Astronomy and Astrophysics: UCSC is one of the world's leading centers for both observational and theoretical research in astronomy and astrophysics. The faculty's research interests range from the Solar System and the Milky Way to the most most distant galaxies in the Universe and the most fundamental questions of cosmology.
Chemistry and Biochemistry: Faculty members focus on biomedical research including cancer, inflammatory, metabolic and neurological diseases, as well as drug screening and discovery from natural and synthetic compounds. A second focus on nanomaterials has applications in efficient solar energy conversion, nanophotonics and biomedical imaging.
Earth & Planetary Sciences: The Earth & Planetary Sciences Department is ranked among the top 20 Earth Science programs in the U.S. It also has one of the discipline's three largest undergraduate programs in the country. The Department's faculty members have earned awards for world-class scholarly research and for teaching.
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology is organized around four research clusters: behavior and physiology, conservation biology, ecology, and evolution. Faculty members emphasize a balance of research with undergraduate and graduate training programs in these areas.
Mathematics: Mathematics underlie the technological advances that drive society, and serve as a source of aesthetic inspiration for scientists who search for deep structures in the universe. Our faculty explore the field's fundamental questions, while ensuring students develop expertise needed for advanced training.
Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology: The Department of Microbiology & Environmental Toxicology focuses on environmental poisons and pathogens that harm humans and other living things. Working within the highly collaborative environment of UCSC, faculty members use a systems-based approach in both research and training.
Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology: Researchers and faculty in UCSC's Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology focus on understanding the basic building blocks of life and the molecular foundations of human health and disease.
Ocean Sciences: The Department's faculty pursues biological oceanography, marine microbial ecology, chemical oceanography, marine biogeochemistry, paleoceanography and paleoclimatology, physical oceanography and climatology, and biological/physical modeling of the marine environment.
Physics: UCSC physicists have earned the highest research paper citation rate of any department in the nation. Students receive a rich experience in condensed matter and particle physics, with the highest graduate student satisfaction ranking in the country.