Enrollment Policies
General Enrollment Guidelines for Tier II & Tier III 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.  Once 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, Phase II, and the Adjustment Period.  Starting the second week of instruction, students are no longer allowed to enroll or add themselves to the waitlist so the department can process enrollment 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 101 (finalized the end of the second week). 
  • 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.


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


Click here for a course list of open undergraduate classes on high-interest topics


  • 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 the waitlist cannot switch sections on their own via CalCentral. Instructions will be available during the second week of instruction.
  • Cancel for Non-Payment

    Under the University’s Cancel for Non-Payment policy, students may be dropped from enrollment in their classes if they don’t pay 20 percent or more of their tuition and fees by the fee payment deadline. Due to the high demand for Psychology classes, students who are dropped from a class due to non-payment will not receive special consideration for re-enrollment.  In order to assure your seat in classes you select, you must pay fees by the fee payment deadline.

    If you have any questions about the Cancel for Non-Payment policy or whether an exception can be made for you as a student, reach out to Cal Student Central.

  • 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

    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.
    -You can contact the other department to request an enrollment override.

    If your conflict remains unresolved by the beginning of instruction, the department cannot accommodate your enrollment.

  • 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. 

    -Students who have a medical condition that requires regular treatment that can be verified by their medical provider. 

  • 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.


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.