Adding Courses

Adding a Course Without Listed Prerequisites

  • If you are a 1st year freshman (0-44.9 completed units and/or in your two quarters of your Freshman year at UCSD) the department cannot clear you to enroll in ANY upper-division psychology courses. You should be enrolling in lower-division major requirements, college requirements, and university electives.
  • If you are a sophomore (45-89.9 completed units and in your second year at UCSD) and in good academic standing the department can clear you for 1-2 psychology core courses (PSYC 100-108). You must be in your third quarter at UCSD during the quarter in which you are taking the requested course, with at least 3 lower division courses completed for the major, and in good Academic Standing (your GPA will be evaluated). Please use the new Course Pre-Authorization tool to request authorization.
  • Upper-division students wishing to add a class without a prerequisite course must e-mail the instructor and upload the correspondence from the instructor into the Course Pre-Authorization tool. Students who do not have upper-division standing may also request permission from the instructor by following the same instructions. If the instructor is not listed yet for the class, you will need to wait until the instructor is available.

Adding a Course that Requires Approval

Some of our courses require special approval from either the department or instructor in order to enroll. To identify special approval courses, look for a "D" next to the course number on TritonLink. Generally speaking, you should send the department a message through the Course Pre-Authorization tool in order to obtain enrollment authorization. 

The following courses will always require instructor approval:

  • Students who wish to enroll in PSYC 70 and who took Statistics at a Community College equivalent to MATH 11 or COGS 14B, or took MATH 11 or COGS 14B at UCSD must obtain authorization through the Course Pre-Authorization tool for enrollment. The system is currently only accepting PSYC 60 as a prerequisite, but students who have already taken a Statistics class are also eligible for enrollment with authorization.
  • Students interested in taking PSYC 87 (Freshman Seminar) will need to obtain clearance from the department via the Course Pre-Authorization tool. Please keep in mind that priority is given to first year students, instructor approval is required for all students who have completed at least 45 units. More information can be found online for the Freshman Seminar Program.
  • Students interested in PSYC 111A/B who are not part of the Honors Program will need to e-mail the instructor and cc psycadvising@ucsd.edu on the first day of classes detailing their Statistics background and reason for wanting to take the class. No students who are not accepted to the Honors Program will be authorized to add PSYC 111A/B until the first week of classes at the earliest.
  • PSYC 115A/115B do require instructor authorization to enroll and students need to have completed their Statistics prerequisite. Be advised that this is a cohort-style class and students will be expected to enroll in both PSYC 115A (WI) and 115B (SP) to work on continued projects. PSYC 115B will be taught at the same time as PSYC 115A is scheduled.
  • Students interested in taking PSYC 116 will need to obtain clearance from the instructor. This can only happen after an interview, and only a small number of students are added to the cohort each quarter. For more information about PSYC 116, and to add yourself to the wait list, please visit the PSYC 116 official site.
  • Students interested in PSYC 117 will need to obtain clearance from the instructor. Find out more information about PSYC 117. It is common for students not to get authorized for this class until the first week of classes.
  • Students interested in PSYC 123 should have a 3.3-4.0 GPA, show competent completion of Calculus, Statistics and PSYC 108: Cognitive Neuroscience. Students should already have a background in psychology and neuroscience. To request permission, use the Course Pre-Authorization tool and list your skills and competencies in the "Notes" section.
  • Students interested in taking Special Studies courses (PSYC 196A-B-C, PSYC 199, PSYC 195, or AIP 197) should check the appropriate pages on our website before enrolling, and/or discuss their plans with the Advising Office first.
  • Students interested in taking PSYC 192 (Senior Seminar) will need to obtain clearance from the department via the Course Pre-Authorization tool. Please keep in mind that priority is given to seniors; instructor approval is required for all students who have not completed a minumum of 135 units. More information can be found online for the Freshman Seminar Program (192 is cross-listed).
  • All students will need to obtain approval to take PSYC 193 Special Topics classes; please contact the department via the Course Pre-Authorization tool found on the UCSD website.

Adding a Course from the Waitlist

During enrollment’s second pass, students may begin to add themselves to waitlists for full courses. Waitlists are automatically managed by the Registrar's office, and the department does not have the ability to override the list for any reason. Students who drop or are administratively dropped from full classes must add themselves to the end of the waitlist.

Waitlists refresh overnight until Thursday of second week of the quarter. During this time, students will be automatically added to classes if space becomes available. If adding a student to a class would increase the students number of units to 22 or more, the automatic waitlist will bypass the student. Waitlisted courses do not count toward the minimum number of enrolled units for Financial Aid purposes. You may only waitlist for a single section of any course at one time.

If you are on the waitlist for a course, you should attend the course as though you have been added. This is so that when and if space opens up, you will not have missed course material. Students who are added to a course late will be responsible for catching up on the course material on their own; instructors are under no obligation to help you learn what you have missed. If you require TritonEd access, let the instructor know to ask ACMS to give you "audit" access (this may need to be renewed during the third week).

After the waitlist has stopped running automatically, students may be added to the class as space becomes available on a first come, first served basis via an add card. TritonLink will not continue to update after Thursday night of second week, so the class/wait lists may be inaccurate. You can call the Psychology Advising office, send us a VAC message, or stop by during Advising hours to check on the status of your class. Be advised that we cannot hold seats for students.

If you are still on the waitlist during the second week of the quarter, you should plan on adding the class late, if a space becomes available. Pick up an add card at your college or the Registrar's office and obtain the instructor's signature. If a seat becomes available, you can be added to the official class roster by bringing your signed add card to our office for a department stamp. You will then bring your completed add card to the Registrar's office for enrollment. For more information about adding classes after the normal add deadline, please see TritonLink.