Enrollment Assistance: Spring 2020

Enrollment Information (Registrar)

Registrar manages the Enrollment process, so please read through their website and check it regularly for updates (includes appointment timelines and answers to frequently asked questions about the enrollment process).

Waitlist Information

Waitlists are available after all students, continuing and new, have had the opportunity to enroll in classes, and are assigned by class level. Check your appointment times to see when you may sign up on a waitlist.


The Psychology Department does not place holds.  If you have a hold on your account, contact the department that placed the hold.  You can see who placed the hold by clicking on “Details” under the hold section of your Student Center.

Pre-requisite Credit

If you took a cognitive science or psychology major pre-requisite at a community college and it is not yet in your portal, e-mail psyadv@ucsc.edu your unofficial transcripts. We will input the course(s) into “other credit,” which notifies the system you have fulfilled that particular pre-requisite. Please allow 3 business days for processing.

When Do I Take Psych 100?

Although Psych 100 is the next course students take after declaring the Psychology and/or Cog Sci major, students don’t typically take this course until sometime during their junior year. 

Psych 1 Gating

Psych 1 is a gated course, which means seats are released during each day of enrollment.  Check back each day to try to enroll in the class.  If you are unable to get into the class, keep in mind that you can add to the waitlist during your second enrollment appointment.  


Per campus regulations, students must attend the first class meeting of the course in which they are enrolled to retain their seat. If you fail to attend, you may be administratively dropped from the course.  



Please see information below which you may find helpful if you are still considering what courses to enroll in if you wanted to take Psychology courses that are currently listed as full.

Psychology students: "Outside the Major" courses

  • If you are a Psychology major and still need to take your "outside the major" Upper Division course, this could be a great time to do this as there are many options to meet this requirement! 
  • For a list of departments and courses that can meet this requirement, view here: https://psychology.ucsc.edu/undergraduate/psych-majors/outside-course-list-general.html
  • The Departments and courses listed were specifically chosen by UCSC Psychology faculty for the added value and context they can provide in your pursuit of the Psychology major, so they are also great areas to look at taking courses in that you don't "need" for the major. Keep in mind you need 180 units to graduate, and the Psychology major is a small fraction of that, so there will be a point where you are taking courses to help you decide what else you may be interested in or just for "fun"- this list is a great place to start to look for those courses if you're not sure.
  • Psychology Out of Department Courses with no prerequisites- scheduled Spring 2020 
    Please cross-reference these courses with availability on the Department websites- some courses may have been cut for Spring 2020 after February 28.

Cognitive Science students: Interdisciplinary Electives

  • If you are a Cognitive Science major, you should look into making progress on your four "Interdisciplinary Electives", which are offered in other departments.
  • Cognitive Science Interdisciplinary Electives 

  • Please note that you will need to take 3 of the 4 courses required in the same Group (for example, if you choose the Group area Evolution, you will need to take 3 courses from Group 1's list).
  • Looking at the department websites related to Interdisciplinary Electives for Cognitive Science, there are some spaces available in classes for Spring 2020. 

If you're not able to take courses that are fits to the major, consider what else you may want to study/learn while you're at UCSC. 

  • Have you thought about adding a minor? Depending on your interests for graduate or career paths, this could be very helpful in determining your trajectory. We see our students often minor in Education, Legal Studies, or Linguistics, for example. There is a list of UCSC minors here: https://registrar.ucsc.edu/enrollment/minors-list.html
  • Are you interested in learning a language (something that can be a tremendous help, in particular if you're interested in working in an education or clinical setting for Psychology)? Spanish fluency, in particular, is often listed as a preferred or required skill for jobs. You can find language course information here: https://language.ucsc.edu/undergraduate/index.html
  • Have you checked to see the course options your College is offering? These are great topical options with smaller group discussion options that can really add a lot to your experience at UCSC. Here is a list of the Colleges and links to their pages with Spring 2020 course information: