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The central academic objective of this major is to provide students with a depth of expertise in interdisciplinary knowledge and skills related to agroecology and sustainable food systems. UCSC students pursuing this major will gain knowledge and skills in multiple disciplines and an increased understanding of complex agricultural and food systems.
Area of Focus
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Science & Math
Degrees Offered
  • B.A.
Academic Division
Social Sciences
Department
Environmental Studies
Anthropology studies what it means to be human, and how humans make meaning. Anthropologists look at people from all angles: how they come to be, what they create, and how they give significance to their lives. At the center of the discipline are questions of physical evolution and adaptability, material evidence for past life ways, similarities and differences among past and present peoples, and the political and ethical dilemmas of studying cultures. Anthropology is a rich and integrative discipline that prepares students to live and work effectively in a diverse and increasingly interconnected world.
Area of Focus
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
Degrees Offered
  • B.A.
  • Ph.D.
  • Undergraduate Minor
Academic Division
Social Sciences
Department
Anthropology
The American Association for Applied Linguistics (our discipline's main international organization) defines Applied Linguistics as an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that addresses a broad range of language-related issues in order to understand their roles in the lives of individuals and conditions in society. It draws on a wide range of theoretical and methodological approaches from various disciplines–from the humanities to the social and natural sciences–as it develops its own knowledge-base about language, its users and uses, and their underlying social and material conditions.
Area of Focus
  • Humanities
Degrees Offered
  • B.A.
Academic Division
Humanities
Department
Languages and Applied Linguistics
Applied mathematics is a discipline devoted to the use of mathematical methods and reasoning to solve real-world problems of a scientific or decision-making nature in a wide variety of subjects, principally (but not exclusively) in engineering, medicine, the physical and biological sciences, and the social sciences.
Area of Focus
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Science & Math
Degrees Offered
  • B.S.
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.
  • Undergraduate Minor
Academic Division
Jack Baskin School of Engineering
Department
Applied Mathematics
Physics seeks to discover the fundamental regularities or “laws” that govern our universe and to apply these laws to explain the behavior of fundamental and complex systems. The department offers majors in physics, physics (astrophysics), and applied physics. The applied physics major is good preparation not only for industrial careers but also for graduate studies. For more information about the physics program requirements, please see the program description in the General Catalog.
Area of Focus
  • Science & Math
Degrees Offered
  • B.S.
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.
Academic Division
Physical and Biological Sciences
Department
Physics
The Art Department offers an integrated program of study in theory and practice exploring the power of visual communication for personal expression and public interaction. Students are given the means to pursue this exploration through courses that provide the practical skills for art production in a variety of media within the contexts of critical thinking and broad-based social and environmental perspectives.
Area of Focus
  • Arts & Media
Degrees Offered
  • B.A.
  • M.F.A.
Academic Division
Arts
Department
Art
Art & Design: Games & Playable Media (AGPM) is an interdisciplinary undergraduate program in the Department of Performance, Play and Design at UCSC. The program is closely affiliated with the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science: Computer Game Design in the Computational Media Department in the School of Engineering. Students in both programs work together throughout their studies at UCSC, from foundation courses to a year-long capstone sequence that results in team creation of a releasable game demo. Students in AGPM obtain a degree focused on the design of game systems and other interactive experiences, including their connection to a wider arts context — with a full grounding in the fundamentals of artistic practice and expressive game development.
Area of Focus
  • Arts & Media
  • Engineering & Technology
Degrees Offered
  • B.A.
Academic Division
Arts
Department
Theater Arts
The biochemistry and molecular biology (BMB) major constitutes an integrated curriculum of basic instruction in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics, followed by the opportunity to pursue advanced study in specialized areas of interest.
Area of Focus
  • Engineering & Technology
Degrees Offered
  • B.S.
Academic Division
Physical and Biological Sciences
Department
Chemistry and Biochemistry
The biology departments at UC Santa Cruz offer a broad spectrum of courses that reflect the exciting new developments and directions in the field of biology. Outstanding faculty, each with a vigorous, internationally recognized research program, teach courses in their specialties as well as core courses for the major.
Area of Focus
  • Science & Math
Degrees Offered
  • B.A.
  • B.S.
  • Undergraduate Minor
Academic Division
Physical and Biological Sciences
Department
Not Applicable
Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary program that combines expertise from biology, mathematics, chemistry, computer science, and engineering to train students and develop technologies to address major problems at the forefront of biomedical and bio-industrial research. The program builds upon the research and academic strengths of the faculty in the Biomolecular Engineering Department, as well as many other departments.
Area of Focus
  • Engineering & Technology
Degrees Offered
  • B.S.
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.
  • Undergraduate Minor
Academic Division
Jack Baskin School of Engineering
Department
Biomolecular Engineering
The Biotechnology B.A. is not job training for a specific job, but a broad overview of the field of biotechnology. The requirements of the degree are deliberately minimal, to allow students to shape their own education by choosing appropriate electives—the major is designed to be suitable as a double major for students in the humanities or social sciences.
Area of Focus
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Science & Math
Degrees Offered
  • B.A.
Academic Division
Jack Baskin School of Engineering
Department
Biomolecular Engineering
The business management economics major provides students who are interested in careers in business or management with a foundation in economics and a selection of applied fields related to business management. This course of study prepares students for entrance into the business world or admission to graduate programs.
Area of Focus
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Business
Degrees Offered
  • B.A.
Academic Division
Social Sciences
Department
Economics
Chemistry is central to modern science and, ultimately, most phenomena in biology, medicine, geology, and the environmental sciences can be described in terms of the chemical and physical behavior of atoms and molecules. Because of the wide appeal and utility of chemistry, UCSC offers many lower-division courses, differing in emphasis and style, to meet diverse needs. Students should also note the numerous upper-division course offerings and select those most suitable to their academic interests.
Area of Focus
  • Science & Math
Degrees Offered
  • B.A.
  • B.S.
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.
  • Undergraduate Minor
Academic Division
Physical and Biological Sciences
Department
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Classical Studies is an interdisciplinary program offering a broad range of courses on the languages, literature, history, and culture of the ancient world. The Classical Studies program provides the nurturing atmosphere and personal attention associated with a small liberal arts college, in the context of a large university. Students work in small classes with a distinguished and dedicated teaching faculty. Classical Studies majors and minors are a group of dedicated students who enjoy a challenge and find their work demanding but rewarding. Public lectures, guest speakers, and frequent social events bring Classical Studies students and faculty together on a regular basis.
Area of Focus
  • Humanities
Degrees Offered
  • B.A.
  • Undergraduate Minor
Academic Division
Humanities
Department
History
Cognitive science has emerged in the last few decades as a major discipline that promises to be increasingly important in the 21st century. Focused on achieving a scientific understanding of how human cognition works and how cognition is possible, its subject matter encompasses cognitive functions (such as memory and perception), the structure and use of human language, the evolution of the mind, animal cognition, artificial intelligence, and more
Area of Focus
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
Degrees Offered
  • B.S.
Academic Division
Social Sciences
Department
Psychology
Founded in 1969, community studies was a national pioneer in the field of experiential education, and its community-focused learning model has been copied widely by other colleges and universities. Community studies was also a pioneer in addressing principles of social justice, specifically inequities arising from race, class, and gender dynamics in society.
Area of Focus
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
Degrees Offered
  • B.A.
Academic Division
Social Sciences
Department
Community Studies
The UCSC B.S. in computer engineering prepares graduates for a rewarding career in engineering. The computer engineering curriculum's focus is making digital systems that work. The program's emphasis on interdisciplinary system design provides both excellent training for future engineers and strong background for graduate study. UCSC computer engineering graduates will have a thorough grounding in the principles and practices of computer engineering and the scientific and mathematical principles upon which they are built.
Area of Focus
  • Engineering & Technology
Degrees Offered
  • B.S.
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.
  • Undergraduate Minor
Academic Division
Jack Baskin School of Engineering
Department
Computer Science and Engineering
The computer science curriculum gives students a solid grounding in both theoretical and practical computer usage. Students become proficient in many areas, with a good academic foundation for various careers in the software industry, as well as preparation for graduate school. Applications of computer science are found in many other areas of study, from art, music, and linguistics to social sciences, economics, business, digital, and social media, environmental and life sciences, and sciences. Thus, interdisciplinary activities are encouraged. For those students whose primary interest is in another area, a minor in computer science is offered.
Area of Focus
  • Engineering & Technology
  • Science & Math
Degrees Offered
  • B.S.
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.
  • Undergraduate Minor
Academic Division
Jack Baskin School of Engineering
Department
Computer Science and Engineering
The Bachelor of Science in Computer Science: Computer Game Design is an undergraduate degree program focused on the construction and design of interactive computer games. Reflecting both the growing cultural and economic importance of the computer gaming industry and the increasing complexity and specialization of computer gaming systems, the program focuses on the technical, narrative, and artistic underpinnings of these games. Students have multiple opportunities to create computer games, including an intensive year-long game project sequence in the final year. The program is regularly ranked among the very best public university game design programs in the U.S.
Area of Focus
  • Arts & Media
  • Science & Math
Degrees Offered
  • B.S.
  • M.S.
  • Ph.D.
Academic Division
Jack Baskin School of Engineering
Department
Computational Media
The fastest growing major in the Humanities, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) provides a deep understanding of how race and other modalities of power have structured human life in the past and the present. Students acquire an understanding of the historical production of race and ethnicity in the United States and across the globe. They learn how the contours of race and racism have changed over time and, concomitantly, how individuals and groups have experienced these phenomena in constantly morphing ways. Students examine present-day racial/ethnic ideologies such as multiculturalism, colorblindness, and postracialism as well as contemporary social phenomena such as changing working conditions, new migration patterns, and emergent cultural expressions. Students also explore the ways that race and ethnicity have developed in concert with gender, sexuality, class, indigeneity, citizenship, and other modalities of power and lived identity.
Area of Focus
  • Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • Humanities
Degrees Offered
  • B.A.
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Other
Academic Division
Humanities
Department
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies