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Undergraduate Course Petition

The Weinberg Institute Undergraduate Committee will be using the guidelines below to help determine whether a course can count toward the cognitive science major. Keep in mind that the inclusion of certain words in a course description—such as decision, motivation, thinking, language philosophy, computation or belief—is not enough. Similarly, the dedication of just a subsection of a course to such topics is insufficient. Rather, staff and faculty reviewing such petitions will be looking for overall course content that elucidates phenomena at the “computational level of analysis.”


  • Is the class at the 300-level or higher?

  • Does at least 50% of the class look at internal mental processing?


  • Does at least 50% of the class look at applications of cognitive science to a question or issue?


  • Does at least 50% of the class look at formal theoretical methods used in cognitive science?

  • Is at least 50% of the class relevant to the specific track within cognitive science?

Cognitive Science Undergraduate Course Petition Form

Please note, this course form should no longer be used for study abroad courses. To petition a study abroad course, please visit the "Study Abroad" page via the menu at left.

To submit a course petition to the Weinberg Institute for Cognitive Science, please fill out and submit the Cognitive Science Undergraduate Course Petition form.

Courses Previously Petitioned

To see courses that have previously been petitioned, please see the Courses Previously Petitioned form.