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Program Requirements

Cognitive Science

This is a Type 2 program. Enrolment is limited and admission requires the completion of either COG250Y1 or a combination of 1.5 FCE in CSC, LIN, PHL and PSY (no more than 1 FCE from a single department). Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee one a spot in any of our programs, depending on the number of program spaces available.

Please note, effective for 2021 program admissions, we have changed the program coding so that it now indicates program stream choice.

ARTS Major:

ASMAJ1445A: Perception and Attention
ASMAJ1445B: Language and Cognition
ASMAJ1445C: Thinking and Reasoning

ASMAJ1446A: Computational Cognition
ASMAJ1446B: Cognition and the Brain

Updates to the Cognitive Science program requirements are in progress. Please check back soon.

Program Type

Arts Major

Where noted below, please consult the Faculty of Arts & Science Course Calendar on prerequisites. Note that those interested in taking upper-level computer science courses should begin with CSC108H1, not CSC104H1.
Total FCEs Required
Year 1

CSC108H1/​ CSC120H1LIN102H1 (note: LIN200H1 does not serve as prerequisite for upper year LIN courses)

Year 2

COG250Y1 (may be taken in Year 1); STA220H1/​ PSY201H1PSY270H1

Year 2 to 4

COG341H1/​ COG342H1COG344H1PHL342H1PSY290H1

and credits indicated below as part of Stream A, B, or C:

Stream ASMAJ1445A (Perception and Attention)

Stream ASMAJ1445B (Language and Cognition)


Stream ASMAJ1445C (Thinking and Reasoning)


Year 4

Science Major

Some courses in Streams 1 and 2 have unlisted co- or prerequisites. Please consult the Faculty of Arts and Science Course Calendar. Those interested in the Science Major are advised to consider also registering for a Computer Science Specialist, Major, or Minor (for Stream 1) or a Human Biology Neuroscience Specialist or Major (for Stream 2).
Total FCEs Required
Year 1

CSC108H1/​ CSC120H1 (recommended option); CSC148H1MAT135H1 and MAT136H1 (or MAT137Y1)

Year 2

COG250Y1 (may be taken in Year 1); STA220H1/​ STA257H1/​ PSY201H1PSY270H1

Year 2 to 4

and credits indicated below as part of Stream A or B:

Stream ASMAJ1446A (Computational Cognition)


Stream ASMAJ1446B (Cognition and the Brain)


Year 4