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Cognitive Science

University of California, Santa Cruz

48 months
29754 USD/year
29754 USD/year
14025 USD/year
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Cognitive Science from University of California, Santa Cruz is focused on achieving a scientific understanding of how human cognition works and how cognition is possible, its subject matter encompasses cognitive functions (such as memory and perception), the structure and use of human language, the evolution of the mind, animal cognition, artificial intelligence, and more. 


Cognitive Science from University of California, Santa Cruz provides a strong grounding in the principles of cognition through courses in cognitive psychology, and, in addition, provides breadth in the interdisciplinary aspects of cognitive science such as anthropology, linguistics, biology, philosophy, and computer science.


The cognitive science major is intended for students wishing to enter doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) programs in cognitive psychology, cognitive science, or cognitive neuroscience to pursue careers in research; enter the field of public health, for example, to work with individuals with neurological disorders and learning disabilities; or to enter the technology-related fields such as human-computer interface design or human factors research; or pursue other related careers.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The World of Babies
  • Language Development
  • Children and Technology
  • Consciousness
  • Modeling Human Performance
  • Psychology and Evolutionary Theory
  • Conversations
  • Weird Science
  • Face Recognition
  • Illusions
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Natural and Artificial Intelligence
  • The Path to a Science of Dreaming
  • Perception
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychology of Reading
  • The Psychology of Language
  • Computer Mediated Communication
  • Human Factors
  • Human Learning and Memory
  • Deception, Brain, and Behavior

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • You must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the "a–g" courses.
    • Non-residents must earn a minimum GPA of 3.40. 
    • Take the ACT Plus Writing or the SAT with Essay 
    • The ACT Assessment plus the ACT Writing Test  or the SAT with critical reading, mathematics, and writing scores from the same sitting. 
    • Proof of English Proficiency

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29754 USD/year
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    Based on the tuition of 29754 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    29754 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29754 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    14025 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 14025 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Santa Cruz

1710 - 2560 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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