The Division of Physical & Biological Sciences at the University of California Santa Cruz is a world-leading research university responsible for some of humanity’s most high-impact discoveries
Best school for making an impact (2021)
Global rank for research influence by citation index (2018)
National rank in cell biology & anatomical sciences (2019)
Global rank in space science (2020)
National rank in geophysics & seismology (2018)
National rank in Earth science (2019)
Most popular college for ecology & evolution (2021)
National rank for Earth & environmental sciences research output (2019)
Global rank in physics (2019)
Other high achievements & top programs
- 4th among the world’s “Top Performers on Social Mobility” (usnews.com, 2021)
- 9th nationwide for highest-paid cell biology & anatomical sciences graduates (collegefactual.com, 2019)
- 13th worldwide for graduate success in Silicon Valley (businessinsider.com 2015)
- 14th statewide for the best professors (niche.com, 2019)
- 15th statewide in online courses, noting bioscience courses on microarrays, toxicology, and research management (bestcolleges.com, 2019)
- 18th among the world’s top “Golden Age” universities founded between 1945 and 1966 (timeshighereducation.com, 2020)
- 21st among North America’s “cool schools” (sierraclub.org, 2019)
- 34th among the nation’s top public universities (usnews.com, 2019)
- 40th nationwide for research & development expenditures in “geosciences, atmospheric sciences, and ocean sciences” (NSF, 2017)
Science alumni making an impact on the world as of 2017
Science alumni living and working in California as of 2017
Alumni with a MCD Biology degree as of 2017
National Medal of Science
Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences
National Academy of Sciences members
American Academy of Arts & Sciences members
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators
Bower Award & Prize for Achievement in Science
MacArthur Foundation Fellow
Packard Foundation Fellows
Academic departments dedicated to teaching and research
Professional graduate programs and training tracks
Undergraduate science degree programs
Graduate science degree programs
Undergraduate student to faculty ratio (2018)
Master student to faculty ratio (2018)
Ph.D. student to faculty ratio (2018)
Admitted freshman average GPA (2018)
Enrolled undergraduate students, 23% of the UC Santa Cruz undergraduate student body (2018)
Enrolled graduate students, 31% of the UC Santa Cruz graduate student body (2018)
First-generation college student enrollment (2018)
Women undergraduate student enrollment (2018)
Women graduate student enrollment (2018)
Undergraduate students who identify as nonwhite (2018)
UC Santa Cruz received $689.8 million in sponsored research and development from 2013–19. During this time, the Division of Physical & Biological Sciences and our research institutes accounted for $376.43 million or 55% of the university’s total output.
According to the National Science Foundation, in 2017 UC Santa Cruz ranked 40th for research and development expenditures in “geosciences, atmospheric sciences, and ocean sciences.”
According to the National Science Foundation, UC Santa Cruz is in the top 16.6 percentile for national research and development expenditures and in the top 11.8 percentile for federal research obligations as of 2017.
Faculty and researchers in the Division of Physical & Biological Sciences were granted 29 patents, or 30% of the patients at UC Santa Cruz, for their groundbreaking research from 2013–18. See the full list of technologies available from the University of California.
UC Santa Cruz is the top employer based in Santa Cruz County. The Division of Physical & Biological Sciences is one of the largest employers at UC Santa Cruz, with nearly 850 team members (~21% of all employees).
According to the National Science Foundation, in 2018 UC Santa Cruz ranked 50th for research and development expenditures in “physical sciences.”
According to the UC Santa Cruz 2011–12 Economic Impact Report, the campus generates $1.3 billion in economic activity within the greater Santa Cruz region.
According to the UC Santa Cruz 2011–12 Economic Impact Report, faculty and staff spent more than $242 million in the greater Monterey Bay area during 2011–12.
According to the UC Santa Cruz 2011–12 Economic Impact Report, students spent more than $178 million in the greater Monterey Bay area during 2011–12.
Dean of Physical & Biological Sciences
Distinguished Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences
Associate Dean of Academic Planning
Professor of Molecular, Cell, & Developmental Biology
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Professor of Ocean Sciences
Executive Assistant to the Dean
Assistant Dean of Planning & Resource Management
Assistant Dean of Planning & Academic Programs
Assistant Dean of Planning & Personnel
Assistant Director of Communications
Senior Director of Philanthropy
The Dean’s Council advises UC Santa Cruz Science leadership on how to increase fundraising, enhance research, and develop career opportunities for students and alumni. Council members serve as ambassadors in alumni, business, nonprofit, government, and community relations.
Council Chair & Cabrillo College Trustee
Silicon Valley entrepreneur
Physicist, Inventor, & Entrepreneur
Our nine academic departments and three international research institutes are responsible for some of the most pivotal scientific discoveries during the last 50 years. We accomplish this world-changing work at two breathtaking campuses overlooking the Monterey Bay in Santa Cruz, California.