Campuses and Clusters
Statewide, we offer a variety of academic clusters at four University of California campuses. Each cluster consists of two science and/or math courses and a science communication course. Courses are taught by active UC faculty and researchers. Students participate in hands-on labs, field activities, lectures, and discussions. Students also work on a related research project. Cluster sizes vary but typically range from 20-25 students and the student-to-faculty ratio is commonly 5:1.
UC Irvine is located in Southern California minutes from Newport Beach in Orange County, approx. 40 miles south of Los Angeles.
UC Davis is located in Northern California, about 15 minutes west of the State Capitol, Sacramento.
UC San Diego is located in Southern California along the Southern California Coast.
UC Santa Cruz is located in Northern California, in the Santa Cruz mountains, just minutes from the Pacific Ocean, and approx. an hour south of San Francisco.
"My daughter learned a tremendous amount about her subject, about working in teams, about presenting information, and about academics in a college environment. These are skills transferrable to whatever field she chooses to study."
- COSMOS Parent
COSMOS students participate in a selected “cluster”, with each cluster addressing advanced topics in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, ranging from a variety of engineering disciplines, biomedical sciences, computer science, ecology, marine science, materials science, mathematics, physics and astronomy, robotics, game theory, & more.
Below is an overview of clusters offered in 2022. Refer to the websites of the specific campuses for more information about currently offered clusters and their focus.