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Undergraduate Programs

BA in Brain and Cognitive Sciences

The BA program is especially suited for students with focused interests in a single area of BCS and those wishing to pursue double degrees or double majors. There are 12 required courses for this major.

Independent research is encouraged, but independent study courses such as BCS 391 or BCS 395 do not fulfill any of the major requirements.

See the examples of course schedules page for an example of how these required courses can be spread throughout your time at Rochester.

BCS Foundation and Core Courses

Students must take all of the following courses:

  • BCS 110: Neural Foundations of Behavior (Fall/ Spring)
  • BCS 111: Foundations of Cognitive Science (Fall/ Spring)
  • BCS 151: Perception and Action (Fall)
  • BCS 152: Language and Psycholinguistics (Fall)
  • BCS 153: Cognition (Spring)
  • BCS 310: Senior Seminar (Fall/Spring)

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Formal Methods

Students must take STT 212: Applied Statistics for Biological and Physical Sciences.

AP credits for statistics do not satisfy this requirement. Students with AP statistics credits may take STT 212, or may consult with the department about an appropriate replacement.

Alternative statistics courses, such as STT 211, STT 213, STT/BIO 214, DSC 262, PSY/CSP 211, and ECO 230, will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Consult with the department.

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Laboratory Courses

Choose one of the following*:

  • BCS 204: Laboratory in Cognitive Neuroscience (Fall)
  • BCS 205: Laboratory in Development and Learning (Fall)
  • BCS 206/BCS 207: Undergraduate Research in Cognitive Science (Fall/ Spring)**
  • BCS 208: Laboratory in Perception and Cognition (Spring)

*Students must complete a formal methods course before taking a lab.

**Enrollment in BCS 206/207 requires a special application. Students are required to complete both courses in the sequence. The laboratory requirement of the major is fulfilled by BCS 207. BCS 206 may count as a BCS upper-level elective.

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BCS Upper-Level Electives

Students are required to take four BCS electives. These electives should be chosen in order to form a coherent theme, or "track." See example tracks or form your own with the approval of your faculty advisor. At least three of the four electives should adhere to the track theme. No more than one 100-level course may be used in the track.

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Upper-Level Writing

Successful completion of the laboratory course and the senior seminar will satisfy the upper-level writing requirement.

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