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More About Your Academic Experience

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At UC San Diego, your academic experience is supported by faculty passionate about helping you reach your potential. As an undergraduate, you have a unique opportunity to roll up your sleeves and learn side-by-side with researchers, artists, activists, and experts, extending your academic experience well beyond the classroom and making your education even more relevant and valuable to the careers of tomorrow.

Research Experience and Applied Learning (REAL Portal)

Research Experience and Applied Learning (REAL Portal), or “learning by doing,” is a way for you to find opportunities to practice your classroom knowledge in real-world settings. You’ll grow as a person as you gain new skills and prepare for your career.

Academic Areas
Disciplines Undergraduate Programs

Social Sciences

Cognitive Science
Education Studies
Environmental Studies
International Studies / Social Science
Human Developmental Sciences
Law and Society
Management (MGT)
Political Science
Urban Studies & Planning

Natural Science, Math & Engineering

Chemistry & Biochemistry
Computer Science and Engineering
Data Science
Earth Science at Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Environmental Systems
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Humanities/Fine Arts

Caesar Programs
Linguistics / Foreign Language
Literature / Foreign Language
Study of Religion
Theatre & Dance
Visual Arts

Interdepartmental / Interdisciplinary

Chinese Studies
Critical Gender Studies
Design (DSGN)
Ethnic Studies
Global Health
International Studies
Japanese Studies
Latin American Studies
Public Health
Third World Studies

Explore all the majors at UC San Diego here.

Faculty Honors

UC San Diego faculty are recognized leaders in their fields of study and expertise. That means you have access to some of the best of the best!

Current faculty honors include:

  • Nobel Prize - Awarded annually for outstanding contributions to chemistry, physics, physiology and medicine, literature, economics, and peace.
  • Fields Medal - Awarded every four years to outstanding mathematicians under 40 years of age.
  • The National Medal of Science - Bestowed by the President of the United States to individuals who have made important contributions and advancements in science and engineering.
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom - Bestowed by the President of the United States to individuals who have made meritorious contributions to the security or national interest of the United States, world peace, or cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
  • Pulitzer Prize - Awarded annually for achievement in American journalism, literature, or music.
  • Kyoto Prize - International award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural and spiritual betterment of humankind.
  • MacArthur Fellows - Awarded annually to individuals in any field who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication to their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction working in any field.
  • Tony Award - Awarded annually for excellence in Broadway theatre.
  • Grammy Award - Awarded annually and recognizes achievements in the music industry.
  • John von Neumann Theory - Awarded annually to a scholar who has made fundamental, sustained contributions to theory in operations research and the management sciences.
  • Academy Award - Awarded annually for artistic and technical merit in the film industry.
  • Wolf Prize - Awarded annually in one of the following six fields: agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, physics, and arts.
Look Deeper

Did you know the UC San Diego Library is ranked among the nation’s top 25 public academic libraries?