Requirements for Major
Prerequisites: Prospective majors must have completed and obtained grades of C+ or better in two designated Cognitive Science courses. These courses must come from two different core areas: Cognitive Psychology, Computer Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience, and Philosophy. Refer to the program website for a list of approved courses.
Completion requirements: Thirty credits are required for the major in Cognitive Science. Majors must have a cumulative GPA of 2.000 or better for all Cognitive Science courses completed at the University. A minimum grade of C is required for all courses to be applied to the major.
Required courses: MATH 1220, MATH 1310 or higher, or APMA 1090 or higher can fulfill the Calculus requirement; at least one Cognitive Science approved course in each of the five core areas; at least two Cognitive Science approved courses in one concentration area at the 4000 level or above(for Psychology and Neuroscience and (3000 level or above (for Computer Science, Linguistics, and Philosophy). Directed readings, research, and internship courses may not be taken for major credit. Courses counted in the 30 credits may not be taken on a credit/no credit basis.
Distinguished Majors Program in Cognitive Science
General Information: Outstanding Cognitive Science majors who have completed 18 credits toward their major and who have a cumulative GPA of 3.400 or better may apply by the third semester before graduating to the Distinguished Majors Program. Students who are accepted will complete a thesis based on two semesters of empirical or theoretical research. Upon successful completion of the program, students will likely be recommended for a baccalaureate award of Distinction, High Distinction or Highest Distinction.
Requirements: Students applying to the Distinguished Majors Program must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.400 and have completed 18 credits towards their Cognitive Science major by the end of the semester in which they apply. In addition, students must register for two semesters of supervised research (COGS 4970 and COGS 4980). Students must complete a thesis based on their independent research.
For more information, contact the Program Coordinator, P.O. Box 400400, Charlottesville, VA 22904-4400; (434) 982-3019; www.virginia.edu/cognitivescience.