For Our Shared Future

About Environmental Studies at UCSB

Established in 1970, The Environmental Studies Program at UC Santa Barbara is one of the oldest and largest programs in the nation, and is recognized as one the most successful undergraduate environmental programs in the world.

With over 5,200 alumni, our graduates can be found holding leadership positions, nationally and internationally, in government, industry, law, and dozens of other fields. We pioneered an interdisciplinary educational model that is now widely adapted by other institutions around the globe. We combine a rigorous classroom experience with practical skills training.

Our mission is to train leaders, develop new knowledge, and devise solutions that will restore and sustain the health of our planet. Click here to learn more about the Environmental Studies Program's curriculum, history, faculty and alumni.

I can honestly say that I have been able to use everything I learned in the ES Program. The interdisciplinary education prepares you for almost anything that can come your way. — Deb Callahan, Exec. Director, Pt. Reyes Seashore Assn., Class of 1981

This is the most outstanding faculty in the nation. The breadth and depth of an ES education produces men and women that are ready to lead the day they graduate. — Janice Jagelski Class of 1987

If you love the environment you’ll get the training in the ES Program to really make a difference. When I graduated I already had a portfolio of experience that put me well ahead of other graduates. — Brian Baird Assistant Secretary for Ocean & Coastal Policy with the California Resources Agency Class of 1977

Environmental Studies News


Updated: April 11, 2014 - 1:48pm

Apply for UCSB's 2014 Tom Rogers Scholarship in Environmental Studies! Deadline is May 2!

The ES Program will award one Barker Scholarship to assist a student who enrolls in an unpaid environmental internship. The purpose of this scholarship is to lessen the financial burden on students so that they may pursue an unpaid internship and gain valuable hands-on learning experience in the environmental field of their choice.

This award is intended to provide one scholarship annually to a qualified UCSB Environmental Studies or Hydrologic Sciences major to significantly diminish the costs of participation in wilderness field study in the area of wildlife management or environmental conservation.

Upcoming Events

ES Program Commencement Reception
Event Date: June 14, 2014 - 11:30am

Every June the ES Program hosts a reception in honor of our graduation seniors. All 2014 ES graduates, family and friends are invited.


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