Welcome back from Summer Break, and a Warm Welcome to all our incoming Banana Slugs!!! Hope your Summer was packed with fun, relaxation, and a dash of adventure. Time to trade in those beach reads and hit the books 📚🌊. 

As we embark on the Fall quarter 🍂🍁 , we're pleased to announce that Drop-in Advising with Peer Advisors will continue to be available both through Zoom and In Person. If you need one-on-one time with an Academic Advisor, appointments can be scheduled in-person or via Zoom through the Navigate Slug Success app.

Check out our Undergraduate Advising page for full details on all advising options. 

We can't wait to see you all on campus, and here's to a successful and engaging year ahead!

Want to know when you can drop by for advice? 

Need to get in touch with someone? 

  • 📧 Feel free to email our dedicated Undergraduate Advisors at psyadv@ucsc.edu 
  • 👥 Or reach out to our Peer Advisors at psypeer@ucsc.edu with any questions. 

We're here to help!

Please Note! 🚨 Receiving and regularly reading emails from psyadv@ucsc.edu is essential for staying informed about your studies at UCSC. This includes crucial information regarding course enrollment, surveys, and other vital communications. 
🔝Make it a priority🔝 to check your UCSC email often and ensure that these emails are not mistakenly directed to your Spam folder. Your attention to this matter is critical to your academic success. 🎓



We have some important details to share for the upcoming quarter, and we don't want you to miss out! Please take a moment to read through the information below. It's all geared to help you have a successful and enjoyable term.

If there is a particular subject matter you wish to focus on, feel free to use the navigation to the left. 

If you have any questions, we're here for you!


Major Declaration Deadline for Fall 2023: Friday, October 27th

Important Note for Returning Students and Incoming Transfers:

  • Returning Students: If you are entering your 6th quarter, declaring by the October 27th deadline is essential to prevent Winter Enrollment-Holds. Even if you are actively working on Major Qualifying Courses this Fall, make sure to file your petition. We will apply ‘conditions’ to the petition, but this will be enough to prevent Winter Enrollment-Holds.
  • Incoming Transfers: Declaring ahead of your Winter deadline is beneficial, helping you smoothly transition and plan your courses effectively. Don’t wait!

What Everyone Needs to Know:

  • Declare by the Deadline: If you wish to have your petition processed before Winter enrollment appointments, submit them by October 27th.
  • Declaring is an Upper Division Prerequisite: Many Psychology upper-division courses require you to declare your major in Cognitive Science or Psychology before enrolling. This prerequisite cannot be waived by advisors.
  • Early Declaration: If eligible, submit your petition to declare early. This ensures you have the most options for Winter enrollment.
  • Fall 2023 Transfers: If you entered UCSC in Fall 2023 as a transfer student, make sure you submit your petition by Friday, February 9th, 2024 to avoid a Spring enrollment hold.

How to Declare Your Major:

Feel free to reach out if you need assistance or have any questions. We're here to guide you through this important step in your academic journey!


Unlock Your Potential with Undergraduate Research (PSYC 194)! 🎓🧠📈

Have you ever dreamed of contributing to cutting-edge research? Here's your chance! By participating in an Undergraduate Research (PSYC 194) opportunity, you can immerse yourself in real-world research projects, collaborate with experts, and discover new horizons in Psychology.

To seize this exciting opportunity:

  • Explore Our Opportunities: Our regularly updated listings offer fresh and engaging research projects that cater to various interests and specializations.
  • Take Action!: Found a placement that fuels your curiosity? Follow the instructions on the posted opportunity and don't hesitate to reach out to the associated faculty or grad student via email. 

Don't just learn from books; create knowledge! Your involvement in research could be the stepping stone to a thriving career or further studies in Psychology. Reach out to us if you need guidance or have any questions. 🌟


Explore the World of Psychology with Field Study (PSYC 193) in Winter/Spring 2024! 🧭

Are you a Junior or Senior interested in exploring a career path in Psychology while also helping out our Santa Cruz community? If you've completed PSYC 100 and are in good academic standing, we invite you to discover the Psychology Field Study Program and the various types of internships available for the Winter/Spring cohort!

⚠️ Important! 

