Academic Planning

Psychological & Brain Sciences (PBS) encourages all students to take an active approach in planning their own academic coursework, with consideration to timelines for their future goals. Students who have thorough academic plans are able to maximize their time here at UCSB, both on and off campus, and are most prepared to be competitive candidates for internships, employment, and graduate schools.

To be successful planners, students majoring with PBS should keep in mind the UCSB degree requirements. Students may find GE information, college requirements, and downloadable petitions on the College of Letters & Science website. The UCSB General Catalog hosts all major sheets and course prerequisite information. For information about courses required by PBS majors that are not cataloged as “PSY”, please visit the specific academic department website. Most academic department websites include valuable planning information for enrollment into their courses such as projected course offerings, enrollment restrictions, policies, and contact information for their Advisors.

Academic Advising

The Psychological & Brain Sciences (PBS) Department offers academic counseling in a variety of ways. Most student questions can be answered throughout this website, but if a student has a specific need, they are welcome to visit the PBS Main Office in Psychology East, 1814.

Students are responsible for planning their own academic paths, but are encouraged to bring their plans to the Main Office for review. Please note that Advisors do not create personalized academic plans.

PBS has three student staff members: the Biopsychology Peer Advisor, the Psychology Peer Advisor, and the Department Intern. Peers are well-trained Advisors and are staffed to assist our large population of 2,400 students. These students can be reached (mid September to mid June) at peeradvisor@psych.ucsb.edu. During the summer (mid June to mid September); please contact advising@psych.ucsb.edu.

PBS also has two staff Undergraduate Advisors that are able to help students navigate their academic successes at UCSB.

Specific responsibilities are broken down as follows:

Peers will help students with:

  • Change of Major Petitions
  • Degree Audits
  • General Advising- Course Questions, Schedule Planning, Major Rules, Pass Time Deadlines
  • Instructions to start Research Assistant Positions (99/99P and 199/199P)

Tracee Davis can help students with:

  • Education Abroad Program (EAP)
  • PSY 190L
  • Research Assistant Positions (99/99P and 199/199P)
  • Undergraduate Affairs Committee

Andrea Renteria can help students with:

  • Disabled Students Program (DSP)
  • PBS Honors Programs and Courses
  • UC/CSU Course Equivalencies
  • Undergraduate Awards
  • Waitlists (including labs)

PBS Advisors are responsible only for Psychology & Biopsychology “PSY” courses. Students should contact the sponsoring department for questions about other cataloged courses. On the following websites, students should be able to find projected course offerings and waitlist information for these departments:

Degree Audit

The Degree Audit is a tool on GOLD that allows you to track your own progress through your academic career at UCSB. The audit will show you a multitude of information including how much of your general education and major requirements have been completed and are left to complete. It will also give you a breakdown of your GPA (cumulative and major), residency requirements, total units left to complete, etc. Please use the PDF instructions below to learn how to run your own audit.