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Physics at University of California - Santa Barbara

If you plan to study physics, take a look at what University of California - Santa Barbara has to offer and decide if the program is a good match for you. Get started with the following essential facts.

UCSB is located in Santa Barbara, California and has a total student population of 25,057. In 2019, 144 physics majors received their bachelor's degree from UCSB.

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

UCSB Physics Degrees Available

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

UCSB Physics Rankings

The following rankings from College Factual show how the physics progam at UCSB compares to programs at other colleges and universities.

Note: Although rankings can help you see some information about a school, it's not a good idea to depend on them alone. Be sure to check out other things about the school before making your decision to attend.

Bachelor’s Degree Overall Quality & Other Notable Rankings

In terms of overall quality, College Factual ranked the physics major at UCSB at 7 out of the 28 colleges and universities that were analyzed in the report. It is also ranked as the #2 school in California.

Ranking Type Rank
Best Physics Colleges for Veterans 10
Highest Paid Physics Graduates 17
Best Value Colleges for Physics 17

In 2019, 19 students received their master’s degree in physics from UCSB. This makes it the #24 most popular school for physics master’s degree candidates in the country.

There were 17 students who received their doctoral degrees in physics, making the school the #31 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Earnings of UCSB Physics Graduates

The median salary of physics students who receive their bachelor's degree at UCSB is $37,100. Unfortunately, this is lower than the national average of $38,300 for all physics students.

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Physics Student Demographics at UCSB

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

UCSB Physics Bachelor’s Program

13% Women
35% Racial-Ethnic Minorities
During the 2018-2019 academic year, 144 physics majors earned their bachelor's degree from UCSB. Of these graduates, 87% were men and 13% were women.

UCSB Gender Breakdown of Physics Bachelor's Degree Grads

Prospective students may be interested in knowing that this school graduates 10% more racial-ethnic minorities in its physics 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 physics.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Physics Majors at University of California - Santa Barbara
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 22
Black or African American 1
Hispanic or Latino 21
White 60
International Students 31
Other Races/Ethnicities 9

UCSB Physics Master’s Program

16% Women
21% Racial-Ethnic Minorities
Of the 19 students who earned a master's degree in Physics from UCSB in 2018-2019, 84% were men and 16% were women.

UCSB Gender Breakdown of Physics Master's Degree Grads

Of the students who received a physics master's degree from UCSB, 68% were white. This is above average for this degree on the natiowide level. In the physics master's program at this school, racial-ethnic minorities make up 21% of degree recipients. That is 5% better 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 master's in physics.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Physics Majors at University of California - Santa Barbara
Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 2
Black or African American 0
Hispanic or Latino 2
White 13
International Students 2
Other Races/Ethnicities 0

UCSB also has a doctoral program available in physics. In 2019, 17 students graduated with a doctor's degree in this field.

Careers That Physics Grads May Go Into

A degree in physics 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
Natural Sciences Managers 7,870 $168,790
Physicists 3,200 $115,970
Physics Postsecondary Professors 1,190 $138,250

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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