Declaring the Psychology Major

Students who indicate Psychology on their UC admissions applications will be considered proposed Psychology until they declare. To declare the General or Intensive Psychology major you must complete:

  • Applied Mathematics 3: Pre-Calculus for the Social Sciences (OR Courses: AM 6, MATH 3 or 4, or 11A or 11B, or 19A or 19B; OR Tests: 300+ on ALEKS Math Placement, or a 3+ on AP Calculus exam)
  • Psychology 1: Introduction to Psychology (OR 4+ on AP Psychology exam)
  • Psychology 2: Introduction to Psychological Statistics (OR STAT 5 or STAT 7/7L; OR 4+ on AP Statistics exam)

PSYC 1 and the statistics requirement must be taken for a letter grade. Review the Major Admission Requirements for information on the minimum grades required to declare. Once these requirements are completed with the required course grades or scores, you can declare the Psychology major following the instructions below. 

Petition for Major Declaration 

Students interested in declaring Psychology must complete the following:

1.  REQUIRED- review the Major Declaration Instructions

2.  Verify that you have completed all of the declaration requirements for Psychology.

  • View this slide from the presentation above for a quick reference of all declaration requirements.

  •  Not eligible to declare? View this slide from the presentation above. 

3. Submit your request through a Google Form linked below:

  • If you are requesting to declare Psychology as your FIRST (or ONLY) major, or are CHANGING your declared major to Psychology, submit this Major Declaration Request Form to initiate your declaration. View this slide from the presentation above for an overview of the process.


Can't access the Google form? 

You must be signed into your UCSC Google account to access the forms linked above. Use a browser not signed into any other Google accounts or open a private/incognito browser that requires you to sign into your UCSC account if you have trouble accessing the Google form.

The Spring 2021 Declaration Deadline is Thursday, April 29Notifications of Petition of Major Declaration approval or denial will be sent to students' UCSC email.  

Please note: you may be contacted by or if we have questions about the information you submitted on your request. Check your UCSC email often and respond in order to avoid delays in processing your request.