Starting a new phase of your life in an unfamiliar environment can be stressful in even the best of times, but especially during a time like this.

The UCLA Division of Physical Sciences wants you to know that we provide a supportive, welcoming community with resources and people ready to help you succeed.

Department events:

Each of our academic departments will be presenting a virtual welcome event with faculty, undergraduate learning assistants, and alumni who will be available to answer all your questions and help you feel at home.

All new students are welcome even if you aren’t a declared major in that department!

  • Chemistry and Biochemistry: Monday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m. Pacific/Los Angeles time. Click here to join the Zoom.
  • Mathematics and Statistics: Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m. Pacific/Los Angeles time. Click here to join the Zoom.
  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences / Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences / Environmental Science: Wednesday, Sept 29, 6:30 p.m. Pacific/Los Angeles time. Click here to join the Zoom.
  • Physics and Astronomy: Thursday, Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m. Pacific/Los Angeles time. Click here to join the Zoom.

Division-hosted event:

Dean of Physical Sciences Miguel García-Garibay invites you to join him at

How to Thrive in the Sciences at UCLA and Beyond

A getting-to-know-you event connecting you to your new Physical Sciences community through casual, candid discussions with Physical Sciences alumni, faculty, and current undergraduates.

This event has ended, but you can watch the recording below:


Join us if you’re interested in any of the following majors or areas of research:

atmospheric and oceanic science | atmospheric and oceanic Sciences-Mathematics | climate sciences
(Department of Atmospheric & Oceanic Sciences)

biochemistry | chemistry | chemistry-materials science
(Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry)

geology | geology-engineering geology | geophysics
(Department of Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences)

math | applied math | math-economics | data theory
(Department of Mathematics)

physics | astronomy and astrophysics | biophysics
(Department of Physics & Astronomy)

statistics | data theory
(Department of Statistics)

environmental science
(Institute of the Environment and Sustainability)

  • Meet professors you’re most likely to learn from during your first year
  • Talk with older undergraduates who were in your shoes not long ago about their experiences with research, classes, and student life
  • Make connections with alumni who’ve gone on to a wide variety of careers thanks to their undergraduate degree in the Physical Sciences
  • Cultivate new friendships with fellow new students!

Department events:

Each of our academic departments will be presenting a virtual welcome event with faculty, undergraduate learning assistants, and alumni who will be available to answer all your questions and help you feel at home. All new students are welcome even if you aren’t a declared major in that department!

  • Chemistry and Biochemistry: Monday, Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m. Pacific/Los Angeles time. Click here to join the Zoom.
  • Mathematics and Statistics: Tuesday, Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m. Pacific/Los Angeles time. Click here to join the Zoom.
  • Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences / Earth, Planetary, and Space Sciences / Environmental Science: Wednesday, Sept 29, 6:30 p.m. Pacific/Los Angeles time. Click here to join the Zoom.
  • Physics and Astronomy: Thursday, Sept. 30, 6:30 p.m. Pacific/Los Angeles time. Click here to join the Zoom.

More resources for you

Read our FAQs to find answers to some of the questions you may have about majoring in the Physical Sciences.

Download our guide to remote learning, full of advice on staying organized, making the most of videos, time management, working with others virtually instead of in person, new strategies to try, and more.

Watch highlights from previous new student welcome events. During these panel discussions, Physical Sciences alumni shared thoughtful advice about finding support, overcoming challenges, and applying what they learned at UCLA to a wide variety of career paths.

2020 New Student Welcome panel highlights

2017 & 2018 New Student Welcome panel highlights


Watch students and faculty talk about the impact and opportunities offered by UCLA’s new Climate Sciences degree within the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences:



Learn from students and faculty about how UCLA’s new Data Theory degree – a joint program from the departments of Mathematics and Statistics – empowers students to be leaders in this critical field:



Interested in joining a student organization? Check out what the Physical Sciences has to offer.


The RISE Center at UCLA has created a series of short videos with tips for student health and wellbeing. Click here to view their playlists of videos about mindful eating, coping with COVID, meditation, daily self-care, and more.