Applying to the COGS Program

Click here for more information about how to apply to the COGS program - it depends on what Faculty/Year you are in. Thank you for your interest!

The minimum GPA depends on the GPA of everyone who applies (the GPA of the student who gets the 60th seat is the minimum GPA). This fluctuates, and meeting past minimums does not guarantee admission. This blog post by the Faculty of Science addresses the GPA question and although they are talking about the Second-Year Application for Science students, COGS B.A. admissions and internal transfer admissions echo their sentiment.

Supplemental documents are not accepted as part of the application.

Yes. Some points of note:

  • If you were not admitted into the COGS program for the September entry and decide to declare a different major and apply to the COGS program as an internal transfer student for the January entry, your summer grades will count towards the GPA calculation but your winter term 1 grades will not. Only final grades released before the application deadline (November 30) will count towards the calculation.
  • The minimum GPA for the January 2022 entry will be the same as the minimum GPA for the September 2021 entry.

Individual B.A. COGS streams do not have a seat capacity. If you are admitted into the COGS program (B.A.), you will be admitted into your first choice stream. When you fill out the application, please select your first choice stream only.

No. The point of the 3-course-nomination section is to ensure that the applicant knows, through the experience of taking multiple courses in COGS-y areas, what it means to pursue an multidisciplinary / interdisciplinary degree in COGS. This is a separate concept from the GPA calculation.

Having more of the lower level COGS requirements completed does not increase your chances of being accepted to the COGS program. It does, however, give you better insight as to whether or not you will like and will be successful in the key disciplines that make up the COGS program. It will also give you a better foundation for being successful in your upper level courses.

There is no straightforward answer to this question. For some students, applying for the November 30th deadline makes more sense, and for other students, applying for the May 15th deadline makes more sense. This will depend on when a student satisfies all the admission requirements.

Some non-COGS students follow the degree requirements for COGS and abandon their degree requirements in their current specialization. This is risky because if the student does not get admitted into COGS, their year promotion could be at risk (i.e. repeating year 2 or year 3) and in the worst case scenario, they could be asked to leave the Faculty due to lack of progress. Other students take a hybrid approach where they take courses that overlap between their current specialization and goal specialization so that they are making progress in their degree, regardless of whether it is a COGS degree or not.

If you are unsure, please check with your home Faculty’s Advising Office – especially if you are a transfer student from a different institution (it will depend on how many transfer credits you have).

Yes, students can take CPSC 110 and 121 in year 2 or 3. It is recommended that you take CPSC 110 (or 103 and 107) and 121 as early as possible. It is very strongly recommended that you take at least one CPSC course early on because it will serve as a prerequisite for COGS 300 (the prerequisites are COGS 200 and 3 credits of CPSC). Keep in mind that year 2 course registration takes place after year 1 course registration.

There are 60 seats available across all 3 Arts streams (i.e. not per stream). It is not the case that there are a certain number of seats per stream and if it fills up students need to pick another stream. Your B.A. stream choice does not make a difference in the probability of getting admitted into COGS. Therefore, it is recommended that you submit one application, with your most desired stream (since each stream has unique degree requirements, please review them carefully before making a decision).

Math 12 / Precalc 12 is a prerequisite for CPSC 121, a required course for all COGS streams. The prerequisite cannot be waived by COGS (it is not under the COGS program's jurisdiction).

To apply to / transfer into a B.Sc. COGS stream, you must be in the Faculty of Science first (you need to apply to and get admitted into the Faculty of Science before you can declare a major). It is worth reaching out to Science Advising to see if this is worth your time, effort, and risk. After you are admitted into the Faculty of Science, you will apply for B.Sc. COGS streams through the coordinated Second Year Application process.

No, you need to be in the Faculty of Arts or Science first. Please contact Enrolment Services regarding (re-)applying to UBC, into the Faculty of Arts or Science. Please note: the online application for UBC opens in early September and closes January 15th.

Please send an inquiry to the Program Coordinator with the following information: which Faculty you are admitted into (BA or BSc), what major you have declared (if you already have), and what year standing you are admitted to (this should be either 2 or 3). We will take it from there.

No. All applications will be reviewed once the application deadline closes.

Click here for more information about the skills COGS equips you with and examples of what COGS alumni are pursuing.

Have a look at the degree requirements page and find your stream, as program (and faculty) requirements are different for each stream.

This will depend on your current Faculty and major (if you have a major declared already).

Steps to take if you are unsure as to which admission requirements to follow:

  1. Visit the Applying to Cognitive Systems page
  2. Take the self-assessment at the bottom of the page
  3. If it is still unclear, contact the Program Coordinator

Cognitive Systems courses are listed here. There are currently 5 COGS courses - COGS 200, COGS 300, COGS 303, COGS 401 and COGS 402 (COGS 402 is a project that requires preparation before the start of the term.)