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Academic Advising Information

Our Cognitive Science Undergraduate advisors are happy to answer your questions about courses, major or minor planning, or Cognitive Science in general.

Virtual Advising

Current Students:

To comply with CDC recommendations in response to COVID-19 and to support campus health, the Department of Cognitive Science will be offering the following methods of distance advising through the Virtual Advising Center (VAC):

  • Ask A Question
  • Meet with Advisor

Please see the Calendar below for available hours. (Hours are subjected to change and will be reflected on the Calendar.)



UC San Diego Students should be sending academic advising questions through the VAC, not through email.

If you are a UC San Diego Student using to submit forms or otherwise, please email from your UCSD email account and include your PID in the email itself.

In-Person Advising

Effective starting Monday, March 16th, 2020 Cognitive Science Academic Advising will be switching to all online advising until otherwise notified.

In-person advising is not available at the moment.


Petition Form

To file a petition with the Cognitive Science department, please fill out the online undergraduate petition form, using your UCSD email address. Once you have completed the form on DocuSign, the department will automatically receive your petitions. It may take up to 6 weeks* for your petitions to be reviewed, and we will notify you on VAC on the decision. Approval is not guaranteed.

*Petitions submitted over the summer will be reviewed in the beginning of Fall quarter. 


COGS Course Pre-Authorization, Prerequisite Waiving, and Special Studies Requests

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