University of California, Santa Barbara requires a minimum of 180 quarter units to graduate with a bachelor's degree.
Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal. UC Santa Barbara accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, UC Santa Barbara does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 89% of students who start college at UC Santa Barbara finish the requirements for graduation within six years.
UC Santa Barbara offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: UC Santa Barbara may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
UC Santa Barbara has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are required to fulfill a language requirement
Students do not have to take a computer class.
Reminder: Check with UC Santa Barbara directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, UC Santa Barbara students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at UC Santa Barbara.
Student Designed Majors
UC Santa Barbara allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
UC Santa Barbara does not require students to complete a senior project.
Double Majoring at UC Santa Barbara
UC Santa Barbara offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Double majoring may require more work but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to grad school.
✅ UC Santa Barbara offers services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
❌ UC Santa Barbara does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.
✅ UC Santa Barbara offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ UC Santa Barbara offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College.
❌ Students at UC Santa Barbara are not required to complete an internship as a graduation requirement.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While UC Santa Barbara does not require internships for students of any major, internships can help students gain hands-on work experience for their resume, and explore career paths that interest them without committing to one path.
The main library on campus is the Davidson Library and there is one other library on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time.
UC Santa Barbara does not have any dual degree programs available for students.
What is ROTC?
The Reserve Officers' Training Corps, which is also commonly known as ROTC, is a leadership program that prepares students to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces after graduation. College level ROTC programs prepare students to become officers in the military through physical, academic, and leadership training. ROTC programs are part of the college curriculum and usually cover the cost of tuition.
Does UC Santa Barbara have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every college. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
UC Santa Barbara has an Army ROTC program and an Air Force ROTC program.
Some ROTC programs are provided directly on campus and others are hosted at a cooperating instiution off campus. The ROTC program locations at UC Santa Barbara include:
•an ARMY ROTC branch unit on campus
•an Air Force ROTC branch unit hosted at a cooperating instution off campus
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