Spring Quarter 2021 Newsletter

We hope you are healthy, safe, and are adjusting to this virtual Spring Quarter. Please read through the information below carefully as it includes important information we want you to know for the quarter ahead.

We are very happy to announce that Ezekiel Cerezo has joined us as an Undergraduate Advisor! Ezekiel is new to UC Santa Cruz and most recently worked as an Undergraduate Academic Advisor at Seattle University in the Albers School of Business and Economics. Ezekiel has a Master of Education in Student Development Administration and BA in Psychology and is excited to work with our Cognitive Science and Psychology students! We know Ezekiel will make an excellent addition to the Psychology undergraduate advising team! 

As a reminder, it is important that you receive and read all emails from to stay informed. Check your UCSC email often and make sure these emails aren't going to your Spam folder. Also, visit the UCSC Psychology Department Facebook page often- our Facebook page is our virtual bulletin board and you are missing some very helpful resources & information if you don't check the page regularly. We recommend you also follow us on Instagram at @UCSCPsychology.

Please check our website regularly for updates. Many questions you have may be answered by information on our website and key terms are easily searchable, so utilize a browser search to look for answers to your questions online before emailing. 


  • The Major Declaration Deadline for Spring 2021 is Thursday, April 29.

    • Requests submitted after the Major Declaration Deadline will not be processed before Fall enrollment begins. 
      Please note: Many Psychology upper division courses require that you have completed your major declaration in Cognitive Science or Psychology BEFORE you can enroll in those courses, and this is not a prerequisite that can be waived by advisors. If you are eligible to declare now, submit your petition to declare early so that you have the most options to choose from for your Fall enrollment. 

  • Students who entered UCSC as Frosh in Fall 2019: If you did not declare a major already, you will need to submit your petition to declare by Thursday, April 29 to avoid a Fall enrollment hold placed by your College. 
  • Petition to declare the Cognitive Science major following instructions on this page.

  • Petition to declare the Psychology major (General or Intensive) following instructions on this page.


  • While the Psychology Department Office in Social Sciences 2, Room 273 is currently closedthe Psychology Department Virtual Advising Office remains open via email and Zoom. Please review the updated Undergraduate Advising website for the full schedule and instructions.


  • Permission codes for Spring 2021 courses are not available. Please do not email faculty or Psychology Advising to request help getting into full courses. 

    • If you want to enroll in a closed course, add to the waitlist and instructors should send information to waitlisted students before the first scheduled class. (FAQs for Student Waitlists)

  • Find other Enrollment advice on our Enrollment Assistance website

  • Fall 2021 Enrollment information will be sent at the start of Advising Week (tentatively scheduled May 10).


  • The survey to request a permission code for Summer Session and/or Fall seminars will be sent via email to eligible seniors prior to enrollment for those terms. 

    • Declared students in either the Cognitive Science or Psychology major who will be at senior standing in Spring 2021 (completed 135 units or more) will receive the survey and are eligible to request a permission code for a senior seminar.

  • The deadline will be provided in the notification email with the link to the survey. Check your UCSC email regularly and make sure you are receiving and reading any messages from, so you don't miss survey emails or other important information sent by Psychology Advising.

  • Find more information about the senior seminar requirement here (the information is the same for Cognitive Science and Psychology majors).


  • If you are interested in Field Study (PSYC 193) for Summer 2021/Fall 2021 or Fall 2021/Winter 2022 you must participate in a virtual information session.

  • There are 4 Info Sessions scheduled April 19-22. You must sign up for a session in order to receive the Zoom link. All attendees will be sent a link to the field study application. Applications are due Tuesday, April 27 (by 10pm) and you must have attended an Info Session to be eligible to apply. 

  • For scheduled Info Sessions and sign-up information, view the flyer belowField Study webpage for Prospective Students.



  • Cognitive Science Student Association (CSSA) is a student-run organization created for peers seeking guidance and community within the interdisciplinary major of Cognitive Science, and is open to members of all majors!

  • If you are interested in attending future events, please fill out this Google Form to join CSSA's mailing list, and visit the CSSA website, and Facebook Group for more information about the club.


  • Psi Chi is an internationally established honor society in Psychology and Cognitive Science that equips students with tools to boost their resumes and become more competitive applicants for graduate schools. UCSC's Psi Chi helps its members by creating opportunities to network with their peers, providing access to leading professors and other guest speakers, and sharing professional advice related to the field. To receive regular updates from the organization, please join Psi Chi's Spring Mailing List.

  • Questions about Psi Chi? Email 




Spring2021 Important Dates

Spring 2021 Important Dates PDF flyer
Find all Registrar's Office Important Dates & Deadlines here.



Field Study Information Meetings PDF Flyer <--Click here to access the link to the Google form!
Find information about Field Study for Prospective students here

Psychology Summer Session courses PDF flyer
Find all Summer Session courses here.