Course Calendar

These are tentative schedules. Classes and/or instructors may change or be canceled. Please consult the official Schedule of Classes on TritonLink each quarter.

Featured Courses

COGS 160s: Seminars in Special Topics - Spring 2018

COGS 160 (B00): Biological Enculturation | Professor Rafael Núñez

In this seminar we will explore how human biology and culture —often seen as separate— have interacted over evolutionary and historical time in rich and complex ways. Informed by findings in the sciences of the mind and anthropogeny (the study of human origins), special emphasis will be put on how cultural practices and traits such as cooking, animal domestication, writing technology, art, and mathematics, have actually affected and modified the very biological phenomena that made us the animal we are: from anatomical features to the immune system, from the genome to the brain.
Prerequisites: upper-division standing
Request Enrollment through EASy


COGS 160 (A00): Communication in Infancy | Professor Gedeon Deák

This course is a mixed Practicum/Seminar course designed to provide hands-on experience in research on infancy and early childhood. Students learn skills and are assigned responsibilities based on the project to which they are assigned. Students also participate in a journal club and prepare brief end-of-quarter presentations and reports. It is a 3-quarter sequence. Content, skills, and responsibilities evolve and expand every quarter. Students work with a supervisor who oversees training and task progress. 
Prerequisites: GPA of 3.3 or better; commitment to this COGS 160 for 3-quarters; permission of instructor based on interview and availability. 
Request Enrollment by contacting Dr. Deak (

COGS 2: Cognitive NeuroEconomics - Spring 2018

COGS 2: Cognitive NeuroEconomics | Professor Mary Boyle (course website)

This course is an introduction to the neuroscience behind the principles of economic decision making.  The topics in this course are aimed at exploring the underlying cognitive and neural mechanisms that drive the decisions behind traditional economic models. 

By the end of this course you will:

  • Be introduced to behavioral economics and have a basic understanding of traditional economic models of decision making.
  • Understand how emotions, risk, reward and probability factor into decision making.
  • Be exposed to neuroanatomy and neuroscience imaging techniques that provide insight into the brain regions active during the decision making process.
  • Learn about neurological disorders, diseases and damage that impair and undermine one’s ability to make decisions.
  • Recognize how drugs, peers and marketing can hijack one’s decisions. 
Prerequisites: No prerequisites

COGS 170: Brain Waves Across Scales - Spring 2018

COGS 170: Brain Waves Across Scales | Professor Lara Rangel

This course will provide an interactive and hands-on introduction to rhythms and large-scale electrical potentials of the brain. Topics will include the resonance properties of neurons, rhythmic interactions between neurons, the coordination of activity across large populations of neurons that is measurable in the local field potential (LFP) and electroencephalogram (EEG), the advantages of temporally coordinated neural activity, and relevant insights about the brain and cognitive disorders.

Prerequisites: COGS 17 or BILD 12

To take the course with another Neuroscience course as a prerequisite, fill out an EASy preauthorization request.

Course Pre-Authorizations

All COGS course pre-authorizations and prerequisite override requests must be made through the UC San Diego Enrollment Authorization System (EASy).

Undergraduate Advising

Walk-in Advising: 
7:30 - 12 p.m. & 1 - 3 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Cognitive Science Building
First Floor, CSB 139

Virtual Advising: (current students)