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General Enrollment Guidelines for Upper Division (Tier II & Tier III) Courses
- Phase 1: Enrollment is restricted to declared Psychology major students. Students who are not declared in Psychology are limited to the wait list.
- Phase 2: Enrollment is open to all students despite major or standing on a first-come, first-served basis. If seats are limited or not available, a waitlist is available.
- Starting the Monday of the Second Week of Instruction, the online version of Psych 1 will be shut down to new enrollment. This includes the waitlist.
Starting the Monday of the Third Week of Instruction, all Psychology classes (except the online version of Psych 1) will be shut down to new enrollment. This includes the waitlist.
The Third Week of Instruction is used to process enrollment manually and clear the waitlist. Enrollment is based on department priorities (see below) and the availability of space in the class.
Enrollment is usually finalized by the end of the Third Week of Instruction (if not sooner).
- Psychology purposefully keeps class waitlists small in an attempt to avoid dropping students once the semester starts.
- While we cannot guarantee you a spot in the class, this means that if you are able to add yourself to the waitlist, in either enrollment Phase or the beginning of the Adjustment Period, you have a good chance at eventually being enrolled into the class--unless something prevents you from being enrolled (e.g. time conflict, hold on your account, unit maximum, etc.).
- Waitlists are automatically processed several times a day throughout Phase 1, Phase 2, and the Adjustment Period. If space becomes open in your section, you will be moved into the class based on your waitlist position.
- If you have something (e.g. time conflict with another class) that is preventing you from being enrolled / moved off of the waitlist, you will be notified by the end of the First Week of Instruction. Failure to respond will result in being dropped from the class at the beginning of the Third Week of Instruction.
- If students remain on the waitlist at the end of the Third Week of Instruction, the chance of enrollment is almost zero.
* 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.
Enrollment Strategies for Declared Psychology Majors
- Phase 1: Prioritize enrolling in upper-division classes in Phase 1, as there are a large number of seats reserved for Psychology Majors. If a class is full and you can get on a waitlist, we recommend you do so since this will increase your chances of getting into the class. When space permits, you will be enrolled through the automatic waitlist process which happens several times a day. Please be aware if you are on a waitlist, you cannot switch sections through CalCentral to another open section. So make your first choice, your best choice as you will not have the option to move around.
Phase 2: Seats become available on a first-come, first-served basis for all students during Phase 2, depending on space availability and according to particular enrollment restrictions. If you were not able to enroll or add to the waitlist during Phase 1, you have the option to either enroll or add yourself to the waitlist during Phase 2 unless one of the following criteria restricts you:
- There are no open and/or waitlist spots in the discussion/lab section you desire
- Seats are available but reserved for certain groups. Check your Schedule Planner to see if this is the case.
- You are enrolled in time conflicting courses. Be sure to check not only the Lecture hours but also your discussion/lab time. Time conflicts also applies to your scheduled exams.
- You have other conflicts such as reaching your unit load max or have a hold on your account. Be sure to speak with your adviser to clear any holds that prevent you from enrolling.
Due to the campus-wide popularity of Psychology courses, it is highly likely that they will reach capacity early in Phase 2. It is strongly encouraged to enroll as soon as possible, as we do not provide permission codes to override a waitlist.
- Enrollment continues to be open until the end of the Second Week of Instruction. The department closes classes down to new enrollment at the beginning of the Third Week of Instruction and begins the process of manually clearing the waitlists.
- If you are not on the waitlist by the end of the Second Week of Instruction, it is highly unlikely that space will become available, and we strongly encourage you to consider a backup course.
- We cannot make guarantees to students who are waitlisted that space will become available.
Enrollment Strategies for Students Who Are Not Declared in Psychology
If you did not get on a waitlist during Phase 1, you will be able to enroll in classes or add to the waitlist during Phase 2 as long as none of the above conditions restrict you. Since Psychology classes are very popular, it is likely that many classes and waitlists will fill up during Phase 1 or early in Phase 2. We do not release permission codes to override the wait list.
- Phase 1: Upper-division Psychology classes are reserved for declared Psychology majors in phase 1. We recommend adding yourself to the waitlist as early as possible though, as this will increase your chances of being enrolled during Phase 2.
