Fall Quarter 2021 Psychology Advising Newsletter

We hope you are healthy, safe, and are adjusting to life in Santa Cruz! We know some students are studying remotely in Fall, and we will continue to provide only remote advising through the Fall Quarter. Please read through the information below carefully as it includes important information we want you to know for the quarter ahead.

As a reminder, it is important that you receive and read all emails from to stay informed, and ensure you do not miss surveys or other important information regarding course enrollment. 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. This is our virtual bulletin board where we post opportunities shared with us from: other departments at UCSC; California state graduate schools; and job, scholarship, & internship opportunities. We recommend you also follow us on Instagram at @UCSCPsychology.

Please check our website regularly for updates. We are continually updating the Undergraduate section of our website, and it's possible your questions have answers available online. Utilize a browser search using key terms before emailing us, in case you don't need to wait for an email response to get your answer!


  • While the Psychology Department Office in Social Sciences 2, Room 273 is closed through the Fall Quarterthe Psychology Department Virtual Advising Office remains open via email and Zoom. 

  • Please review the updated Undergraduate Advising webpage for the full schedule and instructions to access Drop-in Advising with Peer Advisors & schedule appointments in Slug Success with Undergraduate Advisors.

  • Email with questions for staff Undergraduate Advisors, or with questions for Peer Advisors.


  • The Major Declaration Deadline for Fall 2021 is Thursday, October 21.

    • We will process every request submitted by the deadline before Winter enrollment appointments begin. 
      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 Winter enrollment. 

  • 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.


  • This summer we've updated all sample academic plan templates & major worksheets on our Advising Forms page! The major worksheets are now included in the sample academic plan documents, so they are no longer separate forms. Click on the 2nd sheets tab at the bottom of each academic plan to view & utilize the worksheet to track your progress in that major.


  • Permission codes for Fall 2021 courses are no longer available.  

    • 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 2022 Enrollment Information will be emailed to proposed & declared Cognitive Science & Psychology majors at the start of Advising Week (scheduled November 5). All Winter courses will be available in the class search during Advising Week. View our tentative 2021-2022 academic year course list


  • The survey to request a permission code for Winter seminars will be sent via email to eligible seniors prior to enrollment for that term. 

    • Declared students in either Cognitive Science or Psychology who will be at senior standing in Winter 2022 (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 Winter 2022 you must participate in a virtual information session.

  • There are 4 Info Sessions scheduled October 18-21. 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, October 26 (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.


  • The UCSC Chapter of Psi Chi has opened its Fall 2021 application (deadline: October 8)! Psi Chi is an International Honor Society in Psychology rooted in academic recognition and creative development through personal growth. It is open to all students studying Psychology and Cognitive Science who would like to connect with others in their major, learn more about research and job opportunities, graduate school, and get involved with their field of study. 

  • There will be an Information Meeting on Wednesday, September 29 from 4-5pm over Zoom. To receive more information about this event & regular updates from the organization, please join Psi Chi's Fall Mailing List.
  • Questions about Psi Chi? Email 



  • Watch this 3-minute video for some basic information about the Global Learning office, their programs, as well as upcoming 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 Global Learning page for more information.

  • View the slides below for information on opportunities for Global Learning & upcoming events.


Fall2021 Important Dates

Fall 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



Global Learning Fall 2021 slides- PDF