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The main differences between UC and CSU schools as far as the type of student

  1. Feb 4, 2010 #1
    In California, what are the main differences between UC and CSU schools as far as the type of student?
    Would you say it's true the UC schools are more for people who want to be scientists and researchers and USC schools are more for people who want to get out of college and get a job ?
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  3. Feb 4, 2010 #2
    yes, My brother is going to UC to become a crime scene investigater, he says most of the classes hes taking are mostly research and forensics classes. He likes it alot, he says it hard though.
  4. Feb 5, 2010 #3
    I think that's right. If you do some website searches you may see, for example in physics departments, that every UC will have a strong research program with several faculty members in each general field, but the CSU's may only offer an undergraduate degree with no real research program. This probably isn't true for every school, for example CSULB looks like it has a large physics department.
  5. Feb 5, 2010 #4
    The real difference between the UC system and the CSU system is that the UC schools grant Ph.D.'s, and the CSU schools don't. This explains why there is a lot more research going on in the UCs. The UC schools are generally more selective than the CSU schools as well.

    That said, there are plenty of undergraduate students at CSU schools that plan to go on to become scientists and researchers.
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