Academics & Course Enrollment

All students participating in 2YS will have the opportunity to build an individualized course schedule, but must enroll in a minimum of 6 units, including the common course INT 95C: The Second Year Experience. It is important to note that most courses will be delivered remotely this summer, with possible adaptations for modified in-person learning if conditions allow. 


Building Your 2nd Year Summer:

Common Course (required):

  • INT 95C – The Second Year Experience (1 unit)

  • The Second-Year Experience is a 1-unit course designed for UCSB Scholars in their second year. It examines how to participate in the mission of the modern research university and the different kinds of work that faculty and staff are engaged in at UCSB, from the administration of the University to faculty research and the production of creative projects. The lectures and TA sections will  emphasize the importance of the second-year to engage in undergraduate research, internships, the Honors Program, studying abroad, as well as discussing the various resources available to you on campus to help you excel in your second year as a student, for example, departmental advising, EOP (Educational Opportunity Program), academic workshops and tutoring through CLAS (Campus Learning Assistance Services), Career Center, Health & Wellness Program, among others. Finally, you will interact with our INT 95 mentors, advisors, and counselors to develop a plan for completing both academic and co-curricular goals while at UCSB. 

Variable Coursework (5 or more units):

  • Select courses that fulfill your major requirements, college requirements, general education requirements, or find an elective that will support exploration of a new topic! As a UC Santa Barbara student, you will be responsible for enrolling yourself in courses using GOLD during your assigned registration pass time

  • 2YS students can optionally participate in one of several Discovery Seminars (1–2 units each).  These small courses are only available to students in 2nd Year Summer or Freshman Summer Start. They typically meet once per week, and are intended to introduce students to some of the University’s different disciplines, and explore how these disciplines approach problems or address contemporary issues.