College of Creative Studies at UCSB

So I'm a bit confused... Is there a major difference between a Biology major in the College of Letters and Science and a Biology major in the College of Creative Studies? Do people think that one is better than the other? </p>

<p>And I also read that they only have like 330 students overall... Does that mean that its a hard program to get into (like, is it a competative programe to get into)? </p>

<p>Please, can someone explain what the College of Creative Studies is all about? (I've read the websites, wikipedia, etc., but I don't think I still quite understand it...)</p>


<p>Dig back a bit and you'll find some of the kids in the program replying to me asking about the same thing. Their answers will be much better than mine.</p>

<p>Basically it's for students that are strongly interested in their major and show some aptitude that suggests they'll excel in it. I suppose almost everyone in the sciences will be planning for graduate school, and will end up very well prepared and welcome wherever they choose to apply. CCS will count on you to be self-motivated - you move along as quickly as you want, with plenty of help and guidance, and plenty of opportunity. </p>

<p>I probably haven't done a very accurate job of regurgitating what I know, so do see if you can find those replies. Or email someone with your questions - it's a very friendly group. </p>

<p>You do have to fill out a separate application. The professors in your department will decide. Of course they've sent out their offers already - the day after SB acceptances, a prerequisite - so I guess I'd also ask if there's still time to add yours to their list. </p>

<p>If that's you and your interest, good luck. It seems like an awesome opportunity, and everyone I've met who's in the program praises it.</p>

<p>thanks for the post!
I got accapted as a Biology major in the college of creative studies.
I looked at websites and stuff, but they don't really compare a bio major in the college of creative studies and the college of letters and science. </p>

<p>Anyone else like to explain to me the college of creative studies?</p>

<p>thank you so much!</p>

<p>if you can't do the research on this board after being told about the info you should look for (to find the old posts discussing the college at length) then you're probably not going to enjoy being in the College of Creative Studies where they count on you to be a partner in your education (choice of classes, topics studied, working with profs, etc). Just my opinion...</p>

<p>ok.... bit of a misunderstanding here, mikemac. On this post, I was asking for some useful information regarding the college of creative studies not some personal attack on whether or not I can do research (for myself) or not. Speaking of which, hasn't it occured to you that I've already read the previous threads on college confidential when I wrote on my last last post "(I've read the websites, wikipedia, etc., but I don't think I still quite understand it...)". Trust me, I'm a lot more capable of research than you think. mikemac, it would be a lot more helpful if you could actually tell me something about the college of creative studies especially if you know what its like. thank you very much. </p>

<p>Anyway, I have no intention of wasting people's time for reading a response to some personal attack. I'm actually serious-- can anyone tell me the difference between a biology major in the college of creative studies and the college of letters and science?</p>

<p>thank you so much!</p>

<p>Your posts are kind of confusing because you asked questions such as "is it competitive to get in" that suggested you hadn't yet applied (else you would have known the process), and then go on to berate those who failed to grasp your not-so-obvious wisdom. </p>

<p>You should simply pick up the phone and call CCS - the woman at the discussion, whose name I fear I don't recall, was described as everyone's 'mom', and is likely the person who'll pick up the phone. She knows way more than we do.</p>

<p>Meanwhile, to address your question, I don't think for bio there's any difference, beyond what you make of it yourself. Physics majors take some lower level courses in CCS, but I don't think they said that about bio (I could have missed that - the nice lady will tell you), so I believe you end up taking normal SB classes, but under CCS rules. Which rules, you presumably know, demand little of you but give you enormous flexibility in moving ahead at the fastest pace you choose to apply. </p>

<p>Congratulations for getting in, btw. Why did you apply?</p>

<p>oh i see. (sry for the confusion!)
well i wanted to know if it was a competative program to get into because i have to choose between ucsb and ucsd (which i heard is famous for their bio)... and if it was a competative program to get into then i would consider ucsb more (know what i mean?)</p>

<p>ok, i think i'll call them (or email since i live in a different country). thanks for your advice. </p>

<p>well i applied because when i went for a visit they briefly told me that it was a good program they had...</p>

<p>Maybe San Diego if you want to go for four years and then get out and get a job. There's a lot of biotechnology firms in the area doing cutting edge stuff. Maybe CCS if you can see yourself as Dr. Sugapeach, PhD, and the idea of working extra hard to become "special" in the field appeals to you.</p>

<p>When you talk with them, have them put you in touch with someone now in their program. They all seem super friendly (well, I suppose if they weren't the admis department wouldn't invite them to talk with prospectives, lol).</p>