University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

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University of California, Santa Barbara

Most Popular Majors

All Majors & Degrees

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Art/Art Studies
Chinese Language and Literature
Christian Studies
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Comparative Literature
Divinity, Ministry, Seminary (BD, MDiv)
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
English Language and Literature
Film, Cinema, Video, Movie Studies
Fine/Studio Arts
French Language and Literature
General Music
General Studies
Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Interior Design
Japanese Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Music Theory and Composition
Other History
Other Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services
Portuguese Language and Literature
Product and Industrial Design
Religion/Religious Studies
Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Spanish Language and Literature
Theology/Theological Studies


Major Bachelors Masters
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science
Business Administration and Management
Business/Corporate Communications
Business/Managerial Economics
Construction Management
E-Commerce/Electronic Commerce
Fashion/Apparel Design
Hospitality Management and Administration
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Information Systems
Management Science
Other Accounting and Related Services
Other Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations
Other Marketing
Purchasing, Procurement/Acquisitions and Contracts Management
Restaurant & Food Services
Tourism, Travel, and Hotel Services Management

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Animation, Interactive Media, Video Graphics and Special Effects
Commercial & Advertising Art
Communications Technology/Technician
Design & Visual Communications
Film/Video & Cinematography
Graphic Design
Other Computer Software and Media Applications
Recording Arts Technology
Web Page, Digital Multimedia, Information Resources, and Graphic Design

Cosmetology & Beauty

Major Bachelors Masters
Esthetician & Skin Care
Hair Styling & Hair Design
Make-Up Artist/Specialist
Manicurist/Nail Specialist

Culinary Arts & Food Service

Major Bachelors Masters
Baking and Pastry Arts
Culinary Arts


Major Bachelors Masters
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education
Educational Leadership and Administration
Other Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
Secondary Education


Major Bachelors Masters
Chemical Engineering
Computer Engineering
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Materials Science
Mechanical Engineering
Other Electrical Technician

Family and Consumer Science Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Consumer Merchandising/Retailing Management

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Other Health and Physical Education/Fitness

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Clinical/Medical Lab. Technician
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) and Licensed Vocational Nurse Training (LVN)
Massage Therapy, Therapeutic Massage
Medical Insurance/Biller
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist
Medical/Clinical Assistant
Nursing Administration
Nursing Assistant / Aide and Patient Care Assistant / Aide
Occupational Therapist Assistant
Other Alternative and Complementary Medicine and Medical Systems (Holistic Medicine)
Other Nursing
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Registered Nurse and Registered Nursing (RN)
Respiratory Therapy Technician/Assistant
Surgical Technologist
Ultrasound Technician

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
International/Global Studies
Other Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Court Reporting
Legal Administrative Assistant
Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Legal Studies

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Aquatic Biology/Limnology
Biology/Biological Sciences
General Zoology/Animal Biology
Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Other Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Other Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences
Other Ecology, Evolution, Systematics and Population Biology

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters
Actuarial Science
Other Applied Mathematics

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Geology/Earth Science
Hydrology and Water Resources Science
Other Chemistry

Security and Protective Service Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement
Firefighter, Fireman and Firefighting Science
Forensic Science and Technology
Homeland Security (DHS, National Security Policy, Disaster Planning and Intelligence)
Human Services
Other Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, Paramilitary, and Related Protective Services

Skilled Trades

Major Bachelors Masters
Aircraft Maintenance
Autobody Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Building Property Management and Maintenance
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician (HAC, HACR, HVAC, HVACR)
Plumbing Technology/Plumber
Welding Technology/Welder

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
African-American/Black Studies
Asian Studies/Civilization
Asian-American Studies
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Forensic Psychology
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican, and Mexican- American/Chicano Studies
Industrial and Organizational Psychology
Italian Studies
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
Other Area Studies
Other Psychology
Physiological Psychology / Psychobiology
Political Science and Government
Sport Psychology
Women's Studies

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Public Administration

Technician Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Computer Systems Technology
Other Engineering Technologies/Technicians


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer Repair and Installation Technology, Technician
Computer Science
Computer and Information Systems Security, Information Assurance (CIS, Internet Security)
Network and System Administration / Administrator
Other Computer Programming
Other Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
System, Networking, and LAN/WAN Management/Manager
Telecommunications Technology
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster

Transportation Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Aeronautics/Aviation/Aerospace Science and Technology
Truck and Bus Driver, Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor (Trucking)

Veterinary Medicine

Major Bachelors Masters
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant

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UCSB Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 14 Reviews

50% of students gave University of California, Santa Barbara 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Academics Rating

Economics is the most difficult program at UCSB. I switched out of it because the professors intend to weed out those who are not serious about the major. The workload is intense, just as any other UC. Class sizes vary incredibly. Professors are not as involved in their students' education as they should be.

Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Academics Rating

Aside from the social life, it seems the education is exactly what they say it is: topnotch education! Although in some cases (like math, for me) there is material that is difficult to comprehend, it is not impossible as long as you read the chapters accordingly. There is always a lot of reading involved, but even with that being said, you will have an actual social life here. People are so helpful that I even got through the math part I was struggling with on my Astronomy homework just last night.

UCSB Academic Details

Academic Calendar Quarter
Average Freshman GPA 3.00
Retention Rate 91%
Carnegie Class Research Universities (very high research activity)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held during the summer.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Accelerated Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships

Class Sizes at University of California, Santa Barbara

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 45%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 10%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 36%
  • 100+ Students: 9%
Fewer than 20 Students 45%
50 - 100 Students 10%
20 - 49 Students 36%
100+ Students 9%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 64
  • Unknown and Other: 22
  • Asian: 8
  • Latino: 5
  • African American: 2
Caucasian 64
Unknown and Other 22
Asian 8
Latino 5
African American 2

Faculty at University of California, Santa Barbara

Total Faculty 1,669
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 17
Full-Time Professors 4,016
Male Faculty 1,113
Part-Time Professors 699
Women Faculty 556

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