Undergraduate Education

The College of Letters and Science, the main undergraduate school at UC Santa Barbara, is the largest center of teaching, learning, and research at UCSB, and the only school on campus offering a comprehensive liberal arts education. The College's more than 18,000 undergraduates are able to take advantage of great opportunities to learn, to discover what interests them, to engage in advanced research and creative activity, and to prepare for a wide variety of careers. At a time of rapid personal development, a liberal arts education increases students’ self-knowledge.

Letters & Science Division of Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Research

UC Santa Barbara is a renowned research university, and the College’s undergraduates are as much a part of the research community as the faculty and graduate students. Research offers undergraduates the opportunity to delve deeper into any subject, whether in a science lab, at the library, in the field gathering data or interviewing subjects, or even by making a film. Research opportunities often begin when a student approaches a faculty member because of interest in his/her research or academic discipline. Alternately, outstanding students may be invited by faculty to join their research groups (especially in the sciences). For current opportunities, please visit Undergraduate Education Research Opportunities.

The undergraduate experience at UC Santa Barbara stresses academic success and lifelong connections. 

History Professor Emeritus Albert Lindemann meets with students for Honors Seminar. Photo by Tony Mastres.

History Professor Emeritus Albert Lindemann meets with students for Honors Seminar.
Photo by Tony Mastres

Mark Juergensmeyer, professor of global & international studies and sociology and affiliate professor of religious studies, lectures students. Photo by Tony Mastres.

Mark Juergensmeyer, professor of global & international studies and sociology and affiliate professor of religious studies, lectures students.
Photo by Tony Mastres

Students listen to a lecture on the intersections of art and life.

Students listen to a lecture on the intersections of art and life.

Undergraduate Services

To help students make the most of their education, the College offers a wide range of advising services to all undergraduates. The Office of Undergraduate Education has a staff of professional advisers, as well as student peer advisers, who can offer assistance in choosing a major, long-range curriculum planning, and understanding academic requirements, policies and procedures, including the Mimimum Cumulative Progress Policy. Specialized advising is available for students interested in medical or legal careers. In addition, there are faculty, staff and peer academic advisers in every department and program in the College.