Enrollment Assistance: Fall 2021

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. Students may add up to 10 waitlist credits during second enrollment appointments. Enrollment appointments can be viewed by going to your Student Center in MyUCSC and clicking on Enrollment Dates. 

For instruction on how to enroll in a waitlist, review the Office of the Registrar's FAQ for Students: Waitlist.

Holds on Enrollment

A hold may be placed on your enrollment for various reasons and will create an error message when trying to enroll. You can see who placed the hold by clicking on “Details” under the hold section of your Student Center.

The Psychology Department does not place holds. If you have questions regarding the hold on your account, contact the department that placed the hold. 

Prerequisites- Enrollment Error Message

Many of our courses have prerequisites that have to be completed before courses can be taken. If you get an enrollment error message stating that a prerequisite has not been met, review the prerequisites, co-requisites and other restrictions for the class in the Class Search and confirm that your student record reflects satisfaction of all requisites. If after reviewing the course description and your academic history, if you feel you have met the prerequisite, contact the Office of the Registrar and address the error message.

Prerequisite- Completed Outside of UCSC

If you have completed a prerequisite outside of UCSC and are unable to enroll in a Psychology course, send an unofficial transcript to psyadv@ucsc.edu. We will enter the course equivalency on your student portal to allow you to enroll in the course. Please allow 3 business days to process your request.

Unable to enroll in an open course with all the mandatory sections closed

Please contact psyadv@ucsc.edu for assistance with this. Be sure to include information about which course and which section(s) you are interested in taking in your email. 

Permission Codes

Do not contact faculty or lecturers requesting permission codes. Declared juniors and seniors who were unable to enroll in any upper division courses are eligible to request permission codes from the department. After the first pass enrollment, the Psychology Department will send an email (from psyadv@ucsc.edu) with instructions on how to request a permission code(s). Please note, permission codes are not guaranteed.

When Do I Take PSYC 100?

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

PSYC 1 Gating

PSYC 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.  


If during your enrollment appointment, the majority of Psychology courses are listed as full you may consider fulfilling your major requirement(s) that is offered outside of the Psychology Department.

Cognitive Science students: Interdisciplinary Electives

If you are a Cognitive Science major, you should consider making progress on the four required "Interdisciplinary Electives".  Those courses are offered in other departments.

Cognitive Science Interdisciplinary Electives scheduled Fall 2021 

Please note,  3 out of the 4 required courses must be from the same group (for example, if you choose Evolution as your group area, you will need to take 3 courses from the 1's group list).

Psychology students: "Outside the Major" courses

If you are a Psychology major and have not completed the Upper Division Outside Course requirement, this may be a great time to fulfill that requirement.

To access the list of approved departments and courses that can fulfill the Upper Division Outside Course requirement, view here.

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. Keep in mind that 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/few prerequisites scheduled Fall 2021 

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 considered adding a minor? Depending on your interests for graduate or career paths, this could be very helpful in determining your trajectory.  For example, many of our students often minor in Education, Legal Studies, or Linguistics. You may review UCSC minor options here.
  • Are you interested in learning a language (this can be a tremendous help, in particular if you're interested in working in an education or or a clinical setting)? Spanish fluency is often listed as a preferred or required skill for jobs. You can find language course information here.
  • Have you checked to see the course options your College is offering? These are great topical options with smaller group discussion that can add a lot to your experience at UCSC. Here is a list of the Colleges and links to their pages with course information:
  • Additionally, check out the Best Bets List for Fall 2021. The Best Bets list includes lower-division, general education courses, which overwhelmingly do not have prerequisites or enrollment restrictions.