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The UC Santa Cruz Division of Physical & Biological Sciences has nine academic departments that offer 52 degree programs. We build bridges between academic disciplines, fuse innovative learning experiences with high-impact research, and guarantee that all students are integral to our world-changing science.

Top 3
Science communication programs in the world  (2020)

#9
Global rank in space science & astrophysics (2020)

#10
National rank in geophysics & seismology (2018)


Academic degree programs

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in the language of science, we’ve got you covered. From the subatomic to the unfathomable, the UC Santa Cruz Division of Physical & Biological Sciences offers 52 degree programs that uncover the mechanisms of our universe and empower your future.

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Academic departments & professional programs

The UC Santa Cruz Division of Physical & Biological Sciences has nine academic departments and three professional programs dedicated to high-impact research, teaching, and inclusion. Together, we explore the fundamental processes that mold our natural world and beyond.

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Student admissions

The UC Santa Cruz Division of Physical & Biological Sciences has two different admissions processes for potential undergraduate students and graduate students. Each degree program has specific application deadlines and requirements, so plan carefully.

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