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Your Future Lies Just Ahead

Choosing the right college or career pathway is not an easy decision. The UC San Diego Extension Futures programs enable students to fulfill their passions, explore new interests and gain hands-on experience before they enter the workforce or apply for college.

Each program is designed specifically for high school students. The cutting-edge coursework is taught by leading industry experts in high demand fields. All programs culminate in an Award of Completion issued by UC San Diego Extension for use on college applications and resumes.

Shape your future today in the areas of Computer Science, Business Management and Life Sciences.

Scholarship opportunities are available for all Futures programs on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply here.

Click on the programs below to navigate your future.

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Program Your Future

Are you passionate about technology? In these courses, you will learn programming and scripting languages to prepare you for opportunities in Computer Science.

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Manage Your Future

Develop the skills that are essential for any leader or business manager. Learn what a business is, ow it works and the vital elements to achieve succes.

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F[O]rmulate Your Future

Change the world through science! This program offers the unique chance to engage in a practical and applied research project with one of the top research universities in the world. 

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About Futures

The UC San Diego Extension Futures initiative gives high school students the opportunity to explore career and college pathways through programs that offer practical and applied learning in high demand fields. Our courses and programs not only provide students with real-world skills and personal development, but also with opportunities for internships, professional employment, and educational advancement. In addition, parents/guardians have the opportunity to take these courses alongside their students, strengthening the sense of community and pride within the family unit. These programs are specifically designed for high school students and adhere to the same rigor and standard of excellence upheld by the University.

Hear from Our Students

“I will for sure be using what I have learned to make a better portfolio when I’m applying to colleges.”

Catalina Arreola Armenta, UCHS Front End Web Development Specialized Certificate Read full story »

“I’ve always been interested in programming,” she says. “By taking both classes, I can make apps that will work for more people.”

Cindy Feldman, Canyon Crest Program your Future Read full story »

"It’s a very good hands-on experience, and it helps you think about problems that could be solved with programming."

Roel Torralba, ORHS iOS Programming Specialized Certificate Read full story »

“I know that coding is a big part of our future,”

Michelle Sen, HTH Front End Web Development Specialized Certificate Read full story »

“I am interested in the development of apps, and I thought this would help me make my skills stronger.”

Kimberly Cruz, PHHS iOS Programming Specialized Certificate Read full story »

"Both of the classes were initially to explore career options. Taken them has widened my perspective on my career options and college options."

Jennifer Overklift, CHS iOS Programming Specialized Certificate and Business Management Course Read full story »


Have Questions?

Get more information or answers to any questions you may have about Futures programming by filling out the form or contacting:

Education & Community Outreach Department
UC San Diego Extension
Email: precollege@ucsd.edu
Phone: 858-534-0804

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About the Department of Education and Community Outreach (ECO)

The Department of Education and Community Outreach offers a uniquely holistic and service-based approach to education, incorporating opportunities for students in PreK- postsecondary; parents; teachers and school personnel; community members; and adults over the age of 50. ECO attends to the needs of over 30,000 learners per annum in contextually grounded, dynamic and personalized ways, employing face-to-face, blended and online formats. Beyond courses, certificates and programs leading to professional licensure, ECO works with communities across the globe to cultivate capacity and to serve as catalysts for transformation.

ECO serves as home to a host of cutting-edge programs and initiatives aligned with the needs of education and industry, including Sally Ride Science, the Futures initiative, and the University of California Professional Development Institute (UCPDI), a system-wide applied research organization. ECO partners with schools, districts and postsecondary institutions across the United States in support of developing avenues for enhanced access, equity and inclusion in education. ECO also works cooperatively public libraries, YMCAs and other community-based organizations to bring to them the best of what the University of California has to offer.