Fall Quarter 2020 Newsletter

We hope you are healthy, safe, and are adjusting to this virtual Fall Quarter. Please review all of the important information below for Fall Quarter 2020.

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. Visit the UCSC Psychology Department Facebook page, @UCSCPsychology Instagram, and the Undergraduate section of our website often for updates. 


  • The Major Declaration Deadline for Fall 2020 is Thursday, October 29.  

  • Declaring by the deadline ensures that your declaration will be processed before Winter 2021 enrollment begins.  

  • Petition to declare the Cognitive Science major following instructions on this page.

  • Petition to declare the Psychology major following instructions on this page.


  • Virtual Advising is available Monday through Thursday. See the Undergraduate Advising website for the full schedule and instructions. 

  • (NEW) Chat with the Front Desk (Hangouts chat to is available Monday - Thursday, 9:00am-12:00pm & 1:00pm-4:00pm. The Front Desk can answer general questions, provide advice on which advising option is best to assist you, and check you in for Drop-in Advising with a Peer Advisor.

  • Drop-in Advising is available in the morning and afternoon every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday(starting October 5). Trained Peer Advisors are available to assist with graduation checks, academic plans, and answer questions about major requirements and the declaration process. 

    • If you have questions they can't answer, Peer Advisors have a line of communication with Undergraduate Advisors and can refer you to Undergraduate Advisors if appropriate.

  • Undergraduate Advisors (Ernestina Ávila-Estrada and Kathy Gordon) are available for 15-minute appointments starting the week of October 12. Schedule appointments through Slug Success up to 7 days in advance. 

  • You may email or for assistance at any time. We will respond in 1-3 business days.


  • Permission codes for Fall 2020 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

  • Winter 2021 Enrollment information will be sent in mid-November. 

  • View the tentative course list for the 2020-2021 academic year here:

    • The Psychology Department does not know at this time if courses will be taught remotely in the Winter and Spring.  


  • If you are interested in Field Study opportunities (PSYC 193) for Winter 2021/Spring 2021 you must participate in a virtual information session.

  • There are 4 Information Sessions scheduled October 26-29. You must sign up for a session in order to receive the Zoom link.

  • For Information Session times and sign-up information, view the flyerField 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.


  • Passionate about psychology and psychology research? Want membership in an internationally established honor society? Want opportunities to connect to fellow peers and faculty? Need guidance on graduate school applications and career pathways? Join Psi Chi International Honor Society of Psychology!

  • Psi Chi is searching for officers to lead Psi Chi for the 2020 - 2021 school year! If you are a current or aspiring Psi Chi member, and are interested, please fill out this poll:

  • Questions about Psi Chi? Email


  • Study Abroad: Watch this 3-minute video with information about the UCSC Study Abroad office and workshops and events occurring in the first month of the Fall term

    • Both the Cognitive Science and Psychology majors are very flexible in accommodating study abroad plans. Visit our Study Abroad webpage for more information.

  • UCDC: The Psychology Department is a top-sending department to the UCDC program! Watch this short video introduction on the program and see the flyer for program details:





Fall 2020 Important Dates PDF flyer