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Being “Admitted” to UCSB and “Accepted” into the PBS Department

Many prospective and new students contact the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences (PBS) with questions regarding “admissions” into PBS majors. PBS does not “admit” students into the major, rather we “accept” students that qualify after they have taken UC classes and have earned their spot in a full major. For information about this process, please see the tools to the right side of this page.

The Office of Admissions manages admittance to the university for both freshmen and transfer students wishing to study at UCSB. During the application process, as a courtesy and for record keeping, students may self-select their intended major of study. Although a student can select a PBS “pre-major” when they start their UCSB career, each student must actually earn their spot in the full major by meeting our departmental qualifications identified on the major sheet.

It is important to note that students admitted to UCSB as one of the PBS pre-majors might not eventually qualify to declare full major standing. The example below illustrates this concept.

Example for Freshmen:

As a senior in high school, Joe Gaucho must apply to UCSB by going through the Office of Admissions application process. At the time of application, Joe Gaucho can self-select his field of study (choose his major).

Let’s say he chooses “Biopsychology BS” on his application; if he is accepted to the university, Joe will be registered as a “pre-Biopsychology BS” student when he starts in his first quarter. This major standing will allow him to take lower division courses in the PBS department. After taking his UCSB pre-major classes, Joe must submit a “change of major” petition to the department requesting full major status as a “Biopsychology BS” student.

Should he meet the pre-requirements for acceptance, the PBS department will then “accept” Joe into the full major so he can move forward in upper division coursework. However, should he not meet the pre-requirements for acceptance, he will not be “accepted” into the PBS Department and will need to select a new major. For major qualifications, please visit: www.psych.ucsb.edu/undergrad/majors

Example for Transfer:

As a community college transfer student ready to start university, Josie Gaucho must apply to UCSB by going through the Office of Admissions application process. At the time of application, Josie Gaucho can self-select her field of study (choose her major). Likely, this will relate to what she has been working on in her community college. Using Assist.org, Josie can compare her community college coursework with courses required for any UCSB majors offered.

Let’s say she chooses “Psychological & Brain Sciences BS (Pre-PBS BS)” on her application; if she is accepted to the university, Josie will be registered as a “pre-PBS BS” student when she starts her first quarter. This major standing will allow her to take lower division courses, and PSY 100-109, in the PBS Department. After taking her UCSB pre-major classes, Josie must submit a “change of major” petition to the department requesting full major status as a “PBS BS” student.

Should she meet the pre-requirements for acceptance, the PBS Department will then “accept” Josie into the full major so she can move forward in upper division coursework. However, should she not meet the pre-requirements for acceptance, even as a transfer “junior”, she will not be “accepted” into the PBS Department and will need to select a new major. Given that transfer students come in with “junior” standing, it is imperative each student understands that pre-major standing does not guarantee full major standing within the department. For major qualifications, please visit: www.psych.ucsb.edu/undergrad/majors

For questions regarding admission to the university, please visit: www.admissions.sa.ucsb.edu

Freshmen Admissions: www.admissions.sa.ucsb.edu/applying/freshman

Transfer Admissions: www.admissions.sa.ucsb.edu/applying/transfer