Enrollment Policies
Psychology Department Enrollment Policies


General Enrollment Guidelines for courses numbered 103 - 192:
  • Enrollment is restricted to declared psychology majors during Phase I. Non-psychology majors will have the option to wait list during this period.
  • Enrollment is open to all students during Phase II, on a first-come, first-served basis. A wait list will be available; students who aren’t able to enroll directly may sign up for the wait list.
  • The wait list is processed automatically through Phase II and Adjustment Period, and manually starting the first day of instruction based on enrollment priorities (see below) and space availability. Enrollment is finalized and the waitlist is processed by the Friday of the third week of instruction, with the exception of two courses: Psych W1 (finalized the end of the first week) and Psych 10/101 (finalized the end of the second week).
  • Students may no longer add psychology courses to their schedule after the 3rd week of instruction.

* If students remain on the wait list by the fourth week of instruction, chance of enrollment is minimal.


Manual Wait List Enrollment Priorities
  • Major status: enrollment prioritizes declared psychology majors, with students on the degree list taking priority.
  • Amongst non-majors, enrollment is prioritized by class standing in descending order.
  • Enrollment is processed by the order of student’s position on the wait list.
  • Regardless of a student’s priority, to be enrolled, they must be wait-listed for an open section that has available seats.


Time Conflict Override Policy:

By design, the new CalCentral enrollment system will not allow students to enroll or wait list themselves in additional courses that pose a time conflict with one in which they are already enrolled or waitlisted. The department may provide students with a one-time override, per semester, for one of the following situations, only:


-DeCal Facilitation (if more than 1 Facilitator is available)

-Courses not lasting 15 weeks such as Freshman/Soph Seminars

-Optional Discussion Sections Indicated on Syllabus


Students with the following extenuating circumstances with adequate documentation may consult an Advisor for permission to receive a time conflict override. Please email psychsso@berkeley.edu.


Time conflict overrides for wait list situations will not be considered.



Discussion Section Switch Policy:

The Psychology Student Services Office will not entertain any discussion section switch requests from students without extenuating circumstances as the new CalCentral system allows enrolled students to swap discussion sections. If the desired discussion section is full, it will allow for swap, and put the student at the head of the lecture waitlist. In the case of students on the waitlist, the student must drop from the waitlist in order to switch their section. To switch discussion sections student should use the "options" feature versus "swap" which corresponds to primary/lecture courses. For more information on swap function, see: http://sis.berkeley.edu/sites/default/files/swap.pdf


Only students with the following circumstances may seek Advisor assistance in obtaining permission to switch discussion sections:


-Student Parents must provide documentation showing section and child-care conflict.

-Student with a Reduced Course Load due to Employment must provide work schedule as signed by employer.



Study Abroad Students/Exchange Students (not concurrent enrollment)

The following students can receive permission codes to up to TWO courses if:


1. They can prove they are a declared Psychology major (or related major) at their home university.

2. They need these courses as part of their major for their home university (i.e. it is a  required course for the major).

3. The course is not full by the 3rd week of instruction.

4. They are not already enrolled in any Psychology courses.


Exchange students that have completed their major requirements (i.e. all courses they take abroad are electives) or who are not declared psychology majors at their home university do NOT receive permission codes and follow the same enrollment & wait list procedures as any other UC Berkeley undergraduate.