Degree Planning

Visit the Advising page to ensure that your question can be answered by the COGS Program Coordinator before submitting an inquiry.

Courses that fulfill your degree requirements, depending on your preferences and constraints. Bear in mind both your Program’s requirements and your Faculty requirements.

Please note that since there are many ways a student can fulfill their degree requirements, the Program Coordinator will not provide a list of courses to take. They are listed in your degree requirements and on the module course page, and it is up to you as a student to make decisions about your time table. The COGS Program does not provide Standard Time Tables.

Good catch! Please send (1) your student number and (2) the course in question to the Program Coordinator so the issue can be examined (and resolved).

Courses not on the module list may be granted module credit by-request, with permission of the Program Chair. Please send requests for consideration via the Module Credit Request for Consideration form. Sending a request does not guarantee approval. It is advised that students not plan their degree around the assumption that module credit will be granted for courses not on the module list. Courses should be taken from the list published on this website, unless there are clear reasons for making an exception.

    1. Log in with your CWL credentials
    2. Enter all required information
    3. Provide a detailed rationale for the inclusion of said course
      • Is the course evidently multidisciplinary, in more than one of the primary fields explored in COGS?
      • Is the course particularly oriented around the study of systems of cognition?
    4. Attach the syllabus and reading list of said course

Maybe, but keep in mind that you will not know until much later, because there are many layers in the transfer credit evaluation process:

As for whether a course can be approved for module credit specifically, feel free to submit the course via the Module Credit Request for Consideration form. However, chances are you will not get a straightforward answer right away because the course code and year level must be determined by UBC first.

According to Go Global:

"It can take up to 16 weeks for courses to be evaluated by your faculty and department*. Final transcripts from partner institutions are usually available about 2-3 months after the program ends. Check with the partner university to make sure you have completed any exit requirements needed for your transcript to be released without delays. Once your final transcript has been uploaded to your portal account, the transfer credit will be added to your UBC academic record. This may take up to three additional weeks."

*If you request credit for "COGS3RD" for example, there is no guarantee that all COGS3RD requests will be evaluated by the COGS Program - it will depend on the nature of the course you have taken abroad.

In short: proceed with caution.

Learn more about how the transfer credit evaluation works.

This is to account for students who are coming back to university to finish their COGS degree that they declared in the past. Some returning students have taken those module courses back when they were offered.

Some courses on the module list have restricted seats available for certain COGS streams. This is dependent on which Department the COGS stream is under. For example, the B.Sc. Computational Intelligence and Design (abbreviated as "COMI") stream is under the Department of Computer Science, which makes students in that stream eligible for restricted seats in CPSC courses.

Switching into the B.Sc. Computational Intelligence and Design stream of COGS is handled by the Computer Science Department. Please contact the Computer Science Advising Office directly:

It is true that the Cognition and Brain stream of COGS is supervised under the Psychology department at UBC. Some COGS alumni have pursued graduate studies in Psychology / Neuroscience after graduating with a B.A./B.Sc. Cognition and Brain degree. However, due to the multidisciplinary nature of the COGS program and how much a COGS degree can be customized, there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. It is up to the discretion of the program you wish to apply for.

If you 100% know that you are pursuing graduate studies and dislike uncertainty, a Psychology / Psychology honors degree may be more aligned with your interests.