Cognitive Science Academic Advising will be switching to all online advising for SP20 until otherwise notified. More details on our Advising page.

Tentative Course Offerings

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 112: Humor - Spring 2020

COGS 112: Humor | Professor Drew Hoffman

In this course we will explore the psychology, philosophy, and evolutionary origins of humor and laughter.

Class meets MWF, 2:00pm-2:50pm, PETER 104.

DSGN 119: Design at Large Seminar - Spring 2020

DSGN 119: Design at Large (course information

New societal challenges, cultural values, and technological opportunities are changing design, and vice versa. The seminar explores this increased scale, real-world engagement, and disruptive impact. Invited speakers from UC San Diego and beyond share cutting-edge research on interaction, design, and learning. 2 units, P/NP grades only.

Meets Wednesdays 4:00pm-5:00pm in EBU3B 1202.

Prerequisites: upper-division standing

COGS 128: Information Visualization - Spring 2020

COGS 128: Information Visualization | Professor Taylor Scott

Frames information visualization as a quintessential cognitive science problem within our interdisciplinary field. Students learn conceptual and practical aspects of creating high-quality, interactive information displays to support a variety of cognitive tasks and then apply them to real-world data.

Prerequisites: (Cogs 10 or Dsgn 1) and Cogs 108

COGS 160: Seminars in Special Topics - Spring 2020

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 160 (B00): Neuroimaging of Cognition | Professor Anastasia Kiyonaga

Introduction to functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) methods for cognitive neuroscience research. This course will cover basic aspects of the physics and biological principles underlying MRI and fMRI, technical aspects of experimental design and data collection for fMRI, as well as basic data processing and analysis approaches. Class meets MWF, 11:00am-11:50am, Solis 111.

Prerequisites: Cogs 107B or Cogs 107C or Psyc 106 or Psyc 108

Request enrollment by submitting an EASy 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).