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Chemistry at University of California - Santa Barbara

Every chemistry school has its own distinct culture and strengths. We've pulled together some statistics and other details to help you see how the chemistry program at University of California - Santa Barbara stacks up to those at other schools.

UCSB is located in Santa Barbara, California and approximately 25,057 students attend the school each year. In 2019, 93 chemistry majors received their bachelor's degree from UCSB.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Chemistry section at the bottom of this page.

UCSB Chemistry Degrees Available

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry
  • Master’s Degree in Chemistry
  • Doctorate Degree in Chemistry

UCSB Chemistry Rankings

Each year, College Factual ranks chemistry programs across the country. The following shows how UCSB performed in these rankings.

Note: Rankings don't always give a complete picture of a school's strengths and weaknesses, so it's a good idea to extend your research and also look at other factors when trying to decide if the school is right for you.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

UCSB ranked #10 on College Factual's list of Best Quality Schools for chemistry majors. This puts the program in the top 10% of the nation. It is also ranked as the #5 school in California.

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for Chemistry 10
Most Popular Colleges for Chemistry 14
Highest Paid Chemistry Graduates 35
Most Focused Colleges for Chemistry 271

In 2019, 6 students received their master’s degree in chemistry from UCSB. This makes it the #121 most popular school for chemistry master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 19 students who received their doctoral degrees in chemistry, making the school the #59 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

How Much Do Chemistry Graduates from UCSB Make?

The median salary of chemistry students who receive their bachelor's degree at UCSB is $38,400. This is 8% higher than $35,600, which is the national average for all chemistry bachelor's degree recipients.

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Chemistry Student Demographics at UCSB

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the chemistry majors at University of California - Santa Barbara.

UCSB Chemistry Bachelor’s Program

43% Women
53% Racial-Ethnic Minorities
In the 2018-2019 academic year, 93 students earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry from UCSB. About 43% of these graduates were women and the other 57% were men.

UCSB Gender Breakdown of Chemistry Bachelor's Degree Grads

Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 17% more racial-ethnic minorities in its chemistry bachelor's program than the national average.*

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of California - Santa Barbara with a bachelor's in chemistry.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Chemistry Majors at University of California - Santa Barbara
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 21
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 19
White 29
International Students 11
Other Races/Ethnicities 12

UCSB Chemistry Master’s Program

33% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities
For the most recent academic year available, 67% of chemistry master's degrees went to men and 33% went to women.

UCSB Gender Breakdown of Chemistry Master's Degree Grads

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from University of California - Santa Barbara with a master's in chemistry.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Chemistry Majors at University of California - Santa Barbara
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 1
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 0
White 3
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

UCSB also has a doctoral program available in chemistry. In 2019, 19 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That Chemistry Grads May Go Into

A degree in chemistry can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for CA, the home state for University of California - Santa Barbara.

Occupation Jobs in CA Average Salary in CA
High School Teachers 112,960 $80,510
Environmental Scientists and Specialists 12,750 $91,890
Chemists 10,430 $88,570
Natural Sciences Managers 7,870 $168,790
Forensic Science Technicians 2,110 $85,280

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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