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The behavioral neuroscience graduate program at UC San Diego was named the best in the nation Wednesday by U.S. News & World Report.

The publication’s annual rankings of graduate programs placed UCSD neuroscience and neurobiology instruction second. Numerous UCSD and San Diego State University graduate programs were highly ranked.

UCSD’s Jacobs School of Engineering was 17th overall, but fourth for biomedical engineering and bioengineering. The UCSD Visual Arts Department graduate program was 13th, with instruction in new media ranked third in the U.S.

“UC San Diego’s impressive showing in the U.S. News and World Report rankings is a testament to the campus’s broad academic excellence,” said Chancellor Pradeep Khosla. “The cutting-edge work of our graduate students and faculty are critical parts of UC San Diego’s success, bringing hard work, ingenuity, creativity and a diversity of life experiences that enrich the campus and its scholarly pursuits.”

The UCSD School of Medicine ranked 18th in research and 21st in primary care, along with a No. 10 ranking in drug and alcohol abuse.

UCSD also ranked highly in pharmacy, biological sciences, chemistry and biochemistry, computer sciences, discrete mathematics and combinatorics, condensed matter physics and plasma physics, econometrics, public finance, Latin American history, international politics, and cognitive psychology.

San Diego State was 10th in rehabilitation counseling.

Other SDSU graduate programs to score well were audiology, nursing midwifery, clinical psychology, and speech-language pathology.

The University of San Diego’s School of Nursing was ranked 34th, and the law school 74th.

—City News Service