Declaring the Psychology Major

For information on declaring the Psychology major, please follow the instructions below. Each step must be completed in order.

If you're declaring Psychology as a second major, follow these instructions

For any questions that come up, or for more information, please reach out to an advisor or peer advisor. Information on how to contact us can be found on our advising services page.


Declaring Psychology as your First Major

 1.  Complete the required courses 

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:

  • MathAM 3, Pre-Calculus for the Social Sciences (OR AM 6MATH 3 or 4AM/ECON 11AMATH 11A or 11B, or MATH 19A or 19B; OR 300+ on ALEKS Math Placement, or AP Calculus score of 3+)
  • PSYC 1: Introduction to Psychology (OR AP Psychology score of 4+)
  • StatisticsPSYC 2Introduction to Psychological Statistics (OR STAT 5, or STAT 7 & 7LOR AP Statistics score of 4+)

PSYC 1 and Statistics must be taken for a letter grade. A minimum grade of B- is required in courses taken to fulfill the PSYC 1 and statistics requirements. Review the Major Admission Requirements for more information and options if the grade requirement has not been met.

Once these requirements are completed with the required course grades or scores, you can declare the Psychology major! 

2.  Request your Academic Plan 

Once you have completed the major declaration courses, please fill out our Signed Academic Plan Request form in order to receive a Signed Academic Plan. These Academic Plans detail all of your remaining major requirements. Remember to petition to declare after you submit your Academic Plan request

If you already have a Signed Academic Plan from us for the major you intend to declare, you don't need to request an academic plan again. 

Can't access the Signed Academic Plan Request form? 

In order to access the form, you must be signed into your UCSC Google account. 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. 

3.  Petition to Declare

After submitting your Signed Academic Plan request, please submit your Petition to Declare in MyUCSC.  

1. Login to your MyUCSC portal 
2. Select the block that says "Undergraduate Student eForms"
3. Click "Petition for Major/Minor" on the left menu that appears. 
4. Complete the form, and make sure to submit it once you're done! 

4.  Wait for a follow-up email

Once you have submitted your Petition in MyUCSC, we will send you a follow-up email from psyadv@ucsc.edu. We will review your Petition, give you confirmation that your major is formally declared, and provide you with your Signed Academic Plan.


Declaring Psychology as your Second Major

If you are already declared in another major and are wishing to declare Psychology as a 2nd major, there are a few steps to take:

1. Verify you’re eligible to declare Psychology

Take a look at the major qualficiation courses to see that you meet the requirements to declare.

2. Confirm that you have a Signed Academic Plan from your first major

Your plan must be updated recently & include your first major advisor's e-signature. Please reach out to your first major advisor at least 2 weeks before the declaration deadline to request this.

3.  Petition to Declare

After submitting your Signed Academic Plan request, you can submit your Petition to Declare in MyUCSC.  

1. Login to your MyUCSC portal 
2. Select the block that says "Undergraduate Student eForms"
3. Click "Petition for Major/Minor" on the left menu that appears. 
4. Complete the form, and make sure to submit it once you're done! 

4.  Wait for a follow-up email

Once you have submitted your Petition in MyUCSC, we will send you a follow-up email from psyadv@ucsc.edu. We will review your Petition, give you confirmation that your major is formally declared, and provide you with an updated Signed Academic Plan.


 Frequently Asked Questions

When should I declare?

  • You may declare as early as you like, as long as you have completed the required courses!
  • Students who enter UCSC as frosh are required to be declared in a major by their sixth quarter.
  • Transfer students are required to be declared by their second quarter at UCSC.

What if I'm not eligible to declare?

  • If you are required to declare this quarter, submit your Petition through MyUCSC. An advisor will review your record & follow-up via email with you. We will give you additional information about actions you'll need to take in order to be eligible.
  • If you are NOT required to declare a major this quarter, wait to submit your request to declare until you are eligible. Please confirm with your College if you are not sure which term you are required to declare your major!

Which General/Intensive Psychology catalog should I choose?

  • Students who entered UCSC as frosh in Fall 2020 or later must choose the 2020-22 Catalog when declaring the Psychology major. Students who entered UCSC as frosh in Fall 2019 may choose the 2019 Catalog or the 2020-22 Catalog when declaring the Psychology major.

  • Transfer students & students who entered UCSC as frosh before Fall 2019 may choose any Catalog when petitioning to declare the Psychology major.

  • The only difference between the 2019 & 2020-22 Catalogs is that PSYC 20 is required for students declared on the 2020-22 Catalog. PSYC 20 is recommended but not required for students declared on earlier Catalogs.

I’m already declared in Psychology but want to change catalogs/concentrations. How do I request that?

  • If you are declared in Psychology and want to switch between the General or Intensive concentrations or switch your catalog, please email psyadv@ucsc.edu to request the change.

I want to appeal in order to declare Psychology. What do I need to do?

  • Please review the Major Admission Requirements for more information and options if the grade requirement for the major declaration courses has not been met. Reach out to psyadv@ucsc.edu to see if you would be eligible to appeal for major admission.