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Why study Science at UC Santa Cruz?
More Hands-On Learning Experiences
Studies conducted by our own UC Santa Cruz scientists have shown that early field courses and research opportunities help STEM students complete their degrees, and we have emphasized this type of hands-on learning in our curriculum. Almost 80% of our life & physical science students complete a research project as a part of their coursework, a higher percentage than science students at any other UC school (UCOP data).
Strong Focus on Student Success
Having mentors and strong community support is vital to success in the sciences, particularly for our first-gen and underrepresented students. We are dedicated to providing an inclusive and supportive environment to encourage students to stay in STEM. Some of the notable STEM-specific support resource at UC Santa Cruz include our STEM Diversity Research Programs, our Academic Excellence Program, and our STEM Hub.
Internship and Career Opportunities
Our close proximity to multiple natural reserves, government and non-profit research centers, and of course the famous Silicon Valley, provides students with unprecedented opportunities for internships and networking. Whatever your chosen career path, you will be able to find numerous mentors both at UC Santa Cruz and our partner institutions and make connections that will serve you throughout your professional journey.