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

DSGN 90: Build your own website/portfolio - Summer 2 2018

DSGN 90: Build your own website or portfolio (course informationInstructor Tricia Ngoon

In this course, you will learn basic technical and design skills to build your own website or portfolio. This seminar is also an opportunity for you to improve course materials for the upper-division Interaction Design (COGS 120) course. Bring your laptop to class each day to complete in-class assignments.
The skills you will learn are:

  • Source control with Git and Github
  • Web design principles
  • Basic HTML/CSS
  • Basic JavaScript

Each class session will consist of a lecture on concepts with activities throughout the lecture, followed by time to complete assignments in class.

Meeting: TBD
Room: TBD
Duration: August 2 - September 8
2 units, Pass/No Pass only

COGS 3: Introduction to Computing - Fall 2018

COGS 3: Introduction to Computing (course websiteProfessor Mary Boyle 

Covers the fundamental concepts that underlie all programming languages and provides an introduction to the essential information about algorithms and data structures. Students design and implement web applications using HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript and Photoshop.

Prerequisites: No preqrequisites 

COGS 160s: Seminars in Special Topics - Fall 2018

 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 170: Brain Waves Across Scales - Fall 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.

DSGN 90: Advanced user experience techniques - Fall 2018

DSGN 90: "Advanced user experience techniques or what I learned in the field..." (course informationInstructor Gavin Lew, GFK

No one who designs new products and services sets out to deliver a bad experience, but why do so many new experience suck?  In this class, we will answer this question by reviewing dozens UX methods and techniques to understand not just the nuts and bolts, but when to choose one over the other.  We will examine how to evaluate an experience.  How to turn insight into not just recommendations, but actionable recommendations.  At the end of the class, we will depart with answers to questions, such as “How many participants should I test?” as well as what to look for on what I call “Stats for UX” which is really, about what I learned about stats and their value 10+ years after grad school (and wish I had that lecture earlier!).

MTWThF 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Room: HSS 1346
Duration: October 15-19, 2018
2 units, Pass/No Pass only

Attendance at all classes is required to earn credit. Students unable to attend all classes should drop.


Course Pre-Authorizations

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