Students interested in being a part of the Winter/Spring 2024 cohort of the Field Study Program MUST attend one of the 3 scheduled Info Sessions:

  • Monday, Oct 23, 4pm - 5pm 
  • Tuesday, Oct 24, 10:25am - 11:25am
  • Wednesday, Oct 25, 1:20pm - 2:20pm 
These sessions are essential to understanding what the Field Study Program involves and how you can be part of it. 

📝 Sign up for a Session to receive the Zoom link, and don't forget to mark 8am on Wednesday November 1st as the application deadline on your calendar 📅 The link to the Field Study Application will be shared with all attendees.

For more information about Field Study and our upcoming Info Sessions:

Dive into a rewarding experience in Psychology and make a difference in our Santa Cruz community! 


Senior Seminars and Permission Code Requests for Winter Term 📚

Attention all Cognitive Science or Psychology majors nearing Senior Status! If you've completed 135 credits or more and are about to reach Senior standing in the next term, you'll soon be eligible to request a permission code for a Senior Seminar.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Eligibility: Declared students in Cognitive Science or Psychology who have completed 135 units or more will receive a survey via email. This survey allows you to request a permission code for a Senior Seminar in Winter.
  • Survey Distribution: Keep an eye on your UCSC email! 📧
    • We will send the Survey to eligible Seniors prior to enrollment. 
    • The deadline for completing the Survey will be provided in the notification email along with the link to the Survey.
    • Stay Informed: Check your UCSC email regularly and make sure you're receiving and reading messages from psyadv@ucsc.edu. This ensures you don't miss out on survey emails or other vital information sent by Psychology Advising.

For information about the Senior Seminar Requirement, applicable to both Cognitive Science and Psychology majors, visit the Senior Seminar Requirement page.

Stay on top of your Senior Seminar preparations, and don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. We're here to support your Academic Success!


Gear Up for Winter 2024 with Academic Planning! 📅🎓

Hey Cognitive Science and Psychology majors, it's never too early to think about Winter 2024. Here's the inside scoop:

  • Your Friendly Academic Team: Our Peer Advisors and Undergraduate Advisors are standing by with a helping hand. Whether it's course selection or understanding prerequisites, we're here for you. Let's make planning as easy as possible.
  • Save the Date for Advising Week: Mark November 9th - 14th on your calendar for Advising Week.  Priority enrollment appointments start on November 15th!
  • READ YOUR EMAILS: All proposed and declared majors, stay tuned for essential Winter 2024 Enrollment Information coming to your inbox. 📧
  • Sneak Peek at Winter Courses: Want to get a head start? The 2023-2024 Tentative Course Listing is your go-to resource for Winter courses and beyond.
  • We're Here for You: Need more assistance? Make and Appointment! Our dedicated Advisors are here to make your academic journey as pain free as possible. Your success is our priority, and we're always ready to help.

Planning for Winter 2024 doesn't have to be overwhelming. With support and a clear path, you'll be well-prepared for the next quarter and the new year. Let's make it a great one!


Shape Your Future with Career Resources! 🚀

Thinking about what comes next after graduation? Pondering potential career paths or considering graduate school? We've got you covered!

  • Career Advice Tailored for You: Whether you're exploring job opportunities or polishing your resume, our Career Resources webpage is filled with guidance specifically curated for Cognitive Science and Psychology majors. Get the inside track on landing that dream job or internship!
  • Got Graduate School Questions? Navigating the graduate school application process can be tricky, but we're here to help. Our Graduate School FAQs are packed with answers to your most pressing questions.
  • Personalized Career Coaching: Ready to level up your career planning? Check out Career Success' Website for one-on-one coaching, workshops, and resources designed to help you shine. It's time to take the next big step toward your future!


Are you craving exclusive insights, updates, and opportunities tailored to Psychology students like you? Then PSYCFWD is where you need to be!

When you Subscribe to PSYCFWD, you'll tap into a network that brings you:

  • Cross-Department Collaborations: Learn about exciting initiatives, events, and programs happening across UCSC, all at your fingertips.
  • Graduate School Connections: Get the inside scoop on opportunities at California state graduate schools, straight from the source.
  • Jobs, Scholarships, and Internships: Your next big career step could be just an email away! From internships to scholarships, PSYCFWD puts the spotlight on what matters most to you.

Don't let these exclusive opportunities slip through your fingers. Subscribe to PSYCFWD today and stay connected, informed, and ahead of the curve. 


Important Dates

Stay informed about all the the important dates and deadlines, by bookmarking a copy of the University’s 2023-24 Academic Calendar