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Prospective Students

We’re excited to hear that you’re interested in majoring in Cognitive Science. If you have any questions or would like to meet with a Cognitive Science Academic Advisor please contact Weinberg-Institute@umich.edu.

Currently Enrolled U-M Students

To declare a major in Cognitive Science:

  1. Be enrolled as an undergraduate in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts.*

  2. Register for and complete COGSCI 200 - Intro to Cognitive Science with a C- or better. COGSCI 200 is the only required prerequisite course to the major. However, some courses on the track lists have additional prerequisites.

  3. Review the Cognitive Science Curriculum.

  4. Make an advising appointment with a Cognitive Science Academic Advisor to declare.

*Students enrolled in other colleges will need to apply for a Joint Degree.

High School Students

If you are interested in pursuing the Cognitive Science major, you should apply as a freshman applicant to the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts. Details on applying as a freshman applicant can be found with the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

Transfer Students

We welcome transfer students to pursue a major in Cognitive Science, and it’s possible that some of the courses you transfer in can be counted toward the major. Check the Transfer Credit Equivalency (TCE) website to see if classes have already been approved for transfer to the University of Michigan.

If a class is listed on the TCE website as transferring as a specific course number (i.e. PSYCH 240) and on a Cognitive Science curriculum list, no further action is needed. This class will count as part of the Cognitive Science curriculum.

Otherwise, please email the course description and/or course syllabus to Weinberg-Institute@umich.edu to have the class evaluated. You will need to do this if:

  • The class is listed on the TCE website as transferring as departmental credit (i.e. PSYCH DEPT)

  • The class is listed on the TCE website as transferring as a specific course number (i.e. PSYCH 240) but it is not listed on a Cognitive Science curriculum list

  • The class is not listed at all on the TCE. (This means that no student has ever submitted it for evaluation and you’re a trailblazer!)

Planning to visit campus? We’d love to connect with you! Please contact Weinberg-Institute@umich.edu if you’d like to meet with a CogSci advisor, chat with a current student, or sit in on a class during your time in Ann Arbor.