Become familiar with the two majors (Brain and Cognitive Science and Psychology). Psychology majors can specialize in areas including Behavioral Neuroscience, Clinical/Community, Cognitive, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental, Diversity Science, Intradisciplinary, Organizational, Social, and Personality Psychology.
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How To Declare Psychology
Students must complete one course from each of the following categories before declaring the major.
- Complete an introductory psychology course (PSYC 100 or equivalent).
UIUC Biological/Cognitive Psychology Course
- PSYC 204 - Brain & Cognition
- PSYC 210 - Behavioral Neuroscience
- PSYC 220 - Images of Mind
- PSYC 224 - Cognitive
- PSYC 230 - Perception and Sensory
- PSYC 248 - Learning & Memory
CCDDOPS - Clinical/Community/Developmental/Diversity/Personality/Social Course
How To Declare Brain and Cognitive Science
BCOG core courses (complete two)
- BCOG 100 - Introduction to Brain and Cognitive Science
- BCOG 200 - Programming in Brain and Cognitive Science or CS 124, Introduction to Computer Science I or CS 125, Introduction to Computer Science (last offered FA21)
UIUC Biological/Cognitive Psychology Course (complete one)
Single Major, Double Major, Dual Degree?
- Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) students wishing to have Psychology as your only major or as a second major: you'll be making a curricular change.
- Non-LAS Illinois students wishing to have Psychology as your only major: you'll be seeking an Intercollegiate Transfer (ICT).
- Non-LAS Illinois students wishing to keep their current major and have Psychology as well: you'll be seeking a Second Degree.
Where to Declare
If you meet the above criteria, you can formally declare Brain & Cognitive Science or Psychology as a major by visiting the Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS) college office in Room 2002 Lincoln Hall during the first two weeks of each semester or the month preceding registration (October & March). LAS students can also declare by completing the appropriate online form. Intercollegiate Transfer students will first need to attend or view an LAS ICT Information Session.