Winter Quarter 2021 Newsletter

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

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. We have made recent updates to many of our pages to add resources and address questions we receive frequently from students, including updates to each of our major requirements pages (Cognitive Science, General Psychology, Intensive Psychology), Advising Forms page, and Undergraduate Advising page.


  • The Major Declaration Deadline for Winter 2021 is Thursday, February 4.

    • Requests submitted after the Major Declaration Deadline will not be processed before Spring 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 Spring enrollment. 

  • Transfer students who entered UCSC in Fall 2020: If you did not declare your major already, you will need to submit your petition to declare by the Major Declaration Deadline to avoid a Spring 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, Google Hangouts chat, and Zoom. Please review the updated Undergraduate Advising website for the full schedule and instructions. 

  • Need help figuring out how to access advising services? Watch this video created by our Front Desk Assistant Rosa Scupine for help navigating your options:


  • Permission codes for Winter 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

  • Spring 2021 Enrollment information will be sent at the start of Advising Week (February 17).

  • View the tentative course list for the 2020-21 academic year & Summer Session courses linked at the top of our Courses page. All Psychology courses offered Winter through Summer 2021 will be taught remotely


  • The senior seminar survey will be sent via email to eligible seniors Monday, February 1.  

    • 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 Spring seminar (see the tentative course list for Spring- seminars are in bold).

  • 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 opportunities (PSYC 193) for Spring 2021/Summer 2021 or Spring 2021/Fall 2021 you must participate in a virtual information session.

  • There are 4 Information Meetings scheduled January 25-28. You must sign up for a meeting in order to receive the Zoom linkApplications are due Tuesday, February 2 (by 10pm) and you must have attended an Information Meeting to be eligible to apply. 

  • For scheduled Information Meetings 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 Winter Mailing List.

  • Additionally, Psi Chi will host their annual Research Symposium at the end of Spring 2021. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students, this conference will allow participants to present their psychological research and have the chance to receive a grant for their work. For those that have conducted research in Psychology/Cognitive Science, this offers an opportunity to showcase that work; for those that haven't, this is an opportunity to collaborate with like-minded UCSC students and research a topic of interest. If you'd like to participate in the Research Symposium, please fill out this Google Form by March 1st at 11:59pm PST to indicate your interest. 

  • Questions about Psi Chi? Email 





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



Field Study Information Meetings PDF Flyer
Find information about Field Study for Prospective students here



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