The Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences is a top-ranking program consisting of four graduate research training areas:
- Cognition, Perception, and Cognitive Neuroscience
- Developmental and Evolutionary Psychology
- Neuroscience and Behavior
- Social Psychology
The graduate program is large enough to field a full range of graduate courses and seminars, but small enough to provide a sense of community and a high level of faculty attention per student. Currently, there are 42 faculty members supervising approximately 70 graduate students. This student-to-faculty ratio ensures an enriched and personal graduate experience.
One of ten campuses of the prestigious University of California system, and currently ranked as one of the top ten universities in the world, UCSB provides an exciting intellectual and cultural environment in a setting of natural beauty. Nestled between the Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean on an 815 acre promontory, the campus includes a scenic lagoon and a landscape of native and exotic flora, 10 miles north of the city of Santa Barbara. Los Angeles is about two hours south by car, and San Francisco is six hours to the north.