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Greetings, and welcome to the 2022-23 General Catalog for UC Santa Barbara. This comprehensive resource will serve as a helpful roadmap as you explore the broad array of courses, programs, activities, and services available on our campus. I encourage you to refer to it often.

We have a tradition here at UC Santa Barbara of emphasizing both our undergraduate and graduate programs, and a balance of academic and extracurricular campus life. We work collaboratively to foster a supportive and inclusive environment in which students, staff, and faculty from richly diverse backgrounds and perspectives can explore and learn together.

This is an extraordinary place. We are one of only 65 institutions elected to the prestigious Association of American Universities, and the first AAU member to be designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Newsweek has named UC Santa Barbara the "Best Hispanic-Serving Institution" in the nation. We are ranked No. 5 among the top public universities in the country; No. 9 worldwide for producing Nobel laureates in this century; and No. 2 among the nation’s top colleges most committed to economic diversity. These accolades highlight our strong commitment to academic excellence, diversity, and inclusion, as well as accessibility and affordability.

We are proud of our campus, and we are proud of you! You are a valued member of our community of scholars and our UC Santa Barbara family. As you continue on your journey of intellectual discovery, we are here to support and encourage you every step of the way.

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Henry T. Yang


Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in the online General Catalog. All courses, course descriptions, instructor designations, curricular and degree requirements, deadlines, and fees described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice.

Further, this is an archival document, and will not reflect changes that may take place during the period between official publications. You can link to many departmental websites for additional information about faculty, programs, and classes. These links will open in new browser windows.

Note: The departmental websites referenced in this catalog are maintained by independent operators and do not necessarily reflect approved curricular and course information.