Discovery @ UCSB Seminars

Learning from the Inside Out

Discovery @ UCSB for Undergraduates

UCSB is a place where people make knowledge. This happens in classrooms, studios, laboratories, museums, and workshops; it happens as faculty and students collaborate on big questions with answers yet to be discovered.

Discovery @ UCSB is your opportunity to learn in depth about how this knowledge-making takes place, and to learn about how you can become a part of it.

In Discovery @ UCSB courses you’ll get to know faculty, learn more about how people in different disciplines think, and explore subjects and questions that are new to you in ways you never expected. These courses will help you to understand the many opportunities that are available to you at UCSB, from different majors to undergraduate research, and how you can pursue them during your time here.

Discovery @ UCSB for First Year Students

Discovery @ UCSB for Transfer Students

Discovery @ UCSB for Faculty

Faculty interested in proposing a Discovery @ UCSB Seminar should consult the Discovery @ UCSB Proposal Information for Faculty Instructors.

Discovery @ UCSB Seminars for First Year Students

First Year Exploration Seminars (1 unit). These lower division seminars focus on a subject of interest to one UCSB faculty member. These seminars, which meet one hour each week, provide an introduction to the subject through work with the faculty member. First Year Exploration Seminars are limited to 20 students, or 11 students if a field trip is involved.

First Year Discovery Seminars (2 units). Taught by two faculty members from different disciplines, the lower division Discovery Seminars focus on how these disciplines each approach a common theme or subject in unique or common ways. Students will develop both knowledge of the subject, and a framework for understanding disciplines and their expectations. First Year Discovery Seminars are limited to 40 students.

First Year Linked Seminars (2 units). These lower division seminars, taught by two faculty members from the same discipline or perspective, focus in greater depth on one subject. Students will learn about that subject in greater depth. First Year Linked Seminars are limited to 40 students.

First year Intensive Seminars (8 units). These lower division seminars, taught by multiple faculty members, focus on issues from a multidisciplinary perspective, or in great depth from the perspective of a single discipline.

Discovery @ UCSB Seminars for Transfer Students

Transfer Exploration Seminars (1 unit). These upper division seminars focus on a subject of interest to one UCSB faculty member. These seminars, which meet one hour each week, provide an introduction to the subject through work with the faculty member. Transfer Exploration Seminars are limited to 20 students, or 11 students if a field trip is involved.

Transfer Discovery Seminars (2 units). Taught by two faculty members from different disciplines, these upper division Discovery Seminars focus on how these disciplines each approach a common theme or subject in unique or common ways. Students will develop both knowledge of the subject, and a framework for understanding disciplines and their expectations. First Year Discovery Seminars are limited to 40 students.

Transfer Linked Seminars (2 units). These upper division seminars, taught by two faculty members from the same discipline or perspective, focus in greater depth on one subject. Students will learn about that subject in greater depth. Transfer Linked Seminars are limited to 40 students.