Located across from the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Santa Barbara, the Department of Computer Science at UC Santa Barbara offers innovative research and teaching programs leading to degrees of Bachelor of Science (BS), Master of Science (MS), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), including a five-year BS/MS program. 

The department also offers an undergraduate BS degree in the College of Create Studies at UCSB. Computer Science is part of the UCSB College of Engineering and shares the Computer Engineering program with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

A Computer Science education at UC Santa Barbara prepares undergraduate and graduate students for the next step in their careers by offering high quality programs that emphasize fundamental concepts, hands-on experience, technical mastery, and research opportunities, all focused on solving important problems in science, technology, and society. A wide spectrum of exciting professional and academic opportunities exist for Computer Science graduates, including software systems, networking, security, software engineering, human-computer interaction, internet systems and technology, hardware/software development, medicine, biotechnology, business management and consulting, and others. A computer science degree can also be a good starting point for an eventual career in business, law, or medicine.

Explore our academic program information in the UCSB General Catalog and in the links below.

UCSB General Catalog


Lean more about the UC Santa Barbara Computer Science undergraduate degree programs, requirements, and resources.

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Lean more about the UC Santa Barbara Computer Science Master’s and PhD degree programs.


The latest news from the Department of Computer Science featuring profiles of new faculty members, highlights of faculty awards and honors, accomplished CS students, and more.


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