- Interdepartmental Programs
- Institutes and Centers
- Brain Imaging Center
- California Nanosystems Institute
- Center for Evolutionary Psychology
- Center for Polymers and Organic Solids
- Center for Research in Financial Mathematics and Statistics
- Center for Stem Cell Biology and Engineering
- Center for the Study of Macular Degeneration
- Earth Research Institute
- Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies
- Institute for Terahertz Science and Technology
- Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics
- Marine Science Institute
- Materials Research Laboratory
- National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis
- National Center for Geographic Information and Analysis
- Neuroscience Research Institute
- Sage Center for the Study of the Mind
- Southern California Earthquakes Center
- UC Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology
- UCSB Natural Reserve System
An optical diffractometer, which measures properties of photonic crystals, forms a circular window around UCSB science dean Pierre Wiltzius. The physics professor helped develop a single crystal semiconductor that converts light into electricity and electricity into light.
Photo reprinted with permission form the Santa Barbara News-Press
UC Santa Barbara is an exciting place for students, faculty and researchers in Mathematics and the Sciences. The Division, part of the College of Letters and Science, is home to world-renowned scientists and researchers, including four Nobel Prize winners (two in physics and two in chemistry). Our campus hosts 12 national research institutes, eight of them funded by the National Science Foundation. Our faculty and students collaborate on teaching and research with counterparts from the nationally-ranked College of Engineering and the pioneering Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, as well as from the Divisions of Social Sciences and Humanities and Fine Arts. This interdisciplinary work makes UC Santa Barbara a unique learning and research environment.
As one of only 63 institutions in the American Association of Universities, UC Santa Barbara is among the elite research universities of North America. In addition to its Nobel prize winning faculty, other faculty honors in the sciences include one National Medal of Science, a National Medal of Technology, and a Millennium Technology Prize. Thirty-five professors are elected members of the National Academy of Sciences; twenty-five are members of the National Academy of Engineering; and one has been elected to the Institute of Medicine. UC Santa Barbara's extramural funding comes predominately from the National Science Foundation and it is among the top 25 institutions funded by the Foundation.
Teaching is as much a part of the Division's mandate as research, and even senior faculty supervise undergraduate research. The Division's 10 academic departments offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in disciplines ranging from aquatic biology to zoology. In addition, innovative courses of study build on UC Santa Barbara's strengths in interdisciplinary work:
UC Santa Barbara offers a dynamic scientific community, world-class research and scholarship, and innovative courses and programs. Studying in the Division of Mathematical, Life and Physical Sciences Students, whether as an undergraduate or graduate, gives our students outstanding preparation for careers in the sciences, industry, business or for continued academic research.