Enrollment Policies

General Enrollment Guidelines for Upper Division Psychology Courses:

  • Enrollment is restricted to declared psychology majors during Phase I. Students who are not declared Psychology majors have the option to add to the wait list during Phase I.
  • Enrollment is open to all students during Phase II, on a first-come, first-served basis. A wait list will also be available.  Onc e a class becomes full, students who aren’t able to enroll directly into a class may sign up for the wait list as space is available.
  • Waitlists are processed automatically several times a day throughout Phase I, II and the Adjustment Period.  Starting the first day of instruction wait lists are processed manually based on enrollment priorities (see below) and space availability. Enrollment is finalized by 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 will not be able to 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, the chance of enrollment is minimal.

* Some upper division Psychology classes have special enrollment requirements. These include seminars (Psych 128, 148, 168), Independent Study (Psych 199), Field Study (Psych 197), and Psych 102. For enrollment questions regarding these classes, please contact the Student Services Office.

 

Click to see a list of strategies for enrolling in upper division Psychology courses. 

 

Manual Wait List Enrollment Priorities
  • Major status: Enrollment is prioritized for declared psychology majors, with students on the degree list having top priority.
  • Class standing: Among non-majors, enrollment is prioritized by class standing in descending order.
  • Waitlist Position: Enrollment is processed in the order of students' positions on the wait list.
  • Regardless of a student’s priority above, to be enrolled a student must be wait-listed for a section that also has available seats.
Time Conflict Override Policy:

By design, the CalCentral enrollment system will not allow students to enroll or wait list in courses that create a time conflict with another course in which they are enrolled or waitlisted. This includes potential conflicts in lectures and discussion sections. 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 as indicated on the course syllabus

 

Students who have extenuating circumstances and can provide adequate documentation may consult an advisor in the Student Services Office for permission to receive a time conflict override. 

Time conflict overrides will not be considered for wait list situations.  In order for a time conflict override to be considered, a student must be enrolled in the class that has a time conflict. 

 

Discussion Section Switch Policy:

The Psychology Student Services Office will not entertain any discussion section switch requests from students without extenuating circumstances as the CalCentral system allows enrolled students to switch discussion sections. If the desired discussion section is full, it will allow for switch, 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 a schedule conflict between the discussion section and child-care. 

-Students with a reduced course load due to employment must provide their work schedule signed by employer showing a schedule conflict with the discussion section. 

 

Study Abroad Students/Exchange Students (not concurrent enrollment)

Exchange students can receive permission codes allowing them to enroll in up to TWO courses if they meet the following criteria:

 

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 will NOT receive permission codes and must follow the same enrollment & wait list procedures as any other UC Berkeley undergraduate.

Questions? 

Click to see a list of Frequently Asked Questions about enrollment and their answers.  

 

If you have enrollment questions that are not addressed here, send an email to psychscheduling@berkeley.edu and we'll respond as soon as we can.  At peak enrollment periods such as the beginning of Phase 1 and Phase 2 or during the first couple weeks of a semester, we receive a high volume of inquiries so response times are delayed.  Please allow 48 hours for us to respond to your question.