UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Colleges and Departments

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College of Letters and Science

The College of Letters and Science, which enrolls more than 17,000 undergraduates, is the largest undergraduate college on the UCSB campus. The college offers some 80 majors and nearly 40 minors, including a number of interdisciplinary programs, and awards four degrees: bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of fine arts, and bachelor of music. In addition, college departments offer a wide range of minors to students interested in pursuing a second area of study.

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering offers professional undergraduate education leading to the bachelor of science degree in five disciplines: chemical, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering, and computer science. The chemical, computer, electrical, and mechanical engineering programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of  ABET, http://www.abet.org. The computer science program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET, http://www.abet.org. The college currently has a combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment of approximately 2,200 students.

College of Creative Studies

The College of Creative Studies at UCSB is unique in the UC system. It enrolls undergraduate students with demonstrated passion for, and a desire to immerse and participate in, independent work in the arts, mathematics, or the sciences. Majors are offered in Art (with a possible focus in Painting, Sculpture, or Book Arts), Biology, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Computing, Mathematics, Music Composition, Physics, and Writing & Literature. Work in the college leads to the bachelor of arts degree in all majors (with the exception of Computing, which offers a B.S. only), and, optionally, to the bachelor of science degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry, Computing, Mathematics, and Physics. College enrollment hovers between 350 and 400 students.

Gevirtz Graduate School of Education

The Gevirtz Graduate School of Education (GGSE) prepares researchers, teachers, and administrators in education and professional psychology. Three-quarters of the graduate students are working on their doctor of philosophy or master of arts degrees. Another one-fourth are enrolled in the teaching credential and M.Ed. program to qualify for elementary and secondary school teaching. A number of students not only work on advanced degrees but also qualify for advanced specialist or service credentials in school psychology or special education.

Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

The Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, which enrolls approximately 200 students, is a professional school that trains graduate students in rigorous interdisciplinary approaches to environmental problem solving. The school fosters a comprehensive view of environmental issues that focuses not only on identifying problems, but also on solving them by integrating legal, political, economic, and business perspectives. The school offers two graduate degrees. Approximately 160 students are completing the Master of Environmental Science and Management. Approximately 50 students are pursuing their Doctor of Philosophy in Environmental Science & Management, a research-oriented degree which culminates in the presentation of a dissertation.