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Chemical Engineering
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Chicano Studies
Classics
Communication
Comparative Literature
Computer Science

Chemical Engineering
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Chemistry and Biochemistry
The first courses in chemistry were taught as service courses for students of home economics by Nell A. Miller in 1911 when the institution was known as the Santa Barbara State Normal School of Manual Arts and Home Economics. The subjects taught were general inorganic and organic chemistry. In 1914, most of the teaching of chemistry courses was assumed by Hazel W. Severy, who in 1920 became head of the science department, a title retained until 1948. In 1945, a year after Santa Barbara State College had become a part of the University, the Department of Natural Sciences and Mathematics was established with Professor Severy as chairman.

The major in chemistry was then authorized with a staff of five teaching the courses. In 1947, this department was split with chemistry remaining as a part of the Department of Physical Sciences and Mathematics, which in the fall of 1948 became the Department of Physical Sciences with Willard L. McRary as chairman. Granting of the M.A. degree was authorized in 1958, and the staff consisted of seven regular members with two associates to help with laboratory sections.

In 1960, the Department of Chemistry was established with Glenn H. Miller appointed as chairman. In 1963, with a staff of ten full-time members, some associates and teaching assistants to help with laboratories, awarding of the Ph.D. degree was authorized. Ernest L. Bickerdike was acting chairman of the department in 1963-64. In 1964 Frederick T. Wall joined the faculty and assumed the chairmanship. In 1965, with a staff of 13 offering over 30 courses, there were enrolled 79 undergraduates majoring in chemistry and 45 graduate students, of whom 29 were working toward the Ph.D. degree. source

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Chicano Studies
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Classics
There had been occasional offerings of elementary Latin or Greek in earlier years, but classics as a discipline came into sudden bloom with a full four-year curriculum in the fall of 1962. Keith Aldrich, who had joined the Santa Barbara faculty in 1961 as associate professor of classics (although budgetarily identified with the English department), succeeded in creating and having approved majors in both classical philology and Latin, and minors in Greek and Latin. The following year (1963), the Department of Classics was established with three faculty members. In 1965, five teaching members and a visiting professor, Humphrey D. F. Kitto, former professor of Greek at the University of Bristol, were on the department's staff. source

Communication
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Comparative Literature
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Computer Science
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