Brain and Cognitive Sciences (Course 9)

Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Bachelor of Science in Brain and Cognitive Sciences

General Institute Requirements (GIRs)

The General Institute Requirements include a Communication Requirement that is integrated into both the HASS Requirement and the requirements of each major; see details below.

Summary of Subject Requirements Subjects
Science Requirement 6
Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) Requirement [two subjects can be satisfied by 9.00 and one other HASS subject in the Departmental Program]; at least two of these subjects must be designated as communication-intensive (CI-H) to fulfill the Communication Requirement. 8
Restricted Electives in Science and Technology (REST) Requirement [can be satisfied by 6.100A/6.100B and 9.01 in the Departmental Program] 2
Laboratory Requirement (12 units) [can be satisfied by a laboratory in the Departmental Program] 1
Total GIR Subjects Required for SB Degree 17
Physical Education Requirement
Swimming requirement, plus four physical education courses for eight points.

Departmental Program

Choose at least two subjects in the major that are designated as communication-intensive (CI-M) to fulfill the Communication Requirement.

Required SubjectsUnits
Tier I
6.100AIntroduction to Computer Science Programming in Python6
6.100BIntroduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science6
9.00Introduction to Psychological Science12
9.01Introduction to Neuroscience12
9.40Introduction to Neural Computation12
9.07Statistics for Brain and Cognitive Science12
Tier 2
Select three of the following; up to seven may be taken:36-84
Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
The Human Brain
Developmental Neurobiology
Computational Psycholinguistics
Cellular Neurophysiology and Computing
Principles and Applications of Genetic Engineering for Biotechnology and Neuroscience
Neural Circuits for Cognition
Emergent Computations Within Distributed Neural Circuits
Computational Cognitive Science
Infant and Early Childhood Cognition (CI-M)
Tier 3
Select up to four of the following:0-48
Disorders and Diseases of the Nervous System
Current Topics in Developmental Neurobiology (CI-M)
Genes, Circuits, and Behavior
The Brain and Its Interface with the Body
Neuroscience of Morality (CI-M)
Materials Physics of Neural Interfaces (CI-M)
Select one of the following: 112
Experimental Molecular Neurobiology (CI-M)
Systems Neuroscience Laboratory (CI-M)
Laboratory in Psycholinguistics (CI-M)
Machine-Motivated Human Vision (CI-M)
Select one of the following (Laboratory cannot also count for Research):12-18
Experimental Molecular Neurobiology (CI-M)
Systems Neuroscience Laboratory (CI-M)
Research and Communication in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (CI-M)
Research in Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Laboratory in Psycholinguistics (CI-M)
Machine-Motivated Human Vision (CI-M)
Undergraduate Research
Restricted Electives
Select zero to four subjects. 9.URG cannot count as a Restricted Elective0-48
Units in Major168-174
Unrestricted Electives54-72
Units in Major That Also Satisfy the GIRs(48-60)
Total Units Beyond the GIRs Required for SB Degree180

The units for any subject that counts as one of the 17 GIR subjects cannot also be counted as units required beyond the GIRs.


These subjects can count toward either the Laboratory or the Research requirement, but not both.

Restricted Electives

2.003[J]Dynamics and Control I12
2.180[J]Biomolecular Feedback Systems12
2.184Biomechanics and Neural Control of Movement12
5.07[J]Introduction to Biological Chemistry12
5.12Organic Chemistry I12
5.13Organic Chemistry II12
6.1200[J]Mathematics for Computer Science12
6.1220[J]Design and Analysis of Algorithms12
6.1400[J]Computability and Complexity Theory12
6.3000Signal Processing12
6.3900Introduction to Machine Learning12
6.4100Artificial Intelligence12
6.8301Advances in Computer Vision15
6.8611Quantitative Methods for Natural Language Processing15
9.72Vision in Art and Neuroscience12
18.03Differential Equations12
18.06Linear Algebra12
18.404Theory of Computation12
24.211Theory of Knowledge12
24.900Introduction to Linguistics12
24.901Language and Its Structure I: Phonology12
24.902Language and Its Structure II: Syntax12
24.903Language and Its Structure III: Semantics and Pragmatics12
24.904Language Acquisition12