Declaring the Cognitive Science Major

Students who indicate Cognitive Science on their UC admissions applications will be considered proposed Cognitive Science until they declare. To declare the Cognitive Science major you must complete:

  • Calculus: AMS 11A or MATH 11A, or 19A, or 20A; OR Tests: AP Calculus AB score of 4+, AP Calculus BC score of 3+, or CLEP Calculus score of 60+
  • Programming: CSE 13E, or 13S, or 20 (formerly CMPE 13/L or 5C or 5J or 5P or 12A)
  • Psychology 2: Introduction to Psychological Statistics (or STAT 5 or STAT 7/7L)
  • Psychology 20: Introduction to Cognition

You must take all courses required to declare the major for a letter grade. You must pass each course with a grade of C or higher, and have a GPA of 2.8 or higher in the required courses (use a GPA calculator to determine your eligibility). Once these requirements are completed with the required course grades or scores, you can declare the Cognitive Science major following the instructions below. 

Petition for Major Declaration 

Students interested in declaring Cognitive Science must complete the following:

1.  REQUIRED- review the Major Declaration Presentation



2.  Verify that you have completed all of the declaration requirements for Cognitive Science.

  1. View this slide from the presentation above for a quick reference of all declaration requirements. Not eligible to declare? View this slide from the presentation above if you need to declare this quarter but are not eligible.

Will Cognitive Science be your SECOND declared major?

If you’re declared in a major in another department and want to add Cognitive Science as a second major, you must contact your first major advisor for your updated, signed declaration forms. Request the link & editing access to your updated & signed academic plan, and a copy of your signed Petition for Major Declaration PDF form. You should allow extra time for your first major advisor to send these forms to you, so contact them early before the major declaration deadline. If your first major is Psychology, attend Drop-in Advising to create a double-major plan with a Peer Advisor following the instructions on the Undergraduate Advising page. Find more information about declaring Cognitive Science as a second major in the presentation above (view this slide for details). 

3.  Watch the video in the presentation above to create & save your declaration Academic Plan using a template on the Advising Forms page  (see note to the right for instructions if you are adding Cognitive Science as your second declared major).

  1. You will paste the link to your declaration Academic Plan in the form to request to declare the major. If you need help creating your plan, visit Drop-in Advising with a Peer Advisor following the instructions on the Undergraduate Advising page
  2. Save your academic plan as "LastName StudentID AcadPlan" and make sure to share it with psypeer@ucsc.edu (share with editing access and un-check the "Notify people" box).
  3. EXAMPLE: Cognitive Science Declaration Academic Plan 

4.  Watch the video in the presentation above to create & save your Petition for Major Declaration PDF  (see note to the right for instructions if you are adding Cognitive Science as your second declared major).

  1. You will upload your Petition for Major Declaration PDF into the form to request to declare the major. 
  2. Save your Petition for Major Declaration PDF form as "LastName StudentID major-declaration-form.pdf" 
  3. EXAMPLES: Petition for Major Declaration PDF Form

5.  After you have completed steps #1-4, submit the Major Declaration Request Form to initiate your declaration. View this slide from the presentation above for an overview of the process.

Can't access the form? You must be signed into your UCSC Google account to access this form. Use a browser not signed into any other Google accounts or open a private/incognito browser that requires you to sign into your UCSC account if you have trouble accessing the Google form.

Make sure that you answer all questions pertaining to your major & review all of your responses before submitting. Failure to answer questions or provide required documents may delay or cancel your request!

The Winter 2021 Declaration Deadline is Thursday, February 4Notifications of Petition of Major Declaration approval or denial will be sent to students' UCSC email.  

Please note: you may be contacted by psypeer@ucsc.edu or psyadv@ucsc.edu if we have questions about the information you submitted on your request. Check your UCSC email often and respond in order to avoid delays in processing your request.