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Our academic programs — taught by field experts who write many of the textbooks — are focused on linking classroom instruction with relevant, real-world experiences, placing students in cutting-edge laboratories, research facilities and public service programs.

Arts and Humanities

Majors

Arts and Humanities
Departments & 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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    3 Time-Based Media/New Media
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    12 Latin American History
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    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

Biological Sciences
Departments & 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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    2 Neuroscience/Neurobiology
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    6 UC San Diego Biological Sciences
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    6 Biochemistry
  • Careers

    Professions in Biological Sciences

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

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Engineering
  • National Rankings

    10 Jacobs School of Engineering
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    2 Biomedical/Bioengineering
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    8 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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Health Sciences

Majors

Health Sciences
Departments & Majors

Jackie, Public Health

"I was looking for something that would allow me to work with underserved populations, so I did some research on what majors would allow me to do that and I found Public Health. I've had an opportunity to be a part of Health Frontiers in Tijuana (HFIT), which is a group of students who go down to Tijuana every Saturday to work at a free clinic. As a Public Health major, it's a great chance to work with the populations I want to serve and helped me gain confidence by getting hands-on experience in the field."

Jackie Public Health

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    18 Research
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    21 Primary Care
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    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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Physical Sciences
  • National Rankings

    3 Discrete Mathematics and Combinatorics
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    7 Plasma Physics
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    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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Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Majors

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Departments & 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
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    1 Oceanography, Atmospheric Sciences, and Meteorology
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    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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Social Sciences

Majors

Social Sciences
Departments & 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
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    3 Cognitive Psychology
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    4 Econometrics