 60 credits
Total credits for Degree 120 credits