Phase 2: Seats become available on a first-come, first-serve basis for all students during Phase 2, depending on space availability and according to particular enrollment restrictions. Students on the waitlist will be enrolled automatically by the CalCentral system unless one of the following criteria restricts you:
- There are no seats available in the Discussion/Lab you are waitlisted for.
- We cannot make guarantees to students who are waitlisted that space will become available.
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.
**Students on a waitlist cannot switch sections on their own via CalCentral. When adding to a waitlist, make your first choice your best choice.
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
- The non-Psychology class is asynchronous
Other than cases listed above, the Psychology department does not override time conflicts. To resolve your time conflict:
- You can drop the course in conflict.
- If the overlap is with a section and you are enrolled, you can switch your discussion section via CalCentral.
If the time conflict is with an asynchronous class in another department:
- If the conflict is preventing you from being enrolled in a Psychology class, provide proof that the conflicting class is asynchronous.
- If the conflict is preventing you from being enrolled in another department’s class, you need to contact that department for an enrollment override.
- If your conflict remains unresolved by the beginning of the Third Week of Instruction, you will be dropped from the class.
- 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:
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, CalCentral will place the student at the top of the lecture waitlist, and the student will be enrolled once a spot in that section opens up. In cases where a student is on the waitlist, the student must first drop from the waitlist in order to switch their section. Alternatively, students that are unable to switch discussion sections on their own through CalCentral because the desired section is full can reach out to the instructor and/or GSI to request being switched. In this case, the student will need to be paired with another student. These switches will take place during the Third Week of Instruction. Students unable to switch on their own through CalCentral or find a fellow students to pair with will not be able to change their discussion section. In this event, if the conflict remains, the student will need to drop the class.
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.
- - Students who have a medical condition that requires regular treatment that can be verified by their medical provider.
If you are currently enrolled in a Psychology class, you may move to another section using CalCentral if there is space available in the desired section. Simply follow the instructions outlined below:
- 1. Check for seat availability in your desired discussion section using this link: classes.berkeley.edu
- 2. Log in to CalCentral
- 3. Go to "My Academics"
- 4. Under "Class Enrollment" section, go to “5. Class Adjustment” section
- 5. Select "Options" (DO NOT select "Swap" or "Drop")
- 6. Choose the course from the drop down menu
- 7. Click "Proceed to Step 2 of 3"
- 8. Choose your new section Please note that the section you are switching into must be open. If the section is not open, you may instead choose to add yourself to the waitlist for the desired section, if availability permits.
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:
- They can prove they are a declared Psychology major (or related major) at their home university.
- They need these courses as part of their major for their home university (i.e. it is a required course for the major).
- The course is not full by the Third Week of Instruction.
- 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.
- I submitted the online application to declare Psychology this semester. Am I declared? Do I have priority enrollment? How should I proceed?
The Psychology major applications submitted this semester are not processed until you meet with an advisor. So until you do so, you are still technically undecared. Your best option, if available, is to complete the major declaration process as soon as possible. Also be aware that if you have declared and been accepted to Psychology as your second major, there is a separate process and additional paperwork that must be completed in order for you to be officially declared. Until this process is complete you will not have priority enrollment in upper division Psychology classes.
Unfortunately, there is no way for us to track and prioritize intended majors in the CalCentral system. There are ways that undeclared students can strategically enroll in upper division Psychology courses and we strongly recommend you do so. You can review those tips in the section above.
- CalCentral says there's space, so why can't I get into the class?
If you see a green dot indicating there is space available in the class and you are still not able to enroll in the class, one of the following may apply:
- No seats are available in the discussion section you are waitlisted for. Keep in mind that you must be enrolled into the discussion section in order to be enrolled into the lecture.
- The available seats are reserved for specific groups that you do not meet the criteria for. Check your Schedule Planner to see if this is the case.
- You are enrolled in courses that conflict with the lecture or discussion for the class. Be sure to check not only the lecture hours but also your discussion time. Be aware that time conflicts can also occur between exam schedules, so check that as well.
- If none of these barriers to enrollment are preventing you from enrolling but you are still having issues, it is possible that there is an error in the system. Please send an email to email@example.com to verify.
- What happens if I try to enroll in a class, but I haven't yet completed the prerequisites?
CalCentral does not check for or enforce prerequisites. Unless announced otherwise, students who have not fulfilled a prerequisite will be allowed to enroll in and will not be dropped from upper division Psychology courses. However, students are expected to have the necessary background to take classes with prerequisites. You will be held to the same standards for performance in the class regardless of whether you completed the prerequisite coursework.
If you try to enroll and receive an error message that “Available seats are reserved and you do not meet the reserve capacity requirements” then the currently available seats are reserved for a specific group of students such as declared Psychology majors or incoming transfer students. This error message does not refer to any problem with your prerequisite coursework completion.
- How do the waitlists work?
Waitlists are processed 4 times a day, and will enroll students automatically based on their position as long as there is also space in the discussion. Students waitlisted for a full discussion section or who have a schedule conflict will be passed over. Also be aware that if a student is enrolled in a class and then switches to a different discussion section that is full, the student will be put at the top of the waitlist since they were previously enrolled, but are no longer able to be enrolled.
- Does the discussion section I choose have an impact on whether or not I'll get in the class?
Yes. You may not be able to enroll in a class if there are no seats available in the discussion section you choose. You may be able to add to the waitlist, but you will remain on the waitlist until a space becomes available for you in that particular discussion section. Keep in mind that you must be enrolled into the discussion section in order to be enrolled into the lecture.
- Can I take a graduate level class as an undergraduate student?
CalCentral will not allow undergraduate students to enroll in graduate level classes because they are intended for students who have already completed their undergraduate degree and are admitted to the PhD program. In exceptional circumstances, some graduate level classes may be suitable for some undergraduate students. As a general guideline, only advanced Psychology major students will be prepared to take any of the graduate level classes in our department. If you see a class that you think may be suitable for your particular background, you will first need to get permission from the instructor to see if you may be approved to join the class. If you are, you will need to contact our office to assist you with enrollment.
- How can I maximize my chance of getting into a class if I'm currently on the waitlist?
If you are on the waitlist, stay on the waitlist. Dropping the class and adding it again later will drop you back down to the bottom of the waitlist. And if the waitlist for either the lecture or discussion you choose later is full, you will not even be able to add to the waitlist. We do not release permission codes to override the wait list for students who were previously enrolled and who chose to switch to a different discussion or class. Do be aware that if you are on the waitlist for a course you will not be able to change your discussion section using “Options”. Instead you will need to drop the class and re-add it, which will cause you to lose your previous wait list position number. You will be added to the bottom of the waitlist. Also, be aware that the "Swap Courses" feature cannot be used to switch discussion/lab sections. "Swap Courses" is only used to switch between courses/lectures.
- What should I do if I can't even get on the waitlist for a class I really want?
Psychology purposefully keeps our waitlists small. This is to ensure that those students on the waitlist have a good chance of making it into the class. This is intentional as we don’t want students lingering on a waitlist with little to no hope of being enrolled into the class. For our popular classes, this means the waitlist will fill quickly, usually in Phase 1 or early in Phase 2. If the waitlist for the class you want to enroll in is full, your only option is to closely monitor the class for spaces that become available. The waitlist is automatically processed multiple times a day.
- Even though I see a green circle on CalCentral, I get a message that I need departmental consent to enroll. What should I do?
The green circle on CalCentral is not a reliable source of comprehensive enrollment information. Once we switch to manual waitlist processing, even if you see a green circle you will not be able to enroll in a class. If you are on the waitlist, stay on the waitlist. The “department consent” message means that we have locked down enrollment at this time to allow the department Scheduler to manually process the waitlist. If you are on the waitlist, your best chance to get into the class is to just stay on the waitlist. Consider a different course. If you are not yet on the waitlist, then it's very unlikely that a space will become available at this time and we encourage you to consider a different course.
- What should I do if I can't get into any of the classes I want? Can I get a permission code to at least be enrolled into a couple?
We do not release permission codes to override the wait list. You may consider taking a class that does not meet a specific Psychology major requirement such as one of the following:
- Take a DeCal class. Peruse the available DeCal courses for the semester at decal.berkeley.edu.
- Take advantage of research opportunities and receive Psych 199 credit. Positions are posted on the Psychology Weekly Opportunities page and on the bulletin board in front of the Student Services Office on the second floor of Berkeley Way West.
- Explore courses from other disciplines. See the listing of suggested classes online here: http://registrar.berkeley.edu/registration/suggested-classes
If you have enrollment questions that are not addressed here, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Undergraduate Psychology Courses
To see a listing of all Psychology courses including course descriptions, visit the Course Catalog in the Academic Guide. To know which classes will be offered in a particular semester, visit the Class Schedule and search for the term you are interested in.
Open & Suggested Classes
Looking for open classes for the current semester? We encourage you to explore classes in other departments to complement your Psychology major. Visit the Open & Suggested Classes webpage to see the latest open, high-interest classes recommended by all departments.
Courses Accepted from Outside the Psychology Department
If approved, you may take a maximum of two upper division courses outside the Psychology department to be accepted towards your major requirements. This includes courses transferred to UC Berkeley from another 4-year institution, courses taken abroad, courses from UC Extension, and courses offered at UC Berkeley through other departments (Business, Economics, Legal Studies, etc.).
Below is a list of courses from other departments at UC Berkeley that will be accepted as upper division requirements for the major. Unless otherwise indicated, each class will be accepted as a Tier III elective course:
* If a course is cross-listed with a course in the Psychology department it will be counted as a Psychology class and will not count towards your two courses maximum from outside the Psychology department. Note that cross-listed courses all have a "C" prefix and to count as "in the department" it must be cross-listed with a PSYCH course.
- Cognitive Science C100*: Basic Issues in Cognition (Cross-listed with PSYCH C120)
- Cognitive Science C126*: Perception (Cross-listed with PSYCH C126)
- Cognitive Science C127*: Cognitive Neuroscience (Cross-listed with PSYCH C127)
- Integrative Biology C147*: Neuroethology: Complex Animal Behaviors and Brains (Cross-listed with PSYCH C115C)
- Linguistics C146*: Language Acquisition (Cross-listed with PSYCH C143)
- Sociology 150/150A/150B: Social Psychology (Tier II - Social/Personality). Although this course has the same title as PSYCH 160, the two are not cross-listed. This is a distinct course in the Sociology department.
- Anthropology 106: Primate Behavior
- Anthropology 149: Psychological Anthropology
- Cognitive Science C102: Scientific Approaches to Consciousness
- Cognitive Science C124: Psycholinguistics
- Cognitive Science C131*: Computational Models of Cognition (Cross-listed with PSYCH C123)
- Computer Science 188: Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
- Economics 119: Psychology and Economics
- Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM) C126 - Animal Behavior (Cross-listed with IB C144)
- Integrative Biology 139 - Neurobiology of Stress
- Integrative Biology C143A*: Biological Clocks (Cross-listed with PSYCH C113)
- Integrative Biology C143B*: Hormones and Behavior (Cross-listed with PSYCH C116)
- Integrative Biology (IB) C144 - Animal Behavior (Cross-listed with ESPM C126)
- Legal Studies 180: Implicit Bias
- Legal Studies 181: Psychology and the Law
- Legal Studies 183: Psychology of Diversity and Discrimination in America
- Letterse & Science C160V:* Human Happiness
- Molecular Cell Biology 160: Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology
- Molecular Cell Biology 165: Neurobiology of Disease
- Political Science 164A: Political Psychology and Involvement
- Public Health 129: The Aging Human Brain
- Public Policy C189: Social Science and Crime Prevention Policy (Cross-listed with Social Welfare C181)
- Social Welfare C181: Social Science and Crime Prevention Policy (Cross-listed with PubPol C189)
- Undergraduate Business Administration 160: Consumer Behavior
Undergraduate Business Administration 105: Leading People and Managing Organizations
- Effective Spring 2021, UGBA 105 - Leading People and Managing Organizations will no longer count as equivalent to Psych N180 ( a Tier II course). It will be counted as a Tier III elective for Spring 2021 enrollment and forward.