There’s nothing common about our knowledge

Our academic programs—taught by field experts—emphasize critical thinking, real-world problem-solving and opportunities for leadership.

Arts and Humanities

Majors

Angela, Visual Arts and Media

I loved the amount of resources that I would have access to in the Theatre Department. The facilities are really phenomenal and the arts program is small and intimate. With such small classes, I realized I would actually have more of an opportunity to work closely with faculty and my classmates. I’ve been able to create a real sense of community here.

Angela Visual Arts and Media

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  • National Rankings

    3 Time-Based Media/New Media
  • National Rankings

    12 Latin American History
  • National Rankings

    13 Fine Arts
  • Careers

    Professions in Arts & Humanities

    From composers and directors to actors and artists, check out all of the opportunities available to Arts & Humanities majors.

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Biological Sciences

Majors

Autumn, General Biology

After visiting campus, I realized that UC San Diego would provide opportunity and resources that I couldn't get at any other school. Also, it’s a plus that as a biology major most of the required general education courses are classes that I truly enjoy–things like labs, calculus and chemistry.

Autumn General Biology

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  • National Rankings

    2 Neuroscience/Neurobiology
  • National Rankings

    6 UC San Diego Biological Sciences
  • National Rankings

    6 Biochemistry
  • Careers

    Professions in Biological Sciences

    Biological Sciences opens doors to careers ranging from microbiology to pharmacology and beyond.

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Business

Majors

Alison, Math and Economics major, Business minor

The Business minor at UC San Diego is really cool because most of my classes are actually in the graduate school, the Rady School of Management. Not only do I get to enjoy the nice facilities, I’m learning from awesome professors.

Alison Math and Economics major, Business minor

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  • National Rankings

    1 Intellectual Capital
  • National Rankings

    17 Faculty Research
  • National Rankings

    33 Executive MBA
  • Careers

    Business Professions

    Discover whether a business career matches your interests, skills and abilities and meets your lifestyle expectations.

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Engineering

Majors

Naveen, Electrical Engineering

There are always a lot of opportunities around UC San Diego, especially for engineering students interested in the tech industry. Right now, I’m working for a particle physics professor doing a computation. I’m learning about real-life technologies where I can apply the theoretical things I learn in class directly to my work.

Naveen Electrical Engineering

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  • National Rankings

    10 Jacobs School of Engineering
  • National Rankings

    4 Biomedical/Bioengineering
  • National Rankings

    16 Computer Engineering
  • Careers

    Engineering Professions

    Engineers figure out how things work and find practical uses for scientific discoveries. There are many options available for these talented innovators.

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Physical Sciences

Majors

Colin, Biochemistry

I chose UC San Diego because it was the school with the highest prestige in the sciences. I was also really interested in the opportunities available to work on research programs in my future. Going to school here has given me a foot in the door to an internship at Pharmtek, Inc. which is right down the street from campus.

Colin Biochemistry

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  • National Rankings

    3 Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
  • National Rankings

    7 Plasma Physics
  • National Rankings

    10 Biochemistry
  • Careers

    Professions in Physical Sciences

    From mathematicians to environmental scientists, many career options are open to Physical Science majors.

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Pre-med

Majors

Ashley, Global Health

When UC San Diego introduced Global Health as a new major, I changed my major before my second year. I really like how interdisciplinary Global Health is, allowing me to study most of the social sciences. I also love how it focuses on health inequities in low-income countries.

Ashley Global Health

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  • National Rankings

    18 Research
  • National Rankings

    21 Primary Care
  • National Rankings

    11 Pulmonology
  • Careers

    Medical Professions

    Whether you want to be a doctor, nurse, medical researcher or anything in between, a career in the medical field is an exciting path.

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Social Sciences

Majors

Thomas, Cognitive Science

The coolest thing about UC San Diego is that there is a lab or opportunity for every interest. I’m a Cognitive Science major, so the summer before I started, I emailed the Autism Center to see if they had any research opportunities available.

Thomas Cognitive Science

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  • National Rankings

    1 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • National Rankings

    3 Cognitive Psychology
  • National Rankings

    4 Econometrics
Marine Sciences

Majors

Elyse, Marine Biology

I chose UC San Diego because I’m a Marine Biology major and the location here is amazing. Because the beach is just a 10-to 15-minute walk down the hill, I knew I could get awesome experience and conduct research near campus. I also wanted to come here because of the great research opportunities. The fact that there is a Nobel Prize winner in the Scripps Institution of Oceanography really caught my eye.

Elyse Marine Biology

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  • National Rankings

    1 Algae Biofuels Research
  • National Rankings

    1 Oceanography, Atmospheric Sciences, and Meteorology
  • National Rankings

    1 Earth and Environmental Research
  • Careers

    Professions in Marine Sciences

    Careers in Oceanography involve global concern, the environment, climate change, biodiversity, and sustainable resources.

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Pre-Law

Majors

86% of UC San Diego applicants accepted at top law schools, including:

  • Yale University
  • Harvard University
  • Stanford University
  • Columbia University
  • New York University

Opportunities that Prepare You for Law School

  • Paid internships, part-time legal assistant positions and service-learning and internship opportunities with Student Legal Services
  • UC San Diego's Community Law Project
  • Pre-law student organizations
  • Student government
  • JusticeCorps
  • CLEO Scholars program
  • UCDC program in Washington DC, UC program in Sacramento
  • Annual Law School Fair
  • Career exploration panels, law school workshops
  • Political Science Department Board of Pre-Law Advisors
Sessen, Political Science/Communication

Upon graduating from UC San Diego, I attended Thomas Jefferson School of Law and presently practice disability and civil rights law. My experiences at UC San Diego cultivated and solidified my commitment and passion for outreach and service work.

Sessen Political Science/Communication

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  • Top Law Schools

    86 Percentage Accepted
  • Careers

    Lawyer

    Students interested in the legal profession have a number of resources on campus to learn and explore about the legal field, law school preparation, and mentorship opportunities.

    Being a Lawyer