Enrollment Tips for CogSci Classes

Enrollment Tips for CogSci Students

General Principles 

  • University leadership has adopted a new campus enrollment system. This system renders manual manipulation of course enrollments and waitlists impossible. 

  • We strongly advise all students to plan backups for preferred courses. Often, Cognitive Science majors do not have priority enrollment for courses offered by outside departments (e.g. Sociology, Anthropology, Computer Science, etc).

  • Many courses in Cog Sci are cross-listed, for example Cog Sci C100/PsychC120. While you will receive credit for taking either side of the cross-listed course, declared majors will be more easily admitted on the Cog Sci side. If you are undeclared and can (and do) declare at the end of the current semester, you will generally have a higher chance of being enrolled from the Cog Sci side of the wait list.

  • Don’t assume that a course will be offered the semester you intend to take it. Course scheduling happens on a semester-by-semester basis and depends upon many variables.
  • The bast majority of our partner departments reserve seats in their upper div courses for their own majors at least through the end of Phase 1. It is still common for CogSci majors to get into these courses. Usually, you just have to wait and watch in Phase 2 to see whether the waitlist is moving. Psychology has a somewhat unique process, which we have outlined below. 

How we handle waitlists in CogSci courses (NOT INCLUDING CogSci 1/1b)

Seat reservations will be set before enrollment begins. Neither advisors nor faculty will manually enroll students in the course or manipulate the waitlist in any way at any time during enrollment. Students who meet the enrollment restrictions and who enroll while there are still open seats will be able to directly enroll in the course. Students who either do not meet the enrollment restrictions, or whose enrollment time begins after the seats are taken will be placed on the waitlist for the course if it is not yet full.

  • Enrollment is restricted to declared Cognitive Science majors during Phase I. Students who are not declared Cognitive Science majors have the option to add to the wait list during Phase I.
  • Beginning in Phase 2, a portion of unoccupied seats in upper divs will be opened up to any student and the automatic waitlist will fill the seats. The remaining unoccupied seats will remain reserved for Cog Sci majors until the first day of instruction, at which time the seat reservations will expire and the automatic waitlist will fill the course. Because of thes seat reservations, you may see an active wait list while there are still open seats. 

  • For some classes, we set aside a small number of seats under the heading "permission only." These seats are reserved for emergency situations (defined as a student who need THIS course THIS semester or they will not graduate. In the likely event that these seats are not needed, they will be released to students already waitlisted for the course. This is likely to occur sometime in the month before instruction begins. 

CogSci 1/1B Procedure

Due to consistently increasing demand for CogSci courses, CogSci 1/1B is reserved for declared CogSci majors only. Please only enroll for semesters in which you anticipate being a declared CogSci major. The waitlist will be available throughout enrollment for students who are not yet declared (most commonly because they are enrolled in CS61A), but anticipate becoming declared before the beginning of classes for the enrollment semester. Once declared, the computer system will recognize students as eligible for seats reserved for majors only. 

If seats remain open in CogSci 1 by the first day of instruction, the advisors will release them first to incoming transfer students, and then to undeclared students on the waitlist.

Tips for CogSci Students who want to take a Psychology Course 

Many of you are dropping in or writing Catherine and MacKenzie asking about enrollment in Psychology classes for Fall.

To clarify what is going on, please carefully read the following:

ALL seats are reserved in ALL psychology classes for Psychology Majors during phase 1 of enrollment. If you would like to take a psychology class, and are not a Psychology major, you have two options:

1) Waitlist the course during phase I

2) If the waitlist is full or unavailable (which is very common) you will need to try to enroll again during phase II when unfilled seats are released and/or new seats are added.

 Any future emails from students regarding this issue will be disregarded as there is nothing that your CogSci advisors can do to assist with enrollment in these courses.

During phase II, the Psych department will increase the enrollment limits and reserve some of the new  seats in Psych 117 and Psych 140 for CogSci declared students. Psych will handle this enrollment according to their typical enrollment protocol (read: CogSci advisors will not be able to assist with this enrollment) for these courses. Note: Psych maintains very short waitlists throughout phase II. We advise students to check these courses regularly during phase II to see if a spot on a waitlist has opened up. Because the waitlists are short, every student on the waitlist has a decent chance of getting into the course. So, if you really want a Psych class, it helps to be vigilant.

For further information, please review the enrollment tips here: https://psychology.berkeley.edu/students/undergraduate-program/enrollment-policies