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Chancellor Yang

Greetings, and welcome to the 2017-18 General Catalog for UC Santa Barbara. This catalog is a wonderful resource for our entire campus community, and I encourage you to refer to it often. I hope you will find it to be a helpful roadmap as you explore the broad array of courses, programs, activities, and services available to you on our campus.

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 friendly and supportive 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 62 institutions elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Our distinguished professors are leaders in their fields and are recognized nationally and internationally with numerous accolades, including six Nobel Prizes since 1998.

You are valued members of our community of scholars and of our UC Santa Barbara family. As you continue on your journey of intellectual discovery, please remember that we are here to support and encourage you every step of the way.

Chancellor Yang's Signature
